a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

OK, so not to be remiss, these are the correct spellings of the new players, all of them actresses, interestingly enough, who have come to prominence since the Cannes Festival, which just wrapped up yesterday.

The extraordinary 6-year-old non-actress(who is now 8, I think) is Quvenzhane Wallis. I’m guessing that pronoucing it phonetically as best I can(my mother was an English teacher) that it’s Q-VENZ-HA-NAY. There’s an accent over the last “e”. And my keyboard doesn’t do accents. So she’s the star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” that Sasha is so sure will get a Best Actress nomination! That would really be something! And her father is played by Dwight Henry, who again Sasha of http://www.awardsdaily.com thinks could be a Best Supporting Actor candidate. Finally, the director/writer is young, 23-year-old Behn Zeitlins. And Sasha points out in her podcast this morning that no, he didn’t go to film school.

And she thinks that is the reason the film is so original. It opens soon, and can’t wait to see if it lives up to the Sundance/Cannes hype. Rarely do these two festivals agree with each other quite so completely as they do on this film. And Behn Zeitlins, Sasha thinks, will get a best director and best screenplay. Don’t know about Best Director. The Director’s branch has never nominated anyone THAT young. Original Screenplay, though, if indeed it is Original,is much more a distinct possibility. And that goes for adapted, too, if it’s based on something. I should know this but I don’t. Will research more later.

And the two new Best Actresses?They are Roumanian’s Cosima Stratan and Cristina Flutur in “Beyond the Hills”, the controversial film that Sasha reviewed, at http://www.awardsdaily.com and said she wished she hadn’t seen it. But admired its’ artistry, mais oui. I don’t know if Jeff Wells even saw it at all. It’s a lesbian/nun/exorcism/murder story set during the reign of the Roumanian dictator Ceaucescu.

Cristian Mungiu directed it. He won the Palme d’Or a few years back for his bleak,  heart-rending abortion drama “Four Months, Two Weeks, etc.”

Both Stratan and Flutur were claimed by Pete Hammond to be found by the director on the Internet. And since it now emerges that both are professional actresses who went to the same drama school, probably the only one, in Roumania, he could’ve found them acting in scenes on the school’s website. Just a guess.

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