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DGA announces its’ Nominees for Best Director!

Newsflash, Oscarwatchers! Dear readers, dear cineastes, the all mighty Directors Guild just announced their nominees. Five only. For best director of a motion picture 2010.

This announcement is RRREALLY good news for the nominated directors and their pictures. And bad news for those that are left out.

Some surprises, of course.

Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” His first nomination

Christopher Nolan, “Inception” Nominated twice before for “Momento”(one of my top ten films of the DECADE! And also, the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight”)

Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” Also a first-time nominee!

and the Big Surprise, the universally not-liked David O. Russell of “The Fighter” shows that yes, they like him, they really like him.

And of course, David Fincher, who was nominated once before for “Benjamin Button” is nominated AGAIN for that Film I Will Not Name.

Surprisingly, no Coens for “True Grit” which is doing so well at the box-office. Also, no Danny Boyle for “127 Hours.” Bad news for those films and though they may make it into the Oscar Top Ten, this puts their actors suddenly in a big of jeopardy, to put it mildly.

Also, no John Cameron Mitchell for “Rabbit Hole.” So Nicolle Kidman look out.

No Lisa Cholodenko for “The Kids Are All Right” and no Debra Granik for “Winter’s Bone.” So all male nominees. No women at all after last year’s great breakthrough triumph of Katherine Bigelow winning Best Director for “The Hurt Locker.”

Also out, I’m now thinking is Matt Damon for “True Grit” although Jeff Bridges and the awful tyke Hailee Steinfeld seem in the stronger positions in their categories.

Also, no Tony Goldwyn for “Convinction.” Not good news for Hillary Swank. Though I think the never nominated Sam Rockwell could surprise in Supporting.

Also, not good for James Franco’s Best Actor chances of “127 Hours.” I think he’ll get a nomination but without a directing nomination, “127 Hours” is in a much weaker position than it was yesterday. Although people aren’t going to it.

I think these five gentlemen are IN LIKE FLINT though as Nominees for Best Director at the Oscars.

Congratulations to Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech” who is the one who named me the Oscar Messenger, let’s not forget!

This group of five men are locked and loaded. So now we know…

Parsing the BAFTA’s Long List’s Supporting Asterisks

Ok, we continue. With the BAFTA’s Long List and their Supporting Actor and Actress asterisks. OK. Once again I have to thank www.awardsdaily.com and Sasha Stone for putting up the whole she-bang so that we can react to it. In astonishment or wonder or delight or all of the above.

The BAFTAs once again, I know I’m repeating myself, but yes, this IS an odd system. I lived in England for many, many years and went to school there, too. So yes, EVERYthing is a bit odd. A bit eccentric. But the British LIKE eccentrics. In fact, they are cultivated there and even celebrated.

I was told when I lived there that I was a British eccentric, too. And I thought that they were perhaps overstating the case, but now, I think they were completely right.

But I digress…

So the BAFTAs publish this LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNG list first (see www.awardsdaily.com Everyone MUST see Awardsdaily. It’s a must-read, especially that now that we are in the heat of Awards season.) And for the first time this year, since I am now writing this blog on almost a daily basis.

I now have the platform to write about these little details, these minutae of the Awards Seasons. I guess this is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never did. But now I am. It’s like a damn bursting.

And I never noticed it before, but the BAFTAs put an asterisk on the names of five actors and actresses in their LONNNNNNG lists in each category, of who gets the most votes.

I don’t know why THEY JUST DON’T PUBLISH the darn nominations, goshdarnit! And let up the suspense. But then, that’s probably precisely WHY they do it this way. To build up suspense. Interest. It’s Hitchcockian. But then of course, Alfred Hitchcock was British.

So in Supporting Actor we have ~ WITH asterisks ~

ANDREW GARFIELD – For that movie I will not name. He also got a Golden Globe nod, but NOT a SAG, which is probably more significant, in that he IS British, and so you’d expect him to turn up here. And the Hollywood FOREIGN press would go for him, too. However, the ACTORS did not which is significant. Garfield was also long listed for “Never Let Go” but not asterisked. And that film, as well done as it was, bombed on both sides of the Atlantic. But Andrew is this year’s Hot Young Brit, so yes, he’ll be nominated here, but I don’t think he’s going to be nominated for an Oscar. And I don’t think he’ll win the Globe either.

BOB HOSKINS– “Made in Dagenham” A beautiful, sensitive performance as the union guy who’s SYMPATHETIC to the women strikers. And no,  not  a chance. No Globe nom seals it.

CHRISTIAN BALE-“The Fighter” Yes, of course, he’s in. And he’s also British. Yes, he is.

GEOFFREY RUSH– “The King’s Speech” Yes, of course he’s in. Superb career performance

MARK RUFFALO-“The Kid’s Are All Right”- Well, yes, of course. A SAG and a Golden Globe nom, too, make him ALMOST a slam-dunk. But if the BRITISH are voting for him, yes, I guess he’s in. Though will the SWORM(Straight White Old Rich Men) like his kinda negative male character back in Hollyweird. We’ll see.

Also listed but not asterisked Jeremy Renner for “The Town” the SAGs switched him out for Andrew Garfield. Last year the SAGs were 19 for 20 matching the Oscar Nominations. Except for Maggie Gyllenhaal and I HAD HER!!!!!

Vincent Cassel is long listed to in this category for “Black Swan.”AND NO MICHAEL DOUGLAS!

 Justin Timberlake was long-listed but no Armie Hammer! Is Armie the total dark horse now? Guess so. His Winklevoss Twins is STILL the Best Performance in that goddamn whatzit.I really thought they were two different actors playing both twins!! I DID!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

This is the one category that even stumped the New York Times’ Oscar section. So much so, they didn’t even write about it in their OSCAR section of the Arts & Leisure section this past Sunday! This is reminding me of the year that Tilda Swinton won, in that it is a race that is all over the place. Tilda was the only actress to keep appearing on everyone’s lists, although she was never on the top. But she was on every list.

Do the BAFTAs asterisks clear things up? Well, yes, and no.

AMY ADAMS– gets an asterisk and for the first time we see her in this category this year WITHOUT Melissa Leo’s companion performance in “The Fighter” glued to her side. She’ll get an Oscar nomination for sure now. Though it looks like Leo MIGHT not get a BAFTA nod, when they FINALLY announce it. But it looks like Amy will. Good for her.

BARBARA HERSHEY-“Black Swan” !!!! Turning up for the first time on a serious list, she’s the performance that the Academy is more likely to honor than the SAG and Golden Globe nominated Mila Kunis. Hershey had a rangey, multi-faceted performance. Is SHE driving her daughter insane or is it vice versa? It’s the real central conflict and Hersey’s dynamic, frightening MOM-FROM-HELL makes it work. Think “What would the “Black Swan” be without her performance?” So she’s on her way to a BAFTA nod it seems. She’s got an asterisk.

HELENA BONHAM-CARTER – “The King’s Speech” Natch. The one to beat. Everybody LOVED the Queen Mum. EVERYBODY. And that love will lead Helena to the Bafta podium. She’s certainly going to be Oscar nominated and I hope will win.

LESLEY MANVILLE “Another Year” BRILLIANT performance, much lauded, FINALLY turns up somewhere. Neither the Globes, nor the SAGs nommed her. She was totally left out. Small British Indie, but the Academy LOVES Mike Leigh. Sony Pictures Classics has been campaigning her in lead and it’s been the biggest mistake of this year’s Oscars. BAFTA her own country says she’s Supporting. Maybe the Academy will too. And nominate her FINALLY. But so far she’s only won the National Board of Review for Best Actress then NOTHING ELSE. Poor Leslie Manville. ANOTHER victim of category confusion.

And FINALLY~ MIRANDA RICHARDSON in “Made in Dagenham” Much pre-season heat, but not nommed by either the Globes or the SAGS. BAFTA has asterisked her. So maybe she could turn up as a surprise, too.

LOOKS like there’s going to be A LOT of surprises in the Supporting Actress category. Melissa Leo is not even asterisked here. Though she’s listed. Ditto Jackie Weaver. Ditto Mila Kunis.

AND HAILEE STEINFELD IS LISTED AS A BEST ACTRESS CONTENDER!?!? Though she is NOT asterisked….So you see, she’s already splitting her own vote. The Academy might leave her off completely and I wish they would. But “True Grit” is a hit and it’s blowing up so big…

Summarizing the BAFTA asterisks! Surprises galore! Oscar surprises in store?

First let me say, thank you to www.awardsdaily.com for making all us Oscarwatchers AWARE of what the hell the BAFTA long list is.

Never heard of it? Well, for some eccentric British reason, the BAFTA awards, which are the British equivalent of the Oscars, posts a LONG list of their contenders ~ now with asterisks, no less. The Asterisks tell us who has gotten the most votes in each category, though they don’t do this for Best Picture. The lists themselves are VERY long and include the less-than-heavyweight choices like Gemma Arterton in “Tamara Drewe” as Best Actress!?!

