2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:10 am · February 11th, 2010

Penelope Cruz John Lopez digs into the preferential voting system in intense depth.  Maybe nothing you haven’t already read.  And I’m kind of over it. [Little Gold Men]

Charlie Wilson — yes, that one — has left us to our own wars. [Variety]

Penelope Cruz says “thanks, no thanks” to Lars Von Trier, opts for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”  That’s how you follow up two Oscar nods in a row, I tell ya. [Hollywood Reporter]

Patrick Goldstein notes a lack of, uh, color in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue. [The Big Picture]

Dave Karger focuses on the lead actress race. [Oscar Watch]

“Food, Inc.” gets some ink across the pond. [The Independent]

Steve Pond gets AMPAS president Tom Sherak to admit what we all kind of could have figured given this year’s diverse slate: the 10 Best Picture nods will stick around. [The Odds]

Not worth a separate post, but final Oscar ballots have gone out. [Oscars.org]




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  • 1 2-11-2010 at 9:40 am

    Silencio said...

    Oh man…what a bummer about Cruz and von Trier. I was so intrigued. I suppose she wants an emotional break, and Lars is the antithesis of that, but still. They’re a combo I’d never thought of and will now never forget.

  • 2 2-11-2010 at 9:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    As far as I’m concerned, Cruz needs to stay away from Rob Marshall, Oscar nomination or not.

  • 3 2-11-2010 at 9:56 am

    Brian said...

    Penelope Cruz’s mental and financial health is safe for now, at least.

    So Pirates 4 is really just Blow 2?

  • 4 2-11-2010 at 10:08 am

    Klemen said...

    Damn, I can’t believe she would choose Pirates over Trier.And she was making such great choices lately.Oh well.
    Although Guy, why do you think she should stay away from Marshall generally?I don’t think she really deserves the nomination for Nine, but it’s still a good performance, so I’d say their collaboration was succesful.

  • 5 2-11-2010 at 10:23 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    She’s lazy in Nine. Marshall allows her to coast on schtick.

  • 6 2-11-2010 at 10:42 am

    Bia said...

    Von Trier seems incredibly difficult…I don’t blame her for wanting to have a bit of fun.

  • 7 2-11-2010 at 10:43 am

    ninja said...

    I don`t care for Von Trier and if she didn`t want to star in another genitalia-cutting movie, more power to her.

    However, I`m very disappointed that they are bringing a new female character to POTC4 when they should`ve brought back Zoe Saldana`s Anna Maria.

  • 8 2-11-2010 at 10:57 am

    Speaking English said...

    If I were any kind of self-respecting woman I’d want to stay as far away from von Trier as possible. What a freak.

  • 9 2-11-2010 at 10:57 am

    Megan said...

    “So Pirates 4 is really just Blow 2?”

    HA. She can be a coke-huffing bonnie lass.

    I’ve long abandoned any hopes I had for the Pirates franchise, so I’m largely indifferent to this news.

  • 10 2-11-2010 at 11:08 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Way to be measured and considerate about what Von Trier does, English.

  • 11 2-11-2010 at 11:56 am

    Klemen said...

    Von trier may not be a picnic to work with, but he gives great roles to his ladies and gets great performances out of them.If she wants to ahve fun, she probably chose the better option.If she wants to continue on her respected performances apth, she should have gone with Trier.
    Guy-I guess you’re right.Especially for the first half, where she’s doing comedy.I enjoyed Nine, but had quite a few problems with it, including Day-Lewis, so I never got around to even considering that Cruz was also partly problematic.

  • 12 2-11-2010 at 11:56 am

    Klemen said...

    Von Trier may not be a picnic to work with, but he gives great roles to his ladies and gets great performances out of them.If she wants to have fun, she probably chose the better option.If she wants to continue on her respected performances path, she should have gone with Trier.
    Guy-I guess you’re right.Especially for the first half, where she’s doing comedy.I enjoyed Nine, but had quite a few problems with it, including Day-Lewis, so I never got around to even considering that Cruz was also partly problematic.

  • 13 2-11-2010 at 11:59 am

    BurmaShave said...

    There are things burned into my brain from ANTICHRIST that I don’t want to ever associate with Penelope Cruz, but still what a weird move. I thought she was doing both.

  • 14 2-11-2010 at 12:21 pm

    tony rock said...

    Makes sense. Sometimes we criticize the choices actors make, but we have to realize that sometimes they just wanna have some fun. It can’t serious dramatic fare all the time.

  • 15 2-11-2010 at 12:22 pm

    Maxim said...

    I wouldn’t be suprised if after about 4-5 years, they will go back to 5 nominees per year. I just don’t really see them sticking with that forever. Partially because I don’t want them to.

  • 16 2-11-2010 at 1:16 pm

    John said...

    You could star with Johnny Depp in a big grandiose pirate movie directed by the guy who just got you an Oscar nomination, and its sure to be the movie of the year. Or you could submit yourself to the maker of BREAKING THE WAVES and ANTICHRIST. Yeah, I think she made the right choice.

  • 17 2-11-2010 at 1:31 pm

    Alex said...

    I think Von Trier should offer the role to Nicole Kidman.

  • 18 2-11-2010 at 2:30 pm

    JR said...

    Penelope’s not stupid. Maybe Nicole spoke of her own Dogma experience?

  • 19 2-11-2010 at 3:25 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    While I would have absolutely loved to see Penelope Cruz work with Lars von Trier, I feel that people all too often talk as if actors and actresses owe the audience something. We don’t (certainly not in any direct way) pay their bills, we don’t get a say. A girl’s got to eat, and starring in a wildly successful franchise is a great financial move. And would probably be a lot of fun.

    Or, to quote Ben Affleck in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back:

    “You’re like a child. What’ve I been telling you? You gotta do the safe picture. Then you can do the art picture.”

  • 20 2-11-2010 at 4:26 pm

    Andrew R. said...

    Penelope is hardly lazy in Nine, Guy. I think that is unfair. I’d love for her to work with Lars von Trier as much as the next person, but was there even an official statement? I read another article that the rumor was a “half truth at best”

  • 21 2-11-2010 at 4:54 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    “Cruz says no to iconic abuse.”

  • 22 2-11-2010 at 7:42 pm

    The Dude said...

    I’m disappointed about Cruz, but the fact that she chose to be in Nine, which anyone with common sense knew it would be a disaster, already indicates the path she’s chosing to take.

  • 23 2-11-2010 at 9:31 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    @The Dude: Yeah, on paper, a film adaptation of a Tony-winning musical based on one of the most revered films of all time looks like a huge disaster that couldn’t possibly be interesting or successful.

  • 24 2-11-2010 at 9:53 pm

    Colin said...

    @Adam Smith: With an all-star cast (how many Oscars among them, again?) and the guy who directed the last Best Picture musical. Yeah, what a preemptible disaster.

  • 25 2-11-2010 at 10:59 pm

    Glenn said...

    The Dude, that is a ridiculous thing to say. Oy.

    It’s a shame about Cruz though. It would have been absolutely fascinating. And I actually think her best performance was in the english-language “Elegy” and thought she was great in “Nine” so I’m not even adverse to her english-language work these days (whod’ve thunk it). Oh well. Let’s start wondering who Von Trier can get now though. Marion Cotillard? Emily Mortimer? Samantha Morton? Hmm…

  • 26 2-12-2010 at 9:52 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Guy, refresh my memory: do you think Penélope Cruz deserved her Oscar last year?