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Best Supporting Actress~Unknown Aussie Jackie Weaver’s Uphill Fight

I have to say thank you to Sony who IMMEDIATELY sent me a screener of “Animal Kingdom” Right as soon as I mentioned that I hadn’t seen it ~ in the previous post yet!

And I couldn’t believe it! But the power of This Humble Blog grows and grows! And I IMMEDIATELY set everything aside to watch it! And it sucked…

I’m sorry to say. And David Poland of www.moviecitynews.com was right when he said  in his Hot Blog that Jackie Weaver has no chance at an Oscar nomination. The film is not very good at all. In fact, it’s downright bad. And Ms. Weaver is better than everybody else, but that isn’t saying much.

And her character whom someone refers to early in the film as “Grandma Smurf” is pretty much exactly that. She’s quirky, odd. Very eccentric looking and she’s does POP as it were against her dreary, murky Australian underworld/suburban background. And she’s the only one you remember vs. her many Aussie gangster sons. I could barely understand what any of them were saying, their accents were so thick, the film really could’ve used sub-titles.

And it was a good idea of Sony Pictures Classics to send out the DVD so early in the awards season to the various members of the various voting bodies. Because, that, and nothing else really landed Jackie Weaver this odd-ball win. But apart from a few big scenes at the end of this ENDLESS film, she really doesn’t get to grandstand until nearly all her sons are dead…and then, well, not so much…but you do remember her. But  voters are going to have to wade through most of a very tedious, confusing(which son just got shot?)schlog before they’re rewarded(sort of) with Weaver’s good scenes at the very end of the film.

But it isn’t “an Academy performance.” And I don’t think she’ll be nominated. Not in a film that’s as bad as “Animal Kingdom,” A box-office dud,  from early in the year, AND it’s unintelligible. Those ACCENTS!

Not when you have two terrific performances in “The Fighter” that could go into this category, always the weirdest, but I personally have always loved it. Best Supporting Actress that is. That would be Amy Adams and Melissa Leo also doing heavy accents. This time hailing from the slums of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Melissa Leo’s monstrous mother Alice Ward in ” The Fighter” is similar to Jackie Weaver’s Australian Ma Barker, but Leo is better. And so is Amy Adams. And so is the wonderful Helena Bonham-Carter in “The King’s Speech.”

Helena BC also has great turns in “Alice” AND “Harry Potter” as I’ve said previously. AND she’s been nominated before. As Melissa Leo was last year for “Frozen River” and Amy Adamas – twice for Supporting in “Junebug” and “Doubt.” Helena also was nominated for “Howard’s End” a long time ago. And now that she’s married to Hollyweird’s own Tim Burton, she’s definitely on the Academy’s “to do” list. In the sense that she’s never won.

Also always a bridesmaid and not yet a bride is Kristen Scott Thomas for “Nowhere Boy,” a biopic about the young life of a pre-Beatles John Lennon.

Scott is unrecognizable as Lennon’s prim and proper aunt Mimi. And Anne-Marie Duff is just as good as Lennon’s crazy biological mother, Julia. Both were nominated for the BAFTAS last year. either won. Mo’nique did….And Scott-Thomas was nominated for Best Actress for “The English Patient.” Which won every award in the book a few years back, when Harvey Weinstein really WAS the King of the World.

And let us not forget the beauteous Marion Cotillard in the mind-blowing “Inception.”

There’s also Miranda Richardson for “Made in Dagenham.” A film which I loved, personally, but seems to be fading with the public….Too British….IF a film can ever be said to be “too British.”

And Leslie Manville’s WIN for Best Actress from the National Board of Review is pretty much going to guarantee that Sony Pictures Classics, who has SOOOOO many of these marvelous women in their wheelhouse this year, is PROBABLY going to just go on campaigning for her in the Leading Actress category.

Maybe Natalie Portman and Annette Bening will cancel each other out and Manville will win the Oscar, too….But probably given the SWORM’s propensity for voting for cute young women to win Best Actress…Manville’s memorable Mary is probably too much like they would be voting for their wives. If you know what I mean.

And then there’s Naomi Watts sooooo wonderful in”Mother and Child”. And now comes Hailee Stanfield, the girl with the pigtails, in “True Grit” which I haven’t seen yet. People are talking her up for Supporting. But she’s a complete unknown…and they’ve held the film back for soooo long…Sometimes that strategy backfires…

Like I haven’t seen it yet. It’s the last one of the majors. And now it’s time for me to yell at Paramount! Hey Paramount! I have to do my Year’s Ten Best List VERY soon and you haven’t let me see your “True Grit!”

Let’s see if I get a response to THIS scream!

Oscar-seeker Miranda Richardson’s now up on my YouTube Channel! YAY!

What a classy lady Oscar seeker Miranda Richardson is! My utterly charming interview with this lovely lady is now up on You Tube on my channel, and she’s in the Main Frame! You can’t miss her! www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

She’s had a very, very long illustrious career in British films ever since her debut feature “Dances with a Stranger.” American audiences may remember her VERY different portrayals in “The Crying Game” and more recently in “Phantom of the Opera” as Madame Giry, the Opera’s ballet-mistress.

She got her two previous nominations for her searing portrait of a woman going mad, then coming back again in “Tom and Viv” about the poet T.S. Eliot and his crazy first wife Viv. Who may have been simply been an undiagnosed manic-depressive. And Miranda also got nominated for “Damage” playing a betrayed wife. The first nomination was for Best Actress, the second for Best Supporting Actress.

