Billy Eichner would have made a good Oscars host...!
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Kathryn Bigelow & James Cameron: Oscar's War of the Lenses
The Oscar nominations are out, and while some who had a pretty good shot saw their hopes dashed (Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine for Best Actor; Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria for Best Actress; (500 Days of Summer), Where the Wild Things Are, Invictus, Nine, Julie and Julia and my personal choice of A Single Man for Best Picture; Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds, Julianne Moore in A Single Man and Marion Cotillard in Nine for Best Supporting Actress; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story for Best Documentary; A Single Man for Art Direction...it was criticized as too pretty, but apparently it still wasn't pretty enough!; "Cinema Italiano" from Nine and "All is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are for Best Original Song), most of the nominees were unsurprising. In fact, with one exception (Kruger losing her spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal), all of the major acting nominees matched the SAG nominees.
Loved how the collected press applauded for the crowd-pleasing Blind Side noms...it's like American Idol where the best frequently don't win, but the favorites do! (Maybe The Blind Side is this year's Ruben Studdard.)
Kathryn Bigelow becomes only the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (so deserved), and has an excellent chance to become the first to win. Also, Lee Daniels is only the second black man nominated for Best Director (also so deserved; the first was not Spike Lee, but John Singleton). Also re Daniels, I don't have stats on how many out gay people have been nominated for the award, but Rob Marshall comes to mind.
As for nominating 10 films instead of five, it feels like a marketing gimmick to me, especially when only five directors are nominated—it feels like the five films whose helmers were ignored are just honorary mentions with next to no chance of winning. And I didn't find the extra five to be particularly interesting choices, either—they feel like films that should have been in the running but shouldn't have been in the final cut, or, in the case of The Blind Side, they're concessions to commercial juggernauts. (I guess that is this year's Ghost, except Ghost was able to be nominated when there were only five slots, and The Blind Side probably wouldn't have had a shot.)
But the Oscars are the original marketing gimmick gone good, so more power to the movies that benefit from the looser standards.
The full list of nominees follows (and more movie talk is available here), but my guesses right now for the top awards would be: Avatar (but Inglourious Basterds has a real shot and The Hurt Locker is not out of the question), Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock (she's had the momentum, but Streep could still pull it off in the more conservative Oscars), Mo'Nique and Waltz.
I don't doubt that Sandra Bullock is effective in The Blind Side, but I highly doubt she outperforms the other actresses nominated alongside her for a SAG Award, let alone Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia. I think she is racking up wins because she's so fucking nice and smart and accomplished and diligent—which come to think of it are better reasons than most to unfairly win awards. How many people have won Oscars due to an onslaught of studio-paid campaigning? So I guess I can't get too riled up that after winning the Golden Globe and especially last night's SAG, Bullock seems to be the front-runner for Oscar gold, narrowly ahead of the previously awarded, supremely more gifted Streep.
An ubersexy new clip from A Single Man is just out (see after the jump), just in time for the Screen Actors' Guild nominations (yay, Colin! aw, no Julianne...), which are also after the jump, the only gasp-inducing shocker being the absence of Up in the Air from the ensemble acting category (the equivalent of Best Picture) despite honors for Clooney, Farmiga (who was really great) and Kendrick...
The Golden Globes are always fun as quasi-Oscar predictors, and because the Hollywood Foreign Press is unabashedly pro-star. They love giving nominations (and even awards) to big names not known for their acting chops, especially when those big names stretch ever so slightly. (Case in point: Madonna was nominated for and won a Globe, though went on not to even get an Oscar nomination.)
This is why someone like Julia Roberts gets nominated for something like Duplicity (um, exactly!) and why they adore giving wins to newcomers whose shows have made a big splash (remembering Keri Russell winning for Felicity, America Ferrera, etc.)
The year's biggest shock for me was the failure of Mariah Carey to get a nomination. She was never, ever Oscar-nomination-bound, not really, but the Globes seemed a possibility for her. Guess her international profile isn't as big as her profile. (This is a breast joke, not a fat joke, and as such is an expression of my civility toward a figure—in both senses—I dislike but whom did well in a movie that was my first or second fave of 2009.)
The complete list of Golden Globes nominations—my comments, if any, follow each category...
Queen Latifah looks great; she usually looks...like Queen Latifah. I'm surprised they're doing the memoriam AFTER a commercial instead of as a lead-in. Latifah was forced to since "gay, I'll always think of you that way." I do have to take back my constant comments that she is not a good singer...
In 1964, young Donald Miller (Joseph Foster II) is the first African-American student at St. Nicholas Catholic school in the Bronx, where Principal Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) literally puts the fear of God into her pupils. Nothing escapes her notice, most especially dissidence—the institution's newest priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has rubbed her the wrong way with a sermon in praise of doubt (which binds us all as surely as does faith) and with his irreverential attitude. Thanks to some gossip supplied by Sister James (Amy Adams), who's noticed that Father Flynn seems to have singled out Donald Miller with a one-on-one meeting in the rectory, she has all the proof she needs to know the priest is molesting the boy, and all the ammunition she requires to attempt to oust him from his position.