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Melissa Leo’s BAFTA snub? A death blow to her Oscar campaign?

When BAFTA announced yesterday morn that they were putting “The King’s Speech” on top of THEIR Oscar pile (The BAFTAs are considered the British Oscars) and that Movie About Typing at the Bottom with only 6 nominations, which it may not win.

Everybody took notice.

Why? Well, yes, the traditional age-old Snob Effect on the Academy of anything limey. Well, not ANYthing. They seemed to have kicked “Another Year” to the curb, sadly. WHERE IS LESLIE MANVILLE?!? Probably in Oscar limbo forever.

Category confusion is Oscar’s most deadly disease.

After winning Best Actress from the National Board of Review, Manville turned up NOwhere in the U.S. lists,or anywhere else, until she appeared in Supporting Actress at the BAFTA awards. Surprise! There she was at last. Back in her own country, not as Best Actress, but as Best Supporting Actress.

But the BIGGEST surprise of the BAFTAS that landed with a WALLOP was the omission of Golden Globe and BFCA winner for Best Supporting Actress( I tell ya, that race is a doozy this year) MELISSA LEO?!?

HOW is this possible? Well, I guess the Brits didn’t like the “Fighter” THAT much. They didn’t nominate it for Best Picture,and though they grudingly nominated Christian Bale and Amy Adams in Supporting,  they RRRREALLLY didn’t like Melissa’s Grand Guignol Monster Mom from Massachusetts.

Shocking it was that she was riding high SUNDAY NIGHT and now Monday morning they shot her down! She’s in stark jeopardy!

Oh, she’ll be nominated all right. The nominations had to be in to be counted by Friday. But can she win without the prestige of a BAFTA nom NOT on her CV?

In such a constantly changing category as this year’s Best Supporting Actress,(and Best Actress, too, come to think of it, but more on that later) Melissa Leo can be now counted as NOT A SURE THING. But don’t worry Melissa Leo fans, she WILL be nominated! But winning, I wonder…

I think she’s a great unsung American actress, who is now being sung.

But her low-class harpie mom-ster, Alice Eklund, may not be the right tune for the snobby Academy, though Melissa herself seems to know every single member personally and everybody LOVES her.

I think she can play anything. You give her a difficult role and boy! Will she go to town with it. Like she did last year with “Frozen River,” last year’s “Winter’s Bone”, a teeny tiny Indie directed by a woman about a woman (last year Leo, this year Jennifer Lawrence) who stands up to injustice and protects her brood at all costs in a rural setting.

Oscar goddess Sasha Stone’s unremitting advocating for Melissa Leo’s out-of-left field nomination for Best Actress actually contributed to making that nomination happen, IMHO.

She’s doing the same kind of tub-thumping this year for Jennifer Lawrence, who I can’t get behind, and whose nomination, I think, is shakier than people realize she is. And Melissa Leo is becoming a kind of feminist heroine.

She’s the older actress who has mucho chops, who is still fighting her way BACK to the Oscars, now two years in a row, it seems. Melissa Leo is an actress’ actress. She kinda sorta eschews glamour, like wearing her “old tux” to the BFCA awards when she won. And then an OK gown, that was so unremarkable her picture in it appeared NOWHERE in the MANY pictures of the Golden Globe’s red carpet, and the bejeweled, be-gowned actresses upon them. And where was Melissa? Nowhere to be found. And she won! And Natalie Portman the other big winner was EVERYwhere!

The Academy looks at that and sniffs, “Well, she’s not a star.” And she isn’t. The public doesn’t know her like those in the business do. Melissa who? But she’s a constantly working, supremely talented ACTRESS. Did you recognize her THIS year in another Oscar baity film “Convinction” as the evil policewoman who wrecks Sam Rockwell’s life? YES, that dried-up, prune-faced, lying cop was Melissa Leo, too!

All of these things should ad up to Melissa Leo winning a Supporting Actress Oscar, since she’s the type of actress this category and these awards were created for in the first place…but…she was SNUBBED by BAFTA!

But the thing about BAFTA is for the first time this year, people are noticing that we have a voting body that actually OVERLAPS the American Academy it is said to the tune of 1000 members out of 6000 AMPAS voters. And each year the Academy(and the press AND the blogosphere) is paying more attention than ever. It just keeps growing and growing . In coverage. In importance. And the more coverage the BAFTAs get, the more important. And influential, they become.

So who would be the BAFTA front-runner in that tumultous BSA category? I think it’s Helen Bonham-Carter as the slam-dunk.

My esteemed colleague David Karger at Entertainment Weekly takes this Oscar business VERY seriously. I always had the ultimate respect for his opinions, insights and conclusions. And Dave, like me, is still staunchly insisting that “The King’s Speech” is the front-runner to win Best Picture, and this avalanche of BAFTA nominations seem to prove us right.

ALLLL That Typing Movie’s awards were from the press. Who, let’s face it, spend all day typing.

BAFTA is the first time we’ve heard from a large group of industry professionals. And attention must by paid.

As I said earlier today at www.Awardsdaily.com , in the section of Comments on The BAFTAS!

I think where the BAFTAS have the most impact (on Oscar) is where there is a very close race, like this year’s Supporting Actress and certainly Best Picture.

When the BAFTAS finally do their thing, and announce their winners, it’s timed astutely to be RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OSCAR VOTING PERIOD.

Personally, I think most Academy Members who are actually voting, mail their ballots (by Snail Mail, yes, that’s how they do it) immediately that they receive them.

But sometimes the BAFTAS have an impact in recent years that sways Oscar’s contests…like for instance, when it was Mickey Rourke v. Sean Penn a couple of years back for ANOTHER Pugilistic Movie “The Wrestler” v.Sean Penn’s assassinated Gay Rights leader Harvey Milk in “Milk.”

Actually, Rourke WON the BAFTA, then got up and made a truly embarassing acceptance speech dropping the F-bomb so may times on the stunned Limeys, it seemed like the Blitz was back on.

And I knew, I just knew, if there was any doubt in any Academy voters mind who STILL hadn’t mailed in their ballots, Rourke just lost it big time there. With that speech and the Academy was NOT going to let itself be embarassed by awarding him in the same way. The Snob Effect. See.

So Sean Penn won and he should’ve for his great portrayal of a complicated, but sweet crusader…who died SUCH a tragic death.

I could go on.

And I will.

Also, take the instance of Marion Cotillard’s surprise win at the Oscars the year before that. She trounced Brit legend Julie Christie in the politically correct Alzheimer’s movie “Away From Her.”

How did THAT happen? Marion a UNKNOWN foreign actress acting in her own language (French) WON for playing Edith Piaf, gave a beautiful, totally shocked, moving acceptance speech at the BAFTAs for “La Vie En Rose” and then WON at the Oscars.

It also didn’t hurt that night that at the BAFTAS that Best Actor winner Daniel Day Lewis said in HIS acceptance speech that “Marion Cotillard is acting on a different level than all of us.” And I think that sealed Marion’s deal.

Marion also MOVED to L.A. during this crucial voting period and went to EVERY Hollywood party and charmed and enchanted all her met her, as did my other unknown(at the time) actress friend Marcia Gay Harden, who appeared out of nowhere to be nominated with no precursor awards. In 2000. But “The Stephen Holt Show” had her.

And SHE won. Best Supporting Actress for “Pollock”.

So who could surprise? Who could win THIS year? Well, it looks like it’s Natalie Portman, an American princess to be sure for “Black Swan.” BAFTA, yes, has nominated her for Best Actress.

But wait! Who else popped out of nowhere at BAFTA?!? NOOOOOMI RAPACE!??

And “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” the last of the Steig Larsson Millenium Trilogy, picked up three nominations at BAFTA including Noomi’s Best Actress.

And wait, she’s foreign. But hardly unknown in London, where she has moved to escape the paparazzi-fest  that her incredible portrait of  Lisbeth Salander turned  her life into in her native Sweden.

She’s embraced London and British society totally. And they her. And I just have this feeling that the Brits feel this immense sense of injustice being done to Noomi, who endured A YEAR AND A HALF of CONSTANT filming of the three Larsson movies, all shot one right after the other after the other, since Noomi has been replaced by an unknown American girl Rooney Mara. And that these beloved, hugely successful movies are being now remade IN ENGLISH by David Fincher….He who directed The Typing Movie…

Well, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Noomi Rapace’s name called on BAFTA night.

And how will that impact the Oscar race for Best Actress? Well, if she’s not nominated, not a bit.

But I think people in England are enraged by these remakes by the presumptous Americans who have the NERVE to redo those beautiful Swedish movies! And watch they give their best director to home town boy Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech.” NOT to David Fincher, who has the temerity to remake these Larsson/Salander movies! The NERVE of him!

 This would really set those Yankees back a few steps, if it was then to be recorded by all the journos in the world press, who are bound to write about these great Swedish films V. the trashy American re-makes. Well, the Swedish movies starred the BAFTA AWARD WINNING BEST ACTRESS NOOMI RAPACE. Then every time someone wrote about these new American versions,they’d HAVE to mention BAFTA. Not that Noomi could upset Natalie in the U.S. ,but in Britain she certainly could.

And Noomi would give a beautiful, charming,moving acceptance speech. You know she would.

And also, now that I think of it Noomi’s Lisbeth GETS A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE BRAIN AT POINT BLANK RANGE !!! AND SURVIVES!!! There’s also that political parallel to be raised…so I’m raising it. Gaby Giffords is a heroine, but so is Lisbeth. Especially to Europeans. She’s a fictional character, but who can forget her first entrance in “Hornet’s Nest” where they are cutting open her skull, and are showing REMOVING A BULLET from her brain! And she SURVIVES!

And oh, Melissa Leo…back to her…

What has the BAFTA done to HER Oscar race? Well, I think it’s stopped it dead in its’ tracks, I’m sorry to say.

I think she and co-star Amy Adams will BOTH be nominated and cancel each other out and Helena Bonham-Carter will sweep in and win as she certainly will the BAFTAS for “The King’s Speech.”

However, what does Dave Karger think this does? Check out his updated lists at www.ew.com

But I’ll tell you who Dave has picked to win Best Supporting Actress now. AMY ADAMS!?!?

It could happen. She’s been nominated twice before. They know her. They love her. And she’s still young and beautiful and she’s wonderful in “The Fighter” too. Playing something she’s never played before. A tough, working class chick, a bartender no less.

So THAT’S what the BAFTAs have done with their snubbing of Melissa Leo, they’ve HELPED Amy Adams BIG TIME!

Most BAFTA nominations 14! for “The King’s Speech”!!!And 3 for Noooooomi!!

WELLLLLLL, THIS is good news! After the wretch-fest that was this year’s best-quickly forgotten Golden Globs, the British Academy Awards equivalent, the BAFTAs corrected all the wrongs and nominated “The King’s Speech” for 16 Awards! YAY!

I’m sooooo relieved!

I tell you, I keep hearing from Academy Voting Members that they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE “The King’s Speech” and I knew of course, the British would go for it en masse, and they did. The Oscar nominations are all in, and being tabulated as we speak by their accountants, counting all the nomination ballots by hand. Yes, that’s the way they do it. Still. But it guarantees secrecy. Were these to be sent in online, they could be hacked into, so THAT’S where the Academy stands on the Internet. And the Film I Will Not Name got a paltry six, an embarassingly small number, after trouncing “The King’s Speech” at the Awardsfest this weekend. All is suddenly right with the world. Of course, Colin Firth won all contests.

Best Picture, Actor(Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor(Geoffrey Rush) and Best Supporting Actress(Helena Bonham-Carter), Best Original Screenplay(David Seidler) and every thing else under the British sun, including Best Make-Up!

The Best Actress category was the biggest surprise with BOTH Annette Bening and Julianne Moore from “The Kids Are All Right”, which I think the Oscars are going to do. Natalie Portman, natch, and NOOOOOOOMI Rapace for “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest”!?! Soooo thrilled for NOOOOOOOOOOOOOMI! And Hailee Steinfeld!?!?

This leaves out Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence(for “Winter’s Bore”thank goodness!! ) and also sadly Michelle Williams.

“The Girl Who Kicked…” also turned up with two other nominations for Best Screenplay, and also best foreign film!!!

I think FINALLY “The King’s Speech” is going to sweep here and this may influence the Oscar’s end result. One can only hope.

Other significant left-outs – Melissa Leo in Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter”!! Amy Adams made it in here. And so, I’m happy to point out did Miranda Richardson. And of course, left IN is Helena Bonham-Carter who I mentioned earlier ^ and she will probably triumph here. Also, happily the great Barbara Hersey made it into this category instead of the massively mediocre Mila Kunis for “Black Swan.” 

Congratulations to Colin, Geoffrey, Helena, Miranda, Barbara, director Tom Hooper and NOOOOOMI! WOWOWOW!

So now if you’re counting such things, and we KNOW you are, that’s “The King’s Speech” getting more than TWICE the amount of that OTHER film. The one about typing.

For a complete list see www.goldderby.com and also of course, www.awardsdaily.com

Gold Derby also points out how influential the BAFTAS are on the Oscars these past few years since it switched it’s ceremony time to come down RIGHT DURING the actual Oscar voting. I still think her win at BAFTA and Daniel Day Lewis’ wonderful words about her perfomance as Edith Piaf, helped win the virtually unknown Marion Cotillard her unexpected(but not by me) Oscar for Best Actress!

Guy Lodge, a Brit himself, has plenty o’ insight into this Brit fest at Chris Tapley’s great oscar site www.incontention.com

Oh, and congratulations and thank you, too, to Rising Stars nominees Gemma Arterton”Tamara Drewe” and Aaron Johnson “Nowhere Boy”!

Long Live the King!Colin Firth Triumphs at Critic’s Choice/BFCA awards!

What a magnificent moment! And what a classy, eloquent speech Colin Firth made as he accepted the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor for “The King’s Speech”!

Ditto Screenwriter David Seidler for winning Best Original Screenplay also for “The King’s Speech.”

Firth, in talking about his “twenty year collaboration” with Harvey Weinstein, and how he is looking forward to “twenty years more,” was very, very moving to me. It made me think of that other great, unexpected (but not by me) triumph of “Shakespeare in Love” that Firth was in. Yes, he was!

As the obsequious, unattractive blow-hard Lord Wessex,that Gwyneth Paltrow was being forced to marry. Yes, THAT was him.Totally Unrecognizable as a lout when you think of  the dashing leading man he’s become today.

He was so nervous at the beginning of his acceptance speech, the first of MANY just days ahead, I thought he was starting to stutter!

He hit all the right notes in his elegant, dignified acceptance speech and was funny, majestic and humble at the same time, noting that he, as most actors, was “a great seeker of attention,” and how he “was going to wear” the large BFCA award “around my neck as a talisman.” I wish I had a video copy of that speech. But I don’t have the technology…yet…but I’m sure it’ll be up on You Tube soon.

He was so, well, WINNING, he totally nailed down his subsequent and inevitable wins, at the Globes, the SAGs and the Oscars, just as I told him he would, in person, on the air, when I was lucky enough to be the first journalist to broach the subject (Oscar) to him on my TV show. This occurred in September at the Toronto Film Festival and I’ve put Colin back in my main frame, so you can see me telling him this here ~ www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow He seemed genuinely dumbfouned by my( now proved incredibly accurate) prediction about his upcoming awards dominance.

And 70-something British writer David Seidler was finally front and center to accept his award for Best Original Screenplay for
“The King’s Speech.” He was incredibly disarming and very refreshing as the oldest winner by far last night. He revealed that he was a stutterer himself and spoke to that question. Very moving.

He was obsessed with the story of the stammering King George VI and had been working on this script all his life, evidently. A letter from the Queen Mum(Helena Bonham-Carter in the movie) evidently begged him to not produce his play (eventually a screenplay) in her lifetime. And he respected her wishes, never IMAGINING she’d live to 102!?!

And notably Geoffrey Rush was not there. I guess he knew he was going to lose to Christian Bale, another Brit, BTW, for “The Fighter”. Now, while I admired his tweaking meth-head performance in “The Fighter,” and I can understand how it beat Rush, who’s doing a play in Australia right now. I bet he’ll be on hand for the Golden Globes on Sunday night, though. And he might win there. The Golden Globes are a whole different group of people from the BFCA. First of all, they are the FOREIGN press. And though Bale is also a Brit, most people think of him as an American.

Bale, you must understand, is NOT LIKED, by the rank-and-file members who are the Academy. And probably not by the Globes either. For one thing, he’s been going around talking in his Dickie Ekland Boston-American accent, when he’s really got quite a nice Welsh burr. The Hollywood FOREIGN press might see that, and probably do, as irritating, if not downright insulting.

 He’s notoriously anti-press, and when forced to answer questions he has been speaking in Dickie Englund’s(his character in “The Fighter”) accent not his British one. Very phoney-baloney if you ask me. And you ARE asking me, since you’ve read this far into this Oscar rant!

And can anyone forget that rant he made against that poor film techie that was published on YouTube and all over the Internet? Then the charges that he assaulted his mother and sister in a hotel room? Though later dropped, things like this influence Academy voters. Yes, they do.

And they LOVE Michael Douglas, who is nominated at the Globes for Best Supporting Actor against Bale, Rush and Andrew Garfield And someone else. Oh!  Mark Ruffalo for the “Kids Are All Right”s sperm donor.

Watch out because the beloved, cancer embattled Douglas wasn’t nominated last night at the BFCA. Watch out for both Michael D. and Geoffrey R. tomorrow night at the Globes. The HFPA ,who are famously known to cross the Alps for a hot-dog, may think of the HEADLINES they’d make if Michael Douglas wins in Supporting for “Wall St. 2”!?! This influences these publicity-seeking press hounds/people. Yes it does.

The Broadcast Film Critics’ as I’ve said over and over and over again are CRITICS, so of course their awards are going to go to the CRITICAL favorites that we’ve seen them write about all year long. It was predictable. There was not ONE surprise.

Except maybe that “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” won Best Foreign Film. YAY!

But I didn’t see Noomi Rapace there, who was also nominated for Best Actress. Natalie Portman, very pregnant and glowing, won, as expected, and she gave a VERY nice acceptance speech, practically nailing Darren Aronofsky as a great director(“Black Swan”) and solidifying his probably upcoming Oscar Nomination.

I saw Colin hug director Tom Hooper(who named me the Oscar Messenger, lest we forget) on his way to the podium. They both jumped out of their seats and he hugged him.

Helena Bonham-Carter was there. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “King’s Speech” and not looking very happy when she lost to Melissa Leo, who looked, to her credit surprised as well as happy. Amy Adams looked crushed. Though she smiled bravely to the cameras when Melissa won. “The Fighter” crew also won “Best Ensemble” and so Amy, Melissa and Christian Bale and some other guy from the movie. All were up onstage early in the evening. Amy and Melissa ascended arm-in-arm, like sisters. This relationship lasted barely another hour. For when Melissa Leo won, and not Amy, for Best Supporting Actress, Adams began to lose it.

For when the roving camera cut back to Amy Adams AFTER the Melissa Leo win, she looked increasingly unhappy. Almost tearful as if to say “What am I going through all this FOR??? When am I going to win! I never win!”

Amy Adams has lost the Oscar twice before for “Junebug” and “Doubt,” both Supporting. It’s getting to be a habit. And not like her costume in “Doubt”.

Also looking very distressed was Andrew Garfield who lost Supporting Actor to Christian Bale. And he CONTINUED to look downcast at the end of the awards when Best Picture was given to the Film I Will Not Name. He was actually looking at the FLOOR of the stage as all the jubilation of the Best Picture win exploded around him. He looked like he did NOT want to be there.

 Jesse Irritatingberg OTOH looked immensely happy for this win, as did Aaron Sorkin, who won Best Adapted Screenplay. Did he compare himself AGAIN to Shakespeare, Aeschylus and Paddy Chayefsky??? Or perhaps he said that on the ENDLESS, extremely embarrassing red carpet show that preceded the actual awards by an hour. I thought it started at 8. It didn’t start til nine.

Another crestfallen contender was Supporting Actress Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”)who looked like a million dollars at the beginning of the evening, and a crushed cabbage leaf, or a deflated balloon, by the end. She looked like she had been crying.

Oh, and David Fincher, who won Best Director didn’t even show up! He has been publicly speaking OUT against these awards, BTW, and so watch, if he doesn’t show up at the Golden Globes that someone else who IS showing up, will win. Like for instance, Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech.” Fincher’s in Switzerland working on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and just simply can’t be bothered with all this awards non-sense. Watch him be MIA tomorrow night, too. “The Social Network” COULD lose all the awards its’ been nominated for to the “King’s Speech” tomorrow night at the Globes. Yes, it could happen.

Back to the BFCA. Once again I have to stress these are CRITICS, who we’ve been hearing from all awards’ season long.

The Academy has absolutely NO members of the press in its’ voting body. So the winners may be different. Very, very different, especially at the Globes, with David Fincher not there, don’t be surprised if “The King’s Speech” wins EVERYTHING it’s been nominated for. You heard it here first.

The only real,true surprise for me, was Melissa Leo’s win in Supporting for the dragon mother in “The Fighter.” She was so surprised herself, she started ogling presenter Josh Brolin and recounted how she had once kissed him. What could’ve been a hot moment, was an Ewwww moment. Embarrassing, Melissa?

Then she regained her composure and noted how “10 years ago when I was 40” people were telling her actresses’ careers were over.

She’s worked with EVERYBODY. She was almost in a reading of a play of MINE once. And I like her immensely as a person. But in “The Fighter” she was chewing the scenery of the entire landscape of Lowell, Massachusetts.

 Although she’s not as well-known by the public. How many people saw “Frozen River”? Her OTHER nomination for Best Actress? Raise your hands. Nobody…Well, I did. And I thought she was marvelous in that small, gritty Indie.

The one true misfire of the evening was Hailee “Blingatude” Steinfeld winning for Best Young Actor/Actress for what I sometimes feel should be called “True Shit”.Well, her OVERpraised, OVERhyped performance anyway. I could be a member of the BFCA and I certainly will…. someday. But I certainly wouldn’t’ve voted for HER.

 She wore a pink, very short dress that was draped in a way that made her look like she had the late Shelley Winter’s  ass hips and then gave a flat, monotonal, blah, meh, borderline moronic speech, assuring every Academy Member watching that no, SHE won’t win anything else.

Now it’s on to the Golden Globes TOMORROW night on NBC. And I think it will be a completely upside-down scenario there….Just saying…

Golden Globe Nominations! King’s Speech leads with 7!!!

Very gratified to report that the wonderful “King’s Speech” which I have been championing ever since I saw it at its’ first press screening at Toronto received seven Golden Globe nominations this morning. More than any other film, and that usually means it’s going to win!

It was nominated for Best Film -Drama, Best Actor, the wonderful Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor, Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress, Helena Bonham-Carter, Best Director, Tom Hooper(who named me “The Oscar Messenger” after all, LOVE him!), Best Screenplay and Best Score.

Congratulations to Colin, Geoffrey, Helena, Tom and to Harvey Weinstein who produced all this magnificence.

Yesterday that OTHER FILM, whom I will not mention by name any more, won all the critics’ awards across the country, and today, “The King’s Speech” is on top!

Also nominated for Best Actor -Drama was Ryan Gosling, whom I just interviewed for “Blue Valentine.” That is going to be up on YouTube shortly and Best Actress-Drama- Michelle Williams for the same moving film, whom I also interviewed. And she’ll be coming soon, too. www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

Omissions~ They left  out a LOT of possible contenders like Jeff Bridges, and Hailee Stanfield from “True Grit”. In fact, “True Grit” (which I STILL haven’t seen) was shut out completely. And Danny Boyle for Director and “127 Hours” were not nominated, though its’ star James Franco was. Franco was expected. The shut out of “127 Hours” and Boyle were not. Nothing for Robert Duvall in “Get Low.” Nothing for “True Grit” other than the despised Jennifer Lawrence’s expected but undeserved nomination. Will somebody please put a stop to that woman! Her adulation in that faux-Ozarkian indie is incomprehensible to me.

And Leonardo Di Caprio was left out ~ TWICE! For “Shutter Island” AND for “Inception” Yikes! Methinks this was not category confusion but actual, for real, MOVIE confusion. There were astounding similarities in the plots of both movies. And certainly Leo’s characters.  So Leo got left out twice, but Johnny Depp was nominated TWICE for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. For “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” BOTH Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were nominated for “The Kids Are All Right” in the Musical/Comedy Best Actress category.

And sadly “Another Year” was nowhere to be seen. No Mike Leigh. No Leslie Manville. And also no Noomi Rapace for “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Sadly.

IN were Jackie Weaver for “Animal Kingdom.”!!! And Mila Kunis, and NOT Barbara Hersey for “The Black Swan.”  I think the Academy will correct that. And switch the two. This is for Best Supporting Actress, and as I predicted BOTH Melissa Leo and Amy Adams got in for “The Fighter” and they will cancel each other out, leaving the way for her Royal Highness Helena Bonham-Carter to win here. And at the Oscars, too, I’m betting.

And Michael Douglas DOES go supporting as Peggy Siegel told me he would, also back in Toronto. For “Wall Street 2” which I enjoyed immensely. And NO Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right” though it scored big everywhere else and won him a Best Supporting Actor nod from the New York Film Critics. So Douglas is IN. Ruffalo is now OUT?

After “The King’s Speech”, came “The Fighter” with six nominations, as I predicted. And THAT OThER MOVIE also got six. Best Foreign Film nominations included Tilda Swinton’s “I Am Love.”

These nominations HELP all those nominated, but hurt the ones unexpectedly left out, like “True Grit” and “Another Year.”

For the complete list, see www.awardsdaily.com

Read “The Girl Who Played With Fire”WOWOWOW!

I just found this lost draft! So for those you can’t get enough Noomi, here it is ~ again ~ sort of. I thought the machinery had deleted this…but…it didn’t! And Noomi was just shocking nominated for Best Actress for the Critic’s Choice Awards ~ which is also called the Broadcast Film Critics in some places…

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Stieg Larsson has sort of co-opted my life. At least for the past few weeks. What with interviewing Noomi Rapace, Lisbeth Salander herself about ten days ago, and having her go up on You Tube in all her glory, I plunged into Book Two of the Millenial Trilogy and finished it all in one big hungry gulp this weekend.

Once again, I couldn’t put it down! I couldn’t believe it! I had thought the middle book would be somehow less absorbing than the first and last one’s. But I was delighted to find I was totally wrong!

It was just as absorbing as the first one, if not more so.

Lisbeth Salander is front and center in Book 2, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and she is the one every one is after and is trying to kill. She’s at the center of many mysteries, only unraveld in the very last pages. I guess I won’t spoil it for the rest of you Johnny-Come-Latelys who may have only stumbled on to this brilliant Swedish series of crime novels, but the books are doozies.

I don’t know when I’ve been so compelled. Larsson really pulled it off on a great, grand scale. And Lisbeth Salander goes from the interesing, eccentric side-kick of Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist and ordinary het guy, to being the central character of this gripping yarn.

I always wished the late Patricia Highsmith were still alive today to scare us even more with her “Talented Mr. Ripley” series, but she’s gone. Only achieving her greatest fame after her death. And the same is true of Larsson, who died before these amazing books of his were published. Soooo sad….

So I’ve seen the last movie in a theater, “The Girl Who Kicked Over the Hornet’s Nest” and I just watched “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” over again on a DVD from the New York Public Library. This one played all the way through. The first disc I got from them of “Dragon” was corrupted and missing a whole lengthy section in the middle.

I told the library this and they immediately put me in line for reserving another one and it came this weekend, too.

And after interviewing Noomi….What a little sweetheart! And sooo different from her scary, stern Salander…And what a great job of film acting. The close-ups on her pitch black eyes….are soooo frightening, yet transfixing. Powerful.

Although she wears punked out clothes to the max, black leather jackets, the piercings, the tattoos, etc, it’s her intense inner life that fascinates. 

