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ACE Eddie Inches Allison Janney forward towards Oscar

How important is Film Editing? Well, over the years I’ve come to recognize that Film Editors are among the most important and hardest working artists/technicians in our business. I don’t know what we’d do without them. I really can’t praise their industry and expertise and devotion to their work highly enough. People in the business know how incredibly vital their are. And after helming my own TV show “The Stephen Holt Show” for over 30 years, I do, too. God bless the film editors, and so when they chime in, in the name of their united Guild, the A.C.E. Eddie Awards, attention by AMPAS voters is paid. Seriously.

So when they gave their big award this week to the Best Edited Dramatic Film, in this case “I, Tonya,” it gave that raunchy tabloid of a film that much more of a serious contender boost. And in this case the largest recipient of the Film Editors collective good will and approval would by extention go to Allison Janney, who plays the wild-cat mother of alley-cat Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” This is “I, Tonya” biggest Awards bid, Best Supporting Actress. Which is turning into a mud-wrestling final between Janney and Laurie Metcalf, formerly of “Roseanne,” and this season as the Good Mom in “Lady Bird.”

“I, Tonya” was an Indie that opened late in the awards season without much fanfare, whose importance has grown by the day, as more and more people see it. So much so that Allisson Janney’s Mom From Hell is inching ever forward in her death-match struggle against Laurie Metcalf’s much more likeable Mom in “Lady Bird.” And the Ace Eddie Award just continues to add to Janney & Tonya’s steaming forward.

You see, Best Supporting Actress has become basically a two woman race between Janney and Metcalf in the Battle of the Moms. And until the Golden Globe Awards two weeks ago, Metcalf’s gold was considered in the Oscar tank.

Then a strange thing began to happen. That race just turned around and Metcalf’s main Mom competitor Allison Janney started winning every single major award going forward, the Golden Globe, the Critics Choice Award and finally the SAG Award(pictured above ^). The A.C.E. just adds to “I, Tonya’s prestige and by extension, Allison Janney’s.

Tonya Harding was not considered a prestige player in real life. So it’s ironic in the extreme that the film about her “I, Tonya” is now considered a prestige, must-see-it Oscar film contender more and more by the day.Janney is majorly known for the nearly-decade run in “The West Wing,” amassing many Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series Emmys along the way.Allison Janney 3
An excellent actress no matter what the role, her gargoyle, LaVona Harding is just another example that she can play just about ANY type of role and make audiences like it and remember it and award it.

The race between her and Metcalf is razor thin, so we must take careful note of it, this Oscar season. Even if Metcalf just ended up on the cover of EW with “Lady Bird”s star, Saoirse Ronan and creator Greta Gerwig.Sometimes Entertainment Weekly just jumps the shark and lays out their mag and covers, goes to print too early. I think this is the case here. This is a VERY volatile Oscar race this year and if they’d waited a minute or not, and saw that their supposed front-runner “Lady Bird” had not one ONE AWARD AT THE SAGS, they never would’ve run this cover. It’s premature inauguration. A few more hours and it may have been Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell on the cover. Or Sally Hawkins and her magical Fish.

But you see just how close this supporting actress race and every category, as a matter of fact, this year is. And Brit Great Lesley Manville, an O.B. E. has been added to the mix, both here in the America Oscar Nominations and abroad at the BAFTAS in London. So do stay tuned for more mud-wrestling.

Alicia Vikander “Danish Girl” Wins Best Supp. Actress ~ Critics Choice

Alicia Critics Choice 1Alicia Vikander just won the Critics Choice Award for the most hotly contested category of the year, Best Supporting Actress. She looked stunning in a very unusual, beaded, fitted, floor-length gown with what looked like Swedish symbols embroidered in to it. That was white patterns on grey with pops of color. She looked every inch a star and gave a stunning, very moving speech that is basically an audition for what she might say if she wins the Oscar, for which she was just was nominated this week.

Eddie Redmayne called his co-star in “The Danish Girl” “incandescent” and I think he’s right.

And it was for “The Danish Girl” NOT “Ex Machina,” where she plays a most memorable, sexy robot. In “The Danish Girl” she is playing Gerde Vegener, a real life Danish woman, a painter, who finds she is married to a man (Eddie Redmayne) who is transitioning into a woman named Lili Elbe.

Eddie & Alicia 1Vikander may have clinched her Oscar victory with her impassioned speech about the transgender community and transgender rights. Stunning AND Memorable! And since it was the extremely beautiful new Hollywood “It” Girl (even though she’s Swedish), it made it all the more powerful and palatable to the SWORM. The Straight White Old Rich Man who STILL to this day dominate the Academy.

#OscarsSoWhite does not apply to this Scandinavian beauty and the stirring speech she made. And because it’s a straight woman, and ONLY the Supporting Actress category, a category that they disdain as “not important” or not important ENOUGH, Alicia should slide by with her first Oscar in her hands just fine.

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