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By David Poland


Wow… they read the lists of Oscar frontrunners and added Clint Eastwood twice. How important!
Slumdog Millionaire should be a little concerned about winning Best Picture from this group. 80% of the films film they have given the award to in the last decade have been nominated for a BP Oscar… but only 20% have been winners. They’re almost as bad off a an Independent Spirit Award winner.
As always, the wealth has been spread. Some choices I love (like Brolin for Milk) while others are silly.
NBR is the idiot drunk at parties… who also happens to be your first cousin. You can’t really pretend it isn’t there, but taking it seriously in any way is a sign of brain damage.
Nods after the jump, if you must…

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7 Responses to “NBoRe”

  1. lawnorder says:

    GRAND TORINO – screenplay and best actor?!!!!!! These guys are so fucking bought and paid for. GRAND TORINO is going to sweep the Razzies. Yes, it’s that bad.

  2. jeffmcm says:

    I feel like the guts of this post could have been written last year or the year before with only the movie titles plugged in like Mad Libs.

  3. LexG says:

    How is Viola Davis a breatkthrough ANYTHING? Hasn’t she been in big, acclaimed movies for a decade? Critics have been talking her up AT LEAST since ’02, when she had Far From Heaven, Solaris, and Antwone Fisher all out around the same time.

  4. yancyskancy says:

    Guess the first Viola Davis breakthrough didn’t take.
    Haven’t see Gran Torino yet, but it is pretty funny to see those wins after all the Clint debate around here lately. I didn’t see either of those coming, even from the NBR clowns. Makes me all the more interested to see if the film impresses me or not.

  5. Deathtongue_Groupie says:

    Spotlight Award: otherwise known as “What We Would Give As The Best Actor/Actress Awards If We Didn’t Have A Pathological Need To Star Fuck In Order To Get Written About” Awards.
    How pathetic.
    But a nice timely reminder of why I don’t give 2 shits about any of these awards anymore. Only the Indy Spirit Awards actually reveal films and performances that I might have missed. The rest is just PR bullshit…

  6. Sam says:

    Does the NBR’s Top 10 Films list normally not contain their pick for Best Film?
    Either way, it’s weird.

  7. yancyskancy says:

    Sam: I’m almost sure they used to list their top ten in order, not number one plus 10 alphabetical runners-up. Odd.

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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