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‘St. Vincent’

 

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Some roles and movies feel like they would only work if one person played the lead role.  It’s hard for me to see anyone but Bill Murray as the title character of this film.  As in ‘Lost in Translation’, the role of Vincent comes across a lot as in alternate universe version of Bill Murray.

Vincent when we meet him is a cantankerous, smart ass alcoholic and degenerate gambler.  He doesn’t really change all that much by the end of the film to be honest.  This is one of the stories where the ‘why he turned out this way’ and the details of who he is beneath are what make it memorable (so you can imagine how much a movie like this appealed to me).

The cast is rounded out by great actors: Melissa McCarthy playing against type as the straight man to Murray’s jokes.  Naomi Watts playing against type as the low class, knocked up Russian love interest.  Terrance Howard playing against type as the Shady Black Guy with a Nasally Voice.  OK, 2 out of 3…

But a must see film regardless for everyone who worships at the Temple of Murray…

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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…