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At TIFF the hits keep coming! Whit Stillman makes a marvellous comeback comedy “Damsels in Distress”!

One just HAS to love filmmaker Whit Stillman’s unique oeuvre. “Metropolitan” introduced me to him and to international audiences and won him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His films “Barcelona” and “Last Days of Disco” kept his standards of wit and style as high and polished as a Fred Astaire B&W dance floor. And now he’s back, thankfully, and at last with a delightful new comedy “Damsels in Distress.”

The pink  back drop to the Sony Pictures Classics logo followed by pink titles of”The Damsels” and then the female cast’s names, and “Their Distress” and then the male actors’ names.

And the great Greta Gerwig! What a revelation! As Violet, the extremely original character is well, I don’t have the time and the space to go into it right now. Gotta dash! But let me just say “Damsels” is HI- larious!

Indie Spirit Noms Out. Who’s Up? Who’s Down? Does Oscar CARE?

And the nominations keep coming! Now the Indie Spirit Award nominations are out and the question I always pose. AND KNOW THE ANSWER TO. Is do Indie Spirit Nominations influence the Academy? Or anyone? And the answer is NO. AMPAS members are notoriously insular, if not downright snobby. And don’t even DEIGN to follow these upstart Indie Awards(and that goes double for the Gothams, wha? who?) for films they probably have never heard of, mostly….and yet…

Well, I’ll tell you who these Nominations today influence. It’s the films’ press agents. That’s who.

The exclusion of Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine” and Julianne Moore for “The Kids Are All Right” is downright shocking. SHOCKING! And it’s a wake up call to their press agents and their film companies to get on the ball and correct this. If they can. Before it’s too late.

The Best Actress nominees are the only group that will remotely resemble the five Best Actress nods that the Academy will dole out. Parsimoniously, these year it seems with soooo many great performance to chose from in this category. But the final 5 may have been nailed, by of all people, the Indie Spirits. Why? Because leading actresses and the films that revolve around them are all low budget, indie films.

Which is what these Nominations are meant to celebrate, which is all noble, fine and good. Just don’t take them as any indications at the Academy is going to follow suit, except in the Best Actress category strangely, which may prophetically show us THE FIVE(minus Greta Gerwig, ugh! For “Greenberg” double ugh!) And those ladies are Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams(Yay!), Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole” and that wretched Jennifer Lawrence. Yes, HER. AGAIN. Turning up like roadkill on a Western highway. Triple ugh!

There may be no stopping those five, whether I like them or not. But who this may help is, of all people, the lovely Naomi Watts, who certainly deserves her nomination for Best Supporting Actress for “Mother and Child.” That may repeat at the Oscars, if the Golden Globes(and everybody else) picks up on her beautiful, memorable performance.

That’s Sony Pictures Classics. And they may see now the non-wisdom of they’re not putting Leslie Manville in Supporting. Nobody from “Another Year” got ANYthing in the acting categories.

You also have to remember, though unless you live in L.A. you might not even notice, that these awards are given out the DAY BEFORE the Oscars, so they have absolutely NO influence. It’s too late. Everybody has voted.

www.awardsdaily.com has the complete list. But get ready this is just the start! The Golden Satellites(what?) announce within 24 hours.

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