This time her spot-on performance as MP/Secretary of State Barbara Castle, comes on at the end of the film and really does steal the show. Can Miranda get a THIRD nomination for “Made in Dagenham” just out today and getting rave reviews everywhere?

I think she will.

Oscar nom for Miranda Richardson? And enter Rosamond Pike! Yikes!

HOT is the Oscar buzz  on Miranda Richardson, who was doing the big “Made in Dagenham” press junket in NYC this morning. She was there and was every inch the great lady of stage and screen that I imagined her to be.

It was thrilling to meet her. And when I mentioned the “O” word to her, she seemed startled, but pleased, and not really surprised. She blew a kiss at me! And said, “Bless you.” Then I fainted. My interview with Miranda in its’ entirety will be up soon on www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

 She’s soooo good in the Supporting Role of Barbara Castle, the British MP and Secretary of State who flies in at the end of the film, and saves the day for all the striking women, and runs off with the movie, too. She’s a great, great actress, having been nominated twice before for “Damage” and for “Tom and Viv” which she was unforgettabale in as the mentally unbalanced Viv.

I wore my “Failure is Impossible” purple sweatshirt, which I got at the Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester New York. That was Anthonys motto. She, who led the Suffragettes in the fight to get the vote for women. Just as Sally Hawkins’ character in “Made in Dagenham” leads the women’s strike for equal pay.

Miranda was VERY happy to hear that motto, “Failure is Impossible.” And I think she truly identified with those sentiments.

UPDATE: For some reason, this is underling everything, and I can’t turn it off! Sorry! But I thought this was worth mentioning, the British Independent Film Nominations have just come out with “”The King’s Speech” dominating, of course. Although I had no idea that this sumptuous, lavish film was an indie!

This happened later in the day. And so, as you can see, the Buzz changes. The OSCAR buzz that is. It’s a malleable, changeable thing like the waves on the ocean or the scent of a beautiful woman’s perfume. Especially now that we’re in November which I now officially dub “Oscar Hopeful Month.” This is the period AFTER most of the stage has been set and BEFORE the actual nominations and early awards kick in.

But the interesting thing that jumped out at me in regards to “”Made in Dagenham and the other Sony Pictures Classics Oscar-Seeker  “Another Year” was that it was nominated for Best Director, Mike Leigh, but not Best Picture. And that “”Dagenham,”was nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, too, but not Best Director! Poor Nigel Cole, whom I interviewed today, must feel terribly left out!

And our gal Sal WAS nominated for Best Actress, as was the little known British actress, Ruth Sheen also from “Another Year” and so was Oscar Nominee James Broadbent for “Another Year”,too, for Best Actor. Neither of these nominations will repeat themselves at the Oscars, but they very well may at the BAFTAS. Sheen and Broadbent are subdued, quiet performances as a happily married middle-aged couple. They anchor the film, but Oscar doesn’t go for subdued or subtle. He should, but he doesn’t.

And they put Leslie Manville in Supporting! And also nominated was the beauteous, statuesque blonde Rosamand Pike for Best Supporting Actress for “Dagenham”! And NOT Miranda Richardson! Rosamond Pike! Yikes! No one saw that one coming, except Jeff Wells at www.hollywood-elsewhere.com

And here Miranda is, stateside, being the main spokes-person for the film, since Sally can’t travel to L.A. because of her play on her one day off and fly back to Bway again. But the run of the play ends at the end of November, so hopefully Sally will be able to be back on the Oscar trail then. Full-Stop. 

And Rosamand Pike is not here, representing, OR the real truth behind the Oscars, not BEING CAMPAIGNED FOR. I bet Sony was really surprised this afternoon! ROSAMUND PIKE! YIKES!

The word today was that Leslie Manville is still be put in the lead for “Another Year” which is what might knock Sally H. out of contention here…

The shatteringly brilliant Manville is up against Helena Bonham-Carter for Best Supporting Actress for “The King’s Speech” playing a subdued Queen to Colin Firth’s stammering King. Of course, Colin Firth got nominated for Best Actor and BOTH Geoffrey rush and Guy Pearce got nominated for Supporting Actor for “The King’s Speech.”Looks like it’s TKS dominating from now on….

So despite what I heard earlier today, Sally is still in the race. At least in ENGLAND she is. And Miranda and director of “Dagenham” Nigel Cole are not. At least judging by the BIFA nominations today.

Confusing? I’ll say, but it’s going in any case to be a VERY British year at the Oscars! And I say, “Jolly Good!” And what does Oscar goddess Sasha Stone have to say. She says on www.awardsdaily.com that the BIFA are not usually relevant to the Oscars…And Sasha knows EVERYTHING! Being the webmistress of the biggest Oscar site on the Internet, she also HEARS everything first. I get swamped with Press Releases. Sometimes I feel she must be DROWNING! But she always keeps her smart, jolly head above the water!

HOWEVER, this year looking like it’s going to be the Year of the Brits, I think they are going to dominate, if not outright sweep every category, except Best Actress where it’s still between Annette Bening and Natalie Portman..

And who is Rosamand Pike(YIKES!) playing to earn her such a strong nomination out of nowhere in “Dagenham.” She’s the posh wife of one of the union representatives. And she’s very, very good in the little she has to do. It’s not a big role, like Miranda’s MP is.

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