Weinstein + Garland = Oscar?

Posted by · 5:34 am · February 5th, 2009

OK, so some actress just won an Oscar. We don’t know who she is yet, or when exactly she’ll receive it, but is there anyone willing to bet against the lucky thesp who winds up getting cast in the Harvey Weinstein-produced biopic of Judy Garland that has just been announced?

It seems the Brothers Weinstein have just optioned “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland,” the bestselling, apparently definitive biography by Gerald Clarke (who, incidentally, also wrote the volume from which “Capote” was adapted). No director or cast are attached yet, but this is surely an awards-season gimme.

A grim childhood, drug and alcohol abuse, multiple unhappy marriages, singing, performing, drastic premature aging, mental instability … Garland’s story is essentially “La Vie en Rose” minus the subtitles, plus the allure of Hollywood legend. It represents everything the Academy swoons over in a performance. If some actress knocks it out the park, backed by Weinstein’s apparently renewed campaigning muscle, woe betide the other four ladies nominated alongside her.

Some of you may remember that Judy Davis nabbed every TV award going for playing Garland in miniseries form a few years back. It’ll be interesting to see what age range Weinstein looks toward for the casting here. One actress or two? Anne Hathaway seems like a neat fit, but is she too young? Is Cate Blanchett too old? If Kate Winslet loses again this year, I suggest she gets on the phone with Weinstein immediately.

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  • 1 2-05-2009 at 6:08 am

    Mr. F said...

    I think Cate Blanchett would be perfect for the role. But if they want to go for someone younger then I think Emmy Rossum would be fine, that is if she still has a career after “Dragon Ball”

  • 2 2-05-2009 at 6:12 am

    caleb roth said...

    Easy. Toni Collette, directed by Martin Scorsese in his NY, NY mode.

  • 3 2-05-2009 at 6:17 am

    Bill M. said...

    Definitely has to be a versatile actress in her 20’s. Anyone over 35 would be too old.

    23-32 age range, vocally talented. Able to look like Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz but also have that range to play her in her 30’s.

    This really could be a surefire Oscar role with the right director & either an established actress or an upcoming actress that surprises audiences.

  • 4 2-05-2009 at 6:21 am

    Michael Rogers said...

    One actress: Kate Winslet or Naomi Watts.

    Two: Younger-Ellen Page; Older-Miranda Richardson.

    Whatever, I hate Harvey Weinstein.

  • 5 2-05-2009 at 6:36 am

    Michael Rogers said...

    Or Michelle Williams.

    Still don’t like Harvey.

  • 6 2-05-2009 at 7:20 am

    seasondays said...


  • 7 2-05-2009 at 7:31 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Michelle Williams? I love her, but I don’t see that connection at all.

    Zooey Deschanel is a thought, but I suspect the Janis Joplin biopic scuppers that idea. Maggie Gyllenhaal?

    Bill M: the age thing depends entirely on which period of her life they focus on, and whether or not they use two actresses. I think Judy Davis was pushing 50 when she took on the role, and she was pretty brilliant.

  • 8 2-05-2009 at 8:25 am

    Scott Ward said...

    If this is released in the same year as “Silence,” we can go ahead and say DDL and whoever is the lead in this will win.

  • 9 2-05-2009 at 8:41 am

    Singapopo said...

    What about Rachel McAdams??

    I think she’d do a nice job. She always brings a realness to the characters she plays.

  • 10 2-05-2009 at 9:17 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Actually, Singapopo, I think that’s a pretty great idea.

    When is the “Rachel McAdams = superstar” prophecy gonna fulfil itself anyway? It’s about time.

  • 11 2-05-2009 at 9:35 am

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I think Amy Adams would be great but I also like Guy’s suggestion of Zooey Deschanel if she tightens up her acting screws a little. Watch Tinman, which she plays Dorothy a character Garland played, and you’ll see what I mean by tightening up those screws. Watch the special feature interviews even, its like she has no clue as to whats going on. I still prefer Amy Adams though. She is my favorite Ginger.

  • 12 2-05-2009 at 10:19 am

    MARK said...

    anne hathaway.

  • 13 2-05-2009 at 10:25 am

    BurmaShave said...

    McAdams is perfect. This new Carey Mulligan looks like she could pull it off, but she’s probably a bit young. I also might approve of Tammy Blanchard, who was great as young Judy in Me and My Shadows, getting another shot at it. But she’s probably not enough of a name.

  • 14 2-05-2009 at 10:54 am

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  • 15 2-05-2009 at 12:32 pm

    McAllister said...

    Rachel McAdams or Tammy Blanchard. I’d love to see Zooey… but if she does this, she might not do the Janis pic if/when it happens and I want to see that more.

  • 16 2-05-2009 at 1:07 pm

    Dustin said...

    Anne Hathaway!!!!!!! Repeat: Anne Hathaway!!!!!!!

  • 17 2-05-2009 at 1:57 pm

    Cowardly Lion said...

    Cate Blanchett’s too tall at 5′-9″, I think, to play Garland. The role will probably go to the typical A-list actress (Kidman, Blanchett, Winslet, etc… for boxoffice purposes). But if the producers had any balls, they might even consider getting Judy Davis to reprise the role for the older Garland. Davis was in her mid 40’s when she filmed the “Life with Judy Garland” miniseries in 2001 for TV. She’s in her early 50’s now, but she has an astonishing abililty to play characters that age young to old on screen without the aid of cgi.

  • 18 2-05-2009 at 5:32 pm

    Alex said...

    Williams would be a brilliant choice. She’s an A list actress who you can watch without thinking she’s an A list actress. Her image hasn’t been tainted yet.

    In fact, Wendy and Lucy is somewhat similar to the Wizard of Oz.

  • 19 2-05-2009 at 5:43 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “In fact, Wendy and Lucy is somewhat similar to the Wizard of Oz.”

    Can you elaborate, please? (Beyond the literal common ground of ‘a girl and her dog,’ of course.) I’m baffled, but nonetheless intrigued.

  • 20 2-05-2009 at 7:44 pm

    PJ said...

    Amy Adams or Rachel McAdams.

  • 21 2-06-2009 at 4:55 am

    Glenn said...

    lol, Anne Hathaway? WTF?

    Isn’t anybody else a bit… frosty on this idea? Doesn’t ever person on the planet realise Judy Davis’ performance is the definitive one? Who was it that – at the Emmys or the Globes – said she gave the greatest performance of all time.

    Ugh. This just doesn’t feel right at all.

  • 22 2-06-2009 at 5:53 am

    Jim said...

    Amy Adams?

  • 23 2-06-2009 at 7:11 am

    Buzz said...

    Judy Davis is simply too old at this point, but having Tammy Blanchard reprise the role isn’t a bad idea.
    The only bad idea is using Donald Clarke’s mean spirited and sorid biography of Judy as the basis for the script.

  • 24 2-06-2009 at 7:15 am

    Buzz said...

    eh, make that GERALD Clarke (bad biographer).

  • 25 2-06-2009 at 11:56 am

    Seth said...

    Whomever they choose, that person is def. going to need a decent voice