December 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm #1202449278
I would agree Plummer can win. The film, however, doesn’t have stellar notices beyond his performance and isn’t faring well at the box office. Highly unlikely it makes the Picture or Director cuts.
For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!December 27, 2017 at 9:01 am #1202449636
I think with the combination of reshooting the film in nine days and the narrative of “sticking it to spacey,” plus if enough voters are told/remember that Scott was snubbed for The Martian, I could see Scott getting a director nom, or at least a DGA nom, which would really throw a wrench into the already complicated directing fieldDecember 28, 2017 at 6:54 am #1202450306
Christopher Plummer was pretty riveting and complex here. It’s astonishing that he pulled this off in two weeks! That’s true professionalism at play, folks. He’s in like the entire film minus maybe a 40-ish minute stretch where things between the kidnappers become tedious (Paul is sold off to another gang of kidnappers … yawn). I’m hoping that one day through either pirated footage or DVD extras we see Spacey’s performance for comparison. I can’t imagine what his camp event would have been like instead with all of his pancake makeup that would have made “J. Edgar” look subtle. Knowing nothing of the Gettys, the kidnapping case, or the film itself beyond the controversy, I was surprisingly engaged with the material. It’s not the kind of film to rush to see on opening weekend, but at least Ridley Scott elevated the proceedings more than they probably deserved. The Globes nods were warranted after all, I guess, though I’d still pick Jordan Peele in Director over Scott. Michelle Williams did more with a rote, harried mother role than I would have guessed. She wouldn’t make my final five, but maybe a late surge is possible in Best Actress. Mark Wahlberg was okay enough. Charlie Plummer was fairly inscrutable. A better actor could have brought far more to the role than he did. I really liked the foreign actor who was looking after Paul during the kidnappings. Anyways, go get that Oscar nomination, Christopher Plummer! That’s as far as I’d personally go with it, but good luck at the Oscars regardless for all involved (some tech nods particularly).December 28, 2017 at 11:29 am #1202450506
Saw this today….not what I was expecting. AT ALL. I actually liked this and expected to hate it because everyone knows the story. Only Oscar worthy performance was Plummer though. My grade: B. PS: Is it bad I want a sequel exploring what happened to Getty III after the kidnapping…he had one hell of a life
December 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm #1202450552
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When does Michelle Williams overdue narrative kick in?December 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm #1202451563This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm #1202451567
I saw this yesterday and all I can say is Christopher Plummer was incredibly good at being a terrible human being. My dream Oscar nominations have Williams in over Streep (I haven’t seen the post yet) and Plummer should and I think he will be nominated for Supporting Actor especially considering how this was all made so quick. I enjoyed it! B+January 7, 2018 at 8:14 am #1202458744
I saw this yesterday, and it was a enjoyable film. I disagree with the ideology that the star of this film was anyone but Williams. If I could I would redirect all of the praise and buzz Plummer is receiving for his role and redirect it to an 11th hour bid for Williams in Best Actress. She gave my favorite performance from a lead actress all season in this film, and was beautiful in it through out its entirety. She is the only star here.
Her performance actually helped me navigate the entire race into perspective in regards to who has given the greatest performance this season of the main listed contenders.
How I would fill my ballot:
1. Sally Hawkins
2. Frances McDormand
3. Michelle Williams
4. Sairose Ronan
5. Meryl Streep
6. Jessica Chastain
I haven’t seen Robbie so I can’t place her yet.
January 7, 2018 at 9:08 am #1202458784
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Funny how people like to see others in over Streep without seeing her performance. The bias continues..
In any event, Williams was great! It is McDormand who was weak to me. She plays this character over and over and it is herself! I wasn’t a fan of The Shape of Water and Hawkins has been overrated since Happy Go Lucky. Ronan does NOTHING in LabyBird. My line up would be against the grain.
Streep, Williams, Chastain, Kreips, Robbie.January 7, 2018 at 9:21 am #1202458794
Funny how people like to see others in over Streep without seeing her performance. The bias continues.. In any event, Williams was great! It is McDormand who was weak to me. She plays this character over and over and it is herself! I wasn’t a fan of The Shape of Water and Hawkins has been overrated since Happy Go Lucky.
