a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

I have to say thank you to Sony who IMMEDIATELY sent me a screener of “Animal Kingdom” Right as soon as I mentioned that I hadn’t seen it ~ in the previous post yet!

And I couldn’t believe it! But the power of This Humble Blog grows and grows! And I IMMEDIATELY set everything aside to watch it! And it sucked…

I’m sorry to say. And David Poland of www.moviecitynews.com was right when he said  in his Hot Blog that Jackie Weaver has no chance at an Oscar nomination. The film is not very good at all. In fact, it’s downright bad. And Ms. Weaver is better than everybody else, but that isn’t saying much.

And her character whom someone refers to early in the film as “Grandma Smurf” is pretty much exactly that. She’s quirky, odd. Very eccentric looking and she’s does POP as it were against her dreary, murky Australian underworld/suburban background. And she’s the only one you remember vs. her many Aussie gangster sons. I could barely understand what any of them were saying, their accents were so thick, the film really could’ve used sub-titles.

And it was a good idea of Sony Pictures Classics to send out the DVD so early in the awards season to the various members of the various voting bodies. Because, that, and nothing else really landed Jackie Weaver this odd-ball win. But apart from a few big scenes at the end of this ENDLESS film, she really doesn’t get to grandstand until nearly all her sons are dead…and then, well, not so much…but you do remember her. But  voters are going to have to wade through most of a very tedious, confusing(which son just got shot?)schlog before they’re rewarded(sort of) with Weaver’s good scenes at the very end of the film.

But it isn’t “an Academy performance.” And I don’t think she’ll be nominated. Not in a film that’s as bad as “Animal Kingdom,” A box-office dud,  from early in the year, AND it’s unintelligible. Those ACCENTS!

Not when you have two terrific performances in “The Fighter” that could go into this category, always the weirdest, but I personally have always loved it. Best Supporting Actress that is. That would be Amy Adams and Melissa Leo also doing heavy accents. This time hailing from the slums of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Melissa Leo’s monstrous mother Alice Ward in ” The Fighter” is similar to Jackie Weaver’s Australian Ma Barker, but Leo is better. And so is Amy Adams. And so is the wonderful Helena Bonham-Carter in “The King’s Speech.”

Helena BC also has great turns in “Alice” AND “Harry Potter” as I’ve said previously. AND she’s been nominated before. As Melissa Leo was last year for “Frozen River” and Amy Adamas – twice for Supporting in “Junebug” and “Doubt.” Helena also was nominated for “Howard’s End” a long time ago. And now that she’s married to Hollyweird’s own Tim Burton, she’s definitely on the Academy’s “to do” list. In the sense that she’s never won.

Also always a bridesmaid and not yet a bride is Kristen Scott Thomas for “Nowhere Boy,” a biopic about the young life of a pre-Beatles John Lennon.

Scott is unrecognizable as Lennon’s prim and proper aunt Mimi. And Anne-Marie Duff is just as good as Lennon’s crazy biological mother, Julia. Both were nominated for the BAFTAS last year. either won. Mo’nique did….And Scott-Thomas was nominated for Best Actress for “The English Patient.” Which won every award in the book a few years back, when Harvey Weinstein really WAS the King of the World.

And let us not forget the beauteous Marion Cotillard in the mind-blowing “Inception.”

There’s also Miranda Richardson for “Made in Dagenham.” A film which I loved, personally, but seems to be fading with the public….Too British….IF a film can ever be said to be “too British.”

And Leslie Manville’s WIN for Best Actress from the National Board of Review is pretty much going to guarantee that Sony Pictures Classics, who has SOOOOO many of these marvelous women in their wheelhouse this year, is PROBABLY going to just go on campaigning for her in the Leading Actress category.

Maybe Natalie Portman and Annette Bening will cancel each other out and Manville will win the Oscar, too….But probably given the SWORM’s propensity for voting for cute young women to win Best Actress…Manville’s memorable Mary is probably too much like they would be voting for their wives. If you know what I mean.

And then there’s Naomi Watts sooooo wonderful in”Mother and Child”. And now comes Hailee Stanfield, the girl with the pigtails, in “True Grit” which I haven’t seen yet. People are talking her up for Supporting. But she’s a complete unknown…and they’ve held the film back for soooo long…Sometimes that strategy backfires…

Like I haven’t seen it yet. It’s the last one of the majors. And now it’s time for me to yell at Paramount! Hey Paramount! I have to do my Year’s Ten Best List VERY soon and you haven’t let me see your “True Grit!”

Let’s see if I get a response to THIS scream!

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