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Oscar Champion Emerges at TIFF! Eddie Redmayne, brilliant as Stephen Hawking!

Finally! I am so excited I can barely type this! A true Oscar champion has emerged at TIFF’14! FINALLY! I was about to give up hope!

But  young British actor Eddie Redmayne has emerged as a sure-fire Oscar Nominee for Best Actor for the heart-rending “The Theory of Everything.”

It is a biopic of the excruciatingly painful life of the brilliant best-selling author Stephen Hawking, who spent most of his life battling the debilitating

motor-neuron disease that stripped him of all his faculties, walking, holding anything in his hands, and finally talking. And yes, he triumphs over all of these multiple disabilities and is still alive today at age 72, so the film notes at the end.

Redmayne is just incredible in this.  He wowed all and sundry last year in “Les Miserables” as Marius. And now he’ll break your heart several times over as Hawking, and he’ll make you weep at the end. Oscar is gonna love this! I PREDICT! It’s mindful of the career-making performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot” which won DDL his first Oscar quite awhile ago.

And I haven’t seen a performance of this kind of extreme disability combined with extreme skill and heart since then.

Eddie Redmayne WTF!!!

And right beside him is the equally young and gifted Felicity Jones as his devoted wife Jane, who is as incredible in her own right as Redmayne is in his. I predict she’ll get nominated  for Best Actress, too. The long-suffering wife is an academy staple. And it’ll be nominated for Best Picture, also. And Best Adapted Screenplay. It’s based on Jane Hawking’s memoir. And she is the personification of the word valiant.Oscar nods for everyone!

“The Theory of Everything” is a love story and a very powerful one. Bring all the handkerchiefs you can find.

You’ll cry your eyes out, but you’ll leave the theater happy. As this hardened press and industry audience at TIFF collectively melted in Redmayne’s and Jones’ expert hands and there were audible sobs heard everywhere, and thunderous applause at the Princess of Wales theater in Toronto at the end of the film. Then again, when Eddie Redmayne’s name came up. I haven’t experienced that anywhere this year at TIFF’14. If TIFF is an Oscar launch-pad then consider Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and “The Theory of Everything” launched into the stratosphere!

It’s experiences and films like this that make TIFF unforgettable! Once again!

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Oscar to Spread the Wealth! Final Predictions in All Categories!

I think Oscar is going to spread his love all over many movies on Sunday night at the Dolby pavillion, and there’s going to be at least one major upset. Read below.

This is NOT who I WANT to win, but who I think will win. Never did ALLLLL the categories before, but FINALLY this year, I think I can.

Best Picture ~  Argo ~ Slam Dunk. It even just won Best Foreign Film at the Cesars, France’s Oscars. Does any one else even have a chance? Would be the ultimate shock if that happened.

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis. Does anyone else have a chance? No. Wish it was Hugh Jackman, but…

Best Actress- Jennifer Lewis ~ She’s Hollywood’s future. Young, beautiful, shapely, funny. She’s got it all. A last-minute surge of Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour” is not gonna be enough. I think not enough people saw it. Believe it or not. But they ALLLL saw “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Best Supporting Actress ~Anne Hathaway. “Les Miz” Slam dunk. See Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best Supporting Actor ~ Robert De Niro “Silver Linings Playbook” He’s got the Weinstein Co. behind him full force. If for some unforseeable upset in Best Actress, meaning Riva OR Qu’venzhane Wallis(my pick. I would vote for her. I WOULD!) getting R. De Niro his third Oscar is where “Silver Linings Playbook” will prevail. It just went of $100 million just this past week.
But if ALAN ARKIN wins here for “Argo” you KNOW that “Argo” is going to win everything it’s nominated for, which it might. It’s not just gonna win Best Picture.

<p>Best Director ~ Ang Li “Life of Pi” Beautiful film, best use ever of 3D, and degree of difficulty make this a second Best Director win for the much loved director of “Brokeback Mountain”. That terrible night when “Brokeback” lost to “Crash” may make Ang Li winning again, a KIND of Karmic pay-back. Same thing happened to the late Heath Ledger, but he was gone, tragically, when he won for “The Dark Knight.” I just feel Heath steering Ang’s boat to shore here.

Best Original Screenplay ~ Michael Hanke “Amour” I think this is the big win for “Amour” like it was for Pedro Almodovar for “Talk to Her” a few years back.

Best Adapted Screenplay -Chris Terrio for “Argo”.Again. It’s going to be an “Argo” kind of night.

Best Cinematography – Claudio Mirando for his beautiful work in “Life of Pi”

Best Visual Effects- Again, “Life of Pi”

Best Costumes -Jacqueline Duran “Anna Karenina” Wish it was going to win more. Another beautiful, beautiful film that wasn’t appreciated as much as it should’ve been.

Best Production Design ~ “Les Miserables” ANOTHER Beautiful film that didn’t get its’ due. I’ve seen it FOUR times! It’s nominated for Best Picture, so I think it will win this category, which used to be called Best Art Direction. They like them big and dressy and period in this category.

Best Film Editing ~ William Goldenberger  for “Argo”. He also edited much of “Zero Dark Thirty” which I don’t think it going to get anything, unfortunately. Too much controversy.

Best Song ~ “Skyfalll” and Adele will blow the roof off the play. Especially if this loses to “Suddenly” from “Les Miz.

Best Score – Alexandre Desplat “Argo” AGAIN.

Best Sound Editing ~ “Argo” AGAIN.

Best Sound Mixing-“Les Miserables” No contest. The live singing was brilliantly mixed!That’s Sound Editing at its best. And how it was blended, later with a 60 piece orchestra! Incredible!

Best Animated Short – “Paperman” Disney’s first black-and-white cartoon since when? “Steamboat Willy”?

Best Live Action Short – “Buzkahshi Boys” The actual Afghan locations and child actors are breathtaking and heartbreaking. Revelatory. And director Sam French is a director/Rock-Star in the making. Alternately, it could be the only film in English, “Curfew” set in New York City. Which is the light-er funny one here. Sometimes that wins this. But who has heard the Afghan language actually as spoken dialogue in a film?

Best Documentary – SHOULD be “Invisible War” but probably will be the very popular “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Best Doc Short “Open Heart”

Best Animated Feature ~ “Wreck It Raplph”

And the biggest surprise upset? Could be if “Amour” does NOT win Best Foreign Film, yes! It could happen! And it goes instead to the feel-good high-seas adventure, Norway’s “Kon-Tiki>” How can that happen when “Amour” seems so locked and so acclaimed and awarded? It’s,as they say, a difficult sit. For “Amour” details in stark, sterile clarity the step-by-step deterioration of a Parisian married woman, Emmanuelle Riva’s acclaimed Ann, after a series of strokes. It’s NOT for the faint-of-heart, which the small, the VERY small and elderly group of Academy voters, who vote on Best Foreign Film, are noted to be.
Anyone who’s a member can vote, but they have to sign in at the screenings of ALL FIVE FOREIGN FILMS, to make sure they’ve seen them all. This also applies to Doc Shorts.

It used to be applicable to Animated and Live Action Shorts and Feature Docs, too, but for the first time this year, they’ve opened up the voting to all 6,000 Academy members and deluged them with screeners. So now, a new rule must be applied. The most popular film like “Searching for Sugar Man” is the likely win over the VERY serious “Invisible War.” Unfortunately.

That’s at least four or is it five for “Argo”? Four for “Les Miserables”,Three for “Life of Pi”,Two for “Silver Linings Playbook”,One for “Amour” and One for “Lincoln” 

 

Check back on Monday and see how right, or WRONG, I was! Have fun watching the Oscars!With “Les Miserables”, “Argo”, “Lincoln”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Django Unchained And “Life of Pi” alllll having past the $100 million mark at the box-office, this may be the most-watched Oscars in a very, very long time.

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Oscar Predictions 2012!

My final Oscar Predictions! Shot at the great Health Food Store Green Sympathy, where they named a smoothie after me “The Stephen Holt Special”! I’m assisted here by Bway producer Jayne Ackley Lynch and Kyle Shim, son of the owner of Green Symphony, Jae Shim.

And after winning the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) Award last night, “Argo” is pretty much locked down for Best Picture and also probably Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editor, which I didn’t discuss here…but if it really is winning in all seven categories that it is nominated for, it could sweep Alan Arkin in in Best Supporting Actor.

Talk about having Oscar Momentum!

Camera& Editing- Kevin Teller

British Oscars, the BAFTAS ~ What will they mean? If anything…

So tomorrow over in Blighty, the BAFTAs will be announced. The last major precursor award before the Oscars themselves, which are held on Feb.24.

Being socked in and basically locked in by the Blizzard of 2013, gives one time to really ruminate on the BAFTAS. It’s broadcast live in London, but here it can only be seen online. Check out http://www.awardsdaily.com to see if it’s live streaming there, or if not, they will tell you what, where and when to find it.

So, who’s going to win at the BAFTAS? And will they mean anything at all to Oscar?
Like, for instance, Robert De Niro isn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Silver Linings Playbook.” I think De Niro has the momentum at the Oscars, but since he’s not nominated, then who? Some say German actor Christophe Waltz for “Django Unchained,” why? Because he’s a European,Then there’s the other nominees from the states Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln”, Phillip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master” and Alan Arkin for “Argo.”

They’ve nominated Ben Affleck for BOTH Best Actor AND Best Directorand also “Argo” for Best Picture! So they really like “Argo,” and I suspect it will prevail in both picture and Director, but if Ben Affleck wins Best Actor! LOOK OUT!

He’s up of course against Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln”, who may be the only BAFTA winner for “Lincoln” since Steven Spielberg isn’t even nominated here! But on the other hand, OTOH, as they say in Internet-speak, if DDL doesn’t win here and either Affleck or Hugh Jackman does, this could be the last nail in the boring, talky “Lincoln”s coffin. Hey! It could happen!

Likewise a win for Alan Arkin for “Argo” could signal a sweep is going on and that’s what’s going to happen the rest of the night.

But since the Weinstein monkeys are working like cra-zee over there, they’ve still got two entrants in Supporting Actor, PSH for “The Master” and Waltz for “Django Unchained”, so either could win. As in American, Supp. Actor at the BAFTAs is really too close to call. Although that’s what I’m supposed to do. So I’ll call it for Waltz, simply because it’s another Harvey Weinstein situation there.

And Anne Hathaway has best supporting actress sewn up there, for “Les Miserables” mais oui, as she has it here.

But Best Actress is really the one to watch. If 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva wins for the French language film “Amour” over Jennifer Lawrence for “SLP” and Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” that win and Riva’s acceptance speech could really impact the Best Actress race here. But then again, if she doesn’t show up. But still wins anyway, it probably will not have the same impact, as if the still comely octogenarian French icon wins, is there to accept, and moves every one to tears, as she probably will, with a lovely French-accented acceptance speech.

Remember that BAFTA is really where Marion Cotillard, also acting in French in a French-speaking film “La Vie En Rose”, won, and moved the whole world with HER acceptance speech, setting herself up very nicely for her Oscar win a few weeks later.

This is prime Oscar voting time, the balloting being opened only YESTERDAY, Friday. And who watches the BAFTAS? Well, the Academy members who are still undecided about who to vote for in tumultuous races, like this year’s Best Actress assuredly is.

So I guess you could reduce this all to say “How many awards will ‘Argo’ win?” and who wins Best Actress? Riva, Lawrence or even Chastain? We shall very soon see.

SAG Awards ~ A Summation

SO I watched “Downton Abbey” Episode 4 and I’m soooo glad I did! OMG! OMG! Can’t reveal anything now, but it is just…well, WOW! Powerful…I’ll write about it later…OMG…

MEANWHILE back on TBS a very sick Jennifer Lawrence was winning Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” which I missed. But “Downton” ended five minutes early, and so I turned from PBS back to TBS and saw a very suave and satisfied Daniel Day-Lewis ascending the stage amidst applause. He had just clearly won for “Lincoln.” He gave a nice speech. Guess he’s going to win his third Oscar after all…but THEN…

Jude Law came out, also not looking well, and he announced that the winner of the Best Ensemble Award was “ARGO!”!!!!!!! Soooo happy to hear that! After what I just went through on Episode 4 of “Downton” I needed a lift! And it was very moved when “Argo” won and Ben Affleck was soooooo happy! And I was happy for him. SAG has a heart. And they bought the “poor Ben” story as Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone called it in a great piece at http://www.awardsdaily.com

It was really one of the best pieces she’s written on this season.And she says that the winning Oscar story is now “poor Ben” and wow! Is she right-on about that!

But Poor Ben was Happy Ben onstage at the SAGS tonight. He was practically dancing! This means that “Argo,” which he was famously snubbed for Best Director for two weeks ago, is now most likely going to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It won the PGA last night, and now this BIG WIN from the Actor’s Guild! Outtasight! I was sooo happy for him!

And of course, check out the other Happy Man Jeff Wells, who I thought I saw fly over the moon, with this news which he writes VERY well about over at wwww.hollywood-elsewhere.com.

