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It’s Spring & Jeff Welles is in Paris, heading to Cannes

It's Spring & Jeff Welles is in Paris, heading to Cannes

It’s finally Spring in New York, and Jeff Welles? Well, our intrepid movie-mad traveling friend is ALREADY in Paris heading shortly to Cannes.

You can read about it at http://www.hollywood~elsewhere.com

Jeff says it’s FREEZING in Paris aujourd’hui and he’s taken some neat videos and shots of the neighborhood where he’s staying. He took the neat photo above ^. He’s in an Airb&b which he highly recommends.

Our other intrepid Cannes-ian correspondent/friend the great Sasha Stone is headed there any minute now, too. Keep your eyes on http://www.Awardsdaily.com for Sasha’s always delightful postings from Cannes.

Last year it rained all the time. And Jeff says it’s so cold in Paris, he almost had to buy an overcoat!!! He bought a scarf instead!

However,, the weather in New York today is sunny and just gorgeous and I can’t wait to get out in it!

Going to see “After Midnight” tonight, for the SECOND time on Broadway. Loved it the first time. I’m sure I’ll love it even more this time. Vanessa Williams has replaced Fanatasia in the role of the lead singer, but the gigantic, all African-American, all-singing, all-dancing cast is the same, and I’m sure is better than ever…

Haven’t been to Cannes since the ’80s….but that’s another story….

Oscar Updates as Gold Derby Puts Leo at NY#1 for “Django”for Supp! Dwight Henry Is #2 “Beasts”!

The great Tom O’Neil lets us know just what is what with the Oscar race on an almost daily basis. Certainly weekly. And for sure, monthly. Now that we’re reaching the last day of June, it’s interesting to note that the race that has changed THE MOST is Best Supporting Actor!

June 1, it was wacky Jaoquim Phoenix for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology take “The Master“. Now, less than a month later, Joaquim is nowhere to be found at the top of this category. Possibly because Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone of http://www.awardsdaily.com clued Tom in that Joaquim is THE LEAD in “The Master.” Lol….And who’s at #1 now? Why Leonardo DiCaprio, as a scuzzy, sleazy slave owner in Quentin Tarantino’s Civil War shoot’em up “Django Unchained!” With Harvey Weinstein at the helm, this could certainly happen.

However, right behind him, is non-actor until now, newcomer Dwight Henry playing Hushpuppy‘s abusive, alcoholic father for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”! I don’t think Dwight Henry was even on the chart last time I checked! Go Dwight! He’s a baker turned actor and really scores in this magnificent debut film of Benh Zeitlin.

Phenom-of-the-Year Zeitlin has NOT managed to crack the top five of the directors chart. Go to http://www.goldderby.com and see who the rest are. Usual suspects, all. All previous Oscar Winners.Spielberg, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Except Paul Thomas Anderson who tops the list, and I’m so sure won’t win. “The Master” is going not to be a loved-by-the-masses film, I’m feeling. Scientology isn’t a topic that the ticket buying public is going to warm to. Where the now critically acclaimed “Beasts of the Southern Wild” sure is.

And it’s 6-year-old heroine has cracked the top five of the Best Actress contenders. That category is still headed by my darling Laura Linney for “Hyde Park on Hudson.” #2 in Best Actress is Carey Mulligan for “The Great Gatsby” and #3 is Keira Knightley for “Anna Karenina.” Keira’s always nominatable, as of course is Laura. Previous recent winner ++is #4 for the French language “Of Rust and Bone.” And then comes Qu’venzhane Wallis at #5.

I think it speaks to the strength of “Beasts” A+++ reception that BOTH Dwight Henry and Qu’venzhane Wallis have popped into the top five since the month began! And Dwight Henry is #2! Higher than Benh Zeitlin or QW(as I will now abbreviate her). The charges of racism that were thrown the Academy’s way when Viola Davis lost(though Octavia Spenser won – albeit in Supp.) for “The Help.” Dwight Henry could be the beneficiary of the famous Academy catch-up boomerang effect.

What they don’t do right one year, they correct the next.

And it’s also interesting to note that Anne Hathaway still seems to be a mortal lock for Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miserables,.” nailing one of the best trailers in movie history, which is already playing at a theater near you.

Likewise Daniel Day-Lewis in Best Actor and “Lincoln” for Best Picture remain where they were June 1.

It’s the arrival of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” that has shaken this list up! Good! No! Great! Go Team “Beast”!