Darling, I definitely agree with that.
As a famous singer said, "ain't nobody gonna Thatcher, Thatcher, Thatcher!"January 7, 2018 at 9:33 am #1202458805
Funny how people like to see others in over Streep without seeing her performance. The bias continues.. In any event, Williams was great! It is McDormand who was weak to me. She plays this character over and over and it is herself! I wasn’t a fan of The Shape of Water and Hawkins has been overrated since Happy Go Lucky. Ronan does NOTHING in LabyBird. My line up would be against the grain. Streep, Williams, Chastain, Kreips, Robbie.
Right? I’m tired of people saying things like Meryl should retire, etc..I mean, if you love movies how can you wish one of the biggest (if not the biggest) actresses of all time to retire? Just enjoy the marvelous performances she always gives us.
January 7, 2018 at 10:17 am #1202458888
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One of the things I noticed as I watched The Post this morning was how much the camera LOVES and ADORES Meryl Streep. I found myself watching her every move, whether she was the focal point of a scene or not. My eyes immediately went to her. This is truly one of her best performances ever.
I loved Michelle Williams and would be happy if she were to be nominated. There are simply more than 5 actresses who deserve those 5 spots; Frances McDormand is not one of them but she is inevitable. So that leaves 4 great performances when there are at least 10 that deserve to be nominated…January 7, 2018 at 10:17 am #1202458889
Funny how people like to see others in over Streep without seeing her performance. The bias continues.
Not sure who this was in reference to, but I will leave my comment regarding Streep here. I think Streep was good in The Post but her character was annoying, and problematic. Meryl didn’t really arrive in her film until it was half way through. She has two big scenes and a smaller one which I think help her in the nomination process, but I wouldn’t pick her as a winner solely on performance alone as she is not very “dialed in” to her film and performance. I would say Hanks steals the show from her a far bit when the film starts, and she only holds her ground at the end of the film. I would not call her performance a heavy weight or a threat in the slightest. There are obviously politics to these awards too but based on performance merit – this isn’t a win for Meryl. Those who came in expecting a towering Iron Lady like performance will be disappointed, like I was.
It is McDormand who was weak to me. She plays this character over and over and it is herself!
I am not aware of McDormand’s filmography but I think she benefits the most from having big scenes and being appropriately dialed into her film. We gain a lot of understanding regarding the time and context of the film through her character and through her acting, and her acting becomes a piece of the setting as much as the location itself. That’s why I have her in second place – she has the baity scenes and she feels like an extension of the film itself. One could argue she kind of is the film.
I wasn’t a fan of The Shape of Water and Hawkins has been overrated since Happy Go Lucky.
Williams performance is actually what made me go back and reconsider Hawkin’s performance – she made me really appreciate what Hawkins did in The Shape Of Water. Hawkins is really limited by the fact that her character can’t speak – which is what makes her performance so beautifully moving.
Ronan does NOTHING in LabyBird.
I think Ronan is realistic, and she is appropriately dialed in, but at a lesser rate than McDormand. Ronan relies heavily on her supporting cast though. She leads but it’s a symbotic relationship with others in her film. I think she makes bold choices and she scaled her work appropriately. She is her character all the way through, and she impacts the film and setting like a well formed appendage to Gertwig’s writing. She realized the project well, so I can see why she is a front runner.
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What a movie!
This one should have been released eralier (or next year) and campaigned better.
Two dense compelling hours.
It’s on my runner up list for picture and director and for sure on my list for adapted screenplay.
About the acting Plummer work is impressive, especially considering the short time he had to prepare this perfomrance (I bet Spacey was good but surely he overacted). I’ve yet to see other performances to decide if he would make my list but at the moment I’m totally prediciting a nomination for him.
Williams by the way gives the best performance of the movie and maybe her best performance ever: not joking, I’ve never see her so mature as an actress.
Sadly due to the competition and not a constant screen presence probably will be snubbed.
The most paid acotr, Mark Wahlberg, wasn’t bad, but for sure the other supporting actor who impressed me was Romain Duris.
I highly raccomand it.
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