By David Poland

23 Weeks to Oscar

Here it is.
So what do you think?

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11 Responses to “23 Weeks to Oscar”

  1. Jackrabbit Slim says:

    Can’t see Don Cheadle getting nommed for Crash, especially ahead of Matt Dillon (not Dylan), who had the far meatier role.

  2. Terry Lennox says:

    Kung Fu Hustle for Best Foreign Film?

  3. nick says:

    i can’t wait to see All The King’s Men…saw the trailer a few nights ago…it looks amazing.

  4. Joe E says:

    is that All the King’s Men trailer downloadable somewhere???

  5. EDouglas says:

    You don’t think that Pierce Brosnan might get a nod for The Matador? Definite Comedy Golden Globe, but to me, it’s the Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson/About Schmidt comedy nomination that doesn’t seem to be elsewhere.

  6. EDouglas says:

    I also think David Straitharn is a shoe-in for a nod for Good Night, Good Luck…not sure why he wouldn’t get one except for the Best Actor category being ridiculously crowded for a second year in a row.

  7. richard gledden says:

    “You don’t think that Pierce Brosnan might get a nod for The Matador? Definite Comedy Golden Globe, but to me, it’s the Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson/About Schmidt comedy nomination that doesn’t seem to be elsewhere.”
    If anything it’s the Kevin Costner Upside of Anger role for that but it came out too early..

  8. HenryHill says:

    AH, didn’t Jim Carey just give a career performance last year in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? A little harsh on the guy for doing an wasy comedy.

  9. Joe E says:

    I thought William Hurt is excellent in History of Violence. His eyes were captivating looking at him. I mean, i know full well when the scene began what he was going to do (don’t want to spoil).
    But he won’t get nominated. Why? Because he’s in the movie for how many minutes. five? four? Just one long scene. I don’t think that’s going to happen. Ditto with Harris who is equally gleeful to watch. He’s in the movie for only a few minutes.

  10. Paul8148 says:

    The Hunt screen time issue is going to be interesting to watch since he will try to be getting in a year where so many actings are going to try to go supporting in lead roles. If they is a backlash with some voters I can see him becoming a protest vote, or perhaps votes will feel the need to put him on the ballot to equal out a Jude or Jake they might put on their’s too.

  11. Oscar Season says:

    All the King’s Men will sweep the acting categories? It most likely won’t even have nominees in every category.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon