The Envelope Logo

Gold Derby

Tom O'Neil has the inside track on Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and all the award shows.

Category: LeoDiCaprio

Will Brad Pitt lose best actor due to Oscars' Slap the Stud Syndrome?

February 18, 2009 |  3:36 pm

Brad_pitt_curious_case_of_benjamin_

What's really curious about "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is that most Oscar pundits give the lead star of the film with the most nominations virtually no hope of winning best actor. Among the five contenders in that category, Brad Pitt is usually ranked fourth or fifth by prognosticators. Why?

Most likely it's punishment for his good looks. Look at other top male stars who haven't won Oscars despite working in Hollywood for years: Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere. They're all heartthrobs — just like previous matinee stars who got snubbed in years past: James Dean, Steve McQueen, Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor.

Now consider the parade of young lovelies who dominated the actress awards in recent years. Best-actress champs over the last decade, for example, include Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon. Read more about that phenomenon in Gold Derby's separate blog piece about the Babe Factor.

Studs

The male counterpart to that female factor is the Slap the Stud Syndrome. While a few handsome male stars have managed to win now and then in the past, most have been denied. There's a clear pattern of it.

Consider the case of Tom Cruise, who lost the 1989 best actor Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis. Both men played wheelchair-bound real-life heroes in "Born on the Fourth of July" and "My Left Foot," respectively. Cruise had won the Golden Globe while Day-Lewis had taken most of the critics prizes. When the British born Day-Lewis prevailed over the all-American Cruise many Oscarologists attributed this to another instance of the Slap the Stud Syndrome.

The theory goes that many of the academy voters are geezer guys who love the younger fillies but resent the handsome bucks. Their message to these Hollywood heartthrobs: "You already have it all –- fame, fortune and females aplenty. So, sorry pal, no Oscar for you, just yet."

However, just like the pretty women who de-glamorize themselves (Charlize Theron, "Monster"; Nicole Kidman, "The Hours") to win an Oscar so too can the handsome hunks who pack on a few pounds, a la George Clooney in 2005's "Syriana." Last year, Javier Bardem was the hunk du jour whose unflattering Buster Brown bowl cut in "No Country for Old Men" won him the supporting actor Oscar.

Studs3

And speaking of Clooney, as he was back to his usual movie-star-handsome-self last year in "Michael Clayton," the Slap the Stud Syndrome helped put Day-Lewis back in the winner's circle for "There Will Be Blood." That win also came at the expense of two-time loser Johnny Depp. He and Pitt, both 45, should take comfort in the fact that other studs won a best-actor Oscar later in their career when they were less of a threat to get the babes that the older academy guys can't.

While Tom Cruise lost his 1996 best actor bid for "Jerry Maguire" to respected stage star Geoffrey Rush ("Shine"), he lost the 1999 supporting actor race when nomm'd for "Magnolia" to one-time stud Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules"). Caine did not win his first three best actor races and only won his first supporting Oscar ("Hannah and Her Sisters," 1986) when he was on other side of 50.

Continue reading »

Golden Globe nominations: Pundits' reax and predix scores too!

December 11, 2008 | 10:35 pm

• While comparing the Golden Globe nominations with the Critics' Choice bids announced a few days ago, Pete Hammond sees a curious parallel between "Milk" getting skunked at the Golden Globes and what happened last year to "Into the Wild."

Pete_and_tom1

• Check out the pundit videos Pete and I did riffing with Elizabeth Snead immediately after the noms were announced. They're down on the right side of The Envelope's home page.

Scott Feinberg does a fine job at Feinberg Files putting perspective on the Golden Globe nominations, but I disagree with him about "In Bruges" pulling off big surprises in the comedy/musical races. I predicted that it would.

