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Oscar Afterwards’ ~ Sasha Stone & Jeff Wells Look Forward

Oscar Afterwards' ~ Sasha Stone & Jeff Wells Look Forward

It takes up something like six months of the year. From September when Toronto unfurls the usual winner, and they were right. “12 Years a Slave” was winning the minute it opened and it won the Audience Award there. Til March(this year) when the Awards are given out.

Then it’s time for the Oscar Afterwards period as I’m now calling it. The blah period when everything returns so much to normal, which usually means tons and tons of dreadful movies, that I return to Broadway with a vengeance and a thank god for the theatre.

People ask why I continue to ignore the Tribecca Film Festival, which is right next door, as it were, but I’m a proud Voting Member of the Drama Desk, and so for three months of the year, which is NOW, I turn to the stage.

Others, however, this year are looking ahead, WAAAAY far ahead to the Oscar race 2015. And Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone http://www.awardsdaily.com and Jeff Wells http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com do this very entertainingly as always in a new Oscar podcast I just stumbled upon at Hollywood-Elsewhere.

I’ll summarize. I was surprised to see this as Sasha is usually averse to this sort of thing soooo far in advance. She says and I agree it’s bogus and full of possiblities that turn into pot-holes.And then there’s “How’s the Academy going to react?” She points out that “Who could’ve predicted they would totally turn their back on a great film like “Inside Llewyn Davis?” But Jeff ALWAYS has his Oscar Balloon up all the year long.

But everybody seems to be doing this this year and I can tell you why. Especially if you’re on the Internet as I am and they are, if you don’t talk about the Oscars, your hits drop. The Oscars as opposed to just plain movie-going enjoyment.

I can’t tell you the disparity between the hits I got on Oscar day and for a week or so after. And now…well, as I said, everything’s back to normal.

Spring is coming. And so Jeff’s thoughts, particularly, turn to “What’s Next?” From their whole conversation, which veers off their picks A LOT and onto other(interesting) talking points, the one film that jumped out at me was “Gone Girl.” This is the new David Fincher film based on the best-selling book, which Sasha particularly got excited about.

She certainly intrigued me. Starring in the title role is the beauteous Brit Rosamund Pike. Who I’ve had a guest on my show a couple of years back, and who impressed me as someone who was much more than people took her for when I interviewed her.

And I thought “Why doesn’t someone give this lovely, beautiful woman a role she can really shine in?” And it seems that David Fincher may be just the one to do just that.

Look what he did with Rooney Mara in “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” People criticized him for casting an unknown more or less in the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander, and she ended with an Oscar nomination, though the film was not nominated for Best Picture…

“Gone Girl” may suffer the same fate. I don’t want to give anything away. I really do hate the way Jeff spoils things for people. But Sasha made this film sound so tantalizing, I’ll just say I’m glad I haven’t read the book, because I want to be surprised.

It seems it’s a thriller, and Fincher always does well, very well with that. One of my favorite films of his was “Zodiac” in which Jake Gyllenhaal gave ANOTHER under-rated, but great performance. And no, “Zodiac” wasn’t nominated for an Oscar either.

The Academy gave “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” an Oscar for Film Editing. It was a surprise. It’s like they wanted to give it SOMEthing.

Jeff was initially just dismissing “Gone Girl” saying “There won’t be much underneath it”, and Sasha just jumped all over him, and said “What? Wait a minute! It’s David Fincher!”

I really did like Rosamund Pike when I met her for “Barney’s Version” and could Fincher be the man to tap her untaped potential? Is there an Oscar Nomination in the beautiful Rosamund’s future?

As far as what’s coming up…it looks like another barren tent-pole summer of blockbusters. Not looking forward to that.

When Broadway is offering Bryan Cranston as LBJ in “All the Way” next week and also “Rocky: the Musical” directed by the extremely innovative Alex Timbers, well, I’m happy to be going to them both.

At this time of year as I’m waiting for Broadway to start, I am always glad I made the decision to keep going back to the theater.

The Globe Globs.*wretches*

I just couldn’t bring myself to write anything about the Golden Glob(e)s with Ellen Stewart’s passing so much on my mind yesterday.

I attended her closed casket wake yesterday afternoon in Greenwich Village.

And then I had the Golden Globes to cheer me up last night. NOT. It made me feel like running back to the funeral home to cheer me up.

I was just devastated that though they nominated my fave “The King’s Speech” SEVEN TIMES, the most of any other film, it only won ONE Award! And that, of course, was the great Colin Firth’s being acclaimed the Best Actor that he certainly is this year, for his unforgettable portrait of the stuttering King George VI.

Every one seemed drunker than ever before at the Globes. I’ve never seen so many celebrities so drunk. They serve the jam-packed room endlessly flowing champagne and virtually no food, except Godiva chocolates, according to Paul Giamatti,  who described the scene, when I interviewed him for his new film “Barney’s Version” last week for my TV show. www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

Hold on. He’s Coming Soooon. As well as the beauteous Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver and the super studly Scott Speedman. LOVED that movie, and I’m sooo glad that Paul won Best Actor/Comedy or Musical. Colin won for Best Actor, Drama, of course. The Globes in their infinite wisdom have always divided the main three categories, Picture, Actor and Actress into Drama(five or more) and Musical or Comedy(also five or more).Doubling the number of the top nominees who they can sell table to at this big drunken bash.

So Paul won, and so did Colin. Congratulations.

And as Paul was saying to me “Everybody is pretty much hammered.”

How does this affect the Oscars? Virtually not at all in terms of getting nominations because the Academy Members had to get their nominee votes into the accountants, Price, Waterhouse, Coopers’ hot little hands by Friday, this PAST Friday afternoon. So no, the deed as far as the Academy’s nominating process is concerned, is done.

What this effects is PERCEPTION. And just how good or bad the winners’ acceptance speeches were. Colin and Paul and Natalie Portman and Annette Bening all passed with flying colors.

Christian Bale’s extended, VERY extended speech kept going even as they tried to play him off the stage and they actually had to go to a commercial to end him. NOT GOOD.

Michael Douglas’ entrance as a presenter at the end of the show got a GRAND Standing Ovation. He looked thin. Totally silver-haired, and the LOVE for that man in that room was palpable. Now THAT’s the kind of moment the Academy may very well want to duplicate in its’ Oscar ceremonies next month.

Ah! But first Michael Douglas has to get nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Wall St.2:Money Never Sleeps” in which he is reprising his most famous role as Gorden Gekko for which YES, he won his first Best Actor Oscar for the original “Wall St.”

I think the not-really-liked and too-young-to-for-the-Academy Bale may have really hurt himself by acting so out of control last night.

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman both duplicating their BFCA wins on Friday night, bascially gave their same speeches but just a little tipsier that they gave before.

That’s what makes all these pile-ups of Awards shows…if they keep giving the same four people the same four awards, it’s BORING! So watch out Christian Bale and you, too, Melissa Leo.

The Supporting Cateogies are where there is always the most movement. And one hopes, that there will be SOME signs of life at the Oscars this year. I’d rather have another triumphing-over-cancer moment with Michael Douglas than listening to one of Christian Bale’s rambling rants…

Ricky Gervais was the runaway, absolute star of the evening, being actually OUT-Rageous in his comments. As has been recorded endlessly elsewhere. Will they have him back next year?

Well, if the ratings went up. Yes.

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