I shudder  to think what David Fincher is going to do with this series of terrific movies, which he’s re-making right now, even as I type. WithRooney Mara. Who is a very good strong intelligent actress…who made such a strong impression in “The Social Network” as the only woman…

Sweden is SUCH a strong character in the books and in these films. It makes you want to go there. I even felt the urge to start studying Swedish…

It seems it’s been re-set in America. I can’t imagine any American locale subsituting adequately for fascinating Sweden. I just can’t. Fincher’s good with creepazoid atmospherics as he proved in “Se7en” and especially “Zodiac.” I think his version will resemble “Zodiac” which was set in San Francisco and is probably his strongest film to date. Or at least the one I liked the most…

San Francisco never seemed more threatening…

But rent or buy the books or see the movies! I hope Music Box entertainment is sending out all three movies to the Academy.

I still haven’t seen the movie of “The Girl Who Played with Fire” but just having spent a weekend totally gripped by its’ powerful spell…I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I guess I am a bit of mystery/suspense/crime buff myself. My favorite director is Alfred Hitchcock.l have relished his classic films over and over again…Maybe Fincher will surprise me. And the world. He BETTER!

And I felt such a deep connection with Noomi Rapace. It was a beautiful thing. I hope she goes on to win every award in the book. She’s already picked up quite a few.

She’s needs to be in L.A. and going to every party under the sun there. Marcia Gay Harden did that and she won for “Pollack.” Marion Cotillard just MOVED there for all intents and purposes, during the voting period. And Noomi, since she’s new, and foreign, though she speaks perfect English as you can see in my interview with her which is now in the MainFrame at www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow.

Now I can’t wait for Episode 2, the movie of “The Girl Who Played With Fire” to arrive from the NYPL. What an achievement for all concerned!

And Noomi Rapace! Her Lisbeth Salander is one of the great screen performances.

What do the critics awards mean? Not that much in terms of OSCAR!

What do the results of the avalanche of critics awards that have been poured out upon us in the past two days MEAN? Not that much, Blanche, not that much.

 Well, all I can say is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not made up of any press whatsoever, especially critics!!!

The results of today’s and yesterday’s critics awards annoucements were all over the place as far as the Best Actress race was concerned. But they were not what I expected for poor Leslie Manville. She really needed those two big critics awards. She didn’t  get them.

Annette Bening won in New York. And a heretofore unknown Korean actress won in LA for a film called “Mother.”

I think this helps Michelle Williams, strangely enough.

 And NOOOOOOMI! Noomi Rapace for “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” keeps popping up!

It seems to be as Sasha Stone so completely pointed out at www.awardsdaily.com Noomi’s ascendance is Leslie Manville’s DEscendance.

I will refer you back to my earlier post about what the Academy is REALLY thinking and one of the things that these awards have proved, unfortunately for Leslie Manville, is that running Ms. Manville for lead was the biggest mistake of the Oscar race.  She’s getting left out of BOTH categories completely! Ouch!

That said, Noomi and Michelle and Leslie and Annette will ALLLLLL be probably, most likely nominated for Golden Globe awards tomorrow morning! Yikes! Yes, the Golden Globe nominations are coming out TOMORROW! And as far as the Academy is concerned “Tomorrow is Another Day!” Who said that? And as Sasha says “Everything can turn on a dime.” And just because “The Social Network” won EVERYTHING today, does NOT mean that it’s going to win everything tomorrow.

And my boy Colin Firth won both LA & NYC! GO COLIN! Go Noomi!

And you can see me being the Oscar Messenger Par Excellence and telling both Colin Firth and Noomi Rapace that they just might be going to the Academy Awards this year!  www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

Stephen Holt Show’s 2010 Year’s Ten Best List

I’ll elaborate further later,when I have more time, but for now, here is my 2010 Year’s Ten Best List –

1. The King’s Speech

2. A Film Unfinished

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

4. Nowhere Boy

5. Black Swan

6. 127 Hours

7. Mesrine, Pts. 1 & 2

8. Blue Valentine

9. Another Year

10.I Love You, Phillip Morris

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