Part of the reason the Academy awards "flash in the pan" performances is because sometimes, well, they legitimately are the best in the year. If the Oscars really were about noting the year's BEST in films, direction and acting, the list of all-time winners would be a lot more obscure, but overall better, particularly in the Best Picture category. Sometimes a no-name just wows everyone so much that it cuts through the politics and B.S. and gets the win just because they were the best --- think of Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds, nobody knew who he was going into the movie, but everyone left anointing him the hands-down Oscar winner for the year.
I'm happy to see Dujardin win. Complaining about his lack of dialogue is silly given that it was A SILENT MOVIE. This isn't Beatrice Straight or Judi Dench winning an Oscar for five minutes of screen-time, this is an actor who has to carry virtually an entire movie using his facial expressions and body language. It was a tremendous performance on Dujardin's part --- there are very few actors that could pull off the role of George Valentin like that.
Dujardin would've gotten my vote of the five nominees, though of the whole year, I think Michael Shannon's work in "Take Shelter" was the most deserving.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft Uh, she's won 3 times in 17 nominations. It would seem her being nominated hardly equates to a win. I believe last night was her first win in 30 years.
The list of people to win 3 or more Academy Awards in acting categories is Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets), Meryl Streep (Kramer Vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, The Iron Lady), Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Lion In Winter [shared with Barbara Streisand], On Golden Pond), and Walter Brennan (Best Supporting Actor 1936, 1938, and 1940). Getting even 3 Academy Awards is a big deal.
Not sure why you quoted me here, but I agree. Three wins IS a big deal. Part of me thinks the Academy enjoys giving Oscars to actors that come out of nowhere (like Dujardin), partly to snub those actors that get nominated a bunch and partly hoping that the winner is a flash in the pan so they can boast the rarity of multiple time winners.
I don't buy that at all. The last 12 winners for Best Actor (for example) have been Crowe, Denzel, Adrien Brody, Penn, Jamie Foxx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Forest Whitaker, Day-Lewis, Penn, Bridges, Firth, Dujardin. Maybe Brody and Foxx were shockers but it seems like even Foxx was expected to win. I could be remembering it wrong. I'd say if anything the Oscars actually prefer to give the Oscar to somebody who has been around but hasn't won yet like most recently Bridges. Maybe Pitt or Dicaprio will win in like 2030.
Nous ne nous pouvons pas sortir. A theater here was playing all the shorts, The Shore was quite good (acting, cinematogrophy, the lot) but Tuba Atlantic is the one you need to seek out to watch. A great little film about death, mending fences, and killing seagullls with automatic weapons. Also mad props to Time Freak for being quick, funny, and solving the time travel paradox headaches.
Also some of the animated shorts are hilarious.
Originally posted by Lord of the Manor to lotjxJust curious how many of the films you've referred to here you have actually seen
Originally posted by It's FalseThis was a terrible night for Billy Crystal. He just didn't have it this year the way he did in the past. Chris Rock in a two minute bit was funnier than Crystal was all night.
I thought the opening stuff--the film with him in different movies in particular--was pretty good. The Wizard of Oz focus group was awful, though.