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Jeff Wells Applauds Scott Feinberg’s AFI Panel

Tilda Marion OscarTilda 2Marion Oscar1Jeff Wells does it again! He hits the Oscar bulls-eye on almost a daily basis, but he really out-did himself today putting up an ENTIRE mind-blowing AFI panel which he called Scott Feinberg’s Incredible 8.

And on that panel, on the same stage(!) were not only Jake Gyllenhaal, but also Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Marion Cotillard(!!!) as well as Kristen Stewart(whom I actually liked here for the first time) all of them talking about Independent Films and how much they love them and how devoted they are to making them. And how difficult it is. And how there is no money for it almost always, but they press on anyway.

Tilda gave a rousing speech about the late gay filmmaking legend Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS, and was a major figure in England, but is still relatively unknown outside cinephile audiences in the United States.

It really blew my mind to see her, and Marion, and Jake, all of whom I’ve interacted with many times and interviewed and known for many years now all on the same stage at once.

Scott Feinberg(STILL the only Oscarologist who links to this blog) really was in his glory and his finest hour to date hosting this at the AFI fest in LA, which is hotter than it’s ever been.

Here’s the link ~ It’s over an hour but I was spell-

bound.http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/2014/11/feinbergs-admirable-eight/

He calls it Feinberg’s Admirable Eight and I was surprised and delighted to see former winners Tilda and Marion working it, as it were for their films this year. “Snowpiercer” and “Two Days, One Night.” Especially when I was told by the film’s peeps that they weren’t going to do an Oscar campaign for Marion, though certainly her performance is one of the best of the year. And is definitely going to be on my Ten Best List.

And I kept wondering where I had ever seen them together before and then I remembered! They both won their Oscars in the same year!

Marion for “La Vie En Rose” for Best Actress and Tilda for “Michael Clayton” for Best Supporting Actress! THAT BLEW MY MIND!

 

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Scott Feinberg Now Has Eddie Redmayne for his top Best Actor pick! Palm Springs Honors Him, too!

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Scott Feinberg at the Hollywood Reporter has now picked Eddie Redmayne as his top Oscar contender, too! Read about how Eddie is now being honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival, too! Here’s the link ~
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/palm-springs-film-fest-eddie-747280

Super sharp Scott always has the statistics down pat and he explains why Palms Springs is another important step for Redmayne.

If you see this wonderful picture, and I hope you do, you’ll see why.

It opened in theaters this past Friday and Kenneth Turan in the L.A.Times, too, raved!

Three Brits in Biopics Dominate Oscar Race at TIFF

So it’s come down to three Brits in Biopics, ruling the Best Actor Race at TIFF. That would be Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”, Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game,” and finally Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner.” I think one of them is the ultimate winner in this very crowded Oscar season. Well, the Best Actor race is very crowded. Best Actress sadly is not. It’s like tumbleweeds are blowing through that under-populated category.

I think Eddie Redmayne, 32-years-old and freckled everywhere is truly the one to beat. He does an ASTOUNDING job enacting all of genius Stephen Hawkings many, many levels of disabilities. It’s a seamless portrayal which Redmayne totally disappears into utterly. It’s transformative in that it will transform his career forever as a major actor, British or otherwise.

The skill and the adeptness (Did I just create a new word?) with which he essays this seemingly impossible role is simply breath-taking. And mind-boggling. How DID he do it? One keeps thinking. And if we want to hark back to the old Academy acting branch adage “The Degree of Difficulty” is ENORMOUS! It’s off-the-charts. And you LIKE him. Which counts for a lot with Oscar voters.

Cumberbatch is super-nova hot right now with his British TV series “Sherlock Holmes” garnering an unexpected SEVEN Emmy Awards last week. But he’s got a more difficult task in “Imitation Game” His character of ANOTHER British genius is terribly UNLIKEABLE. And difficult. And cold. And complicated mentally as Redmayne’s Hawkings is challenged physically. Alan Turing was not a likeable guy. Troubled, distant, stand-offish, to say the least, and gay. And finally persecuted for being a homosexual in the 1940s and ’50s in England, he ultimately kills himself. It’s kind of a terrible story. A tragedy really. But it is a story that certainly deserves to be told.

It’s a brainy, intellectual film that challenges the audience to keep up with it. Which is a good thing in my book. How many films today even ATTEMPT to do something like this? Virtually none. Except unfortunately for Cumberbatch’s Oscar chances “The Theory of Everything.” But “The Imitation Game” has something that “Everything” doesn’t. Which is the backing of Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. SOOOO adept, historically, at winning Oscars and certainly gaining nominations for all and sundry.

