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More Oscar Upsom Downs. WGA announces & AGAIN no “Llewyn Davis”!!!

Yes, it’s more Oscar Ups ‘n’Downs or Upsom Downs, as I like to call it.

Let’s see the Writer’s Guild just announced and it’s up for “American Hustle” and “Lone Survivor”(which almost made my Top Ten List) and Harvey Weinstein even succeeded in getting back in this(after being out of it for only a day. Yesterday. Toldja there’s no stopping Harvery!) with an Adapted Screenplay nomination for “August:Osage County”. Which saw Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Tracey Letts butcher his own script IMHO.

“After Midnight” which put me to sleep got a Best Original Screenplay nod. ZZZZZZ…

But AGAIN “Blue Jasmine” turns up in Original Screenplay for Woody Allen. “Blue Jasmine” is just getting stronger and stronger, and will garner Woody his upteenth Original Screenplay nomination if he lands the Oscar nod. And as I said, expect Sally Hawkins to get in, too. In Supporting Actress.

And “Dallas Buyer’s Club” is showing surprising strength, too. It’s turning up right where it should be.

And the controversial “Wolf of Wall Street” scores, too! Unbelivable.

However, the down of DOWNS is no love for “Inside Llewyn Davis” which after two down days is RRRRREALLY bad news.

And no screenplay nomination for “Gravity” YAY!

Of course, there’s the caveat that several of the main contenders this year of years including “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” weren’t even eligible.

Once again, Kris Tapley is first out of the gate at http://www.hitfix.com

And herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre they are, FWIW. They mean SOMEthing but not EVERYthing, because of the “ineligibles” as Kris calls them.


“American Hustle,” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures
Blue Jasmine,” Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features
Her,” Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.
Nebraska,” Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures


August: Osage County,” Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company
Before Midnight,” Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics
Captain Phillips,” Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures
“Lone Survivor,” Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures

Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/dallas-buyers-club-lone-survivor-wolf-of-wall-street-land-wga-nominations#f35iUgtZvdEYKIV8.99

Oscar Race Now a Royal Flush. The Queen of England likes it. She really likes it!

OMG! Game, Set and Match!

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, just saw “The King’s Speech” and has issued a statement (and entered the Oscar race for the first time herself!) saying she found it among other things “moving and enjoyable.”!!!!!



OMG! *bows and courtesies at the same time* Your Majesty!!!

The Royal Family, never, NEVER comments on films, let alone biopics of a family member, in this case the Queen’s late father and mother, George VI and his queen, also named Elizabeth, and she LOVED it evidently. She found it “moving and enjoyable” and many other things that you can read about over at www.indiewire.com

I just can’t believe it! I thought this was going to be a quiet weekend for TKS, what with it not qualifiying for the WGA(Writers Guild Award) on a technicality. So it was going to be a low-key weekend for Colin & co. Then BAM! This bombshell lands! And I couldn’t be more surprised and delighted.

“The King’s Speech” tells the story, a very painful story, of a reluctant king who stammered, and yet wanted to do the right thing by his country. Then WWII breaks out, which is how the film ends…

And I just think and I’ve said this ever since I saw this brilliant, moving film at the Toronto Film Festival in early September, that I thought it was one of the best films I’ve ever seen IN MY LIFE!

I didn’t expect to respond to it as profoundly as I did, which is a tribute to all involved, the list of names I don’t have to repeat yet again, but all EVERYBODY, EVERYONE is going to get showered with first the BAFTAS, all 16 of them, then the Oscars, all 12 races. I said it was going to be a sweep.

And I was just settling down to explain why in my Oscar blog here, but Her Royal Highness swept in and just did all my work for me. She explained why “The King’s Speech” is going to be the King’s Sweep. As in EVERY SINGLE OSCAR. Every single category.

I was going to break them all down one by one and now I don’t have to. The Queen of England just did it for me. Any Academy members, who one hears from all corners, that they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it already, and now with the Queen telling them what to do, will write “The King’s Speech” down and as Colin Firth put it to me, in another context, “Tick all the boxes.”

NEVER! NEVER has the Royal Family broken its’ code of silence which is the historic stance they take to anything written about them. They NEVER respond.

But for the QUEEN to tell voters all over the world that SHE LOVES THIS MOVIE ABOUT HER PARENTS, by god, they are all going to return the compliment and vote every single nominated member in.

Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone said this at first, as noted a few posts back. “It’s coming for everything.” www.awardsdaily.com Then she back pedaled on this week’s Tom O’Neill Gold Derby to basically only Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

THEN she wrote one of her 4000 word State of the Race pieces, beautifully, eloquently, and elegantly as always and called it “A Tale of Two Movies” Admitting TKS would get BP. So that pushed her win count to four. Mine has remained at 12 for 12, not since “Ben Hur” or “Titanic” THAT kind of sweep…and now, we have a real reason ~ The QUEEN OF FUCKING ENGLAND likes it! She really likes it!

So the Academy members can just relax and check all twelve boxes. And they will gladly do as the Queen commands. More than any other American group except the Tony voters, the Academy is Anglo-philic to a fault.

Tom Hooper just won the DGA. Done. Sasha (and me, too) thinks that Geoffrey Rush is in, over Christian Bale. DONE.  And the Up in the Air, confusing as always Best Supporting Actress category is now Helena Bonham-Carter’s to lose. If the QUEEN OF ENGLAND said she loved how her father was portrayed, AND HER MOTHER, TOO. Helena B-C wins it, as I always said she would. DONE.

Everybody agrees on David Seidler. And the costumes and the art direction which MIGHT have gone to “Alice in Wonderland” are now also part and parcel of this Royal Flush. Best Editing is always won by the film that wins Best Picture, so that’s in TKS shopping cart, too….

Best Cinematography…well, MAYBE the overdue Roger Deakins would have been the choice, given his many nominations and no wins, but now people are starting to talk about the incredible use of the wide-angle lens that the genius director Tom Hooper uses in TKS to such devastating effect. Making for one thing the 6’3″ strapping Colin Firth look like a small, scared man, which King George VI was. Well, the more that gets talked about and seen. And EVERYBODY is now going to watch that screener, if they haven’t already, and check off every box.

And what’s left? The Score. Check. Sound Mixing, all those crowd scenes in front of microphones, all the stuttering scenes, every splutter, every click, every stammer, though those are a brilliant actor’s(and director’s) creation, every single throat catching murmur…and the silences, too. That’s all sound mixing. CHECK.

I think we’re about done now.

And looking at those below the line categories I would say that only Roger Deakins is any real threat, so 11 nominations out of 12 MIGHT happen. But they’ve been snubbing Roger Deakins for decades, and maybe they’ll snub him here, too.

It’s going to win EVERY SINGLE BAFTA AWARD next week in England. And so not to be out done, the Academy will just hand over all the Oscars, in its’ arsenal, too.

Chris Tapley, over at www.incontention.com just floated the boat that MAYBE Michael Arndt will get the Best Adapted Screenplay for “Toy Story 3” which I personally loved. And so did a gagillion other people all over the world…And then “The Joy of Typing” could end up with NO-THING! Which is pretty much exactly what it deserves.

Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England herself, is now telling Oscar AND Bafta voters what to vote for, and this annoucement is SOOO perfectly timed, too. Basically obliterating the WGA pre-ordained “Typing” triumphs this weekend.

God Save the Queen!!!!

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