Of course, they are very Brit-Centric OF COURSE, but coming as they do, their timing is TIME-LY and  is more influential on the Oscars each year. AMPAS bows to the Brits. Almost always. When in doubt, vote with the British. They did in Marion Cotillard’s case, didn’t they? For “La Vie En Rose.” STILL cant stop talking about THAT unexpected win. Which yours truly predicted, mais oui.

So here with surprises galore are the five actors & actresses in each category that got an asterisk, which means they PROBABLY will also get all the way through to an actual BAFTA nod.

Best Actor

Colin Firth “The King’s Speech” (of course)

James Franco “127 Hours”(natch)

Javier Bardem “Biutiful” ( a foreign surprise)

Jeff Bridges”True Grit” (of course)

Jesse Eisenberg(The Film-That-I-Will-Not-Name)

Except for Bardem, the other four will most likely also be Oscar nomed.

Best Actress

Annette Bening(TKAAR “The Kids Are All Right”)

Carey Mulligan”Never Let Me Go”( superb performance, but not gonna happen stateside. The movie bombed.)

Julianne Moore (TKAAR. Would be a surprise at the Oscar Nom morning, if this happened.)

Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine” ( I sure hope so. This HELPS her.)

Natalie Portman “Black Swan” (of course)

This is a three out of five situation, with Michelle being one of those three + Annette & Natalie. But wait! NO NICOLE KIDMAN! Though she is on the long list, she’s not gotten an asterisk! Uh-oh! And double WTF is Haillee Steinfeld being nominated, on the long list,no asterisk for “True Grit”!?!

This lists perhaps signals that Nicole may not make it into the Oscar Derby. “Rabbit Hole” is dying at the Box-Office, while “True Grit” continues to ride high.

More movement in this category than many have thought, I think. And Jennifer Lawrence is on the Long List here, too. But with no asterisk. Uh-oh.

This piece is getting too long. Will deal with the Supporting categories later! And it’s SNOWING again in New York! Uh-oh!

As we go into the final weeks, before the Oscar Nominations…

As we go into the final weeks before the Oscar Nominations, things to me seem to be more fluid than they’ve ever been in years, in that so much keeps changing.

“Rabbit Hole” bombed at the box-office and was snubbed by of all groups, the Writer’s Guild! And it was a Pulitzer Prize winning play that on the stage I just loved. And voted for in all categories for the Drama Desk Awards.

And Dianne Wiest’s rather flat, colorless performance as the mother of the grieving wife kinda shocked me compare with the vivacity of how Tyne Daly attacked the role on Bway. Cynthia Nixon won the Tony and the Drama Desk for playing the character Nicole’s playing so memorably onscreen, but…that may be the only nomination “Rabbit Hole” gets.

The best actress race has solidified into a group of four Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, the aforementioned Nicole Kidman, and the Shouldn’t-Be-There-At-All Jennifer Lawrence.

The fifth slot is up for grabs with I think Michelle Williams of “Blue Valentine” leading the pack for it. And she’s got Harvey Weinstein behind her. And now we hear that Hailee Stanfield, who also doesnt belong there, might be nominated in LEAD! Instead of Supporting.

The runaway box-office train of “True Grit” has surprised everyone, and given more heft to the films Best Picture chances, though if they are going nominate a Coen Brothers film every year, then hey, why not get on the bandwagon? They nominated “A Serious Man” a MUCH better film last year for Best Picture, but none of its’ actors…but with “True Grit” they’ve got a terrific Jeff Bridges and then the problematic Hailee Stanfield who may end up splitting her own vote, by those that want her in lead and those that will go along with Paramount’s supporting campaign.

She deserves to be left out in my opinion. And however, LISTENING to what all are saying, she’s probably IN in one or the other category.

But if the Academy is being inventive with where they write down the names of the nominees, and it really is up to the Academy where to place whomever they want to place, they may also start to think outside the box and nominate people who haven’t turned up in precursor awards at all.

Like I’m thinking Barbara Hersey, whom they all adore. As the crazy mother in “The Black Swan.” Don’t be surprised to see her replace Mila Kunis also from the same movie. Kunis was just hot and bitchy. No depth there. Hersey may trump Kunis, I think.

And then there’s the Best Director race which the Coens may be back in again, and so will first timer Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan.”

Falling and failing at the Box-Office is also one of MY year’s Ten Best “127 Hours”. People aren’t going to it. But Franco will probably be in.