“Lincoln” was supposed to win this tonight, and yes, it did get two awards. Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, who didn’t even show up.

I think four of these winners will repeat on Oscar night. “Argo” for Best Picture, Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miz”and Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor for “Lincoln.” Qu’venzhane Wallis is in the mix at the Oscars as she wasn’t tonight at the SAGS and neither was Emmanuelle Riva, BTW, for “Amour.” But Jennifer Lawrence has Harvey Weinstein behind her, and like Meryl Streep’s out-of-left-field win last year for “The Iron Lady,” he’ll do the same thing for Jennifer and she’s winning everything anyway. It’s a cake walk for him this year with Jennifer.

I think it’s safe to say that with Phillip Seymour Hoffman winning the BFCA award(Which he wasn’t there to pick up), Christophe Waltz winning the Golden Globe( which he WAS there to make a strange speech, with Tommie Lee Jones GLOWERING) then with Jones winning tonight at the SAGS and him NOT being there to accept, I think it’s safe to say that Supporting Actor is still a toss-up.

But everything else now seems locked down and sealed up “Argo”, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway.Done!

Hugh Jackman Turns Into This Year’s Jean Dujardin! Hugh FTW!

I never thought I’d be writing this sentence, they are SUCH different men and performers, but last night by winning Best Actor Musical I saw Hugh Jackman turn into Jean Dujardin! Or this year’s Jean Dujardin to be more exact.

“Lincoln” lost BIG TIME last night. There’s no denying it with only one win for Daniel Day Lewis, who everybody seemed tired of already. Does he REALLY need a THIRD Oscar? I felt resistance all around that room last night. The applause was lukewarm, at best.

And who was it who cracked “He just grew a beard?” Was that Robert Downey Jr.? Was he expressing sentiments of a larger voting body that he belongs to, i.e., the Academy. SOME presenter onstage said that thought verbally, OUT LOUD, last night.

And then, and THEN “Les Miserables” won Best Film Comedy or Musical! Just like “The Artist” did last year!

The animosity towards Steven Spielberg was as palpable as if everyone in the room suddenly turned in to Jeffrey Wells of http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com

Exclamation point!

And so this puts “Les Mis” FIRMLY back into the race. The “Lincoln” negativity is coming from the C-Span-ish-ness of that lumbering, sleep-inducing dirge. It’s History Channel all the way.

And now that I’ve got my TV back to working order, I would rather turn on the History Channel ANY DAY than sit through “Lincoln” again in my life-time.

To get it in the neck from the Broadcast Film Critics on Thursday, then again on Sunday for the HFPA, well…two strikes and you’re out.

The only important awards now left before the Oscars are the SAGs, which is where last year George Clooney lost out to Jean Dujardin and “The Artist”s Oscar win was sealed.

Watch for “Lincoln” not to win anything at the SAGs and we’re being set up for, as incredible as it may seem, another “Colored Purple” year. That was when, and I know I mentioned this SOMEwhere in my Live-Blogging posts last night, that was the year when the Steven Spielberg directed “Colored Purple” with 11 nominations going in to the ceremony, LOST ALL ELEVEN!

And it’s starting to happen again…Hugh Jackman really aced it last night by winning that Best Actor award AGAINST the Weinstein machine behind Bradley Cooper.

“Silver Linings Playbook” didn’t win much. Just Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress Musical-Comedy. She COULD win the Oscar, or it could be —wait for it —Qu’venzhane Wallis! For “Beasts of the Southern Wild!”

This is a really unpredictable year. Full of surprises. I guess I can safely predict THAT.

Best Actor Nomination Predictions

It’s getting down to the proverbial wire. So here at long last are my Best Actor nomination predictions.

Bradley Cooper
“Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis
“Lincoln”
John Hawkes
“The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman
“Les Misérables”
Denzel Washington
“Flight”

I’m thinking that “The Master”s Joaquim Phoenix 86ed himself for those “dirty carrot” remarks he made about Oscar. And Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t help himself by calling the Oscar Campaign “bullsh**t”. O well guyz, these days you gotta act like you WANT it.

Also I note once again that if, say, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Supporting Actor for “Djanjo Unchained” and not Samuel L. Jackson, that leaves only Denzel as the sole African-American or hispanic actor nominated this year. So once again, diversity even in a year with TWO majors with films about slavery, the Actors Branch remains 99 44/100s % white.

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