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Newsflash! “Beasts” director is NOT 23 years old! He’s 29!

Breaking Hollywood News! Benh Zeitlin who is being proclaimed the new Orson Welles for having directed the award-winning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” for doing this at age 23. Benh himself says, “No, no. I’m 29. I want to stop this rumor. I’m not a child!” But he certainly knows how to direct children, as he certainly has done with his 6-year-old star Qu’venzhane Wallis. He also co-wrote this with a woman, Lucy Alibar, who he has been collaborating with for many years. He also reveals that though he has never been to film school, he teaches film and video to school children. This explains, a bit, the authenticity of the female child, Hushpuppy’s perspective.

Camera & Editing ~ Cody Michaels

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Qu’venzhane Wallis “Beast of the Southern Wild” star rises!

Believe it or not, the Best Performance by an Actress this year is by 6-year-old Qu’enzhane Wallis of the extraordinarily original “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Venzie, as she’s called, is smart, funny, intelligent and articulate beyond belief in an interview situation, too, as well as in the already award-winning film. Could the Oscar go to a now 8-year old? If she even gets nominated and I think she will, Qu’venzhane will be the youngest actor ever to be so honored. This is part one of a 2 part interview. Qu’venzhane (pronounced Kwa -VENG-e nay) is a charmer. Critics are raving.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” One of the Best Movies of the Year!

Everything Oscar Goddess, Cannes diarist and predictress extraordinaire Sasha Stone said about “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is true. And it deserves all the acclaim that has been heaped upon it, and there will be more to come. MUCH more.It’s one of the best, most original films of the year. Best Screenplay Nomination. Adapted. It’s based on a book.

And I’ll write more about it later. And that little   girl! OMG! A magnificent, wholly original achievement! And the director is only 23 years old! ^faints*

In other news, just saw Academy Award winner the fabulous Estelle Parsons pre-theater-ing it at the Edison Cafe. She called me “dear”. *faints again*

And THEN as I was leaving the building, I ran right into Lydia Bastianich of the Food Channel and PBS’s Italian Cooking with Lydia (or Lydia’s Kitchen) and said “I love your show! I watch it all the time!” And I do. She said, “Thank you” rather stunned that she was being recognized.

There are stars everywhere in New York! I’m so lucky to live here!

Oscar Gets “Amour”

Well, this certainly is news! Austria has decided that “Amour” is going to be its’ official submission to the Best Foreign Film race this coming Oscar season. Since it’s by a German director, who I LOVE, Michael Haneke, and maybe it’s German-Austrian financed although the two octogenarian leads,  who are winning raves, act in French, this makes “Amour” kosher. And definitely eligible for a Best Foreign Film nomination and perhaps win.

This is despite Jeffrey Wells at www.hollywood-elsewhere.com not liking a whole hell of a lot.

And to top that off Sony Pictures Classics is deciding to open it in Dec. RIGHT in the heat of the Oscar season. I know, I know. It’s freezing in New York at that time of year, and this is hardly your Christmas-y picture. But SPC, as I’ll now call them, are throwing down the Oscar gauntlet(is that a mixed metaphor?) going full court press with this one.

Although Michael Haneke only gives interviews in German, and the two stars are yes-for-real are in their 80s. But have Oscar buzz will travel. So we’ll be seeing them, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva stateside around the holidays. Or at least I will be seeing them, I hope, in their press tour.

I love SPC’s taste in movies. Last year,  they had “Midnight in Paris” and while it got a bunch of nominations in many categories and won in Best Original Screenplay, they did not move any of the many wonderful performers in that movie from the sidelines to center stage. Like for instance, Corey Stoll as Hemingway, Marion Cotillard as the Muse of many centuries and Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein. Not to mention Owen Wilson’s, astonishing lead performance and Rachel McAdams as his blonde bitch of a fiancée.

Although Owen did get a Golden Globe nomination in the Musical or Comedy category, he lost out to Jean Dujardin for “The Artist.” And who could’ve stopped THAT express train once it left the station???

I can’t stand Wes Anderson movies, so I only go to them, if dragged so I haven’t seen “Moonrise Kingdom” yet. But I guess I’ll have to at some point. I hate when straight men try to do camp. Which is basically what his great “Style” is. Stolen from the Homosexual Handbook. I ought to know. I helped write it back in The Day.

And tomorrow I’m actually going to see “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  I’ll let you know if I think all the who-ha at Sundance and Cannes was justified.

Back to the BAFTAS!

Anywho, Simone….

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.

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