October 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #41971
The HFPA is going to announce the winner of this award in 2 weeks (November 9th). Who do we think will be selected?
My first thought would be Meryl Streep but she is a likely nominee and winner. The last time someone was nominated and won this award was 1995 with Sophia Loren. She was nominated for Supporting Actress that year as well.
So who do we think will be selected?
My list of people who I wouldn’t be surprised to hear are (not including Meryl because I don’t think they will do it with her pending nod);
Tommy Lee Jones
Francis Ford Coppola
Previous winners are:
2011- Robert DeNiro
2010- Martin Scorsese
2009- Steven Spielberg
2008- No Award
2007- Warren Beatty
2006- Anthony Hopkins
2005- Robin Williams
2004- Michael Douglas
2003- Gene Hackman
2002- Harrison Ford
2001- Al Pacino
2000- Barbra Streisand
1999- Jack Nicholson
1998- Shirley MacLaine
1997- Dustin Hoffman
1996- Sean Connery
1995- Sophia Loren
1994- Robert Redford
1993- Lauren Bacall
1992- Robert Mitchum
1991- Jack Lemmon
1990- Audey Hepburn
1989- Doris Day
1988- Clint EastwoodOctober 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm #41973
Hopefully it’s a woman. The ratio of men to women who have won the award is very disturbing.October 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm #41974
should be one of these great actresses!!!October 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm #41975
Keep in mind that most recipients accept this because it serves their own purposes (publicity personally or for an upcoming film) rather than it is respected or desired by the leading people in the industry. Lots of people turn it down, or do for a long time before accepting (Spielberg for many years for example). They also prefer people who will help ratings and are willing to do publicity for the show before hand.
Fonda is too controversial still, though she’d likely accept it; Diane Keaton, as fine and actress though she is, adds little to the ratings appeal and anyway she hates this sort of stuff, so both are unlikely.October 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm #41976
Should be a woman. Some of these movies whose movies are coming up or at the same time.
October 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm #41977
The reason they pick few women is that, unlike male stars, few have international appeal (meaning boosted ratings) and the show is sold to many countries, for whom having as a centerpiece a big star being honored is important. Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton and most other female potential recipients don’t rate.October 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm #41978
Just noticed that what was discovered a couple days ago is true – when someone deletes a post (as Edwindrood just did), the thread disappears to the end of the whole section until someone restores it (hence why I am posting here).October 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm #41979
It has been over a decade since a women has been chosen and over a quarter century for a minority. I would like to think someone other than a white male will be the choice this time.
If that is the case, I think it will be Denzel Washington, Julie Andrews, or Angela Lansbury. Whoopi Goldberg is also a possibility. Morgan Freeman just received the AFI tribute this year, so he seems unlikely. Samuel L. Jackson will still be on Broadway that weekend. Bill Cosby is more known for television, which has rarely been chosen by the HFPA for this award. The same goes for Carol Burnett. Meryl Streep will most likely be nodded (as mentioned above) and receives the Kennedy Center Honors the month before, so she is highly unlikely.
If yet another white male, I think the following are most in contention (by order of probability)…
Ron HowardOctober 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm #41980
Keeping in mind that this award is often arranged/suggested by a studio looking for free publicity for an upcoming film, with the HFPA happily going on for its own purposes, Denzel Washington having a new film in February from Universal might increase his chances.October 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm #41981
denzel washington is a silly choice..he has acted in films since 1987 …….24 yrs does not a lifetime make..
he has time…
Diane keaton…..43 year film careeer….nominated in 4 straight decades, best actress oscar..
jane fonda…50 year film career..2 best actress oscars, 7 nominations
I see no other choice.
Duvall is the worthy male.
50 year film career best actor…6 nominationsOctober 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm #41982
Can we please get someone different this time like idk a woman or a man who isn’t white? But given SF commentary, it’ll be another white man who has a movie coming out.October 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm #41983
“Can we please get someone different this time like idk a woman or a man who isn’t white? “
Lol!October 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm #41985
Why should it be a person of color if there is no one qualified for this award??
I can give you at least 3 incidents when a minority won an award and DID NOT DESERVE IT!!
Awards should be given depending on merit, not skin color…
I will not say anymoreOctober 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm #41986
Does the fact that minorities have a far greater difficulty finding the kinds of major roles that might satisfy the standards for aards not bother you at all AAO?
And in any event, not this so called award is worth discussing, or anything else this bogus group does, but Denzel Washington unquestionably rises to the level of merit to deserve it.
The main reason he might not win is because he is black – he wouldn’t draw ratings around the world the way a white male star does. Which, if one bothers to think about it, is racist.