• By the way, speaking of predix, here's how various pundits scored trying to out-guess the Globes. Just counting the same categories we all guessed in tandem, I scored 23, Scott nailed 20. Nathaniel Rogers scored 21 at TheFilmExperience. Guy Lodge beat us all at InContention.com (24). Congrats, Guy! For the complete list of nominees, CLICK HERE!

• Over at InContention.com Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge clash while sizing up Tom Cruise's nomination for "Tropic Thunder." Guy calls it "goofy," Kris calls it one of the best Globe calls.

Sasha Stone likes the nominations of Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet at AwardsDaily.com.

Gold_derby_dates_sked1

• New York Times Carpetbagger David Carr believes in the Harvey Weinstein conspiracy to explain how "The Reader" got so many noms. No, no, David — not this time anyway. Believe it or not, voters really like the movie. I've heard that directly from many HFPA members. EW's Dave Karger heard the same buzz.

• Over at Hollywood-Elsewhere.com, Jeff Wells wonders about such Harvey conspiracy thoughts, but acknowledges that "many critics and smartypants-types" were probably too quick to dismiss the kudos chances of "The Reader" earlier.

• Uh, oh! That Hollywood Reporter wag, Gold Rusher T.L. Stanley, is risking her neck with some bold (?) prophecies: "There are a number of foregone conclusions in the nods today, namely, 'Gomorra' in the best foreign language category, Heath Ledger as best supporting actor for 'The Dark Knight' and Penelope Cruz for best supporting actress in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona.' "

• At Variety.com, Anne Thompson writes, "Athough the Globes saw fit to only recognize Sean Penn's performance in Gus Van Sant's very American and very political Milk (which won best film from the New York Film Critics Circle), that should not hurt its overall awards chances."

• Hang tough, Lou! New York Post's Lou Lumenick acknowledges that he "received some criticism on other blogs for supposedly revealing 'spoilers' in our year-end wrap-up" at the NYFCC voting, but, come on, other journos before Lou did the same for decades in Gotham's newspaper pages dating back to the group's launch in 1935. Plowing through those ancient reports on microfilm for many days and weeks at the New York Public Library was how I was able to document past scores and voter battles while compiling my book "Movie Awards." In recent years that tattle's lapsed a bit and I've had to resort to snooping via telephone calls to various members for such reports here at Gold Derby, but I'm happy that this ballot reportage is now back out in the open, as it should be. Huzzahs to Lou!


Satellite Awards snub 'Benjamin Button' and 'The Dark Knight' for best picture!

November 30, 2008 |  8:16 pm

Uh-oh! Kate Winslet's vote-splitting has officially begun! The Satellite Awards just nominated Kate Winslet in the best-actress race for "The Reader" instead of "Revolutionary Road," thus ignoring her campaign to put the "Reader" role in supporting. However, both films are up for best drama picture, but there are several, big curious omissions in that race: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Doubt" and "The Dark Knight." The latter snub is especially bizarre considering Christopher Nolan is up for best director.

Satellite_awards3

The other contenders for best drama pic: "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and — surprise — "Frozen River." The pix up for best comedy/musical: "Happy-Go-Lucky," "Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Tropic Thunder," "In Bruges," "Choke." Notable snubs: "Burn After Reading," "Mamma Mia!" and "High School Musical 3," which all could rally at the Golden Globes.

None of the helmers of those comedies got a bid for best director. In addition to Nolan, the nominees for that race: Thomas McCarthy ("The Visitor"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight"), Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Stephen Daldry ("The Reader"). The snub of Sam Mendes ("Revolutionary Road") is surprising.

There are lots of other peculiarities in this year's list. "Australia" has nine nominations, but none for best picture. Penelope Cruz is considered to be a front-runner at the Oscars in the supporting race, but she isn't nominated by the Satellites for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which is up for best comedy. She did score a bid for "Elegy," though. "Benjamin Button" is based upon a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it's nommed in the category for original screenplays.

