In less than a week, we’ve been inundated with awards and nominations to the point that only the most awards-obsessed, like me, and YOU, can keep up with the avalanche without feeling a bit numb.
I do feel a bit numbed.
But elated that my particular fave “The King’s Speech” has once again come out on top with FOUR nominations, including Colin Firth, who, let’s face it is winning EVERYTHING! Just like I told him he would, and just like Helen Mirren did before him, who was in essence playing his daughter, Elizabeth, in “The Queen,,” ANOTHER stupendous British Film from a couple of years back…
And Geoffrey Rush also now has a SAG nomination to complete his awards shelf, along with his recent Golden Globe nomination on Tuesday. Tuesday! It seems like ages ago! Geoffrey got it for Best Supporting Actor, naturallement. And Helena Bonham-Carter made the “King’s Speech” Awards quartet complete with HER nomination for playing Colin Firth’s devoted wife…ALSO named Queen Elizabeth.
Some surprises. Like Hilary Swank for Best Actress for “Conviction.” And I just SAW “Conviction ” FINALLY last night! Yes I did! And though I had been resisting it all season…I ended up being VERY involved and moved and yes, a lot of that was Hilary’s AMAAAAAAAAZINGly strong performance as Betty Ann Waters. Also Sam Rockwell, as her jailed brother, who wrongly accused of murder, Swank spends her whole life, basically trying to get him freed. She even puts herself through Law School to do it. AND it’s a true story! And it really becomes very powerfully effecting.
I was invited to see this film a million times. And since it looked like just a formulaic courtroom drama, I kept putting it off.
But I’m baffled by the inclusion of Whatshisname in “Winter’s Whatsit” in Supporting Actor. WHERE did that come from???
Over Sam Rockwell’s heart-rending turn as Kenneth Waters, Swank’s jailed brother that she tries so valiantly to free.
He was wonderful. Subtle, yet very rangey. Powerfull AND he ages 18 years in prison, waiting for his sister to become the lawyer of lawyers and get him freed. Which we all know in the end she does, but director Tony Goldwyn really has set up a suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller, even though we all know how it ends. It’s not a whodunnit it’s a “HowDidSheDoIt?” Interesting.
And what the Screen Actors Guild has done is pit two time Oscar winner Hilary Swank once again against her OLD arch rival Annette Bening, whom Swank trounced TWICE at the Oscars! Could this be the SAG setting Bening-Swank up for a THIRD rematch?
I guess it’s just too juicy a cat fight for the SAG nominating committee to avoid. Honestly! You guyz! But Hilary Swank really is quite, quite wonderful and powerful in this film that she also got produced. Actors really admire that. And in fact, all the nominees in Best Actress were instrumental in getting their films to the screen. With the usual paucity of Best Actress nominees, this Superstar/Actress/Producer change may be what’s making this year’s Best Actress race the most competitive in years! I think it’s great!
Could Swank upset Natalie Portman, who is also nominated for Best Actress, mais oui, for her crumbling ballerina in “Black Swan”? Well, I don’t think ANYone can upset Portman’s apple cart, quite frankly…And again, Natalie Portman put in something like ten years or more trying to get this film produced.
But what SAG has done here in the Best Actress category is knock the lovely Michelle Williams of “Blue Valentine” ALSO powerful, compelling and unforgettable, out of the top five actresses. And that’s not good for Williams’ Oscar chances. Also Ryan Gosling was not nominated for Best Actor for “Blue Valentine” for the SAGS where he and Michelle both were, only as recently as Tuesday for “Blue Valentine.”
How did this happen? Well, I have two words for you “Fox Searchlight.” They were like a good ole dog with a bone for their movie “Conviction.” Which also, BTW, pretty much tanked at the Box-Office. But they still got Swank that startling nomination. They KNOW how to run an Oscar Campaign. Oh boy, do they!
HOWEVER, Michelle and Ryan have behind them, what Colin and Geoffrey and Helena have behind them, and it’s Harvey Weinstein, their producer, of the Weinstein Co., who REALLY knows how to run an Oscar campaign ~ and win it!
Recently, who got Kate Winslet her Oscar for “The Reader”? Harvey did. And who got Penelope Cruz her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the same year? Harvey.
So don’t be surprised if Michelle and Ryan pop back into the picture come Oscar Nomination Day. Harvey Weinstein sees all this as a challenge, you betcha. And he’s more than up to it.
But “The King’s Speech” leading BOTH the SAG nominations AND the Golden Globes means that it is much loved.
The film who’s name I will not mention anymore, only got TWO puny nominations. And once again , Jesse Irritatingberg, the HeadacheMaker, is nominated for Best Actor. I just don’t get it.
And the SAGS were not buying what any of the Supporting Actor in That Film Whose Name I Will Not Mention were selling. All three of them cancelled each other out, I think. They split TFWNIWNM vote. And Justin Timberlake’s opening big as the voice of Boo Boo the Bear in “Yogi Bear” this exact week, is really “Norbit” all over again.
“Norbit” a critically reviled film starring Eddie Murphy came out just at the same time as the Academy was voting during the “Dreamgirl” year. I knew when I saw the posters for that plastered sky-high over Times Square with Murphy in a fat suit AND a bikini as a fat woman…I KNEW his Oscar hopes for “Dreamgirls” were doomed…And Alan Arkin won…
It’s also interesting to not that the SAG voters did also NOT nominate Michael Douglas in Supporting for “Wall Street 2” as the Globes did.
So the Supporting races are slightly more all over the place. With Geoffrey Rush and Christian Bale in for sure and those other three slots really up for grabs and surprises at the Oscars. I would say watch for Sam Rockwell to finally make an entrance here. And oh yes, then there’s that Mark Ruffalo character buzzing around like an irritating may fly for “The Kids Are All Right”. He was nominated for BOTH the Globes and the SAGS. He benefits from the good lesbian vibrations that “The Kids…” generates, but since he’s the token straight in the movie, it’s no sweat for the straight guys in SAG to vote for him.
You have to remember, dear readers, dear cineastes, that the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Screen Actors Guild are two WIDELY different groups of people. There’s no overlap whatsoever. Hence the differences…
And if you want to read a real breakdown of all of this seasonal nonsense we drive ourselves crazy over, check out www.ScottFeinberg.com
He’s got it allllll down statistically.
And no Jackie Weaver in Supporting Actress!!! She, who defied the odds and won so many critics awards, out of nowhere, really. Well the SAG actors didn’t buy her performance as anything speciall and left her out.
They DID include in her place young Hallie Stanfield(sp?) for “True Grit” who was NOT nominated for the Golden Globes. Or course, “True Grit” was completley shut out of the Golden Globes. That’s what Paramount gets for not getting me into a screening! You see, I STILL haven’t seen it!