January 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm #130865
Here’s a thought for a fun (as opposed to argument-driven) thread as a weekend alternative.
Political campaign managers are always looking for an off-beat unexpected endorsement with credibility, sort of like Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama in 2008.
Members aren’t allowed to lend their names directly to campaigns, but they can do interviews and speak out and otherwise let their feelings be known. And even if they can’t maybe we can imagine some that would really help contenders.
I can think of two to start off –
Mickey Rooney attended a luncheon for Wolf of Wall Street earlier this week. He gave Leonard DiCaprio an autographed poster of one of his 1930s MGM films, a really sweet gesture.
What if Rooney were interviewed and talked about how much he admired his peformance, that he’s a great actor, he admires him as a fellow child actor who was able to sustain a career into adulthood?
Here’s another – the ideal one for 12 Years a Slave. Olivia deHavilland (as of this week one of 3 surviving cast members of GWTW – the actress who played her sister just died, ironically, just after her own sister died).
DeHavilland talks about how moved she was by the film, how great she thought it was, and despite the love she has for GWTW and the respect for its legacy, it was time that those aspects of that film that minimized the evil of slavery in movies be addressed.
That would really make an impact, no?
Any others? (I mean this to be serious – stuff like Woody Allen saying Gravity is his favorite film of the year or Quentin Tarantino raving over Philomena, to list two unlikely choices).January 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm #130867
Mia Farrow endorsing Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, maybe.
Terrence Malick endorsing Gravity.January 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm #130868
Mia Farrow/Cate Blanchett is perfect – just what I am going for.January 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm #130869
James Cameron and Douglas Trumbull for Gravity/Cuaron.
EDIT: I see James Cameron has already hyped Gravity. I keep my Douglas Trumbull mention though, if they could get him to talk about the film.January 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm #130870
The Pope for Judi Dench
Julie Andrews for Saving Mr. Banks
Too bad Ernest Borgnine passed because he’d be perfect for McConaughey and Leto.January 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm #130871
Don Newcombe endorsing Harrison Ford, 42.January 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm #130872
Is Martin Scorsese for American Hustle to obvious a dream endorsement? I’ll try to think of something more abstract.January 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm #130873
Maybe Ruby Dee endorsing June Squibb.January 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm #130874
Claire Danes and William Hurt for Jared Leto.
David Fincher for Her.
Al Pacino for Bruce Dern.January 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm #130875
(Rumor is that Jack Nicholson is going to push harder for Dern than he did for Adrien Brody, which was supposed to have made a difference – not sure Jack is out and about that much these days).January 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm #130876
Sigourney Weaver endorsing Sandra Bullock.
Ralph Fiennes endorsing Michael Fassbender.January 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm #130877
Bob Dylan for Inside Llewyn Davis.January 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm #130878
Quentin Tarantino for Before Midnight in Adapted Screenplay would be a plausible scenario. It’s a much more dialogue-centric contender than some of the other scripts, and it made his “Best of 2013, so far” list back in October.January 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm #130879
Tarantino for 12 Years a Slave. It would be very interesting to see what would be the reaction.January 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm #130880
(Rumor is that Jack Nicholson is going to push harder for Dern than he did for Adrien Brody, which was supposed to have made a difference – not sure Jack is out and about that much these days).
Dern’s a character actor. That doesn’t qualify him by default for a gold watch win in Best Actor. To be fair I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t begrudge him a nomination.