I never thought I’d be writing this sentence, they are SUCH different men and performers, but last night by winning Best Actor Musical I saw Hugh Jackman turn into Jean Dujardin! Or this year’s Jean Dujardin to be more exact.
“Lincoln” lost BIG TIME last night. There’s no denying it with only one win for Daniel Day Lewis, who everybody seemed tired of already. Does he REALLY need a THIRD Oscar? I felt resistance all around that room last night. The applause was lukewarm, at best.
And who was it who cracked “He just grew a beard?” Was that Robert Downey Jr.? Was he expressing sentiments of a larger voting body that he belongs to, i.e., the Academy. SOME presenter onstage said that thought verbally, OUT LOUD, last night.
And then, and THEN “Les Miserables” won Best Film Comedy or Musical! Just like “The Artist” did last year!
The animosity towards Steven Spielberg was as palpable as if everyone in the room suddenly turned in to Jeffrey Wells of http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com
And so this puts “Les Mis” FIRMLY back into the race. The “Lincoln” negativity is coming from the C-Span-ish-ness of that lumbering, sleep-inducing dirge. It’s History Channel all the way.
And now that I’ve got my TV back to working order, I would rather turn on the History Channel ANY DAY than sit through “Lincoln” again in my life-time.
To get it in the neck from the Broadcast Film Critics on Thursday, then again on Sunday for the HFPA, well…two strikes and you’re out.
The only important awards now left before the Oscars are the SAGs, which is where last year George Clooney lost out to Jean Dujardin and “The Artist”s Oscar win was sealed.
Watch for “Lincoln” not to win anything at the SAGs and we’re being set up for, as incredible as it may seem, another “Colored Purple” year. That was when, and I know I mentioned this SOMEwhere in my Live-Blogging posts last night, that was the year when the Steven Spielberg directed “Colored Purple” with 11 nominations going in to the ceremony, LOST ALL ELEVEN!
And it’s starting to happen again…Hugh Jackman really aced it last night by winning that Best Actor award AGAINST the Weinstein machine behind Bradley Cooper.
“Silver Linings Playbook” didn’t win much. Just Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress Musical-Comedy. She COULD win the Oscar, or it could be —wait for it —Qu’venzhane Wallis! For “Beasts of the Southern Wild!”
This is a really unpredictable year. Full of surprises. I guess I can safely predict THAT.