‘Nine’ gets big response from SAG

Posted by · 12:32 pm · November 20th, 2009

(from left) Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis in NineRob Marshall’s hotly anticipated movie musical adaptation “Nine” played before a jam-packed SAG Nominating Committee crowd at the Pacific Design Center Wednesday night, and judging by the response, we’ve got a real player on our hands.

Of course, one can never tell with these things.  Especially SAG Nom Comm, which tends to be a bit, shall we say, star-drunk when it comes to these seasonal screenings.  The evening’s Q&A boasted most of the cast — Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard — so it was inevitable that standing ovations would occur.

But even still, given the mood of the crowd, I’d say they sincerely ate it up.  One guy even said the film was better than “8 1/2” (make of that what you will) before asking a question about Fellini when the session was turned over to questions from the audience.  And everyone was certainly in awe of the stars (or their careers, at the very least — gee, I’m cynical.)  It seemed that nary an opportunity to applaud was missed.

The biggest closing credit ovations, by my ear, in order of, I don’t know, loudness: Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman.

The Envelope’s Pete Hammond moderated the Q&A, which you can listen to below (nearly 50 minutes —  following some rumbling and setting up the stage, it kicks in maybe 30 seconds in).  He asks the requisite tame questions and then turns it over to the expected chaos of dubious and meandering queries.  Still, it’s worth a listen.  There are insights here and there.

You can tell I haven’t offered an opinion.  I haven’t signed my life away like the New York junketeers did over the weekend, but I’ve agreed to respect the embargo regardless.  More soon, I’m sure.

Here’s the Q&A:


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37 responses so far

  • 1 11-20-2009 at 12:35 pm

    Ryan said...

    Well even without this enthusiastic response, you’d think this would be the film that’s pretty much locked for a Best Ensemble nomination (and win?).

  • 2 11-20-2009 at 12:45 pm

    adelutza said...

    I’v always wondered , why show films to the critics/bloggers so long before the release date if they can’t write about it?

  • 3 11-20-2009 at 1:17 pm

    Fitz said...

    Better than 8 1/2.

    Really? Someone said that. Weinstein must be cashing in his favors.

  • 4 11-20-2009 at 1:20 pm

    twc said...

    it can lose best picture as long as rob wins best director!

  • 5 11-20-2009 at 1:27 pm

    Chase K. said...

    Thats sounds like a Shawn Edwards blurb.

  • 6 11-20-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Cameron said...

    “it can lose best picture as long as rob wins best director!”

    It can lose Best Director too, for all I care. There are much more deserving winners than Rob Marshall (who’s just falling back on what he knows best). The only truly deserving directorial achievements I’ve seen this year belong to Spike Jonze and Kathryn Bigelow.

  • 7 11-20-2009 at 1:42 pm

    aristo said...

    Funny that all other award bodies seem to love Kidman (Oscars, Globes, Bafta…) yet SAG members seem to loathe her. I mean, she’s been nominated only once, and she rarely attends the ceremony. But something tells me SAG doesn’t really like the uber famous, after all most of its members are un-employed or little known actors, it’s not exactly a star-friendly crowd.

  • 8 11-20-2009 at 1:44 pm

    Chmoye said...

    Haven’t you, Kris, already offered up your opinion thru your self-admitted cynicism? :)

  • 9 11-20-2009 at 1:45 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    The cast alone Ill see it, but just didnt like Chicago at all, so ill reserve judgement because lets be honest, richard geer is far less then daniel day lewis and so on

  • 10 11-20-2009 at 1:58 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chmoye: Not at all.

  • 11 11-20-2009 at 2:10 pm

    twc said...

    cameron: “The only truly deserving directorial achievements i’ve seen this year” exactly my point you haven’t seen nine to dismiss it just yet. LOL Just look at all other movie musicals made compared to chicago and there is no comparison…the quality is just not there which points to the true genius of rob’s direction

  • 12 11-20-2009 at 2:14 pm

    Lance said...

    Most broadway fans can’t name a single song from this musical and that’s it’s biggest problem – no catchy tunes.

  • 13 11-20-2009 at 2:15 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    sorry cant keep quiet twc, no match in quality? The WIzard of Oz? Moulin Rouge? Singing in the Rain? on and on

  • 14 11-20-2009 at 2:21 pm

    twc said...

    Lol excluding moulin rouge of course which I love LOL…..i meant more recent musicals like rent which is a genius musical but a horrible movie adaptation….i meant to say more recent musicals…..aka exluding moulin rouge….including rent…..

  • 15 11-20-2009 at 2:28 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    ha alright, just so long as were not bad talking moulin rouge, I know Rents no masterpiece but I do feel the songs are good enough to keep me watching

  • 16 11-20-2009 at 2:29 pm

    twc said...

    this is true!

  • 17 11-20-2009 at 3:26 pm

    Michael said...

    I was there too and it was really a fun event. If I’d known you were there Kris, I would have loved to have shook your hand.

    The talk back was a lot of fun – even with the one man who bantered on and on without actually every posting a question and its always good people watching (I must have seen 5 toupees in the audience).

    I loved the film btw.

  • 18 11-20-2009 at 3:36 pm

    davidraider88 said...

    Kris, when is the embargo lifted?

  • 19 11-20-2009 at 4:18 pm

    average joe said...

