Awards Archive for January, 2007

SAG Wins….

Here they are…
Have at it…


Winning The PGA

I gather that all five producers of Little Miss Sunshine took the stage at the PGA Awards and that all five spoke. (Hopefully, Ron Yerxa got some stitches and is healing from his Sundance wound.)


Wrapping Globes

As I wrote earlier, I have a plane to catch in the morning. So I



And so it ends…
Babel & Dreamgirls
3 wins for Dreamgirls
2 wins for The Queen
No one else with more than 1
(8:01p) DRAMA
(7:53p) Actor (DRAMA)
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
(7:45p) Actress (DRAMA)
Helen Mirren – The Queen
(7:28p) ACTOR (MUS/COM)
Sasha Baron Cohen – Borat
(7:24p) DIRECTOR
Martin Scorcese – The Departed
(30 Minute Break For Beatty)
The Painted Veil
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Queen – Peter Morgan
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Song of the Heart- Happy Feet
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls


Globes Predictions

The media spin to come:
If Dreamgirls wins, it will mean nothing.
If Dreamgirls loses, the film will be “over.”
If Babel wins, The Departed & Little Miss Sunshine will still be “the front runners” for Oscar
If The Departed wins, it will be “THE front runner” for Oscar.
If Babel ends up with less than 3 Globes, it will be “HFPA star fucking.”
If Babel wins more Globes than any other film, it will be “HFPA star fucking.”
If Jack Nicholson wins Best Supporting Actor, it will prove “The Departed is gaining.”
If Brad Pitt wins Best Supporting Actor, it will prove “the HFPA loves stars.”
If Eddie Murphy wins Best Supporting Actor, it will prove that “Dreamgirls isn’t strong in the lead categories.”
If any film other than The Departed wins Best Drama, it will “not mean anything.”
If The Departed doesn’t win and Little Miss Sunshine does, it will be reported as a 2 way race.
If The Departed doesn’t win and Dreamgirls wins Best Musical/Comedy, it wil be a “Three way race between The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, and longshot, Dreamgirls.”
Book it.


Falling In Love Again

It is easy to get sick of all this awards season stuff. Thank God for Sundance – which can be a little like trading off a kidney stone with an anal fissure


A Globes Thread

I assume some of you want to bat it aorund. I will just be happy to see them end so I can get to Sundance in peace.
Here is a link to Gurus, which has all the noms in movie categories…


Can Someone Really Be This Wrong?

Mark Harris is a smart and talented man and I am loath to insult him


The Peter O'Toole Appearances

Peter O’Toole was finally well enough to come across the pond this week and is doing the rounds in New York.
Until this morning, I have kept the issue to myself, since he has looked very frail and very scripted. On Letterman, he did 8 minutes, much of which had him laughing with style and brio in the way people do when they can’t really hear what you are saying and want to appear engaged.
On The Daily Show, he was a little stronger, though when Jon Stewart went off script and noodled, it was mostly clear that O


BAFTA Announces

The four presumed Oscar nominees – not Dreamgirls – get Picture, Director & Screenplay, as expected.
BABEL – Alejandro Gonz



We are in one of those periods where, as David Carr puts it, “the plot not only thickens, it morphs by the hour.”
Except that it doesn’t.
Lots of journalists want it to.
But, it doesn’t.
This is that time of year when Crash, The Pianist , and Munich are dead and Million Dollar Baby can’t possible beat The Aviator.
This is that time of year when people convince themselves that there is a real race between Felicity Huffman and Reese Witherspoon.
This is the time of year when they tell us that Mystic River has a chance to topple Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Fernando Meirelles, Sophie Okonedo, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent in Iris


Looking For Meaning In The Guild World




I expect it from Jeff “Anything But The Blings & The Fags” Wells, but seeing a post on The Risky Blog just dropped my jaw. The headline is “DGA: Late Dates Killed ‘Pan’s,’ ‘Children’” and the idea is that since Jeff Wells got one e-mail from a director who is clearly in the Three Amigos camp and Sheigh Crabtree had two conversations with DGA members who agreed, we have reached the ultimate truth of 13,400 Academy members. This notion is even more stupid on its face than one old comic and Academy member saying he wouldn’t watch Brokeback Mountain being used as proof of rampant homophobia in the AMPAS.
I want to clearly and loudly say, “BULLSHIT.”
Every year, December releases are nominated by DGA (including this year). Every year, movies that some people loved but are not serious contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars get overlooked. Sitting here after the fact, spinning yarns about how our favorites


DGA Nominees

So what does this mean?


A Look At The Top Tens…

Only three films this year – United 93, The Queen, The Departed – got votes on more than half the Top Ten lists.
Only three films have an average vote – among films with at least 100 points – of over 7 points or an average vote between 3 and 4. They are Army of Shadows (7.722), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (7.189), Three Times (7.05).
Seven of the Top Eleven average over 6 points per vote, led by United 93’s 6.649 average, then Dreamgirls’ 6.422, The Departed’s 6.328, Letters From Iwo Jima’s 6.275, Pan Lanyrinth’s 6.258, Children of Men’s 6.134, and Babel’s 6.056.
The low average title of the films with 100 points was Brick, with 3.147 points from each of its 34 votes.
The top documentary was An Inconvenient Truth, though the film had a surprisingly narrow lead of just 3 votes and 6.5 points over Deliver Us From Evil. The next two docs are well off the pace – Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Neil Young: Heart of Gold – but at least they got more than 10 votes each. After that it thinned out a lot, as When The Levees Broke, followed by Iraq In Fragments, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing, 49 Up, and Heart of the Game hit the charts with fewer than 10 of 250 votes apiece.
The top 10 foreign language films are Pan’s Labyrinth, Letters From Iwo Jima, Volver, Army of Shadows, Death of Mr. Lazarescu, L’Enfant, Three Times, Apocalypto, Climates, and Battle in Heaven. All of them got at least 10 votes. So much for the ascension of the doc.
The English-language True Indies couldn’t crack the Top Ten, though ThinkFilm’s Half Nelson is in at #12. The next is First Look’s The Proposition at #20. Remarkably, David Lynch’s self-distributed Inland Empire is at #21. Kino International’s Old Joy is at #22.

The Rest…


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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