I think Hathaway got the nom for shaving her head. Any time a pretty actress goes ugly for a part, Hollywood eats it up.
I don't think Flight was helped by Robert Zemeckis's cheesiness, but IMO Denzel Washington overcame that.
I know several people who belong to the Academy as well (all three are in the technical crafts). I don't think they would have kept any kind of silence if someone told them how to vote. In regards to Heath Ledger, I remember reading (perhaps in EW) that some members felt torn on the issue because while they thought it good to honor him, their vote would be "wasted" on someone who would never benefit from the honor. I'd say it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Ledger was going to going to win that year though, especially after public outcry about the Academy being out of touch with mainstream movie-goers. (And the following year is when they went to a max of 10 Best Picture nominations.)What makes RDJ "own" Hollywood so much these days? I know he's always been beloved even when he was strung out on drugs, and I know he's clean now and happily married, and he's done well with the Iron Man franchise, and he's a great actor, but what makes him have so much clout exactly? Just curious.
I wonder how voters were "nudged" to vote for Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight? Too bad they weren't so "nudged" when Heath should have won for his role in Brokeback Mountain in 2005, easily over Philip Seymour Hoffman's very good, but miscast impersonation of Truman Capote, in Capote. As to the Best Picture selection that same year ... what a car wreck! :
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
A Cinderella story from Afghanistan:
A 14 year old Afghan boy in an Oscar nominated movie- it's a heart warming story, somewhat reminiscent of the poor kids in 'Slumdog millionaire':
ETA: Looking through the Oscar nominations, I don't see this movie listed in the foreign language film category. So I am a bit confused.
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It's in the best live action short film category
So while the Weinsteins promotion helped of course, but SLP also got a lot of buzz starting from September to now.
I'll be back in a bit. Got a touchy tooth, kept me up all night and I'm a bit of a daze from next to no sleep and pain. Give me the pain from just after Ortho Surgery over a stupid aching tooth any day!!!
Thanks crusin. Amazing how a nap can help. I was literally fighting w/my eyelids while typing that post. Anyway...
I'm among those surprised at no Director nod for Ben Affleck. It truly did sound like he was a shoo in for a nom yesterday.
Holy packed w/talent Best Supporting Actor!!! My eye brows kept going up and up and up as each nominated actor appeared on the list I was looking at. Wow!!
Am I wrong in thinking Frankenweenie is the favourite for Best Animated? IIRC, it was one of the best rated Animated Features of this year, but going by memory there too, so...
Wish there was more Hobbit and really shocked no nod for Howard Shore's score, but what are you going to do other than pout about it...
Looking forward to Sunday and Globes night. Things could be a bit clearer after that or even more muddled. It's going to be fun to watch shake down though.
Globes is Sunday?! Against Revenge?! Whatever will I do?
Yes, Globes are Sunday. Found out earlier that Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan's oldest son Sam is this year's Mr. Golden Globe. One look at that kid and you know right away who his Dad is. I did about three or four double takes watching his little mini interview I saw earlier tonight.
Just saw Silver Linings Playbook and I thought it was simply awful. I don't understand how it received four Acting nominations. I was really trying hard to enjoy the lack of subtlety, over-the-top acting, and trying-too-hard humor, but after the stereotypical black character teaching the two white main characters how to dance "more black" scene I think I mentally checked out and couldn't get into DiNiro's forced crying scene about father/son and Eagles.
BTW, I loved Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, but I felt she was way out of her element here like in the beer drinking scene where we're supposed to be so impressed with her but I just ended up rolling my eyes at the whole thing (by which I mean the whole story). I know she prides herself on her natural talent and lack of acting classes, but I think she needs it. Of course, she got great reviews and a slew of award nominations and is a big contender for the Oscar, so it's working for her. However, I just didn't see what the big fuss is about.
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