We can't have everything we want -- that's the most valuable lesson we learned from the 2012 Oscar nominations. For every victory (the underdog Demián Bichir received a nomination for "A Better Life"), we have defeat (Ryan Gosling and his "Drive" was virtually snubbed!). So I compiled my complaints, yes, my whining, and some of the winning choices by the Academy. So here's my rants and raves of the 84th Oscar nominations (check out the full 2012 Oscar nominations list right here):
RANTS AND SNUBS
*** Clint Eastwood, the perennial Oscar favorite, was snubbed, so was his "J. Edgar" which received no nomination. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio would at least receive a Best Actor nod, but alas, no
*** Steven Spielberg was not given Oscar love. Sure, his "War Horse" received a Best Picture nomination, but Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director and his "The Adventures of Tintin" was ignored in the Best Animated Feature Film category
*** And while we're talking about directors, no Oscar love for David Fincher for the Best Director category? The omission of Tate Taylor for "The Help" was okay with me -- I view the film largely as an ensemble act. The stars helped elevate the film's so-so script.
*** "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" for Best Picture really?
*** And where's "Drive?" One of the best films of 2011 was virtually ignored except for Sound Editing
*** What happened to the early Oscar frontrunner, Albert Brooks for "Drive?" I thought his nomination is in the bag!
*** "Melancholia" by Lars Von Trier and Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" were ignored
*** And gosh, what happened to "50/50?" It was one of the most creative films of 2011 which seamlessly blended comedy and drama to talk about cancer, death, and dying
*** We've ranted about DiCaprio and Gosling, but what about the biggest snub in the Best Actor category? Michael Fassbender, who bared all, raw emotions and everything, in "Shame?" The Academy needs to watch the film again!
*** And I think, the biggest snub in the Best Actress category is Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin." But at least the actress already won an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in the Best Supporting Actress category.
*** No Shailene Woodley for Best Supporting Actress nomination for "The Descendants?"
*** So "Drive" received one nomination, but "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" received three for Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects! Argh!
*** And alas, the last "Harry Potter" film, "The Deathly Hallows Part 2" was relegated to its usual categories -- Art Direction, Make-Up, and Visual Effects -- but who's complaining? At least the franchise received Oscar love
*** "The Muppets" was virtually ignored, except for the category that it will definitely win -- the Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet."
*** And I've ranted about this already but I think it's a crime that "Senna" was not even considered for Best Documentary, heck, it wasn't even shortlisted!
*** And once again, my home country, the Philippines was ignored for Best Foreign Language Film! Their entry was "The Woman in the Septic Tank" and it's truly the best film in Philippine Cinema in 2011...but alas...
*** Here's what some of my Facebook friends were ranting about:
No Drive, Ryan Gossling or Michael Fassbender! No TinTin and no Albert Brooks or Leo DiCaprio
No Michael Fassbender? WTF
No Steven Spielberg for WAR HORSE.
Harry potter should of had a supportive role at least. But girl with the dragon tattoo should have gotten a best picture and also I thought midnight in paris would get more
Fassbender all around. Asa Butterfield. Shame, Drive, Hanna, TGWTDT.
Hugo and the Artist getting praise is nice but doesn't excuse the ridiculous majority of noms.
Now on to RAVES and SURPRISES!
*** I love that the Academy gave Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" so much Oscar love -- all 4 nominations including Best Picture, Directing, Art Direction, and Writing (Original Screenplay)
*** Demián Bichir's Best Actor nomination for "A Better Life"
*** "Tinker Tailor Solder Spy" was not forgotten! The film received a Best Actor nomination for Gary Oldman (yay!), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score
*** Way to go Nick Nolte! I've been championing the actor for his work in "Warrior" since last summer, much like how I've been championing Christopher Plummer for "Beginners."
*** Way to go Max Von Sydow! His silent The Renter character in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was the best part of the movie!
