Sunday, July 09, 2006

"That's All"

"That's all" tossed off brilliantly and often by the grand Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada has to be considered the early leader for Movie Quote of 2006. It will probably become so ubiquitous that everyone will hate it by year's end like that exuberant "Show me the money!" or the whispered, frightened "I see dead people."

Streep has to be considered a lock for a Globe nom and highly probable for the whole trifecta of nominations (SAG and Oscar to follow). But I'm hoping somewhere in this certain awards hoopla for the great lady of American cinema that people notice that this whole ensemble is sharp. That's far less likely of course. But anyway --where has Emily Blunt, who plays first assistant "Emily", been all my life? And an even more incredible question: How did I not realize that this was the same actress that played seductive Tamsin in My Summer of Love? I went home and immediately looked her up on the IMBD (always a good sign). I am officially in love.

As for Anne Hathaway, she proves a capable lead actress. Good for her. I watched Brokeback Mountain again this weekend and was surprised to find that her performance keeps on improving. That phone scene with Ennis is superb and shaded stuff. It's better and fuller every time as if I'm still catching up with her achievement. Whether you have a lot to work with and a great signature line (a la Meryl in Devil) or very little screentime with one truly complex scene (Anne in Brokeback) you deserve the hoopla when you nail it.

Brava.

19 comments:

amir_uk said...

Nath, I know what you mean about the Anne's final scene in Brokeback on the phone to Ledger's Ennis. That is the scene in the film that seems more and more compelling every time you watch the film again. She is astonishing in those scant few minutes on screen. In fact, I had Anne Hathaway down as 7th on my Best Supporting Actress list of last year.

(Michelle Williams, on the other hand, I had tied at 1st place with Amy Adams - it's the only time I have been unable top decide who should've gone home with the trophy).

Beau said...

Amen to that.

StinkyLulu said...

I plotzed myself just yesterday on the subject of Emily Blunt...

But you nailed it: "Where has she been all my life?"

OhMyTrill said...

the phone scene at the end of BBM is spectacular. I was blown away the first time and almost cried! I picked it as my favorite scene at the movies last year...such a great movie. I love how Anne doesn't have much of a presence in the film, and then she pulls out such a stunning scene...the little gasps are just so perfect...

Anonymous said...

She's wonderful in Brokeback, and it's about time that got celebrated. Not just the phone scene, but that terrific wry smile when Jack finally tells his father in law to sit the hell down.

Rob

adam k. said...

Yeah, I'm glad Anne Hathaway has finally emerged from the shadow of the Princess Diaries. She's quite a good actress, and, I'm sure, was just doing what she was told with her obvious perfs in those films.

And yeah, I haven't seen Prada yet, but I totally love Emily Blunt just from the trailer. My favorite is when she says, "that, I can't even talk about." Talk about making the most of a thankless role.

Does anyone think Meryl actually has a chance to win for this role? I think she's officially lead (especially if the studio has any decency and gives Blunt her own campaign in supporting), and I don't think it's really winnable that way. Which is sad, cause I'll hate to see Meryl lost for a 10th (!) time in a row.

ben said...

i'm so glad you liked emily's performance as much as i did... i feel like andrea when nigel complimented her on her own outfit.. like i actually have taste, or something. who knew? :)
-ben

Kamikaze Camel said...

Adam, I don't think it's entirely out of the question for Meryl to win the Oscar. She is probably a good bet for the Globe win at the moment (Beyonce doesn't have the history that Madonna had when she won for Evita - i know you mentioned the Beyonce thing the other day). SAG gave their Best Actor prize to Johnny for Pirates so it's possible to win there too.

If voters can't decide whether to give the Oscar to Annette or Kate at year's end (well, March) then they may just decide to give it to Meryl again for the first time in, what? two decade. She has more losses than Kate and Annette combined!

Of course, it's entirely feasible that some other performance will rise out of the shadows and steal everything (is Hilary planning a sneak attack in something? She she drag it up in Flags of our Fathers? Drag + Eastwood = OMG)

But on the ensemble front, I think it's possible for the Globes to nominate Meryl, Ann and the film for BPM/C.

There was a conversation over at Dave Poland's Hot Blog the other day about Rachel McAdams being the next Julia Roberts, but quite a few (me included) actually decided Ann Hathaway was. She's even had a rags-to-riches movie directed by Garry Marshall co-starring Hector Elizondo! She's had the Oscar-hit and now she's comic foil to La Streep. Plus, she's got that wholesome aww shucks personality going for her too, and she's actually NICE and a GOOD ACTRESS. The phone scene is indeed choice. Her acting in that scene trumps Heath's, pity she didn't get more scenes throughout.

(Sorry that this was so long)

Vince(nt) said...

I thought Anne Hathaway's performance was sometimes campy in Brokeback. However, I didn't mind the comic relief. I'm sorry, but, some of the wigs she was wearing I just couldn't take seriously. Still, I enjoyed her performance. And I thought her final scene was good. Just my thoughts/not trying to flame. Sorry if I don't feel like everyone else. I'm just surprised that there is no one else that feels the same way.

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Beau said...

Personally, I felt Hathaway was better than Williams in that film. Whereas Michelle was so understated and restrained that she managed to take a rather intriguing character and make her, (forgive me for saying), rather dull, Hathaway jumped at the opportunity given to her and wowed me. The dinner table scene was exquisite, and the phone conversation at the end is the best bit of acting she's done so far. It's a shame there weren't a few more scenes with her, she deserved more than the Sandra-Oh treatment.

NATHANIEL R said...

well, beau, so did sandra oh ;)

Anonymous said...

I really think Beyoncé should be considered the favorite for the globe at this point. Even over Meryl. Basically because every time a big musical hits big with the globes, the lead actress wins. Period. They love women in musicals.

And I really don't think Meryl can win the actual oscar with this role. Maybe the globe and SAG, though. It seems exactly like Depp in Pirates in that it's too comic and iconic and in too "light" a film to take the act

adam k. said...
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adam k. said...

I really think Beyoncé should be considered the favorite for the globe at this point. Even over Meryl. Basically because every time a big musical hits big with the globes, the lead actress wins. Period. They love women in musicals.

And I really don't think Meryl can win the actual oscar with this role. Maybe the globe and SAG, though. It seems exactly like Depp in Pirates in that it's too comic and iconic and in too "light" a film to take the actual award. For the globe I think it all depends on how much they love the respected films. If Anne Hathaway is nommed, Streep's winning. If Dreamgirls is up for like 8 or 9 awards and everyone loves it, Beyoncé's probably winning.

Currently, I'd bet:

Globes: Winslet, Beyoncé

SAG: Streep

Oscar: Winslet

Kamikaze Camel said...

Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and Madonna are all several hundred leagues over where Beyonce is right now.

If Beyonce is really great then sure, and I would probably say she is the frontrunner (and we never know what exactly is going to go comedy/drama), but those other three women who have won for musicals (Bjork lost btw) are just different beasts of burden than Beyonce and they will have another woman they can award (Jennifer Hudson) whereas those other movies did not (well, Chicago had Zeta-Jones in Lead as well and Queen Latifah, but that was never gonna happen)

Nick M. said...

Hathaway did the best that she could with such hair in Brokeback Mountain. I give her credit for that.

steve said...

Meryl certainly is having a wonderful year. She'll most likely make my own Best Actress shortlist and possibly, depending on how the rest of the year plays out, my Best Supporting Actress shortlist as well - I loved her in Prairie Home Companion!

NATHANIEL R said...

she might make both lists at the filmbitch awards too.