The Satellites are bestowed by a rebel group of foreign journos who broke off from the Golden Globes back in the early 1990s. Often their tastes reflect the views of their foreign colleagues, who in turn mirror the outcome of the Oscars. But often the views of the Satellites can also seem like they're beamed in from the planet Neptune.

Last year they nominated only two of Oscar's five best-picture contenders: "Juno" and "No Country for Old Men." At least they managed to include the winner. Last year's Oscar champ as best actor, Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), wasn't nominated, but the film was probably absent from all races because voters didn't see the late-year release in time. (The same is probably true this year for "Gran Torino," which is snubbed.) In fact, the Satellites forecast only two of Oscar's best-actor finalists: Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises") and Tommy Lee Jones ("In the Valley of Elah"). However, they did tap all best-actress contenders.

How do the Satellites compare to the Globes? Just as often as they agree, they seem to disagree — drastically. Last year the Satellites for best picture went to "No Country for Old Men" and "Juno." Globers preferred "Atonement" and "Sweeney Todd." In 2007, the two awards agreed again on best comedy/musical ("Dreamgirls"), but the Globes chose "Babel" for best picture while the Satellites opted for "The Departed." The previous year both kudos picked "Brokeback Mountain" and "Walk the Line." In 2004, they split: Both chose "Sideways" as best comedy/musical pic, but the Satellites opted for "Hotel Rwanda" as best drama and the Globes went for "The Aviator."

Below is a partial list of nominees. See full list at the Satellites' website. The awards will be bestoed on Dec. 14 at the Century City InterContinental Hotel.

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
"The Reader "
"Slumdog Millionaire "
"Revolutionary Road "
"Frost/Nixon "
"Milk "
"Frozen River "

BEST PICTURE, COMEDY/MUSICAL
"Happy-Go-Lucky "
"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist "
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona "
"Tropic Thunder "
"In Bruges "
"Choke "

Continue reading »

Updated Oscars predix: 'Slumdog' nipping at heels of 'Benjamin Button'

November 29, 2008 |  9:23 pm

Pundits are constantly updating their Oscars predix at the Envelope's Buzzmeter, so remember to keep checking back often. (Bookmark THIS LINK for quick access in the future.)

Meryl_streep_doubt1_edited1

Below is a sampling of newest predix from top gurus, who include Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com) and moi.

Notice how close the battle is over best picture. While four of these seven seers pick "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," two of us naysayers back "Slumdog Millionaire" and one opts for "Milk." All four "Button" backers put "Slumdog Millionaire" in second place. I — a "Slumdog" supporter — list "Button" as the runner-up."

Views are split over best actor: three votes for Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), two for Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler"), one for Sean Penn ("Milk") and one for Leo DiCaprio ("Revolutionary Road").

Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road") zooms ahead of previous front-runner Meryl Streep ("Doubt") with four votes to one. Streep even falls behind Kristin Scott Thomas ("I've Loved You So Long"), who has two votes.

BEST PICTURE Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
'Australia'

5

 

         
'Benjamin Button'

1

1

1

3

2

2

'Dark Knight'

 

 

3

 

3

 

 

'Doubt'

 

5

 

5

 

 

 

'Frost/Nixon'

3

3

 

 

5

 

3

'Gran Torino'

 

 

 

 

 

5

 
'Milk'

4

 

4

4

 

1

'Revolutionary Road'

 

4

5

2

4

4

5

'Slumdog Millionaire'

2

2

2

1

2

3

1


BEST ACTOR Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

4

5

1

5

4

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

3

5

4

 

 

3

5

Richard Jenkins,

'The Visitor'

4

 

 

 

5

 

Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

1

3

2

2

1

2

1

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

3

2

3

5

2

1

2

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

5

 

 

 

3

   
Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

 

1

1

4

3

3


BEST ACTRESS Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

 

3

4

5

3

3

3

Cate Blanchett,

'Benjamin Button'

4

 

5

3

   

4

Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

5

5

 

 

