Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
What comes to mind when I think of Michelle are the following two things:
1.) The snub heard round the world: Pfeiffer's loss to Jessica Tandy in the race for the '89 Best Actress Oscar. Really. After taking the Globe, NYFCC, LAFCA, among other awards, Pfeiffer should have been an easy choice for voters. But no. They had to cop out and give it to the old hag who drove herself into a ditch over one of the ten best female performances of all. time.
Ugh. And we thought Crash's win was undeserved.
2.) "Cool Rider": I was obsessed with this song growing up, and sadly I still am today. Yes, it's on my iPod, along with The Pfabulous Baker Boys soundtrack, and yes, I'm damn proud of it. I really don't know what it is about the song, but it cracks me up. And if you ever go out drinking with me, ask me to sing it, because I will, dance moves and all.
I wish I was kidding when I said this, but it's true. Sigh.
Anyway, happy birthday Michelle! May we all pray you never read this.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Now I know reviews don't guarantee anything, especially at this time of year, but if the film can manage decent box office numbers this weekend, is it possible for "United 93" to become a serious Oscar contender?
For me, I'm on the fence. I feel like I need to see it first, which I plan on doing sometime in the next couple of days. But in the mean time, what do you guys think? Is this likely or will the film fall off the radar by say, September?
Friday, April 21, 2006
For starters, I have four returning nominees. That seems unlikely. Plus, they're all hot, which means some distinguised veteran a la Judi Dench/Imelda Staunton is likely to come in and fuck things up.
The only real chance I took here was Renee Zellweger, if you can even call that a chance. Who knows if Miss Potter will stay on the '06 roster, but if it does I see it as a potential threat.
Dunst I'm not too happy about predicting. I wanted to go with Paquin - and I predicted both at one point - but when is the last time we had 2 nominees under the age of 25? Anyone know?
Ugh. And don't get me started on the Nicole snub. I'll probably grow to regret that one, too.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
But in the meantime, everybody needs to go and purchase "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks on iTunes. It's a great song that needs our support since country radio is apparently not ready to welcome them back yet.
So purchase, purchase purchase!!!!!
Monday, April 10, 2006
Matt Damon should be a shoe in for something this year given the number of films he's in. Forrest Whitaker should make it in, too, if the performance is as big as I'm thinking it might be. Javier Bardem...well, it all depends on how good Goya's Ghosts is, I suppose.
And as for Richard Gere, I'm surprised other people aren't putting him on their lists. This seems like the performance that could finally get him recgonition of this calibre.
Of course, he should've been nominated in 2002, but let's not go there, shall we? Ugh.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Also, there were literally tons and tons of contenders I simply could not make room for, so don't be too upset if your favorite director didn't make the cut. Everyone beyond the predicted 5 stands an equal chance at being nominated in my book.
One last side note: What do you guys think will happen to For Your Consideration? I'm personally on the fence. On one hand, it's a Christopher Guest movie, which they've barely embraced in the past. But For Your Consideration might push voters over the edge, since the film is sure to make voters laugh based on the subject matter.
Monday, April 03, 2006
But before you guys get to praising and/or trashing them, I thought it'd be best to further explain why these five films were selected...starting with Dreamgirls.
Dreamgirls is a movie that many people have already written off - and I can understand why. This is not your typical prestige Oscar contender. Not only does it star Beyonce Knowles, it's got American Idol castoff Jennifer Hudson - who's never acted in a film before - in the pivotal role of Effie White. So the risks are there. Whether or not they'll pay off is the question, and I don't think we'll have any real clue until the trailer premieres later this year. Until then, I can only hope for the best.
Next on the list is The Good Shepherd. DeNiro's been off Oscar's radar for years now, so if this is any good we should expect a nice comeback. You know how Oscar loves actors turned directors. And if it's really good, well, perhaps DeNiro will become this year's George Clooney. But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Goya's Ghosts is being directed by another man who hasn't struck gold in awhile: Milos Forman. I admittedly don't like having this in my lineup since the film doesn't have a distributor, but who knows? After the dominance of indie movies last season, Oscar might be hungry for some good ol' fashioned Hollywood epics.
Of course, The Last King of Scotland doesn't fit that particular bill, but if Forrest Whitaker starts generating a lot of buzz it could make it into the final five the same way Capote and Shine have done in the past.
Finally, Little Children takes the obligatory contemporary spot. I read Tom Perrota's novel about two years ago and think it could translate into a very interesting movie if handled the right way. Todd Field seems apt to take such a challenge after proving himself with 2001's Oscar-nominated "In the Bedroom".
So that's it for now. I'll be dishing more predix tomorrow and Thursday, starting with Best Director.
And remember: please consider that it's only April and that realistically only one or two of these movies might get nominated. So keep the hate mail to a minimum. I'd appreciate it. ;)
Saturday, April 01, 2006
In the meantime, can anybody clue me in as to the category placements of Goya's Ghosts? Is Natalie Portman leading or supporting? And what about Stellan Skarsgard? I know he's playing the title character, but IMDB lists him after Bardem.