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July 6, 2020 at 8:27 pm #1203571394
Fine with Holden win. But Cliff right behind . Too bad he didn’t win in his career
Was Clift considered a possibility to win for Judgement at Nuremberg? I saw it a long time ago and don’t really remember if he was deserving.
I’ve heard George Chikaris’ win mocked as undeserving.July 6, 2020 at 6:10 pm #1203571238
It is hard to figure out what happened with Passion Fish. She was high up on the list of prospective nominees. The Academy saw the film since Mary McDonnell got in.
Woodard did show up as a runner up at the LA Film critics award in lead so maybe that confused voters where she should be placed. Although just the year before LA gave Mercedes Ruehl Best Actress and she went on to win supporting almost everywhere else.
I haven’t seen the movie in a long time. Not sure how long her screen time is and if she belonged in lead or supporting.July 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm #1203567126
Her guest appearances on L.A. Law (which won her an Emmy) are just astounding acting.July 3, 2020 at 9:10 pm #1203565888
It would have been very interesting to see what de Havilland could have done with playing Old Rose.
Yes I’d have liked to see that. Plus she looked a bit like Kate Winslet. (the big eyes and stuff) I never really bought the idea that Gloria Stuart was Kate as an old woman and Gloria Stuart was never really that famous. It wasn’t a star cameo like it would have been with Olivia.July 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm #1203564397
Oh that’s incredible.. Is there any footage of that moment out there?
I doubt it. It was just from a local news show. There was gridlock and the reporter was just trying to get somebody to roll down the window and say how long they had been stuck there. Olivia obliged. Introduced herself and then answered his questions such as how she liked the show, winners etc. The reporter stumbled into a good interview when he initially would have been happy just talking to a chauffeur even.July 2, 2020 at 8:36 pm #1203564379
Diana Rigg won an Emmy for a TV version. Anyone ever see it? I can’t imagine anyone coming close to Judith Anderson.
(and nobody could direct the fire scene like Hitchcock)
Rigg was the only nominee for the series so I guess it wasn’t that great.June 30, 2020 at 10:31 pm #1203560268
She was rumored to by James Cameron’s first choice for old Rose in Titanic but was offended by him wanting to audition her or maybe just interview her to see if she was up for the task. Not sure which.
Gloria Stuart was fine but it would have been a nice piece of film history to have her end her career in a huge film like Titanic (and maybe win a third Oscar.)
I’m not sure when this was (probably around 1990 or so) but a local news reporter was standing in traffic reporting how bad the traffic jam leaving the show was. He was going up to cars to see if he could get a comment from the occupants and a woman rolled down the window and it was Olivia. She hadn’t even done anything on the show. Just was in the audience.June 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm #1203560258
Estellte Getty for The Golden Girls. She was in it as much as the other three. I think initially it was done since she was the only one not famous when the show started and they probably thought four nominations in lead was too much to hope for.June 28, 2020 at 8:58 pm #1203556361
Charles Durning’s nomination was quite a waste though…
I think Durning was very funny and charming in Best Little…He was the bright spot of the film and it was such change of pace role for him. He wasn’t known as a singer/dancer. (plus he also did good work in Tootsie that year.)
The next year he got another nomination for To Be or Not To Be which I don’t think he deserved.June 14, 2020 at 9:01 pm #1203533298
It was pretty common in the seventies
Barbara Harris, Who is Harry Kellerman….
Lee Grant, The Landlord
Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between
Brenda Vacarro, Once is Not Enough
those are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head. (more amazing was this was before screeners so people actually had to go out and see the films.)
Screeners somehow seemed to have made the academy lazier and they just vote for people in high profile films.June 8, 2020 at 8:55 pm #1203522874
Why is that?
I’m guessing because she has never done professional theater and Broadway can be pretty tough on newcomer movie stars who appear there. Julia Roberts and Julianne Moore both were criticized as being movie stars not stage actors. (Although Nicole Kidman did pretty well in her stage roles considering she had never even been in a school play I think.)
Jessica Lange had a rough time transferring too. Her first two times were bombs but her third got her a Tony. (She also did stuff in London prior to her Tony which helped her improve her stage acting.)June 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm #1203520908
Were the songs from “Saturday Night Fever” eligible? If so, “How Deep Is Your Love” and even “Stayin’ Alive” deserved nominations. That was the same year for “The Goodbye Girl”. The song by David Gates also deserved a nomination. That year (the 50th Oscars) “You Light Up My Life” won. “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon and “Nobody Does It Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me also deserved their nominations. The other 2 songs nominated could have been replaced by 2 of the 3 I mentioned.
Saturday Night Fever’s songs were eligible. I think it was prejudice against disco that kept them out. The next year they over corrected and gave a disco song “Last Dance” from a flop film the award strangely.
The Goodbye Girl song is great and ends the movie so perfectly. I assume it was an original song for the film. The composers guild made a lot of odd votes back then. I think the explanation was that they were a small older branch and voted for people they knew.June 4, 2020 at 10:17 pm #1203516992
I’m not entirely sure Live To Tell was specifically written for At Close Range though, same way how Into The Groove was not written for Desperately Seeking Susan.
I think This Used To Be My Playground would have been her moment in terms of a songwriter’s nomination, it was quite a baity song and I’m still surprised they went with two songs from The Bodyguard, including Run To You which is barely a tune and is just there to show off Whitney’s vocal abilities…
Wikipedia is a bit confusing on if it was written for the film. Seems like the music was used in another film then Madonna added lyrics I guess. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_to_Tell
When I was in college the director of At Close Range screened it at my school. As the credits rolled people laughed when Madonna’s name came up in the Performed by MADONNA.
He asked why they laughed and people said because her name was written so much bigger than all the other words in the credits.May 31, 2020 at 9:59 pm #1203511028
Alien 3. I remember the commercial was just Alien with the three written mathematically like it was to the third power.
I was so excited since it made it seem like it would be even bigger than Aliens.
It was such a disappointment and (spoiler alert)
The way they kill off the kid in the first scene is just unforgivable. I choose to pretend the series ended with Aliens and Ripley and Newt lived happily ever after.May 31, 2020 at 2:10 pm #1203510447
William Goldman is rumored to have written a substantial part of Good Will Hunting, not enough for an official WGA credit but enough to have a huge impact on the movie. The scenes between Robin Williams and Stellen Skarsgard always seem just way too sophisticated psychologically for two young guys like Damon and Affleck to come up with.