Also left off the Producer’s Guild Top Ten was the indie film that everybody loves except me, “Winter’s Bone” The PGA likes big STUDIO movies, not tiny indies.

I wish they’d dump Jennifer Lawrence, too. They just seem OBSESSED with teenage girls. But now if everything is true about Hailee Steinfeld…Well, she’s just thirteen. With no background in acting whatsoever, but that didn’t stop Gabourey Sidibe for scoring a nom last year…Hailee Stanfeld seems to be the Girl-of-the-Moment, although I don’t think she deserves this at all.

Melissa Leo AND Amy Adams of “The Fighter” both seem very solid though in Supporting Actress, as does, of course Helena Bonham-Carter of “The King’s Speech,”the ultimate supportive, long-suffering, devoted wife, a role that the Academy loves to reward in this category.

Supporting Actor seems to have gained the great Jeremy Renner of “The Town”. With “The Town”s Producers Guild Nod, and Renner’s nomination for the SAGS, I think he’s in and Andrew Garfield is out. Renner was also surprisingly nominated at the last minute for “The Hurt Locker” last year. He’s like cat-nip to the Academy. Geoffrey Rush, Michael Douglas and Christian Bale also look solid to me. At to most everyone else Oscar-watching this. That leaves one more slot in Best Supp. Actor up in the air. Could it be Armie Hammer’s double-trouble Winklevoss Twins for THAT film? Stranger things have happened. But THAT film may have too many Supporting Actors in the race – three. Garfield, Hammer and the fabulous but maybe to famous to be taken seriously Justin Timberlake.

Hailee Steinfeld seems to be upstaging them all as the girl of the hour. Sorry to say. It’s her film being released last. And THEN the surprise of its’ box-office success. I’m giving her far too much ink. But she’s who everybody is SUDDENLY talking about. So Strange.

I think Andrew Garfield, the only sympathetic character in the Film-I-Will-Not Name has fallen out. He was not nominated by SAG. And Jesse Irrititatingberg is IN.*gag me* So are of course Colin Firth of “King’s Speech” and Franco, the Oscar co-host . But will the fourth person be Ryan Gosling of “Blue Valentine”or the super-ancient Robert DuVal, in a REALLY bad performance. in “Get Low.” The audience I saw it with at the Provincetown Film Festival this summer actually laughed through his big, final monologue spiel.

So many of these people seem to be really seriously in the mix and they don’t deserve to be at all.

And no Leslie Manville anywhere to be seen. And no Jackie Manville, the odd-as-can-be Aussie actress didn’t get a SAG nom, either. Though she got a Golden Globe and was inexplicably replaced by Hailee Steinfeld. Yes, her again. Oy Vay,

I wish somebody like Kristen Scott-Thomas could surprise…but…for “Nowhere Boy.” It’s people like her, and performances like hers that could come out of nowhere and get a nomination for the Oscar without any precursor notice. Except the BAFTAS last year. She and Barbara Hersey could be the surprises, and so could I think “Alice in Wonderland” for Best Picture.

The New York Times, EW & their Oscar advocacy

I can’t put up the Michelle Williams article. Yet. Technical difficulties.

But I DO think that Michelle will get nominated. And David Karger of EW agrees with me. He has her in his USUALLY tremendously accurate Oscar nomination predictions. For Best Actress. David Karger, for those who don’t follow all this OSCAR stuff as closely as I or Harvey Weinstein do, is Entertainment Weekly’s go-to guy for Oscar reporting, and he’s pretty astute. One of the best, if you ask me, and of course, you ARE asking me because YOU’RE READING THIS.

And meanwhile they’ve(EW), they’ve  got Natalie Portman looking seriously glamorous on their Oscar cover, and radiating happiness as if to say ALREADY “I’ve won!” And EW is alternating her image with James Franco. He is co-hosting of course with Anne Hathaway. He’s probably going to be nominated for “127 Hours” though his film and the director Danny Boyle won’t. Not doing well with audiences…

But I digress.

So of course, we EXPECT EW(Entertainment Weekly, or www.ew.com ) to come out with an Oscar cover, but boy does it seem EARLY! But of course it’s not early at all. It’s Right On Time. If you want to influence the Oscar voters, the Academy members who have gotten their ballots to fill in right about NOW! So even though it seems like jumping the gun, it isn’t. It’s time, dear readers, dear cineastes, it’s OSCAR TIME! YAY!

