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How Many Oscars Will “The Artist” Win?

It’s now less than a week away. And on Tuesday at 5pm PST, the ballots that aren’t there are due in. Or else they won’t be counted.

Tom O’Neil at www.goldderby.com wonders if tomorrow’s President’s Day holiday isn’t going to confuse last-minute voters. It’s a postal holiday, too. And if you dropped something in the mail on Saturday, it might not get there in time for Tuesday. So your vote won’t be counted.

Me? I’d send it back in the minute I got it which would be several weeks ago now, right after the nominations were announced. A lot of people do do that. They who want their votes to be counted. Those who CARE.

Some people don’t even see the movies and some people don’t even BOTHER to vote. Which this year all somehow helps “The Artist.”

How many will it win? I’m predicting a more or less duplication of the BAFTAS which would be seven. I’ll count them for you, shall I?

Best Picture is in the bag, as is Best Director Michel Hazanaviscius(and that’s the last time I going to spell all that out in this article!) Jean Dujardin, I think is going to repeat his Cannes win for Best Actor, which he also reduplicated at the Golden Globes, THE SAGS and the BAFTAS?!? And the wonderful score by Ludovic Bource, which in the place of dialogue, IS the dialogue of this wonderful, classic movie. So that’s four.

It won costumes at the BAFTAS and it’s an American costume designer, Mark Bridges, who also has designed recent Academy faves “The Fighter” and “There Will Be Blood.”  So that makes five.

And last night “The Artist” won the A.C.E.Eddie award which is even more important an indicator and more predictive than the DGA. And who was the recipient? Why, Michel H.! Again! He could carry home THREE Oscars, for BP, BD, and now also best editing, too, which he shares with Anne-Sophie Bion!

The last one is a little tricky by I don’t see how they can ignore how important the contribution of Guillaume Shiffman was as the Black and White Cinematographer. Yes, “The Artist” could win this, too.

Michel H., since he’s already taking home THREE Oscars, may not win Best Original Screenplay, since he’s up against his Idol, and mine, Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris.” They’ll give Woody SOMEthing. But this could be an upset, too, since its upset everything else. It won’t be a record, either, since I think the Coen Bros. pulled off a triple crown with “No Country for Old Men.” Best Picture, Best Director(s) and Best Screenplay.

Art Direction, as at the BAFTAS, will probably go to Dante Ferretti of “Hugo”. And “Hugo” with the most nominations will probably win BOTH Sound Awards, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. And also I think Best Special Effects for it’s use of 3D.

I don’t think Berenice Bejo, who actually is a Latina, since she was born and raised in Argentina, and moved to France as an adult, is going to win in Supp. Actress. That seems locked up long ago by Octavia Spencer in “The Help.”

But 7 is an impressive  take, and it could be MORE! If he beats Woody. AND Dante Ferretti. But I don’t think so.

Oscar Nominations FINALLY Announced! Quick Reactions!

So there they are, surprising one, surprising all, even me. That’s right, dear readers, dear cineastes, the Oscar Nominations for 2011 have finally been announced, and yes, I did wake up VERY early to get the news! And the shocks! The delightful shocks, like for instance, predicting Best Actress completely accurately. Meryl, Michelle, Viola, Glenn, and ROONEY MARA!

She “knocked out” Tilda Swinton, who was one of the SAG five nominees for Best Actress this year. Her film”We’ve Got to Talk About Kevin” is something the Academy clearly DIDN’T want to talk about. The mother of a school shooter is clearly now outside their “wheelhouse.”

As is Michael Fassbender full frontal onslaught and yes, his urinating, while nude, onscreen in “Shame.” I KNEW that they would not like to nominate THAT! But yes, they DID nominate Damien Bichir, which I am happy to say, I predicted.

The noble Mexican illegal immigrant/gardener is definately a heroic figure to the Academy, as Bichir, a great actor in any language, tries his best to save his teenage son from gang-life in today’s L.A.

I’m also happy to report that Gary Oldman also POPPED UP with no American precursors WHATSOVER in Best Actor for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and it’s about time this great British Actor FINALLY got his first nomination!

This is probably attributable to the supposedly large British voting bloc within the Academy. TTSS got the most BAFTA nods of any film this year over across The Pond. And Oldman certainly richly deserves this for his astounding decades-long body of work. And you can see my interview with him over at my You Tube channel www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

Who he “knocked out” of the Best Actor face, one of the SAG Five men, was Leonardo Di Caprio for “J.Edgar” which I just totally attribute to homophobia on the part of the Academy which not so long ago denied Best Picture to “Brokeback Mountain” and gave it instead to the OK “Crash.” The worst moment in Oscar history. For me, anyway.

So out of the ten possible choices in my Oscar Nomination Predictions, Leo was the only one I got wrong. To leave out such a big star as Leo is in a Clint Eastwood-directed movie, I find shocking, SHOCKING! But Gary Oldman is a more than worthy choice, and so is Damien Bichir. Congratulations to them both!

However, I underestimataed the Academy’s enthusiasm for their #1 voting change. Because I thought it would be eight and NINE got in. Again, I got one wrong. “My Week with Marilyn” which is STILL MY OWN PERSONAL #1 movie of the year, although it did get Acting nods for the extraordinary performances of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh in Supporting Actor, for his terrific turn as Sir Laurence Olivier.

You can see alllll the nominations listed at www.awardsdaily.com

“Hugo” to MY great shock bested “The Artist” in the number of nominations it got. 11 to “The Artist”s ten. Both got nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, which would be Martin Scorcese for “Hugo” and Michel Hazanaviscius for “The Artist”.

It was Jennifer Lawrence’s finest acting moment when she pronounced Michel H.s name correctly. Hah-zana-VIZ-use, phonetically. Accent on the VIZ.

“The Artist” also was nominated for Best Actor, Jean Dujardin, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress – Berenice Bejo, Best Score – Ludovic Bource who was won at the BFCA AND the Golden Globes, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Best Editing and Best Art Direction.

“Hugo” scored mainly in the technical categories or “below-the-line” as they’re called in industry parlance, but no acting categories whatsoever, and may be the first Best Picture nominee with the most votes to ever not have ANY actors nominated at all. Not a good sign.

Historically, the film with the most nominations USUALLY wins, but not always. But “The Artist” is the clear favorite here.

Steven Spielberg saw his “War Horse” surprise in Best Picture, but also saw no actors from his film get in, and he himself didn’t either for Best Director.

Best Director including Scorcese and Hazanviscius as I said, and also Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris” and Alexander Payne for “The Descendants.” The surprise Best Director in the Fifth slot was Terence Malick for the controversial “Tree of Life” which also got nominated for Best Picture!

Best Actor nominee for “Moneyball” Brad Pitt is in “Tree of Life” too, don’t forget, and so is The Girl of The Year Jessica Chastain. Both arguably giving better performances than they did with what they were nominated for “Moneyball” and Chastain in “The Help”, OK, but not great.

I think “The Artist” is still way out front for Best Picture. And I still think BOTH Jean Dujardin and Michelle Williams could upset.

“The Iron Lady” only got two nominations. For Meryl’s great lead performance and for Best Make-Up, which it probably will win.

Glenn Close’s passion project of 30 years “Albert Nobbs” got three nods. For Close, Supporting Actress Janet McTeer and again, Best Make-Up.

And the biggest surprise of all is the Ninth BP nominee, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!” And Max Von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor in a wordless mute role in the 9/11 drama.

Golden Globes Winners! “The Artist”! Jean Dujardin! Michelle Williams!

The Golden Globes SUDDENLY came alive in the last half hour when the big awards were given out, and “The Artist” won Best Comedy/Musical and Best Actor Jean Dujardin! Michelle Williams also won Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for her beautiful performance as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.”

Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. had a very big night because all these films were his! And Meryl Streep won for Best Actress for “The Iron Lady.” Which was also a TWC movie!

