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Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington – Roman J Israel Esq.

Who I’m Cheering For: Multiple names I admire on this list, but looking at all the names above, I realized I’m screaming the loudest on Sunday if Kaluuya wins.

Who Should Win: If the critieria is ‘degree of difficulty within the film they’re nominated for’, it would have to be one of the kids: Chalamet or Kaluuya.

Who Will Win: Commissioner Gordon is due for his ‘lifetime achievement Oscar’.  And I’m fine with that.

 

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Oscars 2013 – Best Actor

 

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Rough day personally, so apologies in advance if the comedy is sucked out of today’s post.

Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role…

  • Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
  • Joaquin Phoenix in the Master
  • Denzel Washington in Flight

Who Should Win: In a weaker year, 4 out of these 5 performances would be locks to win.  But this year, I have to give Day-Lewis his due.  I’ve always respected his method more than I loved his work (Gangs of New York the exception), but seeing him as the polar opposite of one of his trademark psychopaths (brilliant career move as well) has me respecting AND loving his work again.

Who I’m Cheering For: Denzel’s performance was great, but I really do have a little more love for Day-Lewis this year.

Who Will Win: This is probably the biggest Oscar lock since Titanic.  Have to give Daniel Day his due this go round.

Tomorrow we’ll quickly go through the rest of the awards…

 

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Usually it’s hype to say things are wide open, based off of the nominations though, it might be more true this year.

Let’s start with who the Gold Guy sent on the Walk of Shame this morning: DiCaprio (Django), Affleck (Argo), and Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) were all considered locks.  No disrespect to those who were nominated, but frankly I’m as shocked as everyone else they didn’t get invited to the dance for Best Supporting Actor and Best Director respectively.  Their films are all recognized but damn; so that was the inspiration for this post’s title.  We do have a serious film geek collection of movies this year.  I hope the Academy isn’t putting all the pressure for ratings on Seth McFarlane…

That said, when I look at the ‘major’ awards, I see a ton of familiar names: Denzel, Spielberg, Hoffman, DeNiro and Day-Lewis.  Only one of those names I thought gave possibly their best career performance, but we’ll have that argument another day (reward for this year’s work vs. ‘lifetime achievement’).

Back to the film geek point, nine Best Picture nominees this year.  Again, speaks to this being a year without a ‘Titanic’; it also means things can get real interesting real fast when (theoretically) the vote can be split nine ways.  Not a math major obviously, but it seems like you could win Best Picture this year with a very small percentage of the overall vote.  So, could be looking at another ‘Crash’ type year when that last envelope is opened, just putting it out there…

Alright, as far as we’re concerned in this space…I’ve given you 3 reviews, 2 more for sure coming Sunday and Monday, so I owe you 4 more before the show.  That’s doable.  Don’t know yet if I’ll be doing previews with Mr. Thomas like we’ve done in the past, but we shall see.

Have a good weekend.  Mamba out.

 

Lincoln

 

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Season 3 of the Wire started me on this path, and as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve taken great joy in watching politics as entertainment.  Which means I enjoyed Lincoln quite a bit.

Focusing on the last few months of his life, the movie focuses on Lincoln’s quest to pass the amendment that abolishes slavery.  History tells us the amendment passed of course, the drama, as expertly laid out by Hollywood’s best filmmaker ever, is why Lincoln had the genius foresight of getting the amendment passed before  ending the Civil War (which was already won by the North, minus the formality of the South surrendering).  Surrounded by a Hall of Fame supporting cast (truly too many familiar faces to mention, but don’t be surprised if Sally Field gets a nomination), Daniel Day-Lewis embodies both the mythology of Lincoln that we all learned in elementary school, while making him very human.  The physical resemblance is uncanny at times, but he also nails the Midwestern inflections (I recognized it at least), he made Lincoln an overprotective father, a frustrated husband, and of course, a master lawyer.  My gut wants to say this isn’t Day-Lewis’ best performance, but because it’s soooo different from the maniacs I associate him with, it’s on the list of my favorite roles of his.  And much as I ride for Denzel, I don’t know how this performance doesn’t win the Oscar next year.

More reviews later…

 

 

In no particular order…

1. Word made it back to me that opening night of ‘Natalie Portman: the Musical’ has already sold out.  Thank you to the numerous friends who have sent congrats to me for getting the role, and my various L.A. people who have let me know they’re coming through either this weekend or later this month.  I’m still making script notes and I’m about ready to go full Daniel Day-Lewis with my character, so you’re inspiring me to hit the stage with a passion this weekend.  Be ready to laugh.

2. I’m still nodding my head thinking about Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention, and judging by my various timelines, so are many of you.  As I tweeted, that’s the emotion you want to hear the First Lady speak with when she’s talking about the President of the United States.  Hell, that’s the passion any man wants to hear his woman use when she’s speaking to others about him.

3. I’m ready for some football.