This is particularly good news, I think, I hope, for Keira Knightley, who delivers a career-best performance as Cumberbatch’s female counter-part and sometime partner. She’s a match for him intellectually and mathematically and supplies “The Imitation Game” with a much-needed beating heart. She’s extraordinarily good here, and you know how effective Harvey is in getting Best Supporting Actress nominations. And I do think Cumberbatch will be nominated, too.

If you crunch the numbers on biopic nominees in recent years, as my colleague Scott Feinberg is sure to do, maybe even as you’re reading this. (He’s at the Hollywood Reporter) , you’ll find that real life characters and their portrayals are almost always rewarded. By the Academy.

Timothy Spall is a suberb British character actor, and will probably be counted “Lucky To Be Nominated” for the epic British biopic “Mr. Turner” about the great British painter, J. M. W. Turner. This film is also going to pop up very soon at the New York Film Festival. And we’ll see how it does there. It was also at Cannes, where it was acclaimed. And where Spall won a surprising Best Actor award.

But just judging by the heat-on-the-ground at TIFF, it’s going to be a battle ROYAL between Redmayne and Cumberbatch. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a VEDDY British Oscar season, I predict.

 

 

 

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The United Colors of Lupita!

The United Colors of Lupita!

A picture, in this case a photoshopped one, is STILL worth a thousand words! And all of them are Lupita, Lupita, Lupita!!!

Scott Feinberg has chosen to wind up his extensive coverage of The Race over at the Hollywood Reporter http://www.thehollywoodreporter.com with anonymous, and VERY candid interviews with FOUR very differnet Academy voting members.

They are all so all over the place, it’s not to be believed. This year is one for the record books in that sense, but three out of the four VERY different(men I think, all of them, so far) all agreed on only one thing LUPITA NYONG’O for Best Supporting Actress!!! And none of these voters were from the Actor’s Branch which already awarded her the SAG award in this category.

And the excellent Mark Harris notes that if “12 Years a Slave” loses to “Gravity”(or something else), it will win what “Precious” won which was Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

I rest my case.

E.T.A. They also all agreed on Cate Blanchett.

Racists at New York Film Critics get a taste of their own medicine

There’s something about the esteemed New York Film Critics Circle that just breeds racists incidents, like the one that happened last night, or the night before when Black Director Steve McQueen was supposedly heckled by an African-American Film Critics Circle member, who was seated WAAAY in the back, but was nevertheless overheard as has been widely reported.

I read Scott Feinberg’s balanced analysis and reporting at http://www.thehollywoodreporter.com on this latest brouhaha over “12 Years a Slave”, the masterpiece out there that is causing as much of a ruckus as “Wolf of Wall Street.” In fact, this incident is so loaded that it’s pre-emptively absorbed all the controversy that has been hounding “Wolf”. So the discussion of the awards now surrounds this horrifying Incident, and the critic in question, whose name I’m withholding, just denied to Scott Feinberg, and maybe to others, that this ever happened.

Racial slurs and the F bomb were supposedly heard all hurled at Steve McQueen. Maybe they weren’t meant to be heard by all. I wasn’t there, so I’ll give the critic-in-trouble the benefit of the doubt, though thousands wouldn’t.

It’s a sad moment once again for the New York Film Critics Circle. They started off the season by showing their true WHITE colors, by voting for that sub-par semi-moronic comedy “American Hustle” Best Picture by a vote or two over the instant classic “12 Years a Slave.” They repeated this behavior in Best Actor where Chiwetel Ejiofor to “12 Years”lost to A VERY WHITE man, Robert Redford! Who last night bored everyone silly with his acceptance speech for Best Actor. You can see a horrendous video over at http://www.goldderby.com Tedious, self-serving, entitled, and you really wanted him to shut the front door.

But I digress.

The NYFCC also closed out Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’O of “12 Years a Slave”,choosing MORE WHITE PEOPLE like Jared Leto and Jennifer Lawrence as the their Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

Lawrence had the good sense not to show up, and sent a funny note.

I knew, I just KNEW, that the NYFCC was going to reap the whirlwind for shutting out “12 Years a Slave” in every category, except Best Director. But then THIS incident that I referenced above ^ had to happen!

This isn’t over yet. Their credibility on this issue – race, has severely damaged their reputation as the leading critical group they once were.

And the last laugh of this, is that it’s made Steve McQueen MUCH more sympathetic in everyone’s eyes and is going to cause him to  get MORE votes and  win MORE awards, in a very tight race. Just you watch.

He was just nominated for the DGA Award today. REALLY an honor I have to say.

McQueen acted like he didn’t hear the F-bomb and the racial slurs. Class Act. He didn’t react or acknowledge it according to Feinberg.

Sometimes I think there is really something very dark behind the awards season, and this incident certainly illustrates that maybe indeed there is.

