Monday, March 01, 2010

March: Linkage County

Oscar Time
And the Winner Is... Jews for Basterds. Interesting tiny story from the final days of voting.
Nick's Flick Picks "Best Actress Project 2009" astute writeups on this year's Oscar contenders.
Movies And... "10 Things I Want to See on Oscar Night"
Hollywood Elsewhere Will Anne Hathaway be in it to win it in the next Best Actress race?

Off Oscar (yes, other things exist)
ModFab The August: Osage County screenplay is complete. Still no word on casting but it won't be the original stage cast.
John August on not writing the new Alice in Wonderland. Interesting piece on the gestation of screenplays

31 comments:

Richard Humboldt said...

Natalie Portman will be sensational in 'Black Swan'. Her performance will be stunning and Oscar-worthy. Mark my words. So forget Anne Hathaway.

Steve said...

Anne Hathaway, LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
Nicole Kidman, RABBIT HOLE
Julianne Moore, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Carey Mulligan, NEVER LET ME GO
Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN


Too much Hollywood-esque but it will happen.

Jim T said...

I think the hype for Osage County will be a problem. They must mooooove. With caution, of course :p

Jim T said...

"first strong contender for a 2010 Best Actress Oscar. "


Um, someone forgot Sundance festival existed. Bening? Tilda? Williams?

NoNo said...

@JimT

Nathaniel went to Sundance this year but I don't think he or anyone else has been raving like Anne's unseen performance with exception of Bening.

I actually hope we see something ecclectic like this year with newcomers, veterens etc. I hope there's only one 20-something starlet nominee. No matter how gd they are...would they really go for Hathaway, Mulligan and Portman in the same category. I would think they would cancel each other out.

Jim T said...

So, you want Hathaway to win? You haven't seen any of the performances yet. Unless I didn't understand what you meant.


And I really think Williams was loved by the critics in Blue Valentine. Tilda is always loved and this film seems to be less divisive than Julia. So I think they are strong contenders too.

I am really curious whether we'll have any breakthrough performances this year or not. The girl from Winter's Bone seems like an Oscar possibility and I think Rebecca Hall might have a chance in the supporting category.

Jim T said...

So, you want Hathaway to win? You haven't seen any of the performances yet. Unless I didn't understand what you meant.


And I really think Williams was loved by the critics in Blue Valentine. Tilda is always loved and this film seems to be less divisive than Julia. So I think they are strong contenders too.

I am really curious whether we'll have any breakthrough performances this year or not. The girl from Winter's Bone seems like an Oscar possibility and I think Rebecca Hall might have a chance in the supporting category.

Jim T said...

Oops. Thank God I didn't say "I'm not gonna tell you twice" :p

NATHANIEL R said...

Tilda is not really a contender. The film is a beauty but it's not an acting showcase per se.

there do seem to be an awful lot of salivation worthy actresses this year. On paper at least. But aint that always (nearly) so.

Jim T said...

That's sad to hear, especially now that imdb says that "Kevin" will be released in 2011. I guess this will be a year with no Meryl, Kate or Tilda to talk about ( I would also say Judi, but I guess her 1997-2006 days are over :( ). Of course there are many other great actresses but it won't be the same.

vatz said...

I would have thought Hathaway's performance was supporting.

I have a feeling Streep is gonna headline Osage County.

vatz said...

Nathaniel: Any take on "Winter's Bone"? Also, any thoughts on Bening not doing any promotion (so far, unless I'm mistaken) for either of her films?

brandz said...

if Streep were smart she'd take Osage County. she needs a meaty dramitic role.

Ann McD said...

Can we not have some kind of version of the actress psychic contest? Or maybe Best Picture psychic? It wouldn't have to be as complicated as the previous system.

Anonymous said...

Jim T, I think Only Bening and Moore will be the only clear contenders from Sundance. "Blue Valentine" has divisive audience, some love it, some hate (Saying "boring" and "pretencious"), but again, you'll never know with Harvey. Again, Magnolia is the distributor of Tilda's film (YIKES! another missed opportunity). I think Winter's Bone hasn't yet a distributor or release date. I really hope for a quickly change.

About Hathaway, I thought she will be in supporting, because the real protagonist of the film is Gyllenhaal. Well, still glad for her.

My Faves for next Oscars:

1. Hiam Abbass, MIRAL
2. Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN
3. Naomi Watts, MOTHER AND CHILD / FAIR GAME
4. Carey Mulligan, NEVER LET ME GO
5. -If the film has success- Jennifer Lawrence, WINTER'S BONE
Alt: Helen Mirren, THE TEMPEST

Jude said...

Holy Crap did you just read that thing that on EW.com that said Cabelvision customers in NY, NJ, and Connecticut won't be able to see the Oscar broadcast because of a dispute between Cabelvision and WABC - Channel 7. Please, DON'T let this be true.

Anonymous said...

um okay, I'll wait for legit reviews. I remember when people were saying the Lovely Bones was a masterpiece.

Fernando Moss said...

I agree with Ann McD... we could have the Actress Pyshic contest without all the points and all the difficult tracking. Maybe just the scoring of the big precursos or for that matter just who gets the most actual Oscar nominees...

Anonymous said...

I'd be completely overjoyed with this lineup:

Anne Hathaway "Love and Other Drugs"
Jennifer Lawrence "Winter's Bone"
Nicole Kidman "Rabbit Hole"
Natalie Portman "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams "Blue Valentine"

Jim T said...

Since when does this blog have more Portman fans than Bening fans?

offtopic: Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pierce joined Kate for Mildred Pierce. I hope we still have Winslet fans here with all this sudden change and all :p

Anonymous said...

I really don't think Rabbit Hole will translate into an "Oscar Contender". I mean, the cast is great, but the playscript is sooo subtle, and unless they make it some kind of melodramatic mourning fest (which would be a CRIME) then it just won't be showy enough.

Clover said...

Let's not forget Keira Knightley who stars alongside Mulligan. And we saw this year that such a young lineup is impossible. Remember? Saoirse Ronan, Abbie Cornish, Carey Mulligan, Gabby Sidibe. We were talking newcomers but that wasn't the case. Actors like Mirren are always around (not that they shouldn't).

And let's not start the Meryl for Osage campaign just yet. When it was announced she was going to star in Doubt, everyone was saying that was her third Oscar, and by the end of it, we weren't that happy with the performance.

So let's wait

Glenn Dunks said...

PEOPLE! STOP PREDICTING NICOLE KIDMAN! People always start doing that and then nothing eventuates. Maybe if nobody predicts her then she'll finally get back into Oscar's good graces.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Glenn...stop jinxing it!

Andrew R. said...

That bit about the rabbis and Basterds was kinda freaky.

Also, my dad's Jewish and saw Basterds (I'm atheist) and he said it was good, but added nothing new to all the Holacaust movies.

magicub said...

Stop predicting Nicole Kidman, I wanna see her nominated again! Anne Hathaway nominated for an Edward Zwick film?

Donovan said...

Run and get that "August: Osage County" lead now, Meryl! You know you wanna.

DJ said...

If Carey Mulligan is nominated again she'd be the first in a long while for a young actress to be nominated back-to-back.. I don't see it happening.

Keira will be supporting in Never Let Me Go / lead in London Boulevard.

There were a good amount of good performances given by young actresses this year, but we can see that only TWO were nominated. Forget it folks: out of Hathaway, Williams, Mulligan, Portman, etc... maybe only one of those will be nominated.

brandz said...

@Clover

no, YOU weren't happy with Streep's performance in Doubt. please don't speak for me.

Anonymous said...

Lets get Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique back in the oscar race again. And more african-american females also

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