Archive for January 20, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1995

I like 1995. Because it’s overall solid. It’s one where I don’t disagree with the choices. I’d just simply, have gone another way. You know. It’s like passing away as opposed to dying. One just feels better. Then again, one also doesn’t involve going down in a hail of gunfire at the Vatican. So there are pros and cons.

Braveheart wins Best Picture. I like Braveheart. I just like Apollo 13 more. Mel Gibson wins Best Director for the film (talked about here), which works, since Ron Howard wasn’t nominated. So Mel dominated that category. Best Actor was Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (talked about here). Perfect choice, despite the stacked category. Best Actress was Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking (talked about here), which had been coming to her for a long time. I personally would have gone with Elisabeth Shue, but the decision was still good. And Best Supporting Actress was Mira Sorvino for Mighty Aprhodite (talked about here), which I love very much.

So there’s no real decision this year where I’m vehemently against it. I like that. And then there’s this category, and, aside from some questions about legitimacy (it’s kind of a lead performance), no one can really argue with this one. It’s pretty awesome, in fact.


And the nominees were…

James Cromwell, Babe

Ed Harris, Apollo 13

Brad Pitt, Twelve Monkeys

Tim Roth, Rob Roy

Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (more…)

Pic of the Day: “You don’t like her. My mother don’t like her. She’s a dog. And I’m a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I’m gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I’m gonna get down on my knees. I’m gonna beg that girl to marry me. If we make a party on New Year’s, I got a date for that party. You don’t like her? That’s too bad.”

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Oscars 2011 Update: Motion Picture Sound Editors Nominations

They announced the Motion Picture Sound Editors nominations today.

There’s been an update in terms of my understanding of the categories. Apparently my looking it up wasn’t quite as good a job as I’d expected. The actual way it works, according to what I’ve now looked up, is: Sound Editing is the creation of the sound mix — dialogue, sound effects, ADR and music (as evidenced by all these categories). Sound Mixing is the physical process of mixing all of these together onto the soundtrack. Which makes much more sense. So I’ve pretty much been wrong all this time. I prefer to think of it as “misinformed.” No one’s called me out on it and corrected me, so I like to think about it as — we’re all misinformed. Kind of like in high school when none of us were actually properly taught grammar.

Anyway, here are all the nominees — there are a lot of them. Be prepared.



Fast Five

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Super 8

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse (more…)

The Box Office Report — January 20-22

Last week, in Box Office…

Contraband wins the weekend with $24.3 million. (That $28 million they said was for the 4-day weekend. Homie don’t play that. I deal with 3 days only unless it’s a legitimate holiday like Christmas or I’m drunk.) The film was only budgeted at $25 million, so this will be considered a huge success, and knowing Mark Wahlberg, he’ll want to do a sequel. Mark Wahlberg is more of a producer nowadays than an actor.

Beauty and the Beast 3D finished second with $17.8 million. Not as big a number as The Lion King. Possibly because The Lion King is the most beloved Disney film. Or because people are just tired. Honestly, I don’t know. It’s free money for them. I just don’t want it to turn into them just rereleasing shit rather than put out new stuff. Otherwise, let’s see how it holds up this week before we make any statements.

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol finished third with $11.7 million. This film continues to do amazing business. It’s gonna hit $200 million stateside, which is pretty awesome. Nice going, Brad Bird.

Joyful Noise opened to fourth place, and $11.2 million. Don’t worry, they only spent $25 million. I hope all the old women and fat housewives loved it. (more…)