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Golden Globe Awards ~ Could Julianne Moore win TWO Globes tonight?

Julianne Moore 2Golden GlobeCould Hollywood vet Julianne Moore actually pull a Kate Winslet and win TWO Golden Globes tonight? One for Best Actress Drama for “Still Alice” for her heart-breaking turn as an early-onset Alzheimer’s patient? And one for Best Actress~ Comedy/Musical for a neurotic, washed-up, pill-popping Hollywood actress in David Croneberg’s “Maps to the Stars”? It COULD happen!

The Hollywood Foreign Press like to make headlines and get as much international attention as possible. And a photo of Julianne with TWO Globes would make sure it’s a front-page Photo Op seen ’round the world, as Kate Winslet’s unforgettable shot holding dual Globes aloft? One in each, heaven-ward held hand in a strapless blue ball gown?

 

“The Book Thief” Definitely Oscar Worthy!

Just saw a truly wonderful late entry into the Oscar Race, Fox 2000’s “The Book Thief”, a small “little” film that is anything but. “The Book Thief” creeps up and steals your heart away and leaves you devastated.  Oscar, are you watching?

It’s World War II and an unseen narrator eerily sets the scene.  Who this narrator is slowly to be revealed is one of the main mysteries of “The Book Thief.” Is it Geoffrey Rush? The film’s leading man. Or just who is it?

Of course, this immediately sets up the greatest of film dynamics which is  the audience wanting to know “What’s going to happen next?” And with “The Book Thief” that suspense is maintained literally til the last frame. Which is really an achievement.

We’re in a familiar setting, Germany during WW II. In fact, it seems to resemble very closely another German back-dropped war drama “The Reader” which won Kate Winslet one Oscar and two Golden Globes.

“The Book Thief”could land a slew of Oscar nods, too. Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and Best Supporting Actress (Emily Watson) Best Adapted Screenplay and maybe more.

It depends on just how wily Fox 2000, sometimes referred to as Big Fox, plays its’ Oscar campaign from here on out. Fox Searchlight, of course, has a sweeping winner with “12 Years a Slave”. But “The Book Thief” should gets its’ due also.

IF enough Academy members get to see it in time to nominate it.

Geoffrey Rush gives one of his most beguiling and sweetly sympathetic performances as the adoptive father of the titular heroine, the child Leisl played by newcomer Sophie Nelisse, who is the Book Thief.

And Emily Watson gives hands down one of the best performances of her career as Leisl’s turbulent adoptive mother who is practising tough love with the child for most of the movie.

So familiar is this setting,i half-expected Kate Winslet to bicycle around the corner in braids any second. The aqua hue of the light is almost the same color of the lighting in “The Reader.”

The Nazi book burning that really sets the film in motion is frightening, and Leisl, who loves books so passionately that she begins to steal them, is traumatized by this event that she witnesses as a choir member of the Hitler Youth singing “Deustcheland Uber Alles.”

She even is so bold to steal one of the still smoldering books from the embers of the pile in one of the film’s pivotal moments. It’s still burning and as her kindly doting adoptive father Geoffrey Rush hurries her home, she starts coughing from the smoke that is coming from the still burning book hidden under her coat.

Rush takes the book from her then hides it under his coat. And more I cannot reveal, because the plot involves and tricks you with its’ many twists and turns that are its’ strengths. As well as the superb performances of Sophie Nelisse, Rush and Watson.

Don’t read any reviews that might spoil the delight of experiencing “The Book Thief” for the first time, not knowing what was going to happen. Just know that it COULD be nominated for Best Picture, though nobody is predicting it for the moment. BUT I AM.

Germany, the Halocaust, the Nazis, WWII, Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush, an adorable little girl heroine, it’s catkip to Oscar Voters, and to me as well. See it!

Melissa “F-Bomb” Leo Apologizes Like Crazy on “The View”

Yes, I watch “The View.” I love Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, and I used to call in to Joy Behar when she was on radio doing a morning call-in show here in NYC, back in the early ’90s, before her “View” fame, when I was in Beauty School. Joy and I used to talk about hair, of course, and movies movies movies.

I think she was the one who said to me ~ on the air ~ “Stephen, a little bit of you goes a long way” …

WHATever…I do enjoy her on “The View.”

Well, this season’s Oscar nemesis Melissa Leo who famously not only won, but dropped the F-Bomb doing it, was more or less apologizing  for it. Like crazy. Sort of. It seemed to be all they could talk about. Or all they kept asking her about. It’s never ending. Evidently.

Whoopi exclaimed “It was the best Oscar acceptance speech ever!” and Barbara sort of mumbled something that seemed like foregiveness…

I must say Miss F-Bomb Leo seemed more poised and gracious than she’s ever seemed before. They even showed a clip of her from her “All My Children”days when  I was first aware of her. She was outstanding on that show. She called it “All My Rest in Peace Children.”(I feel soooo awful about it’s going off the air. It’s like a death in the family.” But that’s another article.)

She said she hasn’t yet talked to Kate Winslet about saying what looked like the hugest insult in Oscar history when she blurted out “Kate Winslet made it looked so fucking easy” in her, Leo’s, Oscar acceptance speech this year. This in reference to  Winslet’s Oscar speech a few years prior

 She also mentioned sort of grudingly, I thought, that “I was there then. When I had to watch her speech the night she won. I was nominated that year for ‘Frozen River.'” Sheesh.

She just won’t let go of that Kate Winslet envy. And she even did an imitation of her saying “She’s British, you know.” As if that was something terrrrrrible.

Still, I wish she hadn’t said it. I still feel that moment demeaned the Oscars and demeaned her whole profession.

She’s a talented actress. Did she need to do that?

Well, she’s got her Oscar now, and as I predicted, she will be apologizing for that awful moment for the rest of her life. As she was doing this morning on “The View.” It will define her forever.

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