5

4

 

Sally Hawkins,

'Happy-Go-Lucky'

 

       

 

5

Melissa Leo,

'Frozen River'

 

   

4

     
Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

2

2

2

 

1

2

2

Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'

1

4

3

1

4

5

 

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

3

1

1

2

2

1

1

Photo: Miramax


Gold Derby nuggets: Oscars voters get 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Rachel' DVDs | 'The Reader' and 'Revolutionary Road' are best picture contenders, says Roger Friedman | Clint Eastwood is a 'slam dunk' for an acting bid

November 20, 2008 |  5:29 pm

• Today many Oscar voters got the DVDs of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Rachel Getting Married." Yesterday they got "Last Chance Harvey" and "Traitor." To see what screeners they received before that, CLICK HERE.

• Probably thanks to his long-term chumminess with producer Harvey Weinstein, Roger Friedman of Fox News is first out with a review of "The Reader." It has "the earmarks of a best picture nominee," he says, calling it "a movie about an intimate relationship set against the backdrop of an Important Issue.

Kate_winslet1

"Kate Winslet is a revelation in "The Reader,'" he adds, reflecting his similar view of her screen turn in "Revolutionary Road," which also "joins the small group of potential best picture nominees. Certainly, for direction it’s a shoo-in. Kate and Leo are superb. Yes, it's Oscar caliber work. Winslet we expected. But Leo DiCaprio is a revelation." READ MORE

• At the Feinberg Files, check out Scott Feinberg's report on the bash thrown in Manhattan last night for "Milk" where he chatted with Lauren Bacall. READ MORE and listen his podcast.

• Several film critics have finally been shown "Gran Torino"! The Envelope's Pete Hammond reports that "consensus is it's a slam-dunk acting nomination for Clint Eastwood." Pete also serves up audience reax to other top Oscar contenders like "Revolutionary Road" at his Notes on a Season blog.

Christina Aguilera has been added to the star lineup appearing on the Grammy nominations TV special airing 9-10 p.m. ET/PT Dec. 3 on CBS. Also performing: Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, B.B. King and John Mayer. The award ceremony will be held on Feb. 8. Grammy_museum

• The Grammys open their new museum to the public on Dec. 6. It's located in L.A. LIVE, directly across from the Staples Center where the award ceremony takes place. READ MORE

• At his EW blog, Dave Karger weighs the Oscar prospects of "Seven Pounds."

• On Dec. 9, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will induct the following honorees into its TV Hall of Fame: Bea Arthur, Daniel B. Burke and Thomas Murphy, Larry Gelbart, Merv Griffin and Sherwood Schwartz. The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, emceed by "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton.

• The National Book Awards were bestowed yesterday to Annette Gordon-Reed for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" (nonfiction) and Peter Matthiessen for "Snow Country" (fiction). The choices sparked some controversy, as noted by the New York Times and New York Mag's Vulture blog. Vulture also reports (hilariously) on the after-party, which moved this year — in a desperate ploy to be perceived as more hip — to Socialista. The ploy was so desperate that the room was packed with downtown trendoids who had no idea where they were or why they were there — and probably haven't read a book without "Harry Potter" in the title since leaving high school.

Continue reading »

Trades divided on 'Revolutionary Road'

November 18, 2008 |  1:32 pm

While the two trade reviews of "Revolutionary Road" praise the performances -- especially those of leads Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, as well as supporting player Michael Shannon -- overall reaction to the picture itself depends on the critics' opinions of the source material, a 1961 novel by Richard Yates. (SPOILER ALERT)

Revolutionary_road

As Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter was not a fan of the book, it is not surprising he thinks so little of the film. "Justin Haythe's script and Sam Mendes' direction hew closely to Richard Yates' 1961 novel. Which means it fails to escape the novelist's misogyny and contempt for anything suburban. The phrase seized upon in both works is 'hopeless emptiness.' It's apt."

