Could The Wrestler, the new unexpected Darren Aronofsky movie starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei have Oscar in its future? It just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival which is big news indeed. Mickey Rourke is the kind of storied celebrity that could keep the press humming and you need the press for real Oscar runs. As for Marisa Tomei, she's always fabulous and a possibility too with the right movie / right role. I actually broke the news of her involvement in this film on my podcastinterview weeks before the trades published her casting... only I didn't know it was news ;) Silly me!
Best Film (Golden Lion): The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (US)
Best Director: Aleksei German for Paper Soldier (Russia) the true story of the Soviet Union's
'first man in space' mission in the 60s.
Best Actor: Silvio Orlando in Il Papa di Giovanna, a Mussolini-era drama.
Best Actress: Dominique Blanc in L'Autre as an independent but jealous woman.
Best Young Actor or Actress (The Marcello Mastroianni Award): Jennifer Lawrence in The Burning Plain by Guillermo Arriaga (both of them pictured right).
Special Jury Prize and Screenplay Prize: Teza by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia / Germany)