Jeff Wells does it again! He hits the Oscar bulls-eye on almost a daily basis, but he really out-did himself today putting up an ENTIRE mind-blowing AFI panel which he called Scott Feinberg’s Incredible 8.
And on that panel, on the same stage(!) were not only Jake Gyllenhaal, but also Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Marion Cotillard(!!!) as well as Kristen Stewart(whom I actually liked here for the first time) all of them talking about Independent Films and how much they love them and how devoted they are to making them. And how difficult it is. And how there is no money for it almost always, but they press on anyway.
Tilda gave a rousing speech about the late gay filmmaking legend Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS, and was a major figure in England, but is still relatively unknown outside cinephile audiences in the United States.
It really blew my mind to see her, and Marion, and Jake, all of whom I’ve interacted with many times and interviewed and known for many years now all on the same stage at once.
Scott Feinberg(STILL the only Oscarologist who links to this blog) really was in his glory and his finest hour to date hosting this at the AFI fest in LA, which is hotter than it’s ever been.
Here’s the link ~ It’s over an hour but I was spell-
He calls it Feinberg’s Admirable Eight and I was surprised and delighted to see former winners Tilda and Marion working it, as it were for their films this year. “Snowpiercer” and “Two Days, One Night.” Especially when I was told by the film’s peeps that they weren’t going to do an Oscar campaign for Marion, though certainly her performance is one of the best of the year. And is definitely going to be on my Ten Best List.
And I kept wondering where I had ever seen them together before and then I remembered! They both won their Oscars in the same year!
Marion for “La Vie En Rose” for Best Actress and Tilda for “Michael Clayton” for Best Supporting Actress! THAT BLEW MY MIND!