So last night while the rest of the cinephile world was watching The Golden Globes, I was eating a sandwich and watching Kingsman for the first time. Yeah, I was pissed but I made the best of a bad situation. For the first time since 2003 (when I started watching Award's shows religiously), I'm missing the televised awards because I no longer have cable and am relying on streaming services, and last night NBC was a b*tch. I swear to god, if the Oscars don't live stream somehow, I will cut someone.
So, I don't have anything to say today about the fashions or speeches or jokes because I saw none of them.
I do have a few things to say though:
Let's start with Kate Winslet. I've been suggesting for a while (and Josh can confirm this, since it's been though our daily DM's on Twitter) that Kate Winslet seemed like a logical Oscar winner in this particular year/field. Supporting Actress is so all over the place and the consensus choices are so confusing, Oscar-wise, that Winslet has, for the past few months, felt like the one who would benefit.
Vikander has the 'Jessica Chastain breakout' thing going for her, but the two roles for which she's garnering accolades are going to suffer with Oscar voters for two different reasons. The Danish Girl, which is clearly her most Oscary role, is a LEAD performance being shoved into Supporting for an easy get, but backlash has already started for that decision and the film itself is DOA. Ex Machina is such an un-Oscary choice and while it's been the critics darling of sorts, it's not really a performance/genre that Oscar is going to jump at the bit to reward. Mara is a passive character who also suffers from OBVIOUS category fraud and she has already spoken out against it and there are very vocal voters claiming to NOT vote for her because of the fraud. The rest are too divisive. Mirren is a non-starter...a clear filler nom (if she becomes one). JJL has a sort of narrative and she is in a Tarantino film, but it's also a VERY divisive film with LOUD detractors and the role is a very violent and offensive one.
That leaves us with Winslet, a respected actress on a comeback high since her Oscar win in 2008 with a role/performance that was lauded by critics, is a true Supporting player and is in a biopic.
I'll be predicting her for the Oscar until the very end.
One other thing, Golden Globes related, that I want to mention is the choice to reward The Revenant as Best Picture last night. While I strongly feel like The Revenant is in the running (and probably top two) for the actual Best Picture Oscar, I want everyone who is getting all "game is over" up in arms about this win to remember that this is the Globes we are talking about. I'm going to throw out a few Best Picture wins from them and let you put the rest of it together.
The Aviator, Brokeback Mountain, Babel, Atonement, Avatar, The Social Network, Boyhood...
They don't have the best tract record of predicting Oscar's Best Picture, and if you look closer at their selections, they are mostly bigger films than the ones that actually won. The Revenant fits with their tastes/predictions. It doesn't always fail, but I could very easily see Spotlight still snagging the Oscar votes over The Revenant.
Next, have you seen this yet?
Now, I've not been shy about my lack of 'giving a f*ck' with regards to Matthew McConaughey, but I have also been pretty vocal about my absolute adoration of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and this is her next high profile role (as Jones' wife). Now, the film looks beautifully shot and full of potential, even with McConaughey doing once again the only thing he can (play a Southerner with swagger). And, I'm going to note that while she only has a few moments in the trailer, two things are clear. 1) She's suffering. 2) She nails her accent. I'll be praying Oscar notices.
So...please tell me you all follow Mark Schultz. I know that it's not nice to poke fun at the mentally handicapped, but this guy't Twitter feed is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. I'm sure all of you remember his tirade against Bennett Miller and all things Foxcatcher last year and then his immediate backpeddling the second it started getting nominated. Well, he is back to his self-promotion, poor me, I hate the movie again, this time posting inane polls all over Twitter on a daily basis. It's GOLD, I'm telling you, so please do yourself a favor and follow him ASAP.
Oh, and did you see this?
Effing beautiful! I swear, EVERYTHING about this movie has me so excited.
And lastly, I just wanted to take a moment to express my sadness over the tragic news of David Bowie's passing last night. It's was such a weird moment for me because tomorrow I'll be posting my review of his latest album, and he's been on my mind since Friday because of that, and so when I saw the news I was taken completely for a loop. Apparently his 18 month battle with cancer met an end yesterday, and this truly is the end of a legacy and so it's a monumental loss and shame.
Not going to lie, when Duncan Jones posted this on Twitter last night, I cried:
So to his family and his fans, my heart is with you.
So, that's what I have for you today. Let's see what you have for me!
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