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I didn’t know this before last week, but as soon as the film started, I realized August: Osage County is based on a play. Lot of name actors, every major character has a monologue at some point (which is like chum for actors). The basic story is one that’s familiar: a parent dies and all the members of a very dysfunctional family return home, which quickly devolves into the airing of everyone’s grievances with each other.
The reason this story (and movie) work as well as it does lies in how well it’s written, and how well the ensemble works with each other. I knew who the ‘headliners’ were, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch turn up for quick turns as supporting characters in the story. This film is owned by Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep though. It’s a worthwhile dramatic turn for Julia, who the story goes wanted to work with her idol.
As far as Meryl Streep goes, I mean, what else is there to say? If there was ever a case for the Academy giving a still working actor a Governor’s Award as a not too subtle way of suggesting they’re stealing nominations and maybe awards from other actors, then the Best Actor Alive should be the one who gets that trophy. The part is almost a little too theatrical at times (until you remember this comes from a play), but I was still impressed by the performance. Still, after everything she’s done as an actor over the years. Minimum, that Oscar nomination is a lock.
I’m sure we’ll be talking about this one again before awards season is over…
So we had technical difficulties, so if you weren’t keeping up with me on Twitter, you didn’t get my thoughts (sorry). A few post game feelings though…
- You all know how much I’m a fan of Clooney, so I was genuinely surprised/amused at the disgust and hate when he didn’t get the Best Actor award. That one didn’t surprise me at all, but like with Best Picture, some of you clearly are against ‘the Artist’ being acknowledged as the ‘best’ of the year. Well hey, to each its own I guess.
- Billy Crystal wasn’t the worst, but man there were some deaaaaaaaad spots at certain points of the show. I think overall though, things went smoothly.
- The ‘In Memoriam’ section was the single best part of the show to me personally. There wasn’t any doubt in my mind that Elizabeth Taylor was getting the last mention, but even her part was only 10 seconds at the most. Well done.
- A few years back I started saying anyone who wanted to make the argument that Meryl Streep is the best film actor ever (over Brando, Deniro and Pacino even) would get no argument from me. But I still feel for Viola, that had to be rough sitting there.
- Overall, decent show. Now we can look forward to next year…
Today we look at the ladies…
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Who I Want to Win: I might get outcast for saying this, but being partial to comedy anyway, I thought Melissa McCarthy stole every scene in the best comedy that came up last year.
- Who Should Win: She’s kind of been the black sheep as far as awards season goes, but Berenice Bejo more than carried her share of the weight in the film everyone’s been jocking this year (‘the Artist’.)
- Who Will Win: no reason to think the Oscar won’t go to Octavia Spencer at this point.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Who I Want to Win: I can’t penalize Viola for whatever feelings I may or not have for ‘the Help’ as a movie.
- Who Should Win: There’s an argument to be made for Meryl (as always), but I’ll say Viola should win it.
- Who Will Win: Hear me out; it won’t happen, but what if Meryl and Viola somehow split the vote and Michelle Williams sneaks in for ‘My Week With Marilyn’? It’s a performance people seem to like, it just came out on the ‘wrong year’ as they say. Just throwing it out there…
Tomorrow, breaking down the actors…
Some quick thoughts on this morning’s nominations…
Best Picture – 9 films, wow. I called 6. Extremely Loud and War Horse haven’t been on my ‘must see’ list, but now I feel obligated…
Best Actor – Gary Oldman, it’s about damn time!!!!! (yes I’m biased, been a fan for decades before he played Commissioner Gordon).
Best Actress – The Globes have made this more interesting than we thought it would be. Viola or Streep? I guess we’ll see…
Best Supporting Actor – Very eclectic list, I just got around to seeing Warrior last week so it’s nice to see people remembered this movie and Nick Nolte.
Best Supporting Actress – Pleasantly surprised for Melissa McCarthy, she really did steal Bridesmaids out from under a great cast of comediennes.
Best Director – What a list!!!! And the crazy thing is the favorite is the only name who’s not already a Hall of Famer!
Best Screenplay – Combining the two categories to ask the question, will Woody show up for a group of his most loyal fans?
