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June 14, 2019 at 2:18 am #1202937204
I have no evidence as to why they actually did this, but my guess would be that Binoche’s performance stood out more by a slight amount to critics and viewers and they wanted to spread the wealth. Neither of them would have been anywhere close to winning in Lead, so my guess is they gave it to Scott Thomas as the filler nom and pushed Binoche in Supporting since a win for her there would be more likely. Personally, I think they made the right choice; I don’t think Scott Thomas would have won Supporting and I don’t think both of them would have been nominated in the same category.June 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm #1202929882
Betty Gabriel deserved a nomination for Get OutJune 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm #1202928693
Contrary to the “domino effect” argument that everyone gives, had Pacino won for Godfather Part II in 1974 he probably still would have won in 1992June 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm #1202925084
Quick thoughts on each episode:
Striking Vipers: DAMN. This one was for sure the stand-out of the season and definitely gave me old-school Black Mirror vibes. The performances were all impeccable – even the wife who wasn’t the focus of the episode gave a very nuanced performance with the script’s limitations. I was worried at the episode’s start that it would be a retread of previous VR episodes, and it was a little bit, but they put a great emotional twist on it that only worked because of the performances. It is in a way a re-working of San Junipero, but it still worked and I also loved the ending.
Smithereens: Easily the weakest episode of the season, and one of the weakest of all Black Mirror episodes IMO. What I will say is that the performances were all great – Andrew Scott had plenty of baity monologues to spout off – but the writing was INCREDIBLY weak. The monologue Chris gives when he finds out that Jaden isn’t an intern – ie “the sky could turn purple” – had absolutely no nuance and was not clever or profound whatsoever. They really hit you over the head with the message from the very beginning, which is something that Black Mirror was great for not doing in early episodes. The story really didn’t end up going anywhere and was fairly predictable from the start; it definitely came off as a very weak retread and the themes of the episode were way too broad to work. Instead of just going “anti-social media” as a general theme, I wish they had made an episode focused on a more specific technology or issue. I was thinking from just the poster that it might be an episode about Uber, and that would have been a great one; but they didn’t really come up with anything fresh here, and it just felt like a waste for a season with three episodes.
Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too: This was the median episode for the season; didn’t hit the highs of Striking Vipers, but had a lot more of its moments than Smithereens. Miley was good, and I have to agree with Stegeo that she doesn’t have the material or screentime to put her in the awards conversation, but her voiceover work was outstanding and she was great whenever she was on screen. If anything, it made me think she has great potential for roles in the future even if this one wasn’t fully realized, which was more the script’s fault. Honestly, Angourie Rice was the standout for me; she doesn’t get a whole lot of material, but she was completely believable in a role that was weakly written and could have been forgettable. The big climactic argument scene was a very “look at me act” type of deal but she shined in the quieter moments. The plot was yet again fairly predictable and I wasn’t too impressed by the ending but it was all in all a fun watch with some good performances.June 3, 2019 at 10:42 am #1202921831
This was a great trailer, the movie definitely has a Right Stuff kind of vibe. It comes off as the type of movie that does pretty well in terms of nominations including BP but maybe gets like one tech win. Bale in Supporting seems like category fraud to me but it makes sense that they’re likely to campaign him there. I don’t think he would end up winning BA or BSA for this as there are too many in both categories with baitier roles who have better narratives, and he’ll likely have far baitier roles to get him his overdue BA win later.June 3, 2019 at 10:34 am #1202921825
David Lynch and Lina Wertmuller are excellent choices, Seven Beauties is one of my favorites and is underrated imoMay 29, 2019 at 4:16 pm #1202915643
Back when I read The Goldfinch I imagined Mrs. Barbour being a more Blanchett/Swinton character because she spends much of the novel being cold and emotionally detached. I hope they give Kidman some of the more complex nuances of the character in the script, because I do think it would be a refreshing and slight departure from her Lion and Boy Erased roles.