*** And congrats Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids!" We love you!
*** Speaking of "Bridesmaids," way to go Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for receiving a Best Original Screenplay nomination for the best comedy of 2011
*** Janet McTeer got love for her performance in "Albert Nobbs"
*** Much like 2010's Best Animated surprise with the inclusion of Tomm Moore's "The Secret of Kells," I was happily surprised to see the additions of "A Cat in Paris" by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and "Chico & Rita" by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal.
*** "A Separation" for Best Foreign Language film and Best Original Screenplay, yeah!
*** Loving how much "The Artist" (10 nominations) and "Hugo" (11 nominations) are honored by the Academy -- they're my Top 2 Best Films of 2011
*** Speaking of my Top 10 Best Films of 2011, I love that most of the Oscar-nominated films appeared on my list! Check it out!
That's it for now...it's all I can muster, at least, until I can think of something to rant and rave about the 2012 Oscar nominations! Like what I said earlier, we can't have everything we want!
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The 84th Academy Awards nominations have been announced and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" received the most nods leading the pack with 11 nominations including Best Picture. The fantasy-drama about the history of cinema will compete against "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," and "War Horse."
We'll find out the winners on Sunday, February 26th, at the 84th Oscars!
Here's your complete 2012 Oscar Nominations (to see how other award-giving bodies stack up against the Academy, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski
"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips
"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad"James Spione
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran
"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams
Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Short Film (Animated)
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
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On the Eve of Oscar Nominations, Watch James Cromwell Defends "The Artist" from Silent Movie Haters!
I’ve been such a big fan of James Cromwell ever since he sang that sweet lullaby to Babe, the talking pig, in “Babe.” Now, in the Oscar-frontrunner, “The Artist,” Cromwell stars as the loyal driver/bodyguard of fading star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin).
In recent weeks, much like a Republican presidential candidate frontrunner, many negative things have been hurled at “The Artist.” One of the famous ones was the incessant demands of some U.K. moviegoers who wanted their money back after figuring out that “The Artist” was a silent movie. Huh?
So I asked Cromwell about this, and you will see his response at the end of the video. In this interview, we talked about:
*** Why does he think that most moviegoers fell in love with “The Artist?”
*** When he first heard that Michel Hazanavicius wrote a silent film, what did he think?
*** How was it shooting a silent movie?
*** What does he think of some news reports that U.K. Moviegoers wanted refund for the movie?
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Jason O’Mara (“Terra Nova”) and Daniel Sunjata (“Grey’s Anatomy”) co-star with Katherine Heigl (who plays Stephanie Plum) in the upcoming “One for the Money” based on the popular book by Janet Evanovich. O’Mara stars as Joe Morelli and Sunjata plays Ranger. The film opens this Friday, January 27th.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** (To O’Mara) – What made him want to jump from the world of “Terra Nova” to the world of bail bonds in “One for the Money?”
*** (To Sunjata) – What attracted him to the character of Ranger?
*** Did they use the novel by Janet Evanovich as a starting point for their characters?
*** Working with Katherine Heigl?
*** What else did they learn in exploring their characters that they did not learn from watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter?”
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Two-time Oscar winner, Maureen McGovern, visits Palm Springs for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. She’s in town until March 10th for the show “Hot Hot Hot.” I was excited to interview McGovern for her songs are part of the soundtrack of my childhood.
In 1972, she helped win Best Original Song for the song “The Morning After” the theme for “The Poseidon Adventure.” Then in 1974, the theme for “The Towering Inferno,” “We May Never Love Like This Again,” won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards earning McGovern the title of Disaster Theme Queen.
But what I remember her most, is the theme song of 1978’s “Superman,” “Can You Read My Mind,” arguably one of the greatest theme songs in superhero history. The song was not eligible for the Oscars because it was not sung in the movie. Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane, said the lines instead.
Nowadays, McGovern busies herself by touring across America with Palm Springs as one of her stops. It was an honor meeting the songstress, and if she could just read my mind, she’d figure out that I was such a fan.
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