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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Ep.9, Really Season 6, Ep.1

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

Everything that I predicted would happen in my last post happened. Hank figures out Walt is Heisenberg, the evil drug lord he’s been seeking. Hank’s implosion takes up most of the episode and he doesn’t quite know how to handle it, to put it VERY mildly. He punches Walt out in a tremendously impactful finale moment in his garage. The coming down of a closing garage door in the background at this moment is spectacularly simple and spectacularly ominous as it symbolizes that the lights are going to go out on Walt’s world.

Dean Norris as Hank is at his absolute best ever in this episode. He’s verging on a heart attack and absolutely losing his mind over the revelation that Walt is Heisenberg. Hank also senses that Skyler, Walt’s wife(Anna Gunn) is somehow in a this too. And she is. But he has no idea how much.

And Walt tells him that all his “theories” are “ridiculous” and that he can’t prove a thing. Walter tells him that he “will never spend a day in a jail cell” and “if he wants to pursue this”, he’d better “tread lightly”

I love the emphasis multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston gave to the words “TRED LIGHTLY.” He was threatened Hank as much as Hank was threatening him. Brilliant scene brilliantly played.

Jesse, (two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul) is losing it, too. He’s incredibly depressed because of the death of the young boy who got shot at the site of the train heist. Nothing Walt can do or say can seem to snap him out of it. The writers are going out of their way, it seems, to make Jesse sympathetic, as his curtain is ringing down, too. He wants to give away all his money to the grand-daughter of the late Mike, who he doesn’t know, but senses, is dead.

And Walt, as we the audience know, killed Mike in the last episode of the last season. But Walt is lying his head off to Jesse that Mike is still alive. And Jesse only half believes him. With good reason.

In a memorable moment, he gives away a huge chunk of cash to a rather reluctant homeless man, who just wants some change, not a gigantic wad of bills.

Jesse then continues on his mid-night ride through poor neighborhoods just throwing neatly wrapped stacks of bills on the front lawns of all the houses, some landing in the bushes, some actually going down a drain.

Skyler meanwhile comes full circle to Lady Macbeth. Period. She has a chilling confrontation scene with Lydia, the Madrigal corporate exec, who comes to their car-wash, she is so desperate to talk to Walt about the decline in quality of the meth she’s getting…

He keeps saying that he’s “out of it. I’m done.”

AND his cancer has come back. And he’s undergoing chemo again. And he tells Hank this is their big final confrontation scene. “My cancer has come back. I’ll be dead in a few months.”

Also we see at the beginning of the show, in a teaser before the opening credits, that the White’s House has been abandoned and boarded up. Walt is there to retrieve the Rycin he hid earlier in a wall socket, and there’s graffiti everywhere saying “Heisenberg” in BIG LETTERS all over the front living room wall. And there’s a gate and barbed wire encircling the property and the local kids are using the drained swimming pool as a skate-boarding rink. And a startled woman neighbor sees Walt and drops all her groceries which consist seemingly of nothing but oranges, as Walt says a cheery “Hello Carol.”

“Hello, Carol” and “Tred lightly” both lines of Walt’s delivered by Bryan Cranston, who is on his way to his fourth, or is it fifth(?) Emmy, I’m soooo sure.

I watched this online at http://www.amctv.com, on Monday night, because I don’t get AMC on my cable. But I’m glad I caught up with it. Thrilled actually. And the series-long confrontation between Walt and Hank in the garage was only about five minutes long, but WHAT AN ENDING for this episode!

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Best Supporting Actress- Pre-Festivals, Pre-TIFF

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 2012 -Pre-TIFF

This category was ceded by many, months ago, to Anne Hathaway’s heartbreaking, shattering performance in the trailer of “Les Miserables.” I have never seen a trailer to have such an impact on the Oscar Race, and so EARLY! Back in June. Or May even…And the film doesn’t come out til Christmas!

“The Dream Lives,” the trailer ends with these titles “This Christmas.” Well, I for one can hardly wait!

Why was Universal releasing this so early?

Well, it was superbly done, brilliantly edited, and plaintively sung by Hathaway. It contains the song “I Dreamed A Dream,” which is arguably one of the most famous songs from “Les Miz” that always pulls heart-strings, if it’s done right.