I do think Kidman has the role that the Oscars would go for over Paulson, but Paulson certainly has enough material to put herself in the conversation as she is very overdue for a nomination. Obviously, it depends a lot on how well the film does and who the adaptation favors more, but while Xandra is the flashier role I found her to fall emotionally flat as compared to many of the other characters.
I’m honestly wondering if Luke Wilson or Jeffrey Wright could get in. Supporting Actor is more open than Supporting Actress as it stands, and they both have considerably baity roles.May 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm #1202915328
I really wanted Octavia to get a Globes nom from this, but I’m still super pumped to go and see her performance because I know it’s gonna be a fun watchMay 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm #1202915315
This was one of the best trailers I’ve seen in quite a while. The book is one of my all time favorites and carries a lot of personal significance, so it made me tear up to see that there was a good likelihood that they did the book justice. I was really worried it was going to be pedestrian and have a Where’d You Go Bernadette type trailer, but they hit all the right marks and I really hope this goes all the way to awards consideration.May 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm #1202905040
Wait so did they officially say that OUATIH is going Comedy at the Globes?May 20, 2019 at 3:36 pm #1202902148
To this day I do not know how The Dresser was nominated in Picture and Director. It’s pretty much a filmed play and the fact that it got so much love over bigger releases like Silkwood and Yentl makes no sense. I can see both of the actors getting in because of the weak field and maybe Adapted Screenplay but nothing more.May 20, 2019 at 3:21 pm #1202902124
I’ll join the bandwagon and say that Network is far and away my favorite to take this prize. The fact that three actors had parts that were compelling enough to win 3/4 acting prizes that night without even appearing in a single scene with one another is a testament to the genius of that script. They were so effortlessly able to craft a world rich with interconnected characters that felt so real even if it was satire.May 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm #1202895236
Funny enough, I also think that we were also really close to Picture/Director splits in the years where there wasn’t one. IE Fincher winning Director in 2010 would have been very plausible and it was likely a very close race, same with Scorsese 2011, Linklater, Del Toro/3BB and etc.
The only way to explain these sort of trends is by the preferential ballot. Huge frontrunners have historically tended to fare better under a winner takes all ballot. The amount of times that another movie has upset the early frontrunner after the preferential ballot as opposed to the amount of times that’s happened in the era of multiple precursors is pretty noticeable. Of course, correlation doesn’t always imply causation, but after having deviated from the predicted winner for so many years it makes sense.
I think that the days of an all-out clean sweep frontrunner are gone. If a movie like Titanic came out today, there would very likely be a Picture/Director split because of the preferential ballot. The Director branch has always been known to show praise via nominations to films that the more conservative BP voters wouldn’t even nominate; ie Cold War, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Sweet Hereafter, Last Temptation. Between the preferential ballot and the higher likelihood of deviating from the sheep mentality with BP voters, there’s undeniably going to be many Picture/Director splits.May 3, 2019 at 12:23 pm #1202878943
I just got around to bingeing all four episodes last night, and while it isn’t always the sum of its parts, this show is still pretty enjoyable, mostly because of the performances and the inherently juicy content of the lives of Fosse and Verdon. At first I wasn’t 100% sure if Williams would get in, but DAMN if she didn’t sell me in the last two episodes. She brings just the right amount of theatrics in portraying Verdon, but those quiet, subtle moments are dynamite. I have to echo what someone said before about the scene on stage where everyone is cheering for her, the emotion on her face was stunning and raw, along with the monologue from the play earlier in the episode.
Limited Series Actress is quickly becoming my favorite category this season; Williams, King, Adams, and Arquette all give performances that will stay with me for quite some time, and I’m curious to see who they will choose since it seems like an impossible choice to me.May 3, 2019 at 12:02 pm #1202878915
I’m wondering if anyone has any controversial/not-often-mentioned wins that upset them. Like, I know that apparently everyone hates Paltrow’s win to the point where it came up on this thread at least 10 times, but does anyone have some interesting ones?
I’m surprised I never hear people talk about Clooney over Gyllenhaal or really anyone else in that category. I’ve never once heard someone say that was a deserving or memorable performance AND it was category fraud, probably on my shortlist of most underwhelming Supporting Actor wins tbqh.