“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By David Poland email@example.com
20W2O: You’ve Been Globed
The Globes are a weird phenomenon.
All publicity is good publicity, right? And none of the smarminess of the HFPA directly rubs off on the nominees. Nor should it.
Is Christoph Waltz or Leonardo DiCaprio really giving a better acting performance in Django Unchained than DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook? Oh the irony that chewing scenery is what DeNiro has been mocked for in recent years and now that he finds a real acting role again… f-off, pal. (And don’t even get me started on how much better Samuel L. Jackson is than anyone in that movie.)
And will people really remember either Django supporting role over Jason Clarke’s turn in Zero Dark Thirty? No. Both Waltz and DiCaprio have other stuff more interesting and more memorable. but Jason is “new” and is not yet getting Oscar buzz of real magnitude, so…
Any by the way… Django is a drama? Not a comedy?
And the notion that Musical/Comedy isn’t a ghetto… well, don’t tell David O. Russell or Tom Hooper this morning.
Personally? Thrilled for Rachel Weisz and Nicole Kidman, two actresses who committed completely to tough roles in small films and are getting some love for that. It’s HFPA, so I can’t say that it’s not because they are who they are. But love is love. And for films that small, the attention is really important.
And I feel bad for Emmanuelle Riva and Keira Knightley… who should not be anything close to written off at this point.
I’m happy for the people who got Salmon Fishing in the Yemen made, including Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Lasse Hallstrom, who I was with just yesterday. This is one of those cases where the HFPA liked the movie months ago and it just never got pushed out of the way. (Sad for This is 40… but box office may comfort the Apatows.) It’s a good get for the very busy Terry Press… but not shocking in Comedy/Musical.
Given where this season is… these nominations are pretty much a non-event. Really, the one thing that turned up here that could move the meter a touch when Oscar voting starts on Monday (and ends in 3 weeks and a day) is Rachel Weisz, who has now been honored here and by NYFCC. But the rest… not really anything outside of the curve as has been laid out for weeks and months.
[The nominations list is here.]