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On Friday evening, six actors were honored with Virtuoso Awards at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre as part of 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Three will soon be heading to the Oscars and three will not be. From the former category were best actor nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life), best actress nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and best supporting actress nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), and from the latter category were Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). All were in attendance except for McCarthy, who apparently came down with a case of laryngitis. The other five were separately and then collectively interviewed by moderator Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly.
By Josh Abraham
Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motionpicture and primetime television performances of 2011 at the “18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
My principal mandate at THR is to cover the film awards season, about which I have long studied and blogged. But when the film and TV awards seasons overlap each year at the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards, I can’t help but try to apply the same sort of analysis to the TV side of things, as well. It doesn’t always work out very well, but sometimes it does, like last Sunday at the Globes, when I correctly projected the winners of 10 of the 11 TV categories.
A few weeks ago, I met up in New York with the writer-director Alexander Payne, the man most responsible for five of the most celebrated films of the last 15 years — Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002) Sideways (2004), and now The Descendants — for a wide-ranging interview about his life and career. As you can hear for yourself at the top of this post, Payne proved to be one of the most soft-spoken, intelligent, and humble people I’ve encountered in this business… almost jarringly so. Perhaps this is the result of a journey from Omaha (where he was born, raised, and shot all of his films except Sideways and The Descendants) to the Oscars (he was nominated for best adapted screenplay forElection and Sideways, winning for the latter, and also received a best director nom for Sideways) that was anything but easy, and that was the focus of much of our conversation.
The following list and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen.
I’m very pleased to bring you the sixth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” a podcast about the awards race that airs on The Race every week, usually on Tuesdays.
Each episode features a discussion between me and a different guest — a film blogger, critic or journalist of some other variation — about 10 different awards-related topics (which we list in the text accompanying the audio so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for) and runs for approximately 30 minutes (so that if one topic is not of particular interest to you it will only be about three minutes before we’re on to the next one, which hopefully will be).
I was delighted that my friend Sasha Stone, whose Oscar blog AwardsDaily.com was one of the first on the Web (it was established in 1999 as OscarWatch.com), agreed to join me for this episode. I really enjoyed our chat, during which we tackled the following 10 questions…
“Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for ScottFeinberg.com — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)
Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and “Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about “Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about “Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer); column six about “Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer), “Made in Dagenham” (Sony Pictures Classics, 11/19, R, trailer), and “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer); column seven about “Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/29, PG-13, trailer), “Fair Game” (Summit, 11/5, PG-13, trailer), and “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, PG-13, trailer); column eight about “Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer), “The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer), and “True Grit” (Paramount, 12/22, PG-13, trailer); column nine about “The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer), “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer), and “The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer); column ten about “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/3, R, trailer), “Conviction” (Fox Searchlight, 10/15, R, trailer), and “I Am Love” (Magnolia, 6/18, R, trailer); column eleven about his nomination ballots; and column twelve about “All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer), “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 8/13, R, trailer), and “The Way Back” (Newmarket, 12/29, PG-13, trailer).
This week, he assesses three more films: “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/3, R, trailer), “Love and Other Drugs” (20th Century Fox, 11/24, R, trailer), and “Tangled” (Disney, 11/24, PG, trailer).
- “The King’s Speech” leads the field with seven nominations: the film for best picture (drama), Tom Hooper for best director, Colin Firth for best actor (drama), Geoffrey Rush for best supporting actor, Helena Bonham Carter for best supporting actress, David Seidler for best screenplay, and Alexandre Desplat for best original score. (“The Fighter” and “The Social Network” were close behind with six each.)
- Johnny Depp scored two nominations, one for his performance in “Alice in Wonderland” and the other for his performance in “The Tourist,” both of which came in the best actor (musical or comedy) category.
- “The Tourist” may have bombed at the box-office and been panned by critics, but that didn’t stop the HFPA from recognizing it in all three major categories in which it was eligible: the film for best picture (musical or comedy), Johnny Depp for best actor (musical or comedy), and Angelina Jolie for best actress (musical or comedy). How could the HFPA resisted that kind of star power?!
- Halle Berry, returning to the screen after a three-year absence, was a surprise nominee for best actress (drama) for her performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder in “Frankie and Alice.”
- Emma Stone, the 22-year-old actress who will next be seen in the reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, is now a certified member of Hollywood’s A-list thanks to her nomination for best actress (musical or comedy) for “Easy A.”
- It was rumored that HFPA members really liked the unusual action flick “Red,” and indeed the film was nominated for best picture (musical or comedy), if not for the performances by its aging cast.
- Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, the stars of the controversial indie “Blue Valentine,” were nominated for best actor (drama) and best actress (drama), respectively. These nominations were anything but assured.
- Both female stars of “The Kids Are All Right,” Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, were nominated for best actress (musical or comedy). There was certainly a dearth of options in the category this year, but this could pre-sage a rare double-nomination at the Oscars.
