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March 27, 2019 at 2:31 pm #1202831451
He’s supporting.March 11, 2019 at 6:31 am #1202812228
I read an opinion piece on Quora that mentioned the following.
So philosophically, I agree with Spielberg. Netflix is creating content for a television screen and they’re releasing some content in limited release at theatres to qualify for the Academy Awards. They’re gaming the system a bit like a musician booking an eligible theatre for a short engagement to present their concept album live in an attempt to win a Tony.
I think my biggest thing with this, is I can’t look at this from any other perspective other than award show accolades. Which makes the conversation in question feel quite small and petty. I think film is becoming very blurred, and it likely won’t matter in a decade or so where the medium is released. These categories as they are currently defined may no longer exist period.March 11, 2019 at 6:22 am #1202812220
I don’t know if the film is solidly in the Oscar race- I haven’t seen it but since it is a straight up horror movie I don’t know if the Academy will go for it.
The Academy is changing, I think we saw that with the shift with Get Out getting nominated in both Best Picture and Best Actor categories.March 11, 2019 at 5:54 am #1202812185
Lawson and Stone are the two obvious front runners. Stone more in the back-half, Lawson more in the front half.
Second Tier: Ronan, Portman, Adams, Viola
Third Tier: Michelle Williams, Chastain, Larson, Robbie, Octavia
I expect Larson to make a big jump with her inclusion into the Marvel franchise over the next year, but for now she doesn’t have the ardor that Hollywood seemed to have for Emma and Jennifer at their peaks (Emma is currently still climbing).March 8, 2019 at 10:01 am #1202809051
I don’t think she is ever going to win Best Actress, she would do better to win a supporting role. I think Gaga has potential as a romantic lead/ supporting actress role but Best Actress isn’t for her at this point. I would say her next move would have to be something completely new and against type. Something like a Charlize Theron in Monster. Something completely out of left field and a true revelation of a performance.
What she gave in A Star Is Born, was not it. She mostly just played a variation of herself, and she hid behind Cooper the whole time. The only time she felt real and authentic was during Cooper’s shining moments. Honestly she gave a supporting actress level performance but her PR machine pushed her into lead through sheer force of will due to good box office receipts. She benefited from a weak year, her singing prowess, and her campaign narrative. She likely won’t have any of the above as a surprise narrative to bolster her chances next time.February 14, 2019 at 11:23 am #1202776145
I am so upset that Grant is going to be losing to Ali. Ali is great in Green Book, but he already has an Oscar for an overrated performance. Grant should be winning this, but with the Bafta loss, I just don’t see how that happens now.
I’m fine with Ali winning this one. His performance is the best of the set, and that rain scene is everything a winning clip is made of. He’s the clear winner this year, with no real competition. Rockwell is a joke, Grant is cute at best but not substantive, Elliot is invisible in his film, and Driver’s win is his nomination.
2016 is more of a toss-up. There was more diversity and a lot better performances to choose from, but I think they chose right then as well.
January 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm #1202729210
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I must admit I find Amy Adams pretty much a non-entity.
She’s perfectly fine, but definitely one of the most overrated actors in Hollywood for me. She rarely stands out in the ensemble because she is almost always overwhelmed by the lead or other supporting players there…most of her Oscar nominations are coat-tail.
These quotes pretty much sum up Amy Adams, she’s generally weak-tea and she never shines through or breaks out to make you pay attention to her. She’s a tool that’s used to expand others performances and she’s a shade away from disappearing all together whenever she is on film. Even with Sharp Objects, it feels like everything happens to her, not as if she is truly central to the action.
If she is nominated in Supporting actress this year it will be to her own detriment as pretty much every other supporting actress with have a more compelling reel than her: Robbie, Stone, Weisz, Foy, Kidman, etc.
This year Emma and Rachel will split votes like she did with Viola and these two will also take votes from Margot Robbie for playing a similar role while Regina King is being ignored everywhere and gets weaker everyday. Her biggest competition may be Claire Foy if she gets nominated but I doubt it.
King is the opposite of getting weaker after winning the Globe. She’s the clear lead at this point. I would say Foy is the most at risk of being forgotten about since First Man has not been well received. I agree that Emma, Robbie and Rachel are out of the running, (unfortunate for Stone as she actually did work to merit a win this time around).January 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm #1202729187
From what I have seen, Ali deserves to win this, Chalamet’s the runner up.October 28, 2018 at 6:39 pm #1202663689
This looks like a really diverse year for Best Actor at this point, in terms of performance styles. I can’t remember the last time I saw a potential nomination list this interesting for this particular category. A lot of the time Best Actor performances feel pretty linear and feel like actors are more or less giving the same performance, but this list feels like everyone is giving something different this time around.
- Bradley Cooper
- Ryan Gosling
- Viggo Mortensen
- Christian Bale
- Rami Malek
Lucas Hedges and Ethan Hawke could also be pretty interesting nominees as well. I don’t hate the short list for Best Actor at this point.