Could “Amour” lose Best Foreign Film? Emmanuelle Riva is coming to the Oscars

Suddenly, “Amour” seems to be on everyone’s Oscar lips. 85-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva was earlier this week reported to be “frail” and “having to use a walker.” But non, non, says her NYC Press Agents, “She’s fine, and she’s coming to the Oscars.” Well, why wasn’t she at the BAFTAS on Sunday, where she surprised Jennifer Lawrence and the Weinstein Co. and won Best Actress?

“Well, she can’t go to everything. She was just here for the New York Film Critics awards, and she was fine.”

OK. So who’s spreading those “too frail to travel” rumors? Hmmmm…

Could be the competition….? Or perhaps it is true.

I just think she missed a huge PR chance by not being on the internationally televised BAFTAs. But she won anyway. And with no campaigning whatsoever.

Maybe it doesn’t matter that she doesn’t turn up at the Oscars….Katharine Hepburn never did and she ended up with four Best Actress wins, the most ever.

But Hollywood KNEW Hepburn. They don’t know Emmanuelle Riva. And the BAFTAS are more often than not going to favor European films and stars, if given the chance.

Riva is really an unknown to American audiences and I’m afraid to say to the Academy members.

Also, I keep hearing that the older members of the Academy are not digging “Amour”s depressing downward spiral that Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant play so brilliantly. Riva is the stroke stricken wife. Trintignant her adoring, faithful husband who insists he takes care of Riva’s Ann in her last awful days.

Step by horrifying step we see the still beautiful Riva’s Ann decline and decline. For Academy Members who are Octogenarians themselves this is not easy subject matter, to put it mildly.

Scott Feinberg is sounding the “Amour” might not win Foreign Film alarm in this week’s “A Few Minutes with Feinberg” at http://www.thehollywoodreporter.com You see, and he’s right, the Foreign Film is voted on by only those Academy members who sign in that they have attended all FIVE screenings of the five films. It’s a small number of people and they, yes, are all elderly and NOT digging “Amour” as I’ve heard from the get go. And as Feinberg now confirms.

What would win? “A Royal Affair” from Denmark a lush period costume drama or even “Kon-Tiki” from Norway, which Scott defines as a “feel-good movie with a happy ending, sort of.”

IF “Amour” shocks and does NOT win Best Foreign Film voters who can’t sign in to all five screenings to see it may feel frustrated in expressing their “Amour” love and indeed upset Jennifer Lawrence’s apple cart and give Best Actress to Emmanuelle Riva. OR they could give it Best Director for Michael Haneke. It, by the way, is pronounced like the Festival of Lights, Hanukah.OR he could get Best Original Screenplay.

The Best Actress race is now so split wide-open, I still feel that little Qu’venzhane Wallis could sneak through. Oscar always loves surprises…AND little girls…

Things are heating up and the poles are still open until Tuesday, Oscar Voters.

“Les Miz” First Preview in NYC to Cheers! Standing O! Could get historic 16 Oscar Nominations!

“Les Miserables” previewed this afternoon to a packed, cheering crowd at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. And the reaction is ecstatic according to those who were there, applause at the end of every number, and standing ovation and cheers greeting director Tom Hooper and the cast members Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne who were there also in attendance.

Kris Tapley at http://www.hitfix.com who was there and who has that wonderful podcast with Anne Thompson every week called Oscar Talk(but not this week) says in the comments his just-printed piece is getting that he thinks that Hugh Jackman(Jean Valjean), Russell Crowed(Javert), Anne Hathaway(Fantine), Eddie Redmayne(Marius), Amanda Seyfried(Cossette), Samantha Barks(Eponine), Sacha Baron Cohen(Thernadier) and Helena Bonham-Carter (M. Thernadier) could ALLLL get nominations.

Well, that sounds like a SAG Ensemble nod right there.(There as a screening earlier today for their nominating committee) and if Tapley is RIGHT. That’s One lead Best Actor for Jackman. THREE Supporting Actor nods of Redmayne, Crowe and Cohen and FOUR for Best Supp. Actress for Hathaway, Seyfried, Barks, and Bonham-Carter.

Well, THAT alone would be historic and mean that “Les Miz” is going to end up with a staggering number of nominations. Maybe the highest vote total ever.

Best Picture, Best Director(Hooper), Best Actor, 3 Best Supp. Actors, 4 Best Supp. Actresses, Best Original Song(They added one called “Suddenly”) Best Costumes, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing. That’s SIXTEEN!

I’m not counting Best Score, because that has to be written directly for the screen, but this certainly was not.

Scott Feinberg at http://www.thehollywoodreporter.com is a bit more balanced than Tapley. He thinks Jackman in a very crowded Best Actor race SHOULD be nominated but may struggle to get in. And he thinks that only Hathaway is a slam-dunk in the Supporting races.

I’m just THRILLED! I can’t wait to see it!

And I bet you can’t either. It opens on Christmas Day.

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