Awards Watch Archive for December, 2008

12 Weeks To Go, The No Awards Awards

I held off writing this week’s column until after the Golden Globes nominations… and then… well… who cares? Every year, we all beat the heck out of the HFPA members and then mine their nominations like we are going to find nuggets that matter. But we’re seeking fool’s gold… and get what we deserve. Can…

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December 9

Picture only, pre-Globe nods. Is The Dark Knight for real?

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Vicky Cristina Barcelona Milk – Rachel Getting Married – The Wrestler – Happy Go Lucky – – Seven Pounds Che – W. – Changling – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Slumdog Millionaire – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Doubt – Frost/Nixon – The Reader…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Doubt Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long Kate Winslet – The Reader Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky Michelle Williams – Wendy & Lucy Melissa Leo – Frozen River…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler Richard Jenkins – The Visitor Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button Will Smith – Seven Pounds Benicio Del Toro – Che Josh Brolin – W. Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire BEST SUPPORTING…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Gus Van Sant – Milk Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon Steven Soderbergh – Che Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Mike Leigh – Happy Go Lucky Stephen Daldry – The…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Nov 19 Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle Patel Pinto Dec 5 Frost/Nixon U Howard Langella Sheen Nov 26 Milk Focus Van Sant Penn Brolin Dec 19 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt Summer The Dark Knight WB Nolan Ledger Dec 12…

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13 Weeks To Go, The Year Of Ambiguity

We’ve seen The Year of the Bio-Pic, The Year of the Big Director, The Year of The Indie … but this year, it’s The Year of Ambiguity. But like years past, it is looking like the thing that it is the “year of” may turn out to be the thing that becomes the least Oscar…

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December 2

Best Picture remains a tussle, but Supporting seems etched in granite.

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14 Weeks To Go, The Fate Of The Frontrunner

Along with, ”May you live in interesting times,” a new curse has developed into undeniable undesirability… “May your film run at the front of the Oscar pack!” Dreamgirls, Flags of Our Fathers, Cold Mountain, 21 Grams, Charlie Wilson’s War, Sweeney Todd, Memoirs of a Geisha… all members of the Fraternal Association of Ritual Takedowns. These…

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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