a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

Well, Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone certainly knows how to pick’em! In her historic podcast from a restaurant in Cannes, she mentioned Michael Haneke’s “Amour” second, after Marion Cotillard’s “Of Rust and Bone” as being her top two favorites. And despite it’s difficult subject matter, old age, senility and death, it has gotten widespread and almost unanimous love from the critics across the board.

The only nay-sayer was Jeffrey Wells, at that same luncheon, during that same podcast, which you can hear at http://www.awardsdaily.com in the Oscar poker section and also on Wells’ site http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com JW said he was going to skip it at the time the podcast was recorded and then later he does seem to have reluctantly dragged himself to it and lists it as “A respectful, but difficult sit.”

Will this lead to an Oscar somehow, somewhere? France is only allowed(and so is every other country in the world) one submission to the Oscars Best Foreign Film category. And since Michael Haneke, the director/writer is German, that could mean a more thoroughly French film, like “Of Rust and Bone” or even “The Intouchables” may be submitted by France.

If that does happen, an Oscar brouhaha would like  occur and the two distinguished lead actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva could get acting nominations, though I don’t think either would win.

It seemed like the beloved Marion Cotillard was going to walk away with it for “Of Rust and Bone” but she didn’t. Best Actress at Cannes went to two unknown Roumanian actresses in “Beyond the Hills” which Sasha also mentioned as among the best films she saw during her podcast.

Jeffrey Wells’ favorite film? Well, it seems to have been “On the Road” the Jack Kerouac book that established the Beat Generation. Yes, it’s finally made it to the big screen and Jeff loved it. But no one else seems to have.” Boring,” is the word most often used to describe this two and a half hour meticulously re-created road trip.

“On the Road” was described famously be Truman Capote as “That’s not writing. It’s typing.”

Well, we shall see. IFC has it. And Sony Pictures Classics has “Of Rust and Bone” and also “Amour” SPC is used to these races, as IFC is not. The Weinstein Co. has defined and redefined the Oscar race for the past quarter century. But none of its’ pictures at Cannes seems to have caught fire, unlike last year’s “The Artist.”

Anne Thompson, who kept getting disconnected from her own podcast this week, thought that “The Intouchables” had better Oscar prospects than any other of the TWC films at Cannes. Among them “Lawless” ANOTHER gangster film. When will THAT genre ever die???

But congratulations to Michael Haneke for winning ANOTHER Palm d’Or for “Amour”! He won recently, too, for “The White Band.”

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