2/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:28 am · February 8th, 2010

Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Los Angeles premiere of Crazy HeartSandra Bullock says she’s “so not winning an Oscar.”  Alright, Sandie, enough of the modesty.  The writing is on the wall. [People]

Rosanna Greenstreet sits down with Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal. [The Guardian]

Soldiers reaction to “The Hurt Locker” and it’s awards success. [New York Times]

Mark Harris dives inside the “singular hysteria” that is Oscar season. [New York Magazine]

Accompanying, Brigitte Lacombe captures the season in intimate profile photography. [Vulture]

Worst headline to take advantage of the “battle of the exes” angle yet? [The Times]

“Inglourious Basterds” praised by the Jewish community. [Huffington Post]

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  • 1 2-08-2010 at 9:07 am

    Megan said...

    “Who gets custody of Oscar.”

    Hah. Hahah. HAHHAHAHA!

    That is so hideously bad that it’s awesome.

  • 2 2-08-2010 at 10:30 am

    Jessica said...

    Sandra Bullock says she’s “so not winning an Oscar.” Alright, Sandie, enough of the modesty. The writing is on the wall.

    I don’t see it as being modest. Rather, she’s acknowledging what people are saying about her not deserving it AND publicly preparing herself for what will be said afterward if she wins.

  • 3 2-08-2010 at 12:14 pm

    Speaking English said...

    PLEASE. This whole “Sandra Bullock is winning, end of story and no competition” is absolute shit. This isn’t over till it’s over. Just because she wins some lousy award that Streep had already won last year does not make her “locked.”

  • 4 2-08-2010 at 12:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No, but the Best Picture nomination kind of spells it out for you…

  • 5 2-08-2010 at 12:51 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Moreover, a Best Picture nomination that came entirely on the back of her performance — anyone who voted for the film is plainly voting for her, too. I wouldn’t call her unbeatable yet, but it’s clearly her award to lose.

  • 6 2-08-2010 at 2:00 pm

    med said...

    The media surely is doing its best to let the academy know the winner is Bullock. Every public poll has Streep as #1 but every pundit and media poll has Bullock #1. Sure wish the academy would award the better performance of Streep but that would put egg on the face of the media and pundits…

  • 7 2-08-2010 at 3:27 pm

    Silencio said...

    I’m not convinced yet that she’s winning. This year the awards are in March, so voters will have more time to meditate on each performance. That might be enough time for the previous Blind Side/Bullock high to subside. Maybe folks will think, “Did we really just nominate The Blind Side?” Which could lead to them reconsidering how much they really love Bullock’s performance. I wouldn’t be shocked if Sidibe or Streep slipped past her in a squeaker.

  • 8 2-08-2010 at 5:05 pm

    PJ said...

    Perhaps there’ll be enough vote splitting between Bullock and Streep for Sidibe or Mulligan to sneak past. One can dream, sigh…

  • 9 2-08-2010 at 5:23 pm

    Sean said...

    So does Up in the Air getting a best pic nomination over Crazy Heart spell it out that Clooney has the edge over Bridges? lol thought so

  • 10 2-08-2010 at 5:51 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sean: As I said in the comment above, it’s different when a Best Picture nomination comes on the coattails of its lead performance, as is clearly the case with “The Blind Side.”

  • 11 2-08-2010 at 6:19 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Doesn’t matter. Look at the past. La Vie en Rose Best Pic nomination? No. Walk the Line? No. Monster? No. Monster’s Ball? No. Boys Don’t Cry? No. It really doesn’t matter.

  • 12 2-08-2010 at 6:25 pm

    James D. said...

    I have to agree with our experts here. The film is a vehicle for Sandra Bullock. A Best Picture nomination suggests it is her’s to lose. I am sure if A Single Man had been nominated for Best Picture more people would think Firth had a chance.

  • 13 2-08-2010 at 7:04 pm

    Maxim said...

    Man, Bullock really is turning into Sarah Pailin.

  • 14 2-08-2010 at 10:00 pm

    Kevin said...

    I posted this on an earlier post but I think this is definitely a more appropriate place to put it.

    What if this year’s Best Actress race isn’t firmly sewn up yet? Now, don’t groan…just think back to 2007 when Marion Cottilard and Julie Christie were duking it out for the win.

    If I remember correctly:

    Christie took the Globe (drama) and SAG.
    Marion took the Globe (comedy/musical).

    This year, Bullock and Streep fill the same positions as Christie and Marion respectively (and both won the same globe cateogries as well).


    Marion took the BAFTA and then won the Oscar.

    Couple that with the fact that Meryl’s loss at SAG was due, partly at least, to winning last year and that she could soon walk away with the BAFTA (barring Brit-favourite Mulligan nabbing the gong). If this happens, there is a telling precedent for Streep pulling off somewhat of an upset (just like Cottilard’s win was seen as a last-minute victory). I realise Sandra isn’t in contention for the BAFTA this year though. Arguably, Cottilard won because it was the more transformative, showy performance which, this year, would probably be Meryl’s.

    Note that I haven’t seen Julie & Julia or The Blind Side but I haven’t heard there are any histrionics (e.g. breakdown scenes) in Bullock’s performance. I just can’t imagine anyone watching Bullock’s performance and deeming it the best female leading performance of the year (although Sandra has handled herself admirably on the publicity circuit the whole season). The Blind Side’s Best Picture nomination is definitely a strong factor to take into account and distinguishes Sandra from the Cottilard-Christie example I brought up. I agree wholly with Guy’s point that The Blind Side’s nomination can be directly attributed to her performance and probably makes her primed for the win. However, if you look back at Best Actress winners over the past decade (Roberts, Berry, Kidman, Theron, Swank, Witherspoon, Mirren, Cottilard and Winslet), there aren’t any SERIOUSLY questionable choices, although people might griple a little about the eventual winner (Roberts seems the most negatively viewed of the bunch). Bullock, however, would probably look very embarassing and be a highly questionable choice at best. So I’m going to predict Meryl to take the Oscar in an upset.

  • 15 2-09-2010 at 5:35 am

    xixi said...

    sigh. the nominations were announced just a week ago and the oscar talk is already getting tired.

    I find this interview with Oscar co-host Steve Martin and Meryl Streep interesting.

    Streep talks about her 12 undelivered Oscar speeches * she lost 12x* and both she and Martin commented on the move from 5 to 10 Best Picture nominees.


  • 16 2-09-2010 at 5:41 am

    matsunaga said...

    If Meryl Streep winning an Oscar this year over Sandra Bullock is considered an “upset”, then I am rooting for an upset…