October 28, 2018 at 10:28 am #1202663443
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Yes!! Also people need to wait, performances of many Best Actress possible contenders are yet to be released esp Davis, Colman and the other releases of Nov and Dec.
Exactly this, Best Actress is still a wide open race at this point. Anyone counting ballots now is bound for disappointment. It’s still only October.October 28, 2018 at 10:21 am #1202663438
This film is all McCarthy’s but I don’t see her gaining any traction with this, the film is just too slow, and there aren’t enough high points to get most film go-er’s through this.October 28, 2018 at 10:14 am #1202663435
Not concerned about the box office at this point, more about it’s awards potential.
Gosling is way too subdued in this, even more than usual, which is why I can see him being at risk in terms of a Best Actor nomination. His performance is just too quiet, and there isn’t a lot bubbling underneath the way some of his previous performances have been (Half Nelson, Drive, Blue Valentine), and the film doesn’t dazzle enough to make him a shoe-in contender (La La Land). The most effecting scene in the entire film is probably when he leaves the friendship bracelet his daughter made him on the moon, which may not even be accurate. It’s just really difficult to find the character, in this film. Even though Gosling gives a better performance here than in La La Land, I can see him missing out because it’s just such a controlled, subdued and quiet performance which lacks a manic kind of quality that is bubbling under the surface. His Armstrong is just so controlled. I think people will have a hard time accessing that especially as a film experience.
Claire Foy would have been best served in Supporting Actress, she has more than enough to adequately compete there, the “you’re boys playing dress up as men line” is a killer scene stealer that would make her competitive. Best Actress not so much, as she is not really a lead (this whole film is all about Armstrong). She is just the wife of the main character – which I wish Hollywood would come to realize does not mean Leading Actress.October 28, 2018 at 10:01 am #1202663422
Isn’t your criticism on Chalamet’s performance more of a criticism on the script.
I think the thing about incredibly talented actors is that they should be able to elevate and go beyond the script when it confines their performance. That’s what a lot of amazing actors and actresses do, to the point where even poor direction, or a poor film doesn’t detract from their overall performance. What they produce transcends the sum or whole of all of the parts. Chamalet may not be seasoned enough to do that yet – his career is still a bit young, but it is worth nothing that he definitely had the opportunity to do so here. One could even say his role is the best in the entire film, he just didn’t utilize it to it’s full effect.
He gives such a natural and unique performance that he stands out from the rest for me sometime which isn’t always a good thing. Here I thought he understood this topic completely and went at it with great care. But I couldn’t root for his character or any one else’s for that matter because they weren’t written in a way that made me feel sympathy.
For me the biggest difficulty in his performance came from his shifts from normal Nic to Drugged Nic, and how he was just not able to integrate those two characters together to create a holistic vision or experience. Nic would just change, and we didn’t get the “why” or “what” which was a major factor. We do get a sense that he feels a profound sense of boredom and shame, but that’s pretty much it, and the audience needs more from him then I think he delivers, to make it all make sense.
To me Chamalet has a lot of highlights but he lacks consistency (where as I feel Ryan and Tierney are very consistent but don’t have a lot of highlights). But Chamalet’s shining moments are all when Nic is more or less sober. On the top of my head the top three scenes I felt he was at his best were when he was playing with his siblings in at the beach, him telling his mother “Mom, Please don’t” at rehab, and then at the end where he is sitting in the park with his dad, and he breaks down. But those are all “sober Nic” moments. Overall it feels like he is playing two different characters, and he just shifts and that transition needed to be more seamless than what was. Overall not a bad performance, but he could have done more. I will be interested to see Lucas Hedges performance, as I feel he will also have a similar challenge with Boy Erased.October 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm #1202663090
I saw this earlier today, I didn’t really see Chamalet as Lead in this film until the end, and even then it’s sort of an iffy placement. Ultimately I feel this film is largely Carell’s, and it’s from his view point, so I think Chamalet is Supporting, it’s just a very large supporting role that offers a lot of color to the Lead Actors performance.
Overall Carrell is as wooden in this as he ever has been. Chamalet, is so-so in this, the best thing about Chamalet is that he always feels real, so all that he does feels authentic. The limitations in that is I often question if Chamalet understands the full depth of his characters – because they feel like approximations of archetypes and caricatures and not fully realized human beings. All through out this film I found my self questioning why his character needed to be on drugs, and it was never articulated through Chamalet’s performance. The best the audience gets to understanding is through a notebook that Carrell’s character leafs through.
Maura Tierney, is an MVP in this, that car scene is incredibly memorable.
October 27, 2018 at 5:03 pm #1202663081
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My Week With Marilyn is probably her best overall performance, but Michelle is an actress who does stellar work and you can likely find strong performances through out her filmography. I was incredibly impressed with her work in All The Money last year and felt she should have been in contention for Best Actress.
I didn’t love her in Blue Valentine, and I actually felt Gosling was stronger than her in that film, but she doesn’t have many misses, and even her less than amazing performances are still quite good. Brokeback and My Week With Marilyn are both strong entries for her. Manchester wasn’t enough screen time.