Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Who Should Win: Cate has been here. You can kind of feel the people are wearing on J.Law. No more ‘Hunger Games’ helps, but she may need to do the Natalie Portman/Anne Hathaway ‘lay low’ move for a minute (and she’s still really young which is part of it). Brie should win here.
Who I’m Not Cheering For: Charlotte Rampling.
Who I’m Cheering For and Who Will Win: She’s paid her dues (which actors love) and from the Q&A I went to, she seems to have remain grounded from all the years before this. Brie Larson.
Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – the Martian
Leonardo Dicaprio – the Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – the Danish Girl
Who Should Win: By degree of difficulty…it should be Redmayne going back to back right? That might be my Method bias…
Who I’m Not Cheering For: Matt Damon
Who I’m Cheering For and Who Will Win:
So what does the genius Christopher Nolan do with his ‘blank check’? He makes a film that’s not quite on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But honestly, what is?
Interstellar is epic and ambitious and unique (especially in the current era of filmmaking). The McConnaisance is the headliner of this ‘near future’ tale of a pilot called back into service when the future of the human race is in question (no pressure). A lot of science is dropped to explain the plot, all supposedly based on real scientific theories (I’m an artist, like most of you, I have to trust what I’m hearing as far as that’s concerned.)
So my nitpicks with the movie aren’t with the science that I can’t refute. It’s with the genre jumps. For the most part, this is a science fiction film, but there are turns where it becomes a family film, and in the last act, it becomes an action movie for 20 minutes or so (with a nice uncredited cameo from one of my favorite movie stars). The tone shifts work most of the time, but not all of the time.
But with an ensemble including Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine, Nolan fanboys will not be disappointed. Definitely worth seeing (on the big screen if you can still catch it).
Let’s play our part in the hype machine and use this week to give predictions for the Oscars, shall we? Let’s start with Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
And the nominees are:
- Amy Adams in ‘The Master’
- Sally Field in ‘Lincoln’
- Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Miserables’
- Helen Hunt in ‘The Sessions’
- Jacki Weaver in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Who Should Win: Hmmm. I don’t know if there’s really a wrong choice here by the definition of the category. Let’s throw Helen Hunt out here.
Who I Want to Win: Again, hmmm. I don’t have a terribly strong love for any of these women (over the other four, in this specific context). I guess I’ll cheer for Sally Field.
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway. It’s been preordained it seems. Just get ready for the speech.
Tomorrow we move to the fellas…
A lot of movie talk among friends this week – I thought I’d post my thoughts on three different castings…
Willow Smith in a remake of Annie – I mean, did this even have to get ‘sold’? Little Jada has a hit song under her belt, her brother had a nice hit (and respectable remake) with the Karate Kid; and little orphan Annie is one of those movies that it seems like every generation gets their own version of. I don’t know if it’s confirmed, but I heard Jay Z will be helping out in some way. I may be wrong but it seems like “Hard Knock Life” was his first real, real big crossover hit. Seems like a smart, safe play all the way around.
Beyonce in a remake of “A Star is Born” – this was the equivalent (to me anyway) of seeing someone whose name you know but you just can’t remember, then they say their name and say “YEAH THAT’S IT!” I can’t say I’m a hardcore Beyonce fan, but I’m a fan. Personally I’ve wanted to see her do a role where she just acts and doesn’t sing, but “Beyonce in “A Star is Born” sells itself. Directed by Clint Eastwood sounds to me like they’re gearing up for an Oscar push. We shall see. Early prediction: there won’t be a Jennifer Hudson this time around to steal the movie from under her.
Anne Hathaway in “The Dark Knight Rises” – Cautious optimism. I don’t care how much juice Chris Nolan has with Warner Brothers, there was just no way there was going to be any kind of “Batman 3” without SOME type of female lead. (Not saying that was his intention.) I like Anne Hathaway, I think she’s very credible as an actress, but (like everyone else) wasn’t even on my radar to be Catwoman. Of course we all know the reason the rational fanboys haven’t gone ballistic over this: Heath Ledger as the Joker. So we’ll see what Nolan has in mind…
Have a good weekend.
I’ve respected but never really been ‘all-in’ on Anne Hathaway. Not as highbrow as Natalie Portman, not as ‘that girl’ as Rachel McAdams. But after watching Love and Other Drugs, I get Hathaway’s appeal now. She has some of the qualities of those two and the other actresses of her generation. We use the term ‘Everyman’ alot to talk about actors (like her costar Jake Gyllenhall) for example, Hathaway is something of an Everywoman – the qualities she uses can change seamlessly from scene to scene.
The story you’ve seen a million times before (spoiler alert): Boy Meets Girl, They fall in Love, Things Fall Apart, Realize They Love Each Other, & Reunite. It’s a huge credit to the two leads that we embrace the two characters and go along for the ride. Gyllenhall plays the womanizing salesman who’s sort of a loser until he finds his calling in the drug game (which in this case means legal prescription drugs you’d get from your doctor). Hathaway plays a sickly type who has the early stages of a medical condition that I won’t ruin if you plan to see the film. I completely forgot these two played husband and wife in Brokeback Mountain, but their comfort and chemistry with each other is on display even more in this film. No pun intended, but the first hour is really these two “on display” if you catch my drift, so it’s hard not to acknowledge the collective attractiveness on the screen.
I mentioned this film raised my opinion of Anne Hathaway. Of the two, this film is really about her character. There has been some early talk of Oscar for her performance in this film. It didn’t scream ‘Best Actress’ to me, but we’ll see I suppose. She’s got the hosting gig, so maybe she’s already won.
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.