January 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm #1201978125
After a slugfest about the Critics Choice awards Riley, Charles and I were talking about Viola Davis. I said I hoped Meryl Streep was nominated because it would be nice to see her in the audience when Viola Davis wins– since their such big fans of each other. Charles suggested that if Mark Rylance (last years Supporting Actor, “Bridge of Spies”) does not show up to present Best Supporting Actress as is the tradition that it would be possible for Streep to take his place. Streep has ONLY ever presented one competitive Oscar to Daniel Day Lewis (“Lincoln”). So I pose this questions in two parts; 1. Will he show up and 2. If not who should take his place??
My vote: Meryl Streep!! That would be an incredible moment and surely she would not just read the name off the card!!January 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm #1201978131
Rylance finishes his extended West End run of Nice Fish about two weeks before the ceremony, so unless Spielberg’s got him off filming somewhere right away for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, Rylance will at the very least be free. (His next stage venture is likely to be in the fall, on Broadway in a to-be-announced transfer of his wife’s play Farinelli and the King.)
Will he fly from England? Who knows. If he’s a no-show, I agree Streep would be nice. I can’t remember – what are some recent examples of acting presenter no-shows and their replacements?January 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm #1201978139
It’s a rarity nowadays b/c practically all the nominees attend the Oscars and get the importance of attempting, even as a past winner presenting to a future winner. All that comes to mind recently is Robin Williams presenting to Mo’Nique in one of those tribute years (that time just for leads, not supporting). That was only b/c Heath Ledger couldn’t present it for obvious reasons. It was oddly fitting for another comedian turned dramatic actor present the Oscar to a comedienne for doing the same thing. Meryl presenting to Viola seems a bit too … convenient? They like opposite-sex presenters anyways, and so many are readily available if Rylance is a no-show: Bale, Waltz, Robbins, Freeman (ooooh!), Leto, Plummer, Clooney, or just get Simmons again. A random non-winner is also possible since no one has a sense of history anymore. Like Will Smith or something.January 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm #1201978151
Connery presenting Supporting Actress in 2002 is weird too- I guess Broadbent wasn’t available? Daniel Day-Lewis was also not available in 2008, same with Javier Bardem. Both of them would have presented the awards to Penn and Ledger instead of Arkin(His second time presenting after giving Swinton her win in 2007) and Douglas who happened to be the person with the envelope, him being accompanied by Adrien Brody, Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Kingsley.I would have rather had anybody else but Douglas out of those 5 hand me the Oscar lol, but I digress.
I’m feeling that Rylance will be there. He seems like one of those winners that wouldn’t have shown up forty years ago, but in these times will be pushed into it, lol.January 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm #1201978182
Rylance will be there.January 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm #1201978199
A couple of times it’s happened that haven’t been mentioned.
*Kirk Douglas presented Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo (Christoph Waltz didn’t attend)
*Reese Witherspoon presented Supporting Actor to Christian Bale (Mo’Nique didn’t attend)
*Nicole Kidman presented Supporting Actor to George Clooney (Cate Blanchett didn’t attend)
Interestingly none of the presenters had even won or even had been nominated for a Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar.
I don’t think Meryl would present it would go against the tradition of a male presenting to a female.
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