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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:

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‘Room’

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Brie Larson first showed up on my radar when someone turned me on to ‘The United States of Tara.’  ‘Short Term ’12’ put her on everybody’s radar in terms of ‘OK, she can act.’  And now, ‘Room’ is justifiably giving her the chance to really do anything she wants.

Told from the point of view of a child, ‘Room’ tells the story of a young woman taken into abduction, who tries to give her child as ‘normal’ a life as possible. Jacob Tremblay plays the narrator here; along with Abraham Attah in ‘Beasts of No Nation’, this is one of the two best performances by an actor this year, regardless of age.

Joan Allen and William H. Macy (the master of playing someone in over his head) round out the main cast of one of the best acted films of the year.

Worth checking out.

 

As this post is about me as a writer, let me do a solid to start.  If you’re a blog writer, screenwriter, joke writer, or a like minded member of our ilk, what’s the dreaded word no one wants to hear or be accused of?  Stealing.  There’s no foolproof method of course, but I recommend my friends at Grammarly to help out.  Use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker online because every story has been told, and if you have a feeling the story you’re telling is destined for greatness, there’s a chance someone already beat you to it.

Now, what am I writing these days?

Well, the ‘indie’ project I’ve written is the latest version of my teenage, sci fi project ‘The Legend of the Cursed Angel’.  I’ve taken my Star Wars and refashioned it as a low budget webseries, with a stronger emphasis on every episode raising the stakes on ‘how does this end?’ and less emphasis on ‘planets exploding’ and other such nonsense it’s just completely impractical for me to pull off.  It’s a ‘movie star’ type part for yours truly, and when I figure out which way I want to go the other major part, I’ll at least get the pilot episode shot.  Science fiction, and movie star stuff, I know that doesn’t really scream ‘indie’ but as I joked about with one of my co-stars, when you’re name dropping Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal in your script, you’re not exactly screaming Hollywood either…

On the Hollywood side, I’m in the middle of my feature rewrite for ‘Lady In My Life’.  The ‘people’ like what I did in the last version fine, but my quest to be original broke way too many genre rules (damn System), so now it’s telling the story I want to tell in a form everyone can recognize while still doing it in a way that is so unique anyone who sees it will know it is ‘my voice’ and it stands out from the pack (welcome to the life of Hollywood screenwriting).  I’m already more than halfway there so that doesn’t really concern me; the other part of writing for ‘the Bank’ is the first thing ‘the Bank’ is going to do is envision who they can put in your story to make money.  In the last revision I did, I (of course) and Kerry were high school sweethearts who had a baby when we were teenagers, and now that kid (Michael B. Jordan) of course is about to be a man, and…Page 1.  And who would play the present day love interests?  Everyone who offered suggestions, I’m still digesting all of them: Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita, Alison Brie, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Jurnee Smollett, Kerry, Beharie, Alba, Zooey.  And no, I’m not deliberately looking past the wife/mother character, she is the ‘Lady’; in the current version of the script though, I’ve framed it as a father/son story and how each reacts when given similar choices.  And if that framework sounds like it borrows from one of my favorite/greatest movies ever but using it in a more comic form…you may be on the right track there slugger.

So that’s what’s up with the nonstop writing so far in 2014.  When we progress into acting and/or directing, I’ll keep you posted.

‘Short Term 12’

 

Short Term 12 Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield

There was a little movement to get Brie Larson an Oscar nomination for Short Term 12.  I get why it didn’t happen; this particular year I don’t know who you make a strong case for ‘not being worthy’ of the five women who did get nominated.  But this performance should lock her in as one of the ‘go to’ young ladies who should be getting more opportunities when we make our various short lists of who are the women who can carry a movie (still a ridiculously small number, another conversation for another day).

Based on a short film and an award winning screenplay, Short Term 12 tells the story of a group home counselor, guiding and mentoring the troubled youth who come through her facility, while at the same time, dealing with her own major personal demons.  In the lead role, Brie gets to play so many angles: extremely maternal, extremely vulnerable, sensitive at one moment and really cold hearted the next.  A lot of working actors have trouble hitting any one of those notes; she nails them all.  Keeping up the ‘this has been a really good year for American film’ theme going round, Short Term 12 should put her on a track similar to Michael B. Jordan.  Her time might not be right now, but it’s coming.