That’s a quote from my play “Elaine?” about a lesbian at the Cannes Film Festival in the early ’80s who lost her diary which she called “Elaine.” So yes, Elaine went missing. She got another diary and named it “Simone”, so that started a whole ‘nother journey for her…
The great Lola Pashalinski played her and you can see her quite marvelously as one of the end characters that Thomas Horn’s character meets in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” She’s the heavy-set hippie lady who’s crying then laughing. It’s a lovely little part, a great moment for Lola.
Anywho, Simone…back at the BAFTAS. My computer was giving me trouble, once again, and I had to just cut that last entry lose, as it were, and publish it, before it disappered forever.
WordPress is really so good at autosaving things, or I’d be completely lost. Like “Elaine” was in “Elaine?”
So, Sasha Stone is making her predictions for BAFTA over at www.awardsdaily.com and she makes, as always some pertinent observations. Like for instance, “Hugo” is not nominated for Best Film over in Blighty, so it can’t of course, win. So what will win Best Picture? Why, “The Artist,” of course! Mais oui, bien sur!
And Sasha(and I agree) think that Jean Dujardin is going to win here too and upset George Clooney in Best Actor. Kris Tapley thinks so, too. He formerly of the great Oscar site “In Contention” which is now part of www.hitfix.com He and St. Anne Thompson do a stupendous weekly podcast that is riveting to all you Oscarphiles out there. You MUST check it out. Either at www.indiewire.com or at hitfix in the “In Contention” section.
I usually find myself in agreement totally with Anne. But she’s still sticking with George Clooney. She describes her experiences at the Oscar Luncheon in Hollywood, which she just attended. I found her recounting of it delightful! Anne understands wit, as well as substance.
And she had a grand time at the luncheon! But noted how warm a reception George Clooney got, and Kris retorted “Well, Annette Bening got the biggest round of applause last year, and look how that turned out!” She didn’t win.
Kris’ take is that the Oscar Luncheon was meaningless as a press event. Anne got five minutes with George Clooney and then also I think either Alexander Payne, and maybe also Brad Pitt.
My take, they are both running scared from the Jean Dujardin French freight train, heading Oscar’s way with Harvey Weinstein firmly in the conductor’s booth! All aboard!
Anyhoo, Simone…back to the BAFTAS…
Kris thinks, and I do, too, as does Sasha, that Jean Dujardin is going to win Best Actor at the BAFTAS and this will sweep him into the Oscars, too. Also, the Gurus o’ Gold are now putting JDJ at the top of THEIR poll, too. It’s only Anne and also maybe to some extent Tom O’Neil at www.goldderby.com who are the hold-outs for Gawgeous George. Stu Van Airsdale at www.movieline.com in his Oscar Index also has JDJ on top in Best Actor.