Writing for Variety, Todd McCarthy also draws a comparison with the novel and finds, "With one notable exception toward the end, Haythe and Mendes capture the primal emotional and thematic points of the book as they try to find a cinematic way to express the subtext of Yates' prose, which most distinguishes itself through the precise expressions of minute changes in emotion, attitude and thought -- what might he say, what should she say, what does he feel, what's she really thinking, how did he and she react at the same moment? Even when the dramatic temperature is cranked up to high, the picture's underpinnings seem only partly present, to the point where one suspects that what it's reaching for dramatically might be all but unattainable -- perhaps approachable only by Pinter at his peak."

However, McCarthy found the film, "constantly engrossing, as it successfully engages the Wheelers' yearning to rescue themselves from their decorous, socially acceptable oblivion, just as it clearly defines how the 'trap' is stronger than they are. The rows, tender moments and downtime in between are fully inhabited and powerfully charged by DiCaprio and Winslet. For his part, DiCaprio often achieves the kind of double register the film as a whole less consistently captures, as he indicates Frank's thought process in the split second before he decides what to say." And he thought, "Winslet's perf is less surprising, perhaps, if only because she has shown tremendous range throughout her career. April is a difficult role in that her mood changes sometimes seem inexplicable, but the thesp makes them all seem genuine, which resonates with Frank's occasional hints that she's possibly in need of psychiatric help. Winslet's starkly etched April is steely, strong and brittle, capable of great highs and lows as well as massive uncertainty."

Such a ringing endorsement certainly underscores why the film's stars have made it into the top 5 on the latest edition of the Buzzmeter. And Honeycutt's dismissal of the film as "essentially, a repeat for Mendes of 'American Beauty,' right down to the formal camera compositions, repetitive musical chords and shocking death at the end" could explain why neither the helmer nor the picture itself is generating the same buzz more than a month before the Christmas opening.

Continue reading »

Oscars gurus smackdown, part 2: Pete and I take on Dave Karger's best-actor predix

November 5, 2008 |  4:28 pm

If you liked the bowl of Oscar raspberries that Pete Hammond and I served EW's Dave Karger yesterday when we dished Dave's best-pix predix, you'll gobble up our take on the best-actor derby.


Oscars predix: Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins and Will Smith zoom forward | Leo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood fall back

November 4, 2008 |  1:08 pm

What a difference a day and a new gang of Oscar gurus make! Proof of how wide open the derby is can be tracked in the vast differences between our newest pundit predix (below) and the rundown we published yesterday (CLICK HERE). Six seers participated in both juries. Our new group: Patrick Day (LATimes.com), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Michael Musto (Village Voice), T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com).

Oscarsnoop154

Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") proves to be a dramatic dark horse, zooming from far beyond the pack of best-actor rivals (no votes yesterday) to leading it, being tied with Sean Penn ("Milk") and Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") for reaping unanimous support now.

Another notable leap ahead: Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky") from 3 votes to 5. Darting onto the derby track after no support yesterday: Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") and Will Smith ("Seven Pounds").

Notable fallbacks: Clint Eastwood ("Gran Torino") dropped from 5 votes to 2 and Leonardo DiCaprio ("Revolutionary Road") from 4 to 1. Falling out completely: Nicole Kidman ("Australia") and Benicio Del Toro ("Che").

