Quoted Archive for January, 2008

Reactions to the Nominations …

“If you could bottle up the way that I felt this morning when I found out I was nominated, people wouldn’t buy drugs anymore because this is just the best thing on the planet.”
– Kevin O’Connell, on his 20th Oscar nomination for sound mixing, this time for “Transformers.” He has yet to win.
“I won the Golden Globe and it feels strange to be on the sofa watching the TV while they’re saying your name. But at the same time you have to wear a tuxedo and walk the carpet, so everything in life is good and bad. Who likes the carpet? It’s an exciting moment, but again it’s the carpet that you have to do for an hour answering the same questions, so it’s kind of weird.”
– Supporting actor nominee Javier Bardem, on the pros and cons of skipping the Oscar ceremony if the writers are still on strike.
“That’s a no-brainer. Actors need writers. You know scripts don’t write themselves. I’m here because this part is so well-written.”
– Supporting actress nominee Amy Ryan, on why she won’t attend the Oscars ceremony if writers are still on strike.
“I received the great and very important news of the nomination of my film “Katyñ” in Warsaw this afternoon. Polish directors are no longer behind a wall and no longer have to use coded messages to communicate with their audiences. The Academy Award nomination gives “Katyñ” an additional opportunity to reach international audiences worldwide. 
– Director Andrzej Wajda’s reaction to getting a nomination for foreign language film Katyn
I’ve been at this a long, long time. It’s a very difficult business. It’s a very tough profession to be in. Not the work itself, but the kind of expectancy that you hope for. I’ve learned not to hope for too much, just to work hard. If something good happens, like what happened this morning, fine. You know? Wonderful.
In this case, to be nominated for an Academy Award, it’s like a miracle to me, especially at my time of life. It’s a miracle. Totally unexpected, and it’s a miracle! I can’t get over being grateful for it.
When you’re an actor, you just think about the work. What’s really important in the end is how your work affects the people in the audience…. You look in their eyes. That’s really what’s important, and you have to remember that. You can’t let your head get all twisted around, wondering whether you’re going to win an award. Because the award you already have. You know what I mean?
– Hal Holbrook, nominated for Into The Wild
“I am tickled pink at the nomination ­ this film has been such a labor of love and I am very proud of it. I couldn¹t be happier for our entire cast and crew and am thrilled for Tony, George and Tom. I¹m celebrating with my family today and couldn¹t think of a better place to be when I got the news.”
– Tilda Swinton, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton
“I’m pretty sure that I won’t win, but it’s thrilling to think there are five people and you are in the top five.”
– Tom Wilkinson, supporting actor nominee for Michael Clayton.
“It’s as if I had swallowed some fireworks or something like this. My friends and my family in Paris, they are so happy.”
– Marion Cotillard, on her best actress nomination for La Vie en Rose.
“There were a lot of candidates and a lot of the awards shows or organizations this year have had different mixes of people. It was nice to see Tommy Lee Jones in there. He hadn’t been in so much of the mix and when I saw his name come up and there was only one name left to go, I thought, `Naah, well, there’s no way (I’ll be nominated).’ So to be honest, I was quite surprised.”
– Viggo Mortensen, on his best actor nomination for Eastern Promises.
“To be honest, I was really hoping that both pictures got in. It would have been a very leavening part of the experience if only one made it, almost better if neither had rather than just one, because you love your children equally and you want the best for both.”
-Scott Rudin, producer of No Country for Old Men and executive producer of There Will Be Blood, both nominated for best picture Oscars.
“It’s unbelievable. Mom and I were in bed and dad was waiting up for the announcements again, because that’s the way my daddy is. It’s kind of a bit weird actually, in a good way, in a fantastic way. I never expected this in a million years to happen. I can’t believe it. I’m really proud as well that two Irish paddies have been nominated for an Oscar for the same film. It’s really great for Ireland, great”
– 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan, nominated for supporting actress for Atonement. Fellow Irishman Seamus McGarvey was nominated for cinematography.
“I never imagined that I’d ever be in a position where I’d be receiving an Oscar nomination, an Academy Award nomination. It’s the most exciting honour. It’s going to take a while for the reality of this honour to settle in”
-Seamus McGarvey, nominated for cinematography for Atonement.
“I would never cross a picket line ever. I couldn’t. I’m a 20-year member of the Writers Guild. I think whatever they work out is going to be one way or the other but, no, I could never cross a picket line. I think there’s a lot of people who feel that way.”
– Tony Gilroy, nominated for best director for Michael Clayton.
“No, if there’s a strike I will not go but I have a feeling they’ll solve it. I hope they do. I’m sure my mom would like to see me on TV and so forth, but if there’s a strike I’m not crossing the line.”
– Viggo Mortensen, nominated for best actor for Eastern Promises.
“I don’t think you can postpone it, it’s not like a wedding. They’re saying it’s going to happen. If they throw the party, if they open the door, I’m going to go.”
– Lianne Halfon, one of the producers of best-picture nominee Juno.
“We’re dealing with contingencies but we’re thrusting ahead. The point is, we’re going to have a show, and we’re going to give these incredible artists what they’re due. We’re going to present the Oscars on Feb. 24, and that is the important thing. Artists are giving their fellow artists a one-time event in many of their entire lives.”
– Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“While I was trying to play it cool, when I heard (director) Jason (Reitman)’s name I screamed … We’ve been playing the texting game all morning. You never expect this. It’s unbelievable. ”
– Best actress nominee Ellen Page
“We might get fish ‘n’ chips because I hear they’re really good here, but it won’t be anything too posh. We weren’t expecting this so we’re going to go to the local supermarket and get the nicest bottle of champagne that we can. I might have a sip or two”
– 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan , who is up for a Best Supporting Actress award, is filming in New Zealand and had to be woken up to hear the good news.
“I’m delighted that `There Will Be Blood’ has been recognized by the Academy. These nominations are a testament to the cast and crew, who I am deeply grateful to, for their talent and collaboration. … It’s a thrill to be in this.”
– Paul Thomas Anderson, nominated for writer and director Oscars for There Will Be Blood.
“You put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I’m proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing.”
– Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor nominee for There Will Be Blood.
“A nomination is a nomination and people will get a statuette at the end of the day. (But) it would be a shame if this strike persisted to the extent that the Oscars were canceled because it’s a fun time, not just for those who attend but for people watching on television.”
– Tom Wilkinson, supporting actor nominee for “Michael Clayton.”
“I am grateful. Enormously grateful. Grateful to Sean Penn who gave me the role and directed this beautiful film, and grateful to Emile Hirsch-we really should share this nomination because we worked together. And grateful that after all these years of acting, I got a shot at recognition like this from the Academy. Miraculous. ”
– Hal Holbrook, nominated for Into the Wild

Hannah Arendt

There are no dangerous thoughts;
thinking itself is dangerous.

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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