1/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: No dice for Winklevi, Alice Ward fights for her life, Weaver keeps making the rounds

Posted by · 8:07 am · January 13th, 2011

Away from Oscar and in real life, Micky Ward’s mother is in a hospital fighting for her life… [Boston Globe]

…while the Winklevi lose their Facebook settlement appeal. [Paid Content]

Is “The King’s Speech” royalist propaganda? [The Guardian]

Steve Weintraub talks “Barney’s Version” with actress Minnie Driver. [Collider]

Nathaniel Rogers sits down with “Animal Kingdom” star Jacki Weaver. [The Film Experience]

“At its heart, ‘Black Swan’ is a psychological story about a daughter imprisoned by the defense mechanisms used to cope with her mother’s narcissism.” [Huffington Post]

Fincher on that film, Oscar campaigning and forced vacations. [The Carpetbagger]

Pete Hammond writes up the supporting races. [Deadline]

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  • 1 1-13-2011 at 9:03 am

    Proman said...

    “At its heart, ‘Black Swan’ is a psychological story about a daughter imprisoned by the defense mechanisms used to cope with her mother’s narcissism.”

    If only. I like the film but it is honestly not all that deep. And if anything, the mother character in the film was more of a red herring, most of her actions and words pretty benign and understandable.

    I really feel that of the last two Aronofsky films, The Wrestler actually told me something about that world and how these people might feel, wheres Black Swan was just a thriller – thrilling but not necessarily deeply rooted in anything real.

  • 2 1-13-2011 at 9:03 am

    Zack said...

    How awful for Mrs. Ward; I lost my grandmother, who’s a similar age, last year in pretty much those exact circumstances.
    On a lighter note, the use of “Winklevii” still makes me laugh every time.

  • 3 1-13-2011 at 11:27 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Proman: I think there is an inherent dichotomy built into the mother’s words and actions that can be explained away as merely reasonable or evidence of living vicariously through a daughter succeeding at what the mother failed at. That it can be read both ways adds to the psychosis of Nina, I think, much like the idea that Lily almost seems to not exist at times, plaguing Nina’s sense of reality.

    It’s all about the inner turmoil. I think the film is nicely layered.

  • 4 1-13-2011 at 12:34 pm

    Zac said...

    I hope the Winkelvaii lose their case. Even if they were “screwed” out of a percentage of Facebook, what they ended up getting still gives them more money than 99% of the world will see in their lifetime. If I was them, I would shut up and take the settlement as it is, especially in today’s economy.

  • 5 1-13-2011 at 7:53 pm

    sp said...

    Winklevi , need to sit down somewhere ,and get a damn live ! Of course , because of the heat of ” The Social Network”, they want to pursue another lawsuit and ” strike while the iron is hot” .

  • 6 1-13-2011 at 8:38 pm

    SJG said...

    I thought Black Swan was a statement about the loneliness and obsessiveness of “the artist”.

    The closest thing I can think of to compare it to, thematically, is Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” Maybe “The Aviator.”

  • 7 1-13-2011 at 9:24 pm

    Proman said...

    Black Swan does have many layers but I really doubt there is really that mich behind that final layer.

  • 8 1-14-2011 at 5:53 am

    JJ1 said...

    SJG, I like that. If I were to find anything thematic from BS it would be the loneliness & obsessiveness of an artist. I like it.

  • 9 1-14-2011 at 6:14 am

    Maxim said...

    I think that Nina’s drive and demons get increasingly harder to relate to as the movie unfolds. But such is the promise of the genre it’s in I guess.

    At the same time, I do think the films turns one of it’s chief weaknesses into something of a strength by the films end. I remember smiling at the very last scene because I understood that the reason I couldn’t quite feel, to put iot blantly what Nina’s problem was, is because her demons were unique, run quite deep and were entirely of her own creation.

    That said, the most poetic description of what happened to her was the one I’ve read on a Russian movie site (I’m not sure I feel it 100% but I think it fits on paper) and it has nothing to do with all of that mother nonsense talked about above:

    As she is Nina isn’t right for the role. But by the end of the film Nina finally finds out that to become what she wants to become she has to literally give/exchange a part of herself.