BEST PICTURE Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
'Australia'  

X

 

  

   
'Benjamin Button'

X

X

 

X

X

X

'Changeling'

 

X

       
'Dark Knight'

X

 

X

X

X

 

'Doubt'

     

X

 

 
'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

 

 

X

X

'Gran Torino'    

X

     
'Milk'

X

 

X

X

X

 

'Revolutionary Road'

 

X

 

 

X

'Slumdog Millionaire'

X

 

X

X

X

X


BEST ACTOR Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

 

 

 

 

X

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

 

 

X

 

X

 

Richard Jenkins,

'The Visitor'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

X

X

X

 

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

 

 

 

X

 

X

Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Will Smith, 'Seven Pounds'

X

X

       

BEST ACTRESS Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
Cate Blanchett, 'Benjamin Button'

 X

 

     

 

Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

 

X

X

X

X

X

Sally Hawkins, 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

X

X

X

X

 

X

Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

X

X

 

  

X

 

Melissa Leo, 'Frozen River'          

X

Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'

 

 

X

X

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

X

X

X

X

 



Oscars predix: Best picture hopes brighten for 'The Dark Knight'

November 3, 2008 | 11:50 am

The_dark_knight2

"Gran Torino" and "The Reader" have dropped out of the best picture running, and Kate Beckinsale ("Nothing But the Truth") and Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") have vanished from the acting races, according to the latest batch of our pundits' predix. Piping in are Scott Bowles (USA Today), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Greg Ellwood (MSN Movies), Scott Feinberg (The Feinberg Files, The Envelope), Nathaniel Rogers (TheFilmExperience) and me.

Only two flicks get unanimous support for best picture bids: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire." Not only has backing for "The Dark Knight" grown significantly in the last two weeks, but hugely: Five of our six prognosticators now foresee a top nom. Support for "Milk" has evaporated a bit (formerly, it got backing from a majority of seers), and there seems to be genuine doubt about "Doubt" (only one vote), but those flicks may rally in our next predix roundup when we tap additional gurus. Also noteworthy: Finally, Cate Blanchett ("Benjamin Button") is getting notice in the actress lineup. She has excellent odds to be nominated. She not only stars in the best picture front-runner, but she ages dramatically on screen (like many past winners, including last year's champ Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose"). I want to add Cate to my list too, but I just can't (for now) cruelly boot out one of my current fave five. Hey, I try to remain loyal to my gals ... as long as I can in fickle Hollywood, anyway.

BEST PICTURE Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
'Australia'  

X

 

X

   
'Benjamin Button'

X

X

X

X

X

X

'Dark Knight'

X

 

X

X

X

X

'Doubt'

       

X

 
'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

X

 

 

X

'Milk'

X

 

 

X

 

 

'Revolutionary Road'

 

X

 

X

X

'Slumdog Millionaire'

X

X

X

X

X

X


BEST ACTOR Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

X

X

 

X

X

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

X

X

X

X

X

 

Benicio del Toro, 'Che'

X

         
Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

X

 

X

X

X

X

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

 

X

X

X

 

X

Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

X

X

 

X

X

X


BEST ACTRESS Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
Cate Blanchett, 'Benjamin Button'  

X

     

X

Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

X

X

X

X

X

Sally Hawkins, 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

X

 

X

X

 

 
Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

 

 

X

  

X

X

Nicole Kidman, 'Australia'  

 

X

       
Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'

X

 

 

X

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

X

X

 

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'The Reader'    

 X

 

   

 


 

(Warner Bros.)


Gold Derby nuggets: 'Revolutionary Road's' first review (well, sort of) | Heath Ledger in running for Oz film award | Joaquin Phoenix bids bye-bye to Oscar (and Grammy?)

October 30, 2008 | 10:02 am

-- The first screening of "Revolutionary Road" generates a thumbs-up review from Variety's Anne Thompson, who shares the e-mail she received as spy report at her blog Thompson on Hollywood: " wow! very powerful two-hander for Leo and Kate . . . It's powerful and also beautifully written and filmed. Sam Mendes doing suburban angst again, but this time in the 1950s. I daresay it may be a modern classic. also, the screenplay race this year is unusually light on adaptations, so this being an adaptation of the Richard Yates novel, I'd look for a nomination."

