Awards Archive for January, 2006

And by the way

Today is the day that people who don


Oddball Anti-BBM Winning Stat Of The Day

This is the kind of stat that I don’t really believe in, but…
When was the last time a film won Best Picture without being nominated for Best Editing?
25 years ago, Ordinary People did it.
Yes, every film that won Best Picture, even Driving Miss Daisy, got an editing nomination since then


Which Award Show Is The Best Predictor Of Them All?

BAFTA missed Munich


That Didn't Take Long…

The AFP wire headline on th SAG Awards manages to both give short shrift to Crash, Capote, Walk The Line and other winners while continuing to obsess, however less than complimentarily, on Brokeback Mountain.
Hollywood actors snub Oscars favourite ‘Brokeback Mountain’


The Most Interesting Thing About The SAG Awards So Far…

… is that TNT gets away with keeping its bug in the corner of the screen throughout and has not acknowledged the networks involved with each of the nominee’s shows. If I were ABC or Fox or whomever, I would be seriously pissed.
Of course, how many people watching this show on TNT are not already obsessed enough to know where every show plays? But still, there is something oddly inequitable about it all… at least to me.
Added 6:08p – The next most interesting thing is that it is over an hour in and they have only given out one movie acting award. This bias is not unexpected, but amongst actors, shouldn’t it be downplayed?
My first thought is that movie actors should give teh TV awards and TV actors should give the movie awards. It seems to me that it would send the right message for actors and no one is going to turn off their TV based on who presents what.


Oscar Contest

You can find it on the cover of MCN… good prizes…


By The Way…

Roger Friedman is doing his regular I-covered-it-but-I-hate-it coverage of the Globes…
But the backstory – you know the part that he always leaves out and always explains the venom – is that he managed to get himself a ticket to get in the ballroom from a supporter and was seen, carded, exposed as not being the original ticket holder, and bounced right out of the place.
That didn’t keep him from sucking the air out of the afterparties.


Observations From The Critics Choice Awards

Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, and Rachel Weisz laughing and telling stories to one another during a break… and Weisz, still petite, towering over the other two by what seemed like an entire head.
Dennis Miller digging out an old joke about cyber-sex and how men will do nothing else when they can virtual sex with a supermodel for 20 bucks from the comfort of their couches when things weren’t going so good.
The little girl from Narnia looking more beautiful and every bit as poised as she played in the film.
Emmy Rossum, seated at an outside table, diving into the heated scene in the middle of the room and then running back to her seat between every commerical break. (And that dress was ok on TV, but a jaw dropper in person.)
The sense of relief coming from Paul Haggis and Bennett Miller that their perceived fortunes have changed so much in recent weeks.
The hum of disapproval of Mark Gill taking so much credit for March of The Penguins and getting in a shot at Spielberg to boot.
The joyous noise of the 40 Year Old Virgin group… especially Leslie Mann.
Rachel Weisz patiently talking to eveyrone who said, “hi” and taking photos… and not in a campaigning way at all, as she was the sole rep of The Constant Gardener.
Seeing Giamatti arrive and kind of knowing then that he would win.
Q’Orianka Kilcher wearing a gown involving no animal skins of any kind.
Three celebs announced as being in the room who were not in the room.
Terrence Howard as happy as a baby boy with a brand new toy.
Jim Mangold sitting front and center for Walk The Line… and still not getting the attention he deserves.


Proven Wrong Again…

I was quoted in a USA Today story today that went up in the afternoon. By 3:20, I was getting e-mails like this (6 so far).
“Dear Mr. Poland, quoted you today as follows:


20 Weeks To Oscar 11

With Brokeback as pretty much the only lock for a Best Picture nomination right now, the mountain that I’m thinking most about is Cold Mountain. As in, will Munich be this year’s Cold Mountain?
I still believe in my gut that if Munich gets nominated, the month following nominations will see enough people lining up behind the film in this good-not-Oscar-great season for it to win the Oscar. However, I am now appropriately unsure about whether the film will have the opportunity to fight that fight.
Besides those two, I still count another seven films that are legitimate Best Picture contenders. In alphabetical order: Capote, The Constant Gardener, Crash, Good Night, And Good Luck, A History Of Violence, Match Point, and Walk The Line. You can make good arguments for all or any of them


Hear That Noise?

It’s a sigh of relief at Universal after Munich finally got an awards nomination of some Oscar significance. (It replaces the slow, ugly hiss of pissing themselves for the last two weeks.)
This morning’s double dip of guild awards (DGA | SAG) was yet another signal that many long-lasting “rules” remain in the guild races.
DGA didn’t nominate anyone without a DGA card. So even though there is a recent history of the DGA predicting the Oscar Best Picture nominees (and oddly, not 100% on directing nods), there are two significant titles this year – The Constant Gardener and A History of Violence – that still might have a legit Oscar shot in spite of this. Also keep in mind that the perfect record is 3 years old. Before that, missing one or two a year was the norm. So it might be unlikely for both of these outliers to make it… but one, sure.
The greatest damage today was to Walk The Line, which was not shown respect. Fox needs to step up. The Oscar nom is still very possible, but voters need a wake up call.
Likewise, home team rooting is a SAG tradition, no more so this year than in Supporting Actor. Passing up Bob Hoskins, Michael Lonsdale and William Hurt is an embarrassment. But of that group, only Hoskins came to town to talk to SAG members. So


Guild Stuff

Sorry… early screening and a lunch meeting. Will be writing on this in the afternoon. Feel free to fight about it below in my absence.


Loving Brokeback Mountain

Someone in another post made a good point. There has been endless discussion about BBM’s box office grosses. But little talk deeper than “I loved it” about why BBM is loved by some.
So here is the thread. I request that people who don’t love the movie don’t post responses to people who love it. Show respect, please. Take this as an opportunity to hear what others feel, not to disagree.
I thought about starting a “Hating BBM” thread also, but honestly, I am afraid that some responses would be nasty and, indeed, homophobic. I also don’t like the idea of anyone trying to take the tempurature based on how many responses build up on the positive or negative. It really isn’t the point.
So let’s see how this goes and I will try to figure out a way to do a “People Who Disagree” thread in a day or two.
Love away…


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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