    “Better than 8 1/2”

    Only Larry King, Ben Lyons, and Pete Hammond are capable of that level of hyperbole.

  • 20 11-20-2009 at 4:36 pm

    Brian said...

    Since Chicago was Kris’s favorite movie that year, I’m especially interested to hear what he thinks, and how the two compare. I liked Chicago a lot when it came out, and get why/how it won, but I don’t think I’ll ever have the desire to see it again.

  • 21 11-20-2009 at 4:54 pm

    Brent said...

    Better than Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2

    Man, that was the laugh I needed today.

    In all seriousness though, I’m pretty stoked for the film. I’m not a huge Marshall fan, but I love DDL and I hope the film is as fun as it appears.

  • 22 11-20-2009 at 5:19 pm

    tim said...

    Probably a lock for the SAG ensemble win. Though lately SAG has seemed to treat Best Ensemble as its Best Picture so who knows. Last year Slumdog triumphed over star studded Doubt and (my personal pick for best ensemble) Milk.

  • 23 11-20-2009 at 6:22 pm

    Encore Entertainment said...

    I won’t say I’m a huge broadway fan, but Lance I can name songs from the musicals [as can many, I’m sure]. Certainly the songs are standards, but they’re known.

  • 24 11-20-2009 at 6:31 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Brent: In truth, Punch-Drunk Love has taken over my #1 that year since. But I do love Chicago.

    The embargo is something like 12/3 I think.

  • 25 11-20-2009 at 6:38 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    It won’t be hard to be better than 8 1/2. I hate that film.

  • 26 11-20-2009 at 6:51 pm

    red_wine said...

    Chicago doesn’t hold up well. I absolutely loved it way back in 2002 and thought it was a really deserving Best Picture winner. But as the decade comes to an end, it doesn’t seem all that great. Not because of any inherent flaw in the movie but simply because other great movies have matured much better. I still like it but I’ve since seen 2002 movies that are better or that I have come to like better.

    That’ll happen with a lot of Decade Top 10 lists. If a person picks a movie from a year, its not necessary that he/she’ll pick his/her no. 1 from that year. With hindsight, choices change, mostly for the better.

    And better than 8 1/2??
    You know, this kind of ridiculous exaggeration can actually turn off people from the movie.

  • 27 11-20-2009 at 7:04 pm

    Ally said...

    Nine, Rob Marshall, and Cruz (and/or) Cotillard FTW!

  • 28 11-20-2009 at 7:16 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Kidman was on Conan last night, and they showed a couple clips I haven’t seen before, one with Daniel Day-Lewis speaking. Looks phenomenal.

    Is it at all possible, Kris, if you could tell us your thoughts on Day-Lewis’ Oscar chances after seeing the movie?

  • 29 11-20-2009 at 8:02 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...


    Sniff, sniff.

    Smells like philistine!

  • 30 11-20-2009 at 9:43 pm

    Michael said...

    Speaking from someone who was there – The guy who responded with the ‘better than 8 1/2″ line was an older guy – perhaps unfamiliar with Fellini – but he reminded me of my grandfather who definitely wouldn’t have ‘gotten’ the original film 8 1/2. NINE is definitely more cohesive filmmaking for a mainstream public…

  • 31 11-20-2009 at 9:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Nothing English. Sorry.

  • 32 11-20-2009 at 10:03 pm

    Michael said...

    I didn’t sign any press or early screening disclaimer so I’ll talk about what I consider Oscar bets from after watching this screening.

    I think a Best Pic nomination will be pretty easy. Cinematography, art direction, costume, song, are all likely.

    Director/editing – maybe – depending on the support for the film.

    I personally think Dench has the best bet for an acting nomination. I would say Lewis and Cottillard would be outside contenders. I’m with Nate over at Film Experience in loving Marion’s performance the most (her “My Husband Makes Movies – perfection with a brilliant flash back in the middle of it that is super resonant) but that leading actress catagory seems all sewn up with maybe one slot open for maybe 3-4 women to duke it out.

    Ditto best actor. Daniel Day Lewis has so much AMPAS love but his role really isn’t the one you come away from the film being mesmerized by (and that has as much to do with how NINE is put together – the women who are his fantasies are given hugely memorable showstopping musical numbers). He will get in if there is a lot of support for the film, but its a crowded catagory.

  • 33 11-21-2009 at 12:15 am

    Maxim said...

    If something like Chicago can steal an Oscar from “Minority Report” (oh and also the films that were actually nominated) than there is no way this will miss a nomination.

  • 34 11-21-2009 at 8:00 am

    Strict said...

    LOL Minority Report!

  • 35 11-21-2009 at 9:21 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Still pissed that I had to miss this screening…but Kris is right about my fellow SAG members. I usually run screaming from the theater when they open up the Q&A to questions from the audience. That said, Penelope Cruz is always very passionate and articulate about her work.

  • 36 11-22-2009 at 8:35 am

    Me. said...

    I cannot wait for this movie! “Chicago” is my favorite movie musical ever. I can watch it over and over and over again. (Although my favorite films of 2002 were “The Pianist” and “Spirited Away).

    From the clips I saw on youtube at the Oprah show, I can tell Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz will both get Oscar nominations. I was impressed with Marion’s singing. She looks stunning. Penélope dancing is also astounding. I can’t stop loving them and desiring them.