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20 Weeks To Oscar – 13 Weeks To Go

One of the most interesting elements of this season is the lack of backbiting so far.
I know. Some of our favorite hysterics are all about the rage. But every nasty aside she quoted in her blog entry about nasty gossip was old news or false news. And there is a huge difference between a conversation about a real issue with a movie or a little sniping over an event that seemed unusual and a sustained campaign against a movie on dubious grounds.
In the season that Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Rings was nominated, there was endless chatter from the three consultants that New Line wasn

2 Responses to “20 Weeks To Oscar – 13 Weeks To Go”

  1. BurmaShave says:

    I’m confused by your Best Actor chart. I don’t want to just say it’s nutty, but I really don’t understand the presence of Peter Sarsgaard anywhere near the conversation, and why is Colin Firth (SAG & GG nominated) still so damn second-tier? Not to mention Plummer ambiguity that should no longer exist. I’m counting on you to make this all make sense.

  2. LexG says:

    Your charts are very conspicuously missing Saoirse Ronan, who gave the single best female performance of 2010, in Lovely Bones.
    I know no one cares about this movie, but what do we think of Stanley Tucci’s performance? It’s a SA front-runner, everyone loves the actor, and he was certainly menacing… but I think he was hampered by the awful, obvious hair and makeup, which made him look like a jowly Judd Nelson with a Jeffrey Dahmer fright wig and 1979 pervert glasses.
    He was watchable in every second and a terrifying enough villain… but something about it kind of reminded me of Jeff Bridges’ weird collection of ticks in “The Vanishing.”

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