it's, well, fine. most definitely a drama (despite the trailer) and conceptually a cross between About Schmidt and Four Christmases. nice, sweet and somewhat forgettable.I dunno. I wasn't betting on it either but Best Actor sure seems vacant this year with only Colin Firth (A Single Man) and George Clooney (Up in the Air) catching any sort of real fire. As I've been saying for months, Fox Searchlight shouldn't have even hesitated to position Crazy Heart for a 2009 release. Jeff Bridges would have a clear shot at the career trophy given the field (if -- and it's always a big if since distributors routinely call upcoming performances "the performance of a lifetime" -- the star turn is as good as they say). I'm glad to hear that release is still a possibility... though the hour is getting late. UPDATE: Fox finally came through. It'll be released on December 16th. Why must everyone wait until December? Good smaller movies routinely get crushed when they're released at the same time, the heavyweight big budget contenders sucking the air out of the room as they do.
might, MIGHT be a nomination for DeNiro, but i wouldn't bet on it.
Aside from Firth and Clooney, the rest of the men are all still assumed rather than proven contenders. Anything might happen in that category.
Incidentally, if De Niro miraculously manages a seventh nod this year, it doesn't disrupt Oscar's actor hierarchy so much, it just switches who De Niro is tied with. The 22 Most-Favored list currently goes like so [please note: this is for competitive acting statistics only... some actors moonlight as producers, writers, directors, what have you]
- Jack Nicholson (12 noms, 3 wins)
- Laurence Olivier (10 noms, 1 win)
- Spencer Tracy (9 noms, 2 wins)
- Paul Newman (9 noms, 1 win)
- (tie) Marlon Brando and Jack Lemmon (8 noms, 2 wins)
- Al Pacino (8 noms, 1 win)
- Peter O'Toole (8 noms, zero wins)
- Dustin Hoffman (7 noms, 2 wins)
- Richard Burton (7 noms, zero wins)
- (tie) Robert De Niro and Michael Caine (6 noms, 2 wins)
- (tie) Robert Duvall and Paul Muni* (6 noms, 1 win)
- (6 way tie) Tom Hanks, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington and Sean Penn (all of them with 5 noms, 2 wins)
- (tie) James Stewart and Gregory Peck (5 noms, 1 win)
*depending on how you count those "unofficial" deals in the early years. If I made any mistakes in the chart -- i'm only human -- I assume you'll let me know in the comments.