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June 23, 2017 at 12:16 am #1202130931
She has the best part in the film, haunting, paints most realistic portrayal of a human in the cast.June 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm #1202129178
Looking forward to the re-teaming.June 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm #1202126771
Foxcatcher is one of Bennet Miller’s weakest films. Extremely distant and left in the withering cold. And Steve Carell was so mechanical.
The drugged display on the chopper, the night wrestling/rape-ish/humping scene, the fake nose — outside of the scene sitting down with Vanessa Redgrave, Carell is a contender for delivering one of the big camp performances of the last several years. Faye Dunaway’s excellent work as Joan Crawford was more derided and pissed on than Carell’s obvious Oscar stunt.June 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm #1202126766
Patricia Arquette only needs a Tony.June 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm #1202118973
NBR not a critics group by any acceptable marker. They are “enthusiasts” and teachers and fans and some with former studio ties.
From recent years, to win from NY, LA and NSFC, you have:
Sean Penn, Milk
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Forest Whitaker, Last King of Scotland*^1
Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
Isabelle Huppert, Elle & Things to Come
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine*^2
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake*^3
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds*^4
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood*^5
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life & Take Shelter & The Help
Virginia Madsen, Sideways
*1 – tied with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) at LAFCA
*2 – tied with Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) at LAFCA
*3 – tied with Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) at NSFC
*4 – tied with Paul Schneider (Bright Star) at NSFC
*5 – won Lead Actress at LAFCAAugust 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm #1201910992
His statements from the time weren’t consistent. He talks about her not seeming drunk, but then he mentions helping her the following morning because she was throwing up from the hangover. The taunting and harassment in the following months is even more damning, as well as the original testimony of the third guy saying that he didn’t think she was conscious, the fact that Parker seemed wary of her seeking any help or counsel, etc. This relationship between these two guys, lasting all these years from “sharing girls” to writing and working in movies together. It’s very strange.August 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm #1201910764
I had a black film teacher that detested Purple, so I’m not so sure it’s universally loved at all by black audiences. Same teacher liked other Spielberg movies though (and prefers Oprah in Beloved).August 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm #1201910747
It’s an all-around disaster and PR nightmare. It’s a joke that SL didn’t think to see what the victim was up to considering that other studios would surely try to bring this up. And surprise: she’s dead. The Toronto press conference and everything coming up (Gabrielle Union is in the film and a sexual assault survivor) is going to be painful to watch.August 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm #1201910732
There was controversy with The Color Purple – many voiced their distaste for Spielberg’s particular spin on the story/backlash to him being a white man and the depiction of the black male characters, among other things (Overly earnest, stereotypical). Even though it received 11 nominations, there was a kind-of buyer’s remorse and by Oscar night, it was dead.August 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm #1201910366
Redgrave approached Chayefsky afterwards and he walked away/didn’t want to hear what she had to say and was apparently miffed when he saw people speaking to her (the gall!).
Fonda was locked for Klute. There were other worthy performances in the category but she swept the major critics groups, had proven herself earlier with Horses, while Glenda Jackson (Sunday, Bloody Sunday) had just won, and Julie Christie (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) was a previous victor as well. Although she was a political lightning rod, some say Fonda partially won her second because people wanted to apologize to her about being right on Nixon.
Redgrave was definitely the front runner for Julia. Won LA, the Globe — she was on her fourth nomination after three lead losses, the film was up for eleven Oscars.August 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm #1201910300
Vanessa Redgrave’s march to the podium for Julia was not without plenty of controversy. The Jewish Defense League condemned her for the documentary she produced called The Palestinian. The JDL made threats to blow up theaters showing the film (and at least one bomb did go off outside a theater). They made threats against Redgrave and people from Julia (even some that were Jewish) that supported her right to her beliefs. So when Redgrave refers to “Zionist hoodlums” in her Oscar speech, that’s who she’s talking about.August 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm #1201905344
Avatar, Cameron, Firth, Streep, Plummer, Kendrick or Farmiga (toss-up), Bastards, Up in the Air (lost partly because of the Reitman controversy with the other writers and not sharing credit).August 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm #1201905337
Squibb or Hawkins was an easy third (Squibb in a BP nominee, Hawkins in a showy part), August had little-to-no steam. Hustle went Oscarless because Lawrence took the lead prize the year before, didn’t campaign. The main takeaway is that Russell’s films seem to hit big on nom day and never pan out (at least in best picture heat).February 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm #218059
I think these bloggers get to put their names in/kind of a lottery system.February 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm #217992
Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander are basically two peas in a pod. This time last year, Alicia would have been in lead for Danish (and Felicity supporting this year for Theory). They’re both leads, absolutely. It has to do with timing/perceived category strength, etc.