nom: supporting actor

The Big Country (1958). A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

Westerns aren’t really my thing, but this is certainly one of the more compelling ones. The cast does a terrific job of portraying two families on the brink, and the narrative builds the tension effectively. If you enjoy a western, this is one to watch. 7.5/10.

@THR: #Emmy contender talk includes Alexander Skarsgård for “Best Supporting Actor in a limited series/TV movie”

Two newcomers (Alexander Skarsgard and Ron Cephas Jones) are up for noms with three Emmy regulars (Baldwin, Elba and Stanley Tucci).

Skarsgard’s mentally and physically abusive husband stunned audiences and wowed critics. His vivid and brutal scenes with screen wife Nicole Kidman have garnered the kind of attention that could earn him a nom in the supporting actor in a limited series/TV movie race.

9:00 AM 6/6/2017 More at by THR Staff.

Teacher’s Pet (1958). A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him.

This is a pretty delightful romantic comedy, with great pacing and wonderful chemistry between Clark Gable, Doris Day and Gig Young. It also poses some interesting questions about education, class and late-fifties womanhood that elevates it above a lot of the romantic comedies released at the time. It’s, all in all, a lot of fun. 7.5/10

catpainsteevrodgers  asked:

I, Tonya had an uphill battle going against it in this current awards season without a distributor or 2017 release date. Now that it has one, they need to secure a prime date soon and a wide release. The excellent buzz it built at TIFF is a good jumping off point, but they need capitalize on it asap if they want any shot at awards recognition. The best thing it has going for it is that it's actually great. It's a nearly flawless film with outstanding performances from everyone involved. (1)

Pt 2-4:  If they get enough momentum, Margot and Allison are serious contenders in their respective categories. Margot’s at a slight disadvantage because it’s already so crowded, but they love it when beautiful women “ugly” themselves for art (Charlize Theron, Monster). And Tonya’s a real person and they love biographical films. Allison has the best shot because her performance just can’t be ignored. It’s another brilliant piece of acting in an already stellar career. (2)

Now, Seb. If they decide to put forth a campaign for him, they’re probably going to push him towards a best supporting actor nom. While he’s clearly a co-lead, many reviews site him as being a part of the supporting cast. Also, best actor is ALWAYS the most crowded category. It’s rare for an up-and-comer to be nominated esp when names like Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman are already being mentioned. BSA gives him a better chance because it’s not nearly as competitive as BA. (3)

I truly hope the film gets the recognition it deserves. Having seen it, I can tell you Seb’s performance as Jeff is like nothing we’ve seen from him before now. He doesn’t just portray Jeff: he becomes him completely, body and soul. Personally, I think it’s the best performance he’s given so far in his career. I can’t wait for it to get a wide release so all of you can see it. You’re going to be so proud of him. I know I am. Anyway, I’ve bothered you enough with my thoughts. Have a nice day. (4)


First of all, thank you for the info. I know next to nothing about the awards process. There definitely aren’t a lot of months left in 2017, and you make a very good point that they have a lot of work to do to get the movie set and advertised. 

Since you’ve seen the film, I’d like to ask: I’ve heard that there’s some issue with the CGI for the skating parts? ie getting Margot’s face on the body double/stunt double. Did you consider that a problem? Was it noticeable? If so, they’ll have to quickly fix that before they can release it full-on. eep!

I have heard from a few others in DMs that Seb’s performance is stellar. (I think that’s why it’s been frustrating not seeing more said about him in reviews). Since I’ve read through the script a few times, I can attest to the fact that the role is 1) demanding as hell and 2) meaty/full. Hearing Margot rave about how Seb handled the audition has been one of the highlights of the press for me because I know how difficult playing Jeff must’ve been. Reading your thoughts on his performance is another highlight. While I’m internally groaning at the possibility that people will turn Jeff into something “sexy” on this hellsite just because Seb is playing him, I am beyond excited to see him in the role. That you feel it’s his best work to date is also thrilling. :) 

There’s no doubt it’s an amazing cast. Now we just have to wait and see what the distributors do with it. *crosses fingers* :D Thanks again for the info and your thoughts on their performances! You literally wrote a better review than any of the paid critics. 

