THE LONG SHOT: When you wish upon a star

Posted by · 8:10 pm · October 6th, 2010

“Mila Kunis is so winning Best Supporting Actress this year,” remarked an independent filmmaker to me over drinks today, referring, of course, to the 27 year-old’s sly breakout turn in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” This was no idle fan statement. The man knew his Oscar onions – his theory was built upon established Academy affection […]

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THE LONG SHOT: The next best thing

Posted by · 3:11 pm · December 16th, 2009

As the season hits its stride, and precursors turn murky perceptions of pack leaders and stragglers into harder realities, I find myself wondering how I would fill out my ballot if I were an Academy member. That’s not the same as wondering what I would fill my ballot with – as Kris just did today. […]

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The Great Performances: 2003

Posted by · 9:14 am · December 4th, 2009

There is little doubt in my mind I am going to take some heat this week, so let’s kick it off right away with my belief that Sean Penn deserved his Best Actor Oscar for “Mystic River,” a performance of overwhelming ferocity and staggering emotional power. Yes, I too loved Bill Murray in “Lost in […]

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The Great Performances: 2000

Posted by · 7:14 pm · November 13th, 2009

Michael Douglas was robbed. The already Oscar-christened actor gave a career-best performance in 2000 in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” but he got no love from the Academy. Worse, his performance was easily among the five best of the year and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor prize. That having been said, I […]

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6/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · June 8th, 2009

• The “Oh yeah, what happened to her?” blurb of the week. [Associated Press] • Yours truly covers Grant Morrison’s latest monthly, “Batman and Robin.” [Batman on Film] • David Poland analyzes the brave new world of media ad buys. [The Hot Blog] • Tom O’Neil on Geoffrey Rush’s new acting triple crown with last […]

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Hope Davis lands a Tony nomination for ‘God of Carnage’

Posted by · 9:36 am · May 5th, 2009

Back in March I expressed some slight irritation over the fact that Marcia Gay Harden was pulling attention away from my new crush Hope Davis for her admittedly brilliant turn on Broadway in “God of Carnage.”  It’s not like I have it in for Harden or anything, mind you.  All four principles in the cast […]

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Davis flies under the radar

Posted by · 6:36 pm · March 22nd, 2009

From AP drama critic Michael Kuchwara on the Broadway production of “God of Carnage”: The real revelation of the evening, though, is Harden, usually seen in much more somber roles such as her Oscar-winning performance as Lee Krasner in the film “Pollack.” In “Carnage,” she undergoes the play’s most startling transformation — from quiet, considerate […]

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Crush

Posted by · 9:20 pm · March 20th, 2009

Alright, I’ve got to confess an undying love here and now, a lingering sort of obsessive interest, both cerebral and, of course, physical, in an actress that can do no wrong.  Ever.  I’m talking to you, Hope Davis. There, I said it.  Sure, you’re 45 (as of Monday, so Happy Birthday) and I’m 27, plus, […]

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What about Melissa Leo?

Posted by · 8:56 am · February 6th, 2009

Yesterday, Kris pondered whether Kate Winslet’s Best Actress Oscar is quite the sure thing it appears to be on paper, or whether Meryl Streep can surf in on a tide of veteran goodwill and spoil the Brit’s party yet again. I’ve been saying since nomination day that I can’t imagine Winslet losing yet again, least […]

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