- Many people speculated that even if “The Fighter” did well, its director David O. Russell, who still bears scars from a YouTube shouting incident from years ago, would be left behind. This was not the case. Indeed, “The Fighter” was nominated in every major category in which it was eligible — the film for best picture (drama), Mark Wahlberg for best actor (drama), Christian Bale for best supporting actor, both Amy Adams and Melissa Leo for best supporting actress, and, yes, Russell for best director.
- Actors who were the sole nominees from their films: Paul Giamatti (“Barney’s Version”) and Kevin Spacey (“Casino Jack”) for best actor (musical or comedy), Halle Berry (“Frankie and Alice”), Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) for best actress (drama), Emma Stone (“Easy A”) for best actress (musical or comedy), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) and Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) for best supporting actor, and Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) for best supporting actress.
- “True Grit,” the last major awards contender to be released this year, has been greeted warmly by critics, but was completely snubbed by the HFPA. There was always some doubt about whether Hailee Steinfeld, who arguably gives it finest performance, would be left behind due to category confusion (the HFPA wanted her in lead and Paramount wanted her in supporting), but several other nominations still seemed likely — the film for best picture (drama), Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for best director; Jeff Bridges for best actor (drama), and Matt Damon for best supporting actor.
- The British dramedy “Made in Dagenham” was thought to be a serious contender in several categories — the film for best picture (musical or comedy), Sally Hawkins for best actress (musical or comedy), and possibly even Miranda Richardson for best supporting actress — but it wound up with zero nominations.
- “Love and Other Drugs” was denied a best picture (musical or comedy) nomination even though both of its stars were nominated — Jake Gyllenhaal for best actor (musical or comedy) and Anne Hathaway for best actress (musical or comedy).
- There was apparently only enough room for one of the three co-stars from “The Social Network,” as Andrew Garfield was nominated — but Armie Hammer and Justin Timberlake were snubbed — in the best supporting actor category.
- A number of HFPA favorites from years past were denied nominations this morning: seven-time nominee/one-time winner Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated in the best actor (drama) category for either of the two performances for which he was eligible, the one in “Inception” (even though the film was nominated for best picture, best director, best screenplay, and best original score) or the one in “Shutter Island”; six-time nominee/two-time winner Jim Carrey was not nominated in the best actor (musical or comedy) category for his performance in “I Love You Phillip Morris”; and five-time nominee/two-time winner Robert Downey, Jr. was not nominated in the best actor (musical or comedy) category for his performance in “Due Date.”
Photo: Halle Berry in “Frankie and Alice.” Credit: Freestyle Releasing.
- New York Times Magazine: Carlo Rotella profiles James Schamus, exploring his double life as a Columbia University professor and C.E.O. of Focus Features, and highlighting some of this year’s Oscar contenders that the “Professor of Micropopularity” has guided into the race, including “The American,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “Somewhere.”
- The Race: Tim Appelo reveals why Sean Penn has abstained from campaigning for the film “Fair Game” — not to mention his own performance in it as former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson — this awards season: he and director Doug Liman clashed throughout the production, leading Penn to “boycott” any further involvement with the film.
- Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells writes that Natalie Portman’s work for/performance in “Black Swan” is “analogous” to Robert De Niro’s fabled work for/performance in “Raging Bull” (1980). He adds, Once this settles in among the rank-and-file, [the best actress race is] over.”
- In Contention: Guy Lodge reports that “The Social Network” has topped the 2010 list of critics’ favorites that is releases each year by the British magazine Sight & Sound, making it the first American film to earn that distinction in years. The only other films with awards potential that made the cut were “Another Year” (#3) and “Winter’s Bone” and “I Am Love” (tied for #6).
- The Odds: Steve Pond wonders if “Black Swan” and “The Fighter” — both of which are non-traditional and somewhat disturbing films — will register as “just too damn weird” for Academy voters.
- New York Times: Dennis Lim looks at the long and bumpy road that led up to last Friday’s release of Golden Globes hopeful “I Love You Phillip Morris,” which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. As co-director Glenn Ficarra notes, “Who’s going to give us money to shoot a gay con-man prison-escape love story?”
- Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells posts a photo of “Solitary Man”/“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” star Michael Douglas (who is recovering from throat cancer) and his family that was snapped last week at Orlando’s Epcot center. It’s great to see that the beloved actor is looking much better than he did in photos that paparazzi snapped and sold to tabloids several weeks ago!
- Thompson on Hollywood: Anne Thompson confirms that the opening night film at January’s 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film festival be Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Sarah’s Key,” which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and “has been stunning audiences” in Toronto, France, and Tokyo, where it has previously played.
- New York Times: Charles McGrath shares the story behind the film “Barney’s Version,” Richard J. Lewis’s adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s beloved book of the same title that was long thought to be “just about unfilmable,” but was ultimately made with Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti in the title role. (It “will play in New York and Los Angeles for one week starting December 3, in the hope, presumably, of snagging an Oscar nomination for Mr. Giamatti, who with the help of several wigs ages four decades in a little over two hours.”)
Photo: Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version.” Credit: Sony Pictures Classics.