Actual predictions coming as we get closer…
2010 has gotten off to a crazy start, so I’m posting my Golden Globe predictions to start the week. I doubt I’ll see any more of the films between now and Sunday, so away we go…
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Who I’d Like to Win: The Hurt Locker. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it does win. It all starts with the script as they say.
Who Will Probably Win: Up in the Air. The modern day equivalent of a classic Hollywood film. You threw in the fact that it’s more upbeat than Locker and it was directed by a (legitimately talented) Hollywood legacy kid, and all the signs of there. That said, Tarantino is HUGE overseas and this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, so who knows?
Best Director – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Who Will Probably Win: Katheryn Bigelow. This is one of those categories where every nominee is legitimate, but I think the Globes will set the stage for a female director to walk away with the top prize.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Matt Damon in the upset.
Who Will Probably Win: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds. This is the scene stealer category. Not much more to add.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Mo’Nique.
Who Will Probably Win: As cynical as I am, I think the two ladies from Up in the Air will split the vote and Mo’Nique will actually win this category.
Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Who I Want to Win: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer. If I could have played any role in a movie I saw in the past 12 months, this would have been it. I admit I’m jealous.
Who Will Probably Win: Man, I could make a strong case for every nominee here. I really don’t know so I’ll go with Gordon-Levitt.
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Who I Want to Win: Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated.
Who Will Probably Win: Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia Yeah I know I’m cheating a bit here, but…it’s Meryl Streep.
Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
Who I Want to Win: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious. Now the cynicism kicks in – it ain’t gonna happen. But giving the sister her due.
Who Will Probably Win: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. Accuse me of being biased since she was by far one of the most down to earth actresses I’ve met (on her level), but I think Blind Side mania gets its coup de gras with a victory here.
Best Actor – Drama
Who I Want to Win: George Clooney, Up in the Air. You know, as I write this entry I’m starting to recognize how much personal biases really do shape who wins awards in this town. Ah, got to love Hollywood politics…
Who Will Probably Win: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart. I think this is this year’s ‘Mickey Rourke Special’ where a guy who’s been around forever gets some overdue love from his peers.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Who I Want to Win: 500 Days of Summer. If for no other reason than the Hall & Oates dance sequence. Damn you, Joseph Gordon-Levitt…
Who Will Probably Win: The Hangover. Time will tell if this film is as transcendent as the comedies that came before it, but it was certainly the crowd pleaser of the year.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Who I Want to Win: Up in the Air. One more admission of bias: Clooney’s the star, they shot in the Midwest, and guys I’ve worked with worked on this film.
Who Will Probably Win: The Hurt Locker. And I won’t be remotely upset of it does win. The most ‘powerful’ film of last year in my opinion.
One last note, Ricky Gervais is the host. I’m in the cult of people who love his sense of humor; if you’re unfamiliar with his work (creator of The Office and Extras, two shows I love), the Globes is probably the perfect opportunity to see if he’s your cup of tea or not.
Here are the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture:
Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
What might happen: Anything. I’m not kidding. Anne Hathaway is clearly establishing herself as the ‘Next Girl’ and her dramatic breakthrough could pull off the upset. Angelina Jolie, love her or hate her, has one Academy Award already under her belt, so it’s not like it would be her first time on the stage. Meryl Streep is…Meryl Streep. This looks like it’s finally Kate Winslet’s year to walk away with the gold man after being nominated so many times. Or…the four powerhouse names could split the vote four ways, opening the door for Melissa Leo to pull off the shocker.
What should happen: From a pure performance point of view, I’d say Anne Hathaway was the most impressive. But more than ever the momentum seems to be swinging the way of Kate Winslet, so look for a repeat of the teary eyed ‘preview’ we got at the Golden Globes.
Who I’m cheering for: I’ve never hidden my ‘mixtape-level’ crush on Kate Winslet. Anybody who could take Wesley Snipes old “I have to have at least one sex scene in this movie” contract, and add in a “I have to get naked” clause, well hey. In all seriousness though, her acting chops keep improving (kind of scary), and even though this feels like a Pacino-esque “Lifetime Achievement” Oscar for an inferior performance, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.