The Magnificent Seven

tumblr should love this movie.

First, it takes a classic movie that is favorite of angry old men - I mean, the original had Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson - and puts our creepy multiethnic sjw fingers all over the reboot.

Native American characters being played by Native Americans.

Asian characters being played by Asians.

A Mexican character being played by an actual Mexican. ( Manuel Garcia-Rulfo should get half a dozen pilot offers from the networks based on this one movie alone.)

Now Martin Sensmeier is Tlingit, not Cherokee, but it’s a huge step up from Johnny Depp. And  Byung-hun Lee is Korean, not Chinese, but at least he’s not a white guy with a tan. (See edit at end of post.)

It’s so much more historically accurate to have a black, an asian, an hispanic, a native american, and three white guys than a pale white western. And they aren’t perfect. There is lots of casual racism, which is accurate for the time. They’re alcoholic. They insult each other in a variety of languages. They have PTSD. They’re assholes to each other, but they have each others’ backs too.

Also, the movie starts by a beautiful man being killed to fuel the female character’s revenge arc. Yay for womanpain!

Finally, it’s an amazing movie. Really. I love westerns, but this is just a great movie. Everybody puts in amazing performances. The cinematography is beautiful. It would get Oscar noms for the acting if it wasn’t a genre movie. Hell, Denzel might get one. The Academy loves Denzel. D’Onofrio might pull a supporting actor nom, too. The problem the other actors face is that there are so many of them that it prevents any of them from having enough screen time to put together a convincing nomination reel.

Go see it. You won’t regret it.

Editing the original post to say: 

I got a reply from @horrorhouses that said:  Except billy rocks wasn’t Chinese and nowhere in the film does billy say he is? Fuqua even calls billy Korean in an interview. 

And then she provided me with a link to the interview.

So, I would like to apologize for getting that wrong. I can identify three possible sources of the mistake. 1) The characters might have referred to him as Chinese in the movie and I didn’t realize they were being racist. I’d have to go watch the movie again to verify this because I don’t really know. 2) The history I have been taught has only included Chinese immigrants coming over to the USA in that era, which is also racist, and I need to learn more. 3) My own assumption was that he was Chinese and that’s racist of me. Also not realizing the characters were racist in this regard (if that happened) when I recognized the racism in so many other senses, is also racist. So regardless of how it happened, I apologize for being racist. I apologize for the offense I caused. That it wasn’t intentional is no excuse. It was still racist. And I promise to try to do better in the future. I really am sorry for the offensive statement.

Congratulations to The Imitation Game on its 8 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design! Get tickets.

Separate Tables (1958). The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at “Separate Tables.”

This is a sweetly made film, tender with it’s cast and it’s characters, and featuring a compelling, overlapping structure that really sets it apart from a lot of the films being made at the time. It helps that it’s wonderfully shot, acted and unravelled. It’s a really solid movie. 7.5/10.

Barton Fink (1991). A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

This film took me totally by surprise. I mean, the DVD case made it look so simple! The reality of it is something in the vein of Twin Peaks, a tight, compelling character study told through the blurred lines of reality and fantasy. It’s beautifully made too, dense with symbolism and recurring images, and grounded by brilliant performances from the cast. It’s a great film, but then, a lot of the films at the 64th Oscars were great, so I’m not entirely surprised it didn’t make a clean sweep, even if it would have any other year. 8.5/10. 

Witness for the Prosecution (1957). A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Agatha Christie was such a terrific writer, and one that has been adapted surprisingly few times (I mean, in terms of the volume of her body of work). This is one of the better adaptations - tightly told, excellently performed, with some terrific cinematography to boot. It’s a thrilling courtroom drama and a mystery, and one that hits some great beats to make a great film. 8/10.

Gaslight (1943). Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

One of the best finds in doing this project has been discovering Charles Boyer. He’s charming and creepy, kind and malicious - his range as an actor is genuinely a pleasure to encounter and an honest rarity. He’s so foreboding in this, but keeps his edge of charm which really props Ingrid Bergman’s equally wonderful performance as a woman losing her grip. It’s a terrific film. 8.5/10.

Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you.

In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl, who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you. Thank you mom for teaching me how to dream.

To my brother Shannon, the best big brother in the world, