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“Jupiter Ascending” is Fun. It’ll probably make millions

Jupiter EddieI’ve never been an out-and-out Wachowski Bros. geek. “The Matrix” was OK, but it didn’t rock my world. And the sequel, then the three-quel just got worse and worse. But they in no way prepared me for the indecipherable “Cloud Atlas”, but I sat through the WHOLE thing, thoroughly befuddled beyond belief. And wanting to leave at every edit.

So going into “Jupiter Ascending” ONLY because Oscar front-runner Eddie Redmayne is in it, I wisely decided to check my brain at the door, and just enjoy whatever little there might be to enjoy in the over-the top visuals,Redmayne’s performance, and Channing Tatum in IMAX 3-D. And you know something? I actually did.

The audience was laughing, it’s true, and they left chattering and smiling. It was a packed press house, and yes, Virginia, there is STILL a vast audience for empty-headed, eye-popping extravaganzas, which “Jupiter Ascending” really is. And I predict it will make millions.

There’s really nothing like it out there right now at the Mega-plex, and the whole thing is so damned enjoyable, that I don’t see it effecting anyone’s career negatively, especially not Redmayne’s. He’s actually demonic as hell as Balem Abrasax(gotta love that name. I’m sure it’s an anagram for SOMEthing.) and actually scary when he needs to be.

A vampirish villain-to-end-all-villains just when you thought there was nothing new under the villain sun. And Redmayne acts the hell out of the cheesy/hilarious dialogue he’s given. He has the daunting task of having  to top all those super-colossal special effects, and y’know something? He DOES!

He INHALES all his lines in a very deep basso voice we’ve never heard him use before. And when he gets upset at his useless underlings, he starts SHRIEKING like, well, like a screaming queen. Which is what he is playing.

He does it so well, and the Wachowskis(one of whom, Lana, is the only transexual filmmaker turning out features to the tune of $175 million budgets) really seem to be having the time of their lives blowing up everything and turning everyone into aliens. And y’know what? It was good ole fashioned pop-corn fun.

And the Academy is not going to hold this against Oscar frontrunner for Best Actor Redmayne. He’s got a supporting role. It’s Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis(she’s Jupiter, he’s the hero)’s names and faces who are on the billboards. The Academy is not going to see a film like this for the unwashed masses.

And his Stephen Hawking is a hero, and a heroic acting achievement in “The Theory of Everything” that I’m sure is going to sweep the BAFTAS the day after tomorrow.

The Academy Voters aren’t going to see a movie like this. And Redmayne is such a delicious, memorable villain, they’ll applaud his range and his ability of make lemonade out of, well, y’know.

And the Wachowskis will be laughing all the way to the bank,

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“Rise of Planet of Apes” & “Friends W/Benefits” -Good Summer Fun, but no Oscars

I liked both “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Friends With Benefits.” They’re good, solid summer fare, popcorn movies, but Oscar won’t be awarding any grand prizes for films that are just, well, fun. Entertaining for sure, in that good ole fashioned way that movies USED to be. But which Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to do in recent years.

Yes, yes, I broke my pre-festival rule, and went to see two movies that AREN’T going to be in any of upcoming three festivals that I’m attending(Toronto, Montreal and then New York). I can’t believe it did it, but I did. I had accomplished enough pre-festival prepping-wise, so I went.

The critical hullabaloo that “Apes” was causing made me go, quite frankly. I skipped all the earlier Ape re-incarnations years back. Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans and Roddy MacDowell in monkey masks was an insulting, belittling of great, talented actors to my then teenaged mind. So no. I didn’t go. I’m not a fan of acting with masks in any case.

But the reviews for “Rise of the Planet…” were so ecstatic I just HAD to go. And I had to see if James Franco, whom I did once interview, and whom I’ve always liked, a lot, would recover from his Oscar debacle and his dissing of my BFF Anne Hathaway. And the answer to both questions is yes, and yes

Yes, ROTPOTA works and yes, James is just FINE, in this, his comeback movie, as it were, the first big one post-Oscar hosting…He, and his girlfriend in the film, the lovely Frida Pinto both throw themselves whole-heartedly into acting opposite the performance-capture performance of Andy Serkis as the ape instigator Caesar. And his Oscar fuck-up becomes a mere hiccup in what is obviously going to be a very long and very popular career.

And Andy Serkis’ unseen performance is extraordinary. It’s on a par with his Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Tower” and “Return of the King.” He once again was mesmerizing, and particularly so in the early parts of the movie as the young chimpanzee who is adopted by humans.His Caesar is smart and gifted and so much like Nim, the subject of “Project Nim”(which I reviewed for www.awardsdaily.com when I was at the Provincetown Film Festival earlier this year.)

Nim was also a very smart chimp who was being raised by humans as an experiment…which goes awry as the wild animal within him begins to assert himself and he is eventually shipped off to a chimp “sanctuary” just like Caesar is in “Rise…” with tragic results in Nim’s case, but triumphant ones for Caesar as he begins his vengeful quest for world domination, which of course is the “third act” as they now call it of this movie.

It works. Serkis’ Caesar and Franco and Pinto all work and are involving. And John Lithgow is compelling as Franco’s Alzheimer’s riddled father and Brian Cox does great hefty work as the proprietor of the Chimp Hotel that Caesar gets sent to.

It’s good for what it is. Which is an old-fashioned SciFi Horror Movie spruced up and made new with all these CGI effects. AND Andy Serkis scoring yet again, sight unseen, as the wordless chimp.

But one of the Best Pictures of the Year? I don’t think so. But then accept for “Harry Potter”s finale and the magnificent “Midnight in Paris” it’s been a pretty dismal year so far.

And Oscar isn’t going to reward this. But who cares? It’s just good popcorn fun.

The exact same thing can be said about “Friends with Benefits” which I liked A LOT. And more than I liked “Rise…” actually. Why? Well, for starts, it has PEOPLE in it. And Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis give great star-making turns, revealing flairs for light comedy that is going to propel them into many, many rom-coms in the future, which is fine with me.

They are both VERY watchable on screen and are both revelations and fun, fun, fun.

Again, Oscar doesn’t take comedy seriously.

BUT I DO.

And I know how difficult it is to pull off this light-as-air genre. And Timberlake and Kunis, both new to starring roles in this genre, do it just fine, thank you very much.

They are two young execs in New York(which never looked hipper or more fun in a LONNNNNNG time) who after a lot of preliminary blah-blah-blah decide to have sex, but not any kind of “relationship, just sex” and as they say, hilarity ensues. AND lots of sex scenes. LOTS of them. And he’s more nude more often than she is. Which is refreshing.

And yes, he does sing a few notes and busts a few moves, both in and out of his clothes. And his sense of comic timing is just masterful. They were both delights to watch.

And no one was more surprised than I that I liked them both so much. And I liked “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, too.

Two enjoyable movies. I guess I’m on a roll.

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…

When two SUPPORTING Actresses are Nominated for the same movie….

Following on yesterday’s thoughts, even though Yes, Shirley MacLaine DID trounce Debra Winger, both nominated for “Terms of Endearment” as BEST ACTRESS.

While this was an anomaly in the Best Actress category, this never to my knowledge, has NEVER happened in the Best Supporting Actress category.The two Supporting Actresses from “Babel” one in the Japanese sequence Rinko Kikuchi and one in the Mexican sequence both lost. And I was rooting and tooting heavily for La Senora, but no dice.

 So Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are now that they are so surely in play, each others worst Oscar enemies. So the title of their film “The Fighter” really applies.

And somebody else will win. Mila Kunis, no. That Haillee Blingatude creature. NO. And that leaves…Helena Bonham-Carter. For the regal royal, the beloved Queen Mother of the present Queen in “The King’s Speech.”

We shall see if these ladies all make it in to the final round, starting this weekend. OMG, the Broadcast Film Critics are two days away!

Update: I was corrected by Brian Scott Mednick on Facebook. Yes, an old friend who I had on my show back in the ’80s or early ’90s when he was an NYU Film Student and was the creater of the short film “Confessions of a Male Prostitute.”

Brian pointed out that as recently as “Chicago” TWO Supporting Actresses were nominated against each other. Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones and of course Catherine Zeta won.

I Finally See “True Grit” A Wordy Woodpecker of a Western

Well, I guess Paramount did hear my blog screams and they sent me quite unexpectedly a DVD screener of “True Grit.” FINALLY!

“True Grit” is the latest oeuvre from the redoubtable Coen Brothers, and it’s…Ok…sort of…I mean, it’s good. Although some parts of it strain credulity. Especially the overwrought, arch script, which Jeff Bridges manages quite, quite well. And Matt Damon, too. But poor 13-year-old newcomer Hailee Stanfield has the most demanding role, verbally, that perhaps has ever been written for a tween actress.

It is to her credit that she ALMOST pulls it off. But I was always aware that it was DIALOGUE being written and spoken, and not the character’s own voice speaking.

Her child/woman dichotomy is also, paradoxically, the most unusual part of this western. Yes, the Coen’s are doing a Western. A real traditional attempt at the genre in the classic John Ford manner. And Roger Deakins’ masterful cinematography is up the task at hand. And so is Bridges. But Ms. Stanfield…well, I’m of two minds about her “performance.”

Either it’s one of the most impressive screen debuts of an ingenue ever in a very challenging role that has already netted her a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress, though she is ostensibly the lead. OR it’s a career ender. It’s the beginning AND the end for her. Which one is it?

Like her or not, and I’m not totally sure that I do, you can’t get away from her in this film that is mostly, as the British would say, a  three-hander. That is a three person play. And again, the script does seem overly theatrical, for a Western. The three hands being Bridges, Matt Damon and Ms. Stanfield.

We’ve never seen or heard any Oater where people talked in such highfalutin rhetorical terms. Sheesh! They could’ve almost been in a Restoration Comedy some scenes are soooo over-written. Especially at the beginning of the film. Which is very slow getting started and a lot of that is due to the clusters of almost unspeakable, and certainly almost unpronounceable verbiage  the  Coens have saddled their three leading actors with. Or in Ms. Stanfield’s case, crippled with. I know we’re supposed to believe that SHE has “True Grit.” But talk about overkill!

With the surprise SAG nomination for Stanfield, her fellow actors are obviously Haillee-ing her arrival, big time. You do feel sorry for her in that she has scene after scene after scene where her voice is Woody Woodpeckering the screen, with its’ rat-a-tat ryhmns. And you feel like I always felt like with Woody Woodpecker that I need to watch his cartoons like a need a hole in the head.

Let’s face it, the Coens are not known for their work with child actors.

But they have to take pains at the beginning of the film, to established her hard-headed, stubborn as a mule character, so that we believe and care about her all the way through the film. It’s her journey. And the coda at the end of the film, which I won’t give a away as it’s a semi-spoiler, but the film visual images are striking. And rather unforgettable.

And then there is the unvarnished delight of Roger Deakins’ breath-taking scenic vistas of the wild west. Between this film and “Meek’s Cut-Off” I feel like I’ve actually BEEN there and back this filmic fall season.

Matt Damon is very funny as a Texas Ranger named Le Bouef, but which they all pronounce “Le Beef” as in meathead. He’s the comic relief. And Bridges’ scenes with Mr. LeBeef are just terrific stuff.

I don’t know WHAT the John Wayne version of this was like. I’m sure this is a thousand times better and Rooster Cogburn won Wayne his only Oscar and it is to Bridges’ everlasting credit that he really does excel in this part, as well.

It’s sooo close to his Oscar-winning turn as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart.” A has-been boozing singer v. this time a has-been boozing gunman. That Bridges’ makes the Coens stick-in-the-mouth dialogue that HE has to say look and sound effortless as a horses’ snorting. Well, that’s the sign of a consummate actor at the top his craft.

Is it almost tongue-twistingly unprounceable? Well, Bridges attacks each line like his eating a mouthful of steak. Chewing the scenery has never been such a sumptuous meal. And if Oscar remembers “True Grit” for anything, it’s bound to be Bridge’s excellent crowing Rooster of a performance.

If SAG, the Screen Actor’s Guild, hadn’t voted l’il Miss Woodpecker a Supporting Actress nomination, I would say she didn’t have a chance. She knocked out Jackie Weaver of the dreadful Australian “thriller” “Animal Kingdom.” But since the 2ooo plus members of the SAG nominating committee hadn’t included her, I would say she didn’t have a chance in hell of getting in. She’s no Sairose (sp?) Ronan.

But they do like nominating under-age actresses, esp. in this category and especially lately. Think Abigail Breslin of “Little Miss Sunshine.” as well as the aforementioned Ronan.

I think Roger Deakins’ superb cinematography is the strongest  award element here as well as Jeff Bridges stellar performance. Deakins could actually win in this category and I’m also sure that “True Grit” as mixed as my reactions were to it, is going to be nominated for one of the Ten Best Picture slots.

No, though, to Best Director chances of the Coens, for this Western mishmash. But if they can get nominated for “A Serious Man” last year, then they could get nominated for this — in a field of Ten, sure. Why not?

Hollywood, unbelievably, has come to love the Coens. But you can’t help compare this too well-spoken Western to their other trip West which was “No Country for Old Men.” Now, THAT was a masterpiece and won the Oscar…But “True Grit” is not NCFOM. Not by a mile there, pard’ner.

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

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