I was DEEEE-lighted with Jean Dujardin’s win and his absolutely disarming,charming, funny acceptance speech in his heavily French-accented English. He had a written speech on a small piece of paper that he referred to so that he didn’t say something in French that the public might not understand, then he ended with saying he was going to quote Douglas Fairbanks and then did it IN SILENCE! Mouthing the words, then winking at the audience and flexing his muscle as Fairbanks certainly would’ve! He brought down the house! Some people thought he, too, was being bleeped, but NO, he was MIMING! HI-larious!

Ludovic Bource who won for Best Score for “The Artist” began his acceptance speech with “I’m French” then also read from a small white piece of paper.

Thomas Langham, the producer of “The Artist”, who accepted the Best Musical/Comedy, referenced his late father, French cinema great Claude Berri.

“Midnight in Paris” won Best Screenplay and of course Woody Allen was not there to accept. So that’s all it got…

So all in all, it was a very French night at the Golden Globes, or l’Orbs d’Or.I think.

And I was actually glad that Meryl Streep won for Best Actress in a Drama. If only for her breaking that AwardsQuartetLockstep that has made the Oscars, etc. SO DULL and PREDICTABLE the past two years.  IOW, after this you can’t say that the same FOUR people keep winning over and over and over. And it renders that infamously EARLY EW cover INACCURATE! How embarrassing!

At least Meryl’s win was a surprise, especially to her. She forgot her glasses! We also saw some one, her husband, I guess, finding the glasses, and was trying to hand them to one celebrity after another as everyone tried to pass them to Meryl on the stage,and I guess said something unprintable, because a large portion of her speech, got bleeped! One would only expect that to happen to Ricky Gervais. For the record, I think Meryl’s glasses only made it up to David Fincher’s table.

Ricky, bless his heart, was back. But in a much milder form than last year. These awards shows can get so DULL that one really does welcome his irreverence. The most shocking thing he did was mentioning Melissa McCarthy’s “defecating in a sink” in “Bridesmaids” and then she had to come out immediately after to present an award, and she looked like she was in tears!

That pretty much kills her Oscar chances except for the fact that the Academy’s Voting Members had to have their nominations ballots in by Friday at 5pm. So IOW whatever happens on the Globes is sort of irrelevant as far as influencing the Oscar nominations are concerned. These awards could influence the AWARDS themselves which are more than a month and a half away! Oy vay!

The Globes also help to remind Oscarologists of just who got nominated for what in the Supporting categories, which are more confusing than ever this year. But the winners were the same. Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”, which happened right at the beginning of the show. And Octavia Spencer for “The Help” which also happened at the BFCA. Best Actress winner of that night Viola Davis did not repeat.

And I guess the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t like “The Help” as much as the American critics group did. Since Spencer’s win was the only award “The Help” got.

Meryl really did give a glorious acceptance speech, however, and utterly charmed me into her corner.

And Harvey W. having both Michelle AND Meryl!! He looked VERY happy!But not as happy as Jean Dujardin looked!

Michelle was very demure and not Marilyn-esque at all, starting with
“I’m a Mom” and going on and on for most of her speech about her daughter (by the late Heath Ledger.) She didn’t mention Matilda by name, but it was moving nonetheless.

Williams only referenced Marilyn once, and of course, that is the clip all the news shows are using, saying that it was “a great honor to accept this award that Marilyn Monroe won sixty years ago.” Wow!

Martin Scorsese won Best Director something I don’t think he expected for “Hugo.” He also seemed unprepared and was just rattling off an INCREDIBLY long laundry list of names, but I’m glad he did get Thelma Schoonmaker, his legendary editor, in there at the end.

“The Descendants” got two awards George Clooney for Best Actor Drama, who seemed tired. And hence boring. And it also got “Best Picture” Drama. Clooney looked defeated as he had witnessed Jean Dujardin wowing the crowd only moments earlier.

Jean Dujardin looked soooo genuinely happy, it was infectious! It was genuine delight, like the movie “The Artist” is…

And it reminded the audience that if they loved the movie it was mainly Dujardin’s great performance that made it so funny and memorable and yes, moving. He made you CARE about George Valentine, and then when it won Best Picture he brought Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier that all but steals the movie out from under everyone, and Uggie upstaged EVERYone AGAIN, by jumping up and down and the audience let out a collective “Awwww!” and laughed and applauded.

Just as I think they will on Oscar night!

“The Artist” Wins Best Picture & Director at BFCA! Also Best SCORE & Costumes!!

I have to say that watching the Broadcast Film Critics Awards tonight was like reading a RRREALLY long book that you wanted to put down, but some how couldn’t, then SUDDENLY a surprise happy ending! And you just LOVE the way things turned out, but you still wish you didn’t have to read the whole book.

At the VERY end of the evening, Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director! Then, he did and made an utterly charming, funny speech, I knew “The Artist” was going to win Best Picture! And then it did! And as Michel called his entire table up on to the stage, the show ended.:( But “The Artist” did win more awards than any other film tonight four. BP, Director, Best SCORE(Take THAT! Kim Novak!) and Best Costumes!

I wish Jean Dujardin had won Best Actor instead of George Clooney, who seemed incredibly smug and entitled. He tried to out-do Viola Davis in terms of a hardscrabble background “I-Come-From-A-Sharecropping-Grandfather” & even more embarrassing “My-mother-used-to-make-my-clothes. “Ick.

It was the only award “The Descendants” won. Shailene Woodley lost TWICE. Once for Best Young Actor/Actress and then also for Supporting Actress, bad news for her Oscar nom. chance. The award for Best Young Actor  went to Thomas Horn, that little boy from “Extremely…” who called it by the Internet abbrev. of its’ initials ELAIC. ” E=Lake” or something like that. This was one of the few real surprises of the night.

I swear they all must’ve known Clooney was going to win because they seemed to keep cutting to him all evening. And he presented their humanitarian award to Sean Penn, who actually was IN Haiti. They spoke via satellite, and again Penn and Haiti completely upstaged and outclassed him.

George was acting like he had won already and was hosting a night club act somewhere.

And I’m a FAN! He’s been on my show! But no, George this was not your finest hour.

Doing really well earlier in the evening was Christopher Plummer who won as we alllll knew he would for “Beginners.” Every other joke he said was funny. But given that he’s 82, we all should look so good. And he seemed like he was in his 60s. Not his age at all.

They kept showing Michelle Williams in shadow. Uh-oh. Not good, I thought. And Meryl and Harvey Weinstein were seen smiling and joking. Meryl was enjoying herself more than I’d ever seen her do at one of these events in YEARS

“The Help” won BIG with three awards, behind “The Artist” which had four who besides Best Picture and Director won Best Costumes& Best Score. Those last two awards were given out BEFORE air-time.

“The Help” won Best Supp. Actress, Best Actress and Best Ensemble. Which allowed Octavia Spenser to make TWO speeches! So she had a “do-over” she called it. Which was funny.

She had the most strange look on her face when she won. It wasn’t happy. More chagrined. Like “Oh no! NOW what do I do?”  She totally didn’t expect, and neither did I. contrary to what Stu Vanairsdale was saying week after week on his Oscar Index. He always had Octavia at #1 all season long. Ditto Christopher Plummer for “Beginners.” But he had “The Artist” & Michel Hazanaviscius all season, too. So kudos to Stu! 4 1/2 out of 6 isn’t bad.

But he was wrong about Jean Dujardin winning 😦 It was annoying GEORGE.

And also only this week did Stu, on his great Oscar Index at www.movieline.com , have Meryl and Viola TYING for “Best Actress.”

And in a very, very red dress, Viola Davis DID give a very affecting speech. And she looked very shocked when she won.

But it wasn’t a tie. And let’s face, “The Help” is a film that the BFCA loved, they really loved. And “Iron Lady” is a critical disaster except for Meryl’s performance….But Meryl immediately stood up when Viola won. And applauded her enthusiastically. Classy. Something it seemed the rest of the room, except “The Help”s table, was not doing.

But nightmare of nightmares that EW cover of last week came true tonight! But will it continue? George & Viola. Will it continue? I wonder….

“Hugo” got nothing. But Martin Scorcese did recieve a quasi life-time achievement award called, strangely, “Film + Music.” I guess that’s the consolation prize of the evening.

“Bridesmaid” won for Best Comedy, then, an entire troup of MEN, ascended the stage and this was supposed to be the big break-through FEMALE movie and it was all men! Embarassing Embarrassing. And Judd Apatow, who was the producer, accepting and every other word had to be bleeped. Which I guess was funny, kinda.

And then he had to be reminded to thank the two female writers…Kristen Wiig and her writing partner. HE NEARLY FORGOT TO MENTION THEM! Was he more embarrassing than George Clooney? No, Clooney was more.

And they had two dreadful comic hosting this always-tacky, subpar presentation. Where is Ricky Gervais when you really need him?

Well, he’ll be there on Sunday, hosting the Golden Globes who I HOPE do not just repeat the four winners we had tonight. Clooney, Davis, Plummer & Spenser in a quartet lock-step, which is what has happened for the past two years.

So in a sense, we’ve already seen this year’s winners(I hope not) and so now the excitement goes out of the Oscar Balloon, and we’ll all be bored to death by the time the Oscars roll around.

Oh Golden Globes! I hope you do something different on Sunday and not just award the same four people!

Well, there’s the musical/comedy category which Jean Dujardin for Best Actor for “The Artist” should triumph in. And Michelle Williams will win Best Actress in a Musical or a Comedy. For sure. Harvey W. hasn’t finished working his magic yet.

NYFF ends…with a Sneak Peak at Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”

Yes, it’s finally over! The Best-It’s-Ever-Been 49th Edition of the New York Film Festival! The high points were really high – Centerpiece “My Week with Marilyn” totally blew me away & is probably going to net star Michelle Williams her first Oscar &  Closing Night’s Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” is probably going to get George Clooney his second. They are both launched, in any case. Ditto “The Artist” also playing here. And Pedro Almodovar’s super superb “The Skin I Live In.”

Yes, if you’re looking to see Oscar fare FIRST from the comfort of your NY-adjacent home, then the NYFF is your cup of tea. And apart from Oscar seekers, there are also films that you get to see in the exciting, glamorous, cinema-loving situation that seem just that more special because you’re viewing them in this unique setting on a big screen, my favorite way to see films. Period.

Like for instance, you could see TWO brand new films, in two entirely different genres, by one grand master of cinema, Martin Scorsese’s 4 hour documentary on George Harrison “Living in the Material World” which is one of the best films he’s ever made. Totally joyous, celebratory, informative, transportive.It’s length not a problem, and coming soon to HBO., where it will be seen in two parts, Beatles and post-Beatles.

Also, there was the thrill of seeing a sneak peek of his new full length feature film “Hugo” which is in 3-D. We, the press, were warned it was still a “work in progress” and not for review. So I will say no more at this point, but that is was very exciting to be allowed to be there. And Scorsese was there himself, in person, to introduce the film.

Sometimes this Business of Show makes me feel outside of things, sometimes, but that night I felt as “In”as In could be, and thank you for including me, NYFF.

I, a Native New Yorker, finally felt like I was being given the keys to the city, albeit for just one brief night.

And the addition,  the two brand spanking shiny new smaller screens across the street from the Walter Reader Theater, the Beale and the Bunin, and the intimate new restaurant between them all, provided  much-needed new spaces that were just a delight to eat in, to watch films in or to just hang out with other festival-goers.

And then there’s the amazing things that happen at the NYFF  – apart from the films, if you can imagine such a thing. Like for instance, “My Weekend with Marilyn” being so tumultuously received that its’ distributor the Weinstein Co. MOVED its’ opening date back three weeks to THE SAME DAY in late November as its’ other Oscar-bait-y film “The Artist”!?!? Now, THAT was stunning development. And not only that. It’s the same day in November that “The Descendants” and also “Hugo” are opening!!?!?!! OMG!

What does all that mean????? Yikes!

Well, it will be a very busy day for the newspapers, the few newspapers, that are left to cover the movies in their movie sections. That are losing readers and advertising EVERY DAY in the Internet. But as you may have noticed not to this particular section of the Internet “The Stephen Holt Show”s blog, which is still AD FREE.

And It’s going to make for a  very, VERY interesting weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, BTW, at the box-office! Yikes!

But “The My Week with Marilyn” reaction was so overwhelming and so positive, this move gives The Weinstein Co. three more weeks to mount a MAJOR Oscar campaign in all categories, something it may or may not have been planning before. IOW, not only for Michelle Williams, brilliant as ever, but also for Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier(a slam-dunk, methinks), Dame Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike and Eddie Redmayne as the beguiling “My” of the title. Ditto the director Simon Curtis, the screenwriter Adrian Hodges, the cinematographer Ben Smithard, production designer Donal Woods, the costume designer Jill Taylor, the score(Conrad Pope & Alexandre  Desplat) and everything else you, and Harvey Weinstein can think of.

Scorsese’s Monumental 4-hour Doc on Beatle George Harrison at NYFF!

WOWOWOW! Martin Scorcese’s monumental four-hour documentary on the late Beatle George Harrison flew by and exploded like a shower of stars at the New York Film Festival today!

I saw it at a press screening after which there was a press conference via Skype (no, I’m not kidding) with the great director, Harrison’s widow Olivia, his film editor, David Tedeschi and two of his producers. They were in a hotel room in London, getting ready for the film’s premiere, where it is sure to cause a sensation.

It IS sensational! It’s a joy and a wonder and absolutely a definitive account of the life of the late Beatle.  I found it rapturous. And for those of you with HBO, it’s going to be shown on the cable channel very, very soon.  So every one can enjoy the wonder of basking in the glow and the revelation that is “George Harrison:Living in the Material World.” I really do think this ranks among Scorcese’s greatest works. It certainly is the most enjoyable. And revisiting the Beatles music in the brand new theater at Lincoln Center is just going to be a sublime experience for all who are lucky enough to get tickets to the New York Film Festival.

We all think we know all there is to know about the Beatles, but Scorcese is here to tell us with this wonderful documentary, that no, we really don’t.

In Part One(there was an intermission), we see George and Ringo constantly being shuffled off to the side in the heady Beatle craze of their first great success, which never really ended. John Lennon and especially Paul McCartney, were the favored ones. They wrote the songs, after all, that made the whole world sing and that as Scorcese says formed the soundtrack to our lives.

George was “The shy Beatle”, the “third Beatle”, but he was with the group since the beginning. A childhood friend of John and Paul’s from Liverpool, who was only 17 when the fame that never ended burst upon them.

What we didn’t know was that as time wore on, George was the one who was more and more discontented with his place in the Fa Four. And the film shows him as leaving the group. And that is was he, not Yoko Ono, who affected broke up the Beatles. He just couldn’t stand it any more being under Paul (and John’s) thumbs.

Harrison is also there on many many film clips & interviews to assert his own point of view and testify on his own behalf, in his own words, which is wonderful. And he did have very strong views, even revolutionary ones, for the time.

He felt that what the fame and the wealth that the Beatles achieved wasn’t enough. It left him empty, unfulfilled, and so he famously sought the Meaning of Life in the Eastern mysticism that brought the great sitar player, Ravi Shankar, and the various yogis into his life, the other Beatles’ lives and through them and the different kind of music they started making really changed the perception of just what pop music could achieve and the messages, some quite profound, that it could convey.

Harrison calls himself at one point “the Beatle who changed the most” and it certainly seemed like he did. He’s almost unrecognizable in the second half of the film which is post-Beatles. As a Beatle, he seemed just a cute, but rude kid.

Scorsese also brings out the fact that Harrison was a Roman Catholic and that the influence of his childhood religion, like upon Scorsese himself, was profound, and I think may have led to him constantly seeking what solace he could find in all the Eastern religions and cultures he involved himself with.

But what was he seeking solace from? His fame? His success? He seemed also the film reveals surprisingly in its’ second half that he had a long-term, happy marriage to his second wife Olivia and a son whom he loved and who loved him. So he had a reasonably stable and happy family life. This too comes as a surprise to all who think they might have George Harrison all figured out.

And Olivia Harrison becomes a very strong narrative presence in the films’ second half. And she is one of the main instigators of this film coming into being. She sought out Scorsese, arguably among the world’s greatest directors, to tell George’s and her own story, in its mind-boggling complexity. And Scorsese more than made her wish come true.

The audience of press that I saw the film with this afternoon was all of an age certain, as the French say, which surprised me, because usually the New York Film Festival press corps skews quite young. But this also underlined to me the importance of this film and its’ bringing to a new generation who did not know the Beatles as I and most of the rest of my generation knew him, the essence of this great, sometimes underappreciated and overshadowed talent, to the forefront of everyone’s consciousness. And it is in this that “George Harrison:Living in the Material World” succeeds greatly. He was a great star, a great dedicated musician and composer and a great spirit.

Scorsese related via Skype from London that the first footage he was presented with of George, was just this seemingly endless shot of a bed of tulips. Finally, Harrison emerges for within the tulips, and just smiles for a while.Like the proverbial garden gnome. And that is the way this film now begins. It’s just us, with George, smiling.

Oscar Day Present to my readers from Editing Legend Thelma Schoonmaker

Tomorrow is Oscar Day, dear readers, dear cineastes, and so I thought it only apropos, instead of going all over the Oscar predictions ad nauseam. You all know where I stand. It’s “King’s Speech” all the way, or just part of the way. And I predict it will upset in Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, AND Best Supporting Actress….

But I digress, so I wanted to do something a little special. So here’s a very nice thoughtful note from that most modest of three-time Oscar winners, Editing Legend Thelma Schoonmaker.

They have this wonderful event now in New York, coming up again in June, called Editfest, which is a two-day film festival of sorts for film editors. I was wildly interesting to me, as someone, who with my TV show, is basically dealing with editors on a day-to-day basis.

So I thought you’d like to hear a tiny touch of Thelma’s thoughtfulness. We had a conference call-interview, and I said to her that “You are the most Oscar-winning of Film Editors.” And Thelma didn’t think she was. But SHE is.

She’s tied with others, mainly men for winning three Oscars each. She’s got six nominations. And she sent me this lovely list of who won what and when.

I think she’s actually the most-heavily Oscared LIVING Film Editor. Of course, for film editing Martin Scorcese’s great ones.

Well, here as an Oscar day treat, is Thelma speaking in her own quiet, reserved voice, sending me a researched list I never asked for, but was thrilled to receive. I’ve held it back for a special occasion. So here it is.

“For the man who asked whether I had won more Oscars than other editors, here is the information:

RALPH DAWSON won 3 Oscars

1935-A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

1936- Anthony Adverse

1938- The Adventures of Robin Hood

DAVID MANDELL won 3 Oscars for:

1942- The Pride of the Yankees

1946- The Best Years of Our Lives

1960-The Apartment

BARBARA Mc Lean had 7 Oscar nominations

and won One Oscar as follows:

1935-Les Miserable

1936-Lloyds of London

1938-Alexander’s Ragtime Band

1939-The Rains Came

1943- The Song of Bernadette

1944- Wilson(won an Oscar for this)*

1950-All About Eve

William Reynolds had 7 Oscar nominations and won 2 Oscars as follows:

1961-Fanny

1965-The Sound of Music(won an Oscar for this)*

1966-Sand Pebbles

1969- Hello Dolly!

1972- The Godfather (with Peter Zimmer)

1973- The Sting(won an Oscar for this)*

1977-The Turning Point.

I have had six nominations.

Many thanks,

Thelma

And here’s the films Thelma received nominations and Oscars for – 1970 – Woodstock,

1980-Raging Bull(won), 1990 (Good Fellas), 2002(Gangs of New York), 2004, The Aviator(won), 2006(The Departed)

So with her three wins, and six nominations Thelma Schoonmaker is right up there tied with the Film Editing Oscar greats. Now she just needs one more win, and god bless her, I hope she gets another one, and she’ll be the most Oscar winning-est Film Editor of all time.

Thank you, Thelma, for going to all this trouble, and CONGRATULATIONS! And many more of the same, I’m so sure! Happy Oscars!

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