And it’s not surprising that EW is doing this Of course, it isn’t. It’s what they DO.

 But it IS surprising that the NYTimes came out with AN ENTIRE SECTION of their Sunday Newspaper called “THE OSCARS” in big, bold type. And with GIGANTIC half-page pictures of Christian Bale and Natalie Portman(yes, her again) and pieces on their characters and their performances in “The Fighter” and “Black Swan.”

And if that isn’t Oscar Advocacy, I don’t know what is.

I think Natalie Portman’s win is pretty inevitable at this point, and of course her nomination is assured. And deserved. The nomination comes first, remember? And the same is probably true for Christian Bale. But his WIN?

Well, according to the NYTimes, it’s a done deal. But I don’t know about that…That category is still up for grabs.

But the SIZE of that picture and that piece!?! And by Manhola Dargis, no less. Is this the objectivity that New York Times is supposedly the last bastion of in journalism?

A. O. Scott the OTHER film critic at the Times wrote the piece extolling Natalie Portman’s performance. There’s three film critics at the NYTimes, if you’re keeping count.

And where was their third esteemed critic? And someone who I’m confused with constantly because our names are so similar, Stephen Holden? And where was Colin Firth?

Well they were BOTH relegated to the last two back pages of this special issue, with an equally gigantic picture of Firth, with Geoffrey Rush, in a WONDERFUL, beautifully written piece about Firth’s performance in “The King’s Speech” by Holden at his absolute best. I was very moved by it.

But it was on THE LAST TWO PAGES?!? Why was it placed there? I guess, because Colin Firth’s win is so assured that the editors of “The OSCARS” didn’t think he needed their extra help. I guess.

But anyway, it was there, after all. And I was glad to see the Grey Lady putting a little color in her cheeks over, of all things, the Oscar race.

But Christian Bale? The front-runner? As far as the New York Times is concerned. This is for Best Supporting Actor, of course. But HEL-LOH, NYT, as good as his performance is, and it’s one of his best, I’m really not sure he’s an Oscar slum-dunk for The Win in that category.

What IF, and it’s more than an IF, what if the ailing Michael Douglas is nominanted for “Wall St. 2” in that category? OK, he’s got TWO Oscars already and one of them for Best Actor for playing Gordan Geko in the original “Wall St.” and an earlier one for  producing “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” which won Best Picture many, many moons ago.

And there’s also Geoffrey Rush’s towering performance, which to its’ credit the Times did en-picture, ON THE LAST TWO PAGES, and shared with Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech.”

So no, I don’t think Christian Bale has got this in the bag. And yes I would expect the LA Times to do something this splashy on the Oscars. They’re in LA after all. But the Grey Lady herself?

Well, I LOVE reading about “The Oscars” no matter if the Times is going to try to influence my vote. Me? Well, if I was a voting member of AMPAS AND I’M NOT, I’d vote for Geoffrey Rush.

It will be VERY interesting to see just how this all pans out since I do think that Bale, Rush and Douglas are all going to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

And Best Supporting Actress??? The Times didn’t even venture an educated guess on that one. THAT’S how up in the air THAT category is!

Stay Tuned!

Stephen Holt Show’s 2010 Year’s Ten Best List

I’ll elaborate further later,when I have more time, but for now, here is my 2010 Year’s Ten Best List –

1. The King’s Speech

2. A Film Unfinished

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

4. Nowhere Boy

5. Black Swan

6. 127 Hours

7. Mesrine, Pts. 1 & 2

8. Blue Valentine

9. Another Year

10.I Love You, Phillip Morris

Barbara Hersey’s Scarey Mom – Oscar-nomination-worthy in “Black Swan”

How many crazy moms-from-hell can we have in one Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress? Well, at the moment there’s THREE. In addition to long shot Jackie Weaver for “Animal Kingdom” and SURE shot Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” out Friday. But wait! There’s ONE MORE! Who’s even more frightening because she’s also sympathetic and complex. A combo that the Academy usually CAN’T resist.

We can’t be blinded by the evil of these two aforementioned diva-moms when the largest, scariest performance of all of them is  Barbara Hersey’s pyscho-stage mom who puts the BLACK in “Black Swan.”

I really do think that out of the trio of Supporting ladies in box-office and critical hit “Black Swan” Hollywood vet Hersey has the best chance. She’s got the biggest part. You love her and you HATE her sometimes in the same scene! WHAT A PART! You watch her try to help and nurture her already slightly schizoid ballerina-wannabee daughter Natalie Portman at the same time she’s trying to KILL HER!Or IS she?