Revolutionary_road_leo_dicaprio_kat

-- Heath Ledger is among those competing for an international award while "The Black Balloon" and "Unfinished Sky" lead noms at Australian film kudos.  Sydney Morning Herald

-- He'll never win an Oscar now. Furthermore, past nominee Joaquin Phoenix ("Walk the Line") may have just as hard a time winning a Grammy.  New York Vulture

-- George Lucas is set to be feted at 13th annual Art Directors Guild award fest on Valentine's Day. Variety

-- Tony Awards committee membership is announced for management (oversee kudo cast) and administration (determine eligibility). Playbill

-- Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") to make her Broadway debut in an upcoming "Guys and Dolls" revival. TV Guide

--'W.' screenwriter Stanley Weiser tells RopeOfSilicon: "What I was trying to get across in the movie is a story of a guy who is an abject failure, tries to redeem himself . . . and yet he is hapless and clueless as a leader."

-- Simon Cowell gets special kudos, "Doctor Who" makes it four in a row and TV presenters Ant & Dec are British viewers' choice for eighth consecutive year at the National Television Awards. BBC News

-- Russell Brand, this year's MTV VMA host, is yanked off BBC Radio for a lewd prank phone call to "Fawlty Towers" star Andrew Sachs (Manuel). Daily Mail

-- "Mamma Mia!" edges out "Harry Potter" for the No. 2 spot on the all-time British box office chart and is only 2 million pounds behind "Titanic." Daily Telegraph


Correction: 'Revolutionary' is at the end of production road

October 28, 2008 |  9:22 am

Rev_rd

Just heard from producer Scott Rudin's camp that I confused two of his films when reporting an update on "Revolutionary Road." here at Gold Derby earlier today. That movie is "finished" in terms of production, I'm now told.

Rudin was referring to "Doubt" when he told me about the last-minute scramble to edit, lay down music tracks and add snow scenes to the film's ending while getting it ready for last week's first industry screening and its debut this upcoming Thursday at AFI Fest. Much of the work got done, but there's still tinkering to be done on the film, so it's being shown in its "unfinished" form at AFI Fest. Sorry for creating further confusion!

(Paramount Vantage)


Hmmm . . . are these the Oscar nominees?

October 26, 2008 | 10:27 pm

Below are the preliminary results of polls that Sasha Stone's running over at AwardsDaily in the lead and supporting acting races. Results looks pretty solid, at least in terms of who'll be nommed. There are a few squirrely things here and there on the lists. Cate Blanchett is listed in supporting, but Paramount insists that she's lead in "Benjamin Button." Dev Patel is listed in lead, but Fox Searchlight claims he's supporting in "Slumdog Millionaire." Of course, since Oscar voters can ignore campaigns and put thesps wherever they please (here's your cue to pipe in if you're reading this, Keisha Castle-Hughes), so these rundowns could turn out to be correct. Personally, I don't buy the Weinstein Co.'s insistence that Kate Winslet is supporting in "The Reader." I'm making a wild guess right now that she'll end up in lead for that, not "Revolutionary Road." But it's just a crazy guess backed up by the observation that, in "The Reader," we'll see her age dramatically over decades in a Holocaust pic.

BEST ACTOR
Sean Penn, "Milk" - 16%
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" - 14%
Brad Pitt, "Benjamin Button" - 12%
Leonardo Di Caprio, "Revolutionary Road" - 12%
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon" -10%

BEST ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road" - 16%
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married" - 15% 
Meryl Streep, "Doubt" - 15%
Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long" - 11%
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky" - 9%
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling" - 9%

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" - 20%
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt" - 11%
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder" - 9%
James Franco, "Milk" - 8%
Josh Brolin, "Milk" - 8%

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - 15%
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler" - 10%
Amy Adams, "Doubt" - 9%
Kate Winslet, "The Reader" - 9%
Cate Blanchett, "Benjamin Button" - 8%
Debra Winger, "Rachel Getting Married" - 7%


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Stay Connected:


About the Blogger


Pop & Hiss



Categories


Archives
 



In Case You Missed It...