Last night, I got together with some of my favorite people and watched the biggest night of film - the 2013 Oscars. I celebrated (hard) some of what I also considered some of the biggest achievements in filmmaking last year. I have the slight hangover to prove it. For me the telecast had some beautiful and exciting moments (JGL singing and dancing! Adele shining on stage! musicals tribute! Argo winning Best Picture!), buzzed about moments for weeks to come (surely… Rene Zellwegger was drunk! sock puppets!), and moments that I would rather forget (J Law had the best performance out of the bunch.. really?!?). If you watched or if you didn’t watch, there is tons to talk about and view post-ceremony. Here are some links and Oscar-related material to keep up the talk…
Okay, so the nominations for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced today. Being the cinephile that I am, I have a couple of comments on the nominations in the movie categories:
1. Best ensemble cast (The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Help, Midnight in Paris): I’ve seen the majority of these films and my money is on Bridesmaids. I didn’t really want to see this when it came out (I contend that the trailer is not funny in the least) but this movie got me at the opening scene (hello, John Hamm). It has both appealed to the masses as well as the critics, and the casting in this ensemble was dead on. Runner up for me is The Help for the female bond the actors fostered on screen in this very important story.
2. Best actor (Demian Bichir, A Better Life, George Clooney, The Descendants, Leo DiCaprio, J Edgar, Jean Dujardin, The Artist, Brad Pitt, Moneyball). This could go either way. There are alot of favorites and repeat offenders in this category including Clooney, Pitt, and DiCaprio. Also there is alot of buzz around Dujardin. I can’t call this one but I do have one question. No Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50? Or Ryan Gosling for Drive?
3. Best actress (Glenn Closs, Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis, The Help, Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk about Kevin, Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn). If Viola Davis doesn’t sweep this category at all the upcoming awards shows, people need to get their head examined. Meryl Streep, beware.
4. Best supporting actor (Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn, Armie Hammer, J Edgar, Jonah Hill, Moneyball, Nick Nolte, Warrior, Christopher Plummer, Beginners). I loved Beginners, probably my favorite film this year, so I’m really pulling for Christopher Plummer getting this. And I think he has a great chance. But I hope that this sheds light on this underrated gem of a movie.
5. Best supporting actress (Berenice Bejo, The Artist, Jessica Chastain, The Help, Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs, Octavia Spencer, The Help). Two words - Melissa McCarthy. When she threw her leg up and slapped her thigh on the airplane, I always died. If she was running for president I would vote for her.
Between the newest issues of GQ magazine and Details, there was much fun reading for me on the plane to San Antonio today (side note: it is cold as balls here in San Antonio right now!). Yes, I’m a girl that reads men magazines. Ladies, you should try it sometime. Beautiful pictures of attractive, stylish men and thought-provoking, witty articles. Win, win.
And with that, I always learn something new in the pages of men magazines, especially where pop culture is concerned. Apparently there is some rise in the sub-culture of the “high-bro”. It’s the year of the high-bro, didn’t you know? I guess I realized it, just didn’t have a name for it. “High-bro” is supposedly where the “bro” culture (think high adrenaline action flicks, comic books, sports) meet the more “highbrow” (think classical music, literature, arthouse films). And of course, GQ runs down some of “the stuff the high-bro likes”. I loved it (does that make me a high-bro? high-broette?). Here are some of my favorites straight from the GQ list with [my own comments] focusing on, you guessed it, all things indie:
Aaron Sorkin. Wins screenwriting Oscar for Facebook movie. Nails self-aware walk-and-talk cameo on 30 Rock. Pulls off Moneyball for the big screen. A colossus. [the high-bro we can only hope to channel when we put pen to paper open up our Macbooks] Bridesmaids. Funny movie, with funny women in it! Note to high-bros: Enjoying it does not retroactively confer a women’s studies degree from Smith. [the movie the high-bro was initially ashamed that they wanted to see but ended up loving]
To anyone who will listen, I call him “the best actor of my generation”, and I think it’s fitting. He can be dangerous, he can sport the cool, he can be the heartbreaker, and he can even be that weird, unconventional guy that you can’t help but love. To me, he is the embodiment of the contemporary leading man. Yes, he is very easy on the eyes and oh so dreamy (trust me, I can go on and on all day), but he also a profound and introspective actor. To top that off, he seems like a very kind, intelligent, genuine person for his interviews (see the January 2011 issue of GQ). I have complied a list of my top five best Ryan Gosling films. To me, these films offer his very best and my favorite performances to date.
#5: Half Nelson (2006) Ryan received his first of soon to be many Oscar nominations playing an inner-city middle school teacher who bonds with one of his female students. She discovers that he has a drug addiction which sparks a reciprocal friendship in which they both go to lengths to protect the other. He plays this role with a perfect mixture of authority, vulnerability, and blurred social boundaries that only he can.
I read this and my first thought was that this is so great! “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” are two of my favorite films of all time. Though now that it is sinking in I’m concerned about where they may go with a third. I think that the sequel ended so perfectly for what it was and what it’s suppose to be, that I just hope they don’t ruin that.
Last week, I registered to get my time slot for advance ticket purchase for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Don’t really think I’ll be able to go this time but here’s hoping. I had such a great time last year that I have to try. As you may know, Sundance, held primarily in Park City, Utah, is one of the world’s greatest film festivals and as it is open to the public, anyone can attend. A year ago this time I decided to stop dreaming about going and actually just get myself there. I found out years before that my old high school friend Lindy lives in UT and offered to take me around. I had been telling her for awhile that I would come and visit her so I recruited my friend Ije to go with me and finally made it all the way to Utah. You have to understand, I was alittle worried about going for a number of reasons. A black girl in Utah? Come on. Also this is Utah in January. I’m from Louisiana so what they hell do I know about cold and snow? It was all worry for nothing. It was an beautiful place to have an incredible experience.
Park City is such a cute little city, and we stayed at this great new hotel right outside of downtown. The festival has an awesome shuttle service that takes you to all the theaters in the area. Just walking around was great because there were so much activity going on connected with the festival including parties, live music, and great eateries. Also, many actors are in and out of the city promoting their films so it’s a great place to spot them (Rob Lowe was standing right in front of me! :).
Thank you, EW for always publishing movie calendars as a guide what is soon to hit theaters. And thank you Comcast OnDemand for your “trailers & reviews” tab so I can then proceed to watch trailers for said movies. As you can tell, I live for movies. Here’s the list of those soon to be released movies for the winter season that I’m most excited about with emphasis on all things independent.
Answers to Nothing: a collection of intertwining stories about lost souls throughout Los Angeles who search for meaning and redemption. Gotta say I’m intrigued to see Dane Cook in a dramatic role.