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Oscars ~ Where Are We Now?

OscarsWith so much controversy flying every which way this year, where exactly are we? Well, the safest best bet is to watch for the Producers Guild to announce their winner this weekend. And I’m guessing it will be “Spotlight.” Low wattage, reserved, and quietly, subtlely powerful as it is, its’ distinction, like “12 Years a Slave”s before it, can’t be denied.

They’re sweeping changes a foot. Everybody is discussing Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ VERY controversial announcement in a form of a press release. I’ll leave it to others who have more time than I do, busy Oscarologist that I am at this time of year, to parse just what all this means. But suffice it to say, for this year, it means NOTHING!

The Oscars 2016 will roll along exactly as they were previous to this two years of #Oscarssowhite maelstrom. Nothing at all is going to change any time soon.

But if it WERE to effect this year’s race, you might see Idris Elba win a deserved supporting actor trophy two weeks from Sunday for “Beasts of No Nation.” I hope he does. This is for a SAG award, which they call, “The Actor”, NOT the Oscar. Beasts

It really riles me that he was excluded and seemingly replaced by Sylvester Stallone, whose performance in “Creed” is nothing but a stream of unintelligible shrugs and mumbles. Stallone is not nominated for the SAG award. The Actors of SAG did the right thing in nominating Elba. So if you want to look for who to blame for this #Oscarssowhite trouble, look below the line. Anne Thompson’s infamous “steakeaters.”

It seems pre-ordained now that Leonardo Di Caprio is going to win Best Actor for the revolting “Revenant.” But if he DOESN’T win the SAG Award for Best Actor two weeks from Sunday and it’s Bryan Cranston, or even Eddie Redmayne, LOOK OUT! Things are not as clear in the blogospheres’ crystal balls as they seem to be.

Brie Larson, a relative unknown, is about to be crowned Oscar’s new Queen,and deservedly so, for “Room.” Brie golden Globe 1Such a powerful, complex, intelligent performance by an actress we almost never see on screen.. Operating against her is “Room”s teeny, tiny distributor A24, who has never been THIS near an Oscar campaign for a ¬†performance before.Alicia

And Alicia Vikander seems to be rising and rising. She SEEMS to have the momentum in Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl” even though it’s hardly a supporting performance at all. Again the SAGS will tell the tale and also the BAFTAs. She’s also in film after film after film. All big studios. And that means Hollywood already has a steak(stake?) in her future. Her moving, eloquent speech at the Broadcast Film Critics Awards on Sunday helped her immensely too. She was instantly unforgettable.

What happened to “Carol”? That’s the 64 Dollar question. *sigh* I guess it just wasn’t good enough. And WHY wasn’t it good enough? I’d say it was the Big Zero of a performance at its’ center from Rooney Mara. Don’t get me wrong. I liked her playing the bisexual Lisbeth Salander in “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” which I’ve seen multiple times, liking her more and more each time. But she was a void at the center Carol 3of”Carol” to me. It was like Cate Blanchett was acting all by herself in that film.

Whereas in “The Danish Girl” Alicia Vikander is VERY much present in her interactions, her love of her husband, even as he turns into a woman, even encouraging him as painful as it is for her, in his transition. And she’s playing a real woman, artist Gerde Wegener. , Whereas Mara is playing fictional character who is a blank, at best. Therese Belivet, the character’s name is intriguing, but the part and the performance were not. I’ve known a lot of lesbians in my gay life, and one thing they are not, is boring. “Carol” was boring.

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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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