This is the song that made Susan Boyle an over-night sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” a few years back. And Musical Comedys are NOT at all a sure-fire, can’t-miss genre these days. No matter how well they may be done. They released this that early to build buzz. And it has succeeded in that respect. And Anne Hathaway also scored as Catwoman in TDKR, too, this year.

Oscar Winner for Best Director for “The King’s Speech” is back again with “Les Miz” and he directs period pieces soooo well…just check out the Multi-Emmy-Award Winning TV series “John Adams.” That was one of the greatest TV series I’ve ever seen, and it could have been as dry as dust, instead it was riveting. And it won its two leads Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney Best Actor and Best Actress Emmys, too. As John and Abigail Adams respectively.

And Laura is back in the Best Actress hunt again this year. Her FOURTH nomination, if she gets one for “Hyde Park on the Hudson” which I already discussed in the previous post just below this one.

Which is to say that Hooper’s actors win awards, see Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.”

Anne Hathaway’s part in “Les Miz” is the doomed prostitute Fantine, which also won Patti LuPone an Olivier Award, when she played that part in the original London production. So it’s an awards-magnet role. And Hathaway totally aces it in the trailer’s Oscar-y moment par excellence when she, sobbing and dirty, gets all her real hair cut off.  It’s a horrifying, but award-worthy moment. The song is MUCH longer than that,too And there is much more to her role in “Les Miz” although she does die early on.  But who’s to say if they might run her as Best Actress instead of Supporting?

They might. But then again the Academy’s Actor’s Branch voters are the ones who ultimately decide which category an actress, or an actor, is going to be in. The Studios and distributors can campaign all they want…but it’s Hathaway’s peers who will decide where to put her.

The many For Your Consideration ads are run by the Studios as a means of clue-ing the Actor’s Branch especially for who goes where.  They decided for instance that Kate Winslet should be considered for Best Actress for “The Reader” when no less an Oscar personage than Harvey Weinstein was running her as Supporting for that film. Which she did eventually win a Golden Globe for. And also, for Best Actress that year for “Revolutionary Road.” Her “I got TWO!” picture with a Golden Globe in each hand, flashed around the world.

I think this instance shows that the Academy doesn’t ALWAYS do as Harvey tells them.Or suggests to them, I should say.

Opposite Hathaway, it’s looking like Harvey’s main gal this season is going to be Amy Adams for “The Master”, but evidently some already say the part is too small, only three scenes.

Will Qu’venzhane Wallis the 8 year old in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”  get run in Supporting, instead of lead, where she belongs? However, the Academy is notoriously not partial to putting child actors in the lead category. Look what they did with that girl with the braids from “True Grit.” She ended up in Supporting, though she arguably, also had the lead female role in the Coen Bros. western. What was her name anyway? I’ve completely forgotten! Hallie something? That nomination was the beginning and end of her career.

There’s also the great female Brits in the runaway smash of the Indies this year “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” It boasts THREE great performances, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton. Again Dame Judi is the lead here, but again, Fox Searchlight has got her down for Supporting, where she really shouldn’t be. The Academy could put her in lead, if they so deem fit…As I said in the last post, Best Actress is once again Back Up For Grabs this year…

Fox Searchlight has its’ hands full this year! Should Judi Dench go lead? Should Qu’venszhane? Decisions! Decisions!

And then there’s Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Won’t Back Down”, another Indie. But who is lead and who is Supporting? I don’t think that film is even at Toronto. Which says something.

And though after last year’s debacle with Davis predicted to win all over the place, she lost to Meryl Streep. The Academy was again accused of racism. And it is. Although they did give the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Octavia Spenser for the controversial “The Help.” Could they try to make it up to her with ANOTHER nomination? If they did, she would then be the first African-American actress to get the most Oscar nominations ever. A total of three.

Or is “Don’t Back Down” even Oscar worthy? We don’t know yet. But its lack of Festival presence says something, I think.

To go back to “Hyde Park on Hudson” there are two British Olivias in Supporting roles. Olivia Williams as Eleanor Rossevelt and Olivia Coleman as the Queen of England, who is visiting the Roosevelts at Hyde Park, with her husband the stuttering King Edward VII.

AND there’s the Oscar perennial Bridesmaid multiple-timed nominee, Annette Bening playing against type as a gambling-obsessed Mom of Kristen Wiig in “Imogene.”  You can never count Bening out.

But judging by the competition she’s up against, IMHO, this category is Anne Hathaway’s to lose.

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