OSCAR LOVES THIS!?!

Since she first came to prominence as “Last Summer”s teenage seductress in 1969’s classic indie, Hersey has been working steadily in every aspect of acting that Hollywood has to offer. Films, TV, Series, Mini-Series she’s worked with EVERYBODY and she’s beloved. She even got her first Oscar nomination for “The Portrait of a Lady” in 1996.

Sorry Winona Ryder and Mila Kunis. I think Barbara Hersey’s got the other acting nomination in this film, besides the brilliant-beyond-words prima screamer ballerina Natalie Portman, who is pirouetting her way over all this season’s STIFF competition for Best Actress. But that’s another category!

Back to Barbara!

I met her IN PERSONI at the Fox Searchlight Christmas Party one cold night earlier this week. Was it JUST Monday? It seems like ages ago so much Oscar/Awards stuff has been happening I can barely write it down!

But Barbara Hersey was the loveliest of lovely ladies, wearing black, of course. It’s the “Black Swan” and I was only toooo happy to tell her that I was her “Oscar Messenger.” She really liked that. You’d think with the lesbian-themed Kunis and other previous nominee Winona, that she might be over-looked. But neither of them were there working the room of Oscarologists, but Barbara was!

And as I told her how much of a good mother I thought she character was, with the craziest of daughters, Hersey disagreed with me. “No! She’s crazy, too! She’s driven her daughter crazy.”

“But” I insisted, ” I liked her. I understood where she was coming from. She was trying to be a good mother.”

And again Barbara disagreed with me. “No, but she’s ALSO crazy, too.”

But that, of course, is what makes Hersey’s performance so compelling – and frightening. You can see the Black and the White, the Black Swan and the White Swan, within HER, too, as well as Portman.

Hersey’s Swan Mom has been driven to her own point of madness by her frustrations of being a failed ballerina herself, so she’s PUSHING her talented, beautiful daughter, Natalie Portman to do what she wasn’t able to do in her lifetime, which is to succeed at ballet. Tom O’Neill or Tom-Ohhh agrees with me and has Hersey on his Best Supporting Actress list at www.goldderby.com  Tom has his finger on the pulse and looks at the Gold Derby as he’s so aptly named it from all angles.

I LOVED “Black Swan”! I saw it at that memorable screening at the Bell Lightbox at TIFF’10 this year. In fact, it was the first film I ever saw there. And I was sitting with the Pitch-This! winners Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. More on them later this week! www.killshakespeare.com

And what a frightening/nauseating portrait of the dance world, director Darren Aronofsky has painted in the “Black Swan.” They’re all anorexic, back-stabbing, little horrors, those corps(e) de ballet girls. And the film didn’t seem like a horror film to me. It just seemed terrifyingly ACCURATE.

And lest we forget super-oily Vincent Cassell’s evil, sleazoid ballet master. He’s being campaigned for Best Supporting Actor by Searchlight, too. And watch he scores with the Golden Globes, too.

One of France’s leading film actors who wowed audiences this year with his hard-hitting Public Enemy #1 in “Mesrine”, which is in two parts, Pt.1 & Pt.2, which is essentially two movies, Cassell is also floating on a tide of good will as America just begins to discover him. And nominations for a Golden Globe by the Hollywood FORIEGN Press are just around the corner next week! Phew! I can barely keep up! And the L.A. Film Critics announce Sunday and the NYFilm Critics on Monday. Then the Golden Globe nominations come out practically right on top of them.

But back to Barbara Hersey. I was soooo thrilled to talk to her in this lovely, swanky, holiday setting. And she was so eager and happy to talk about her Oscar possiblities. I assured her that she had them. Which made her VERY happy. So happy, she introduced me to Darren Aronosfky!

He was surrounded by well-wishers or Oscarologists DISguised as well wishers and when I told him I was HIS Oscar Messenger, too.

He said, in a whisper, or certainly a hoarse voice, “I don’t know. I hope so.”

“Black Swan” is one of the best films of the year and is DEFINITELY going to be on my Ten Best List that is coming soon to this blog. VERY, very soon. As Sasha Stone has said at www.awardsdaily.com “Black Swan” is Aronofsky’s masterpiece.

If Natalie Portman reigns at the two big film critics this coming week, then it’s a done deal. I THINK however since they are going to think that Oscar is going to reward her, that they may bestow their cherished Best Actress accolades on Underdog Leslie Manville of Mike Leigh’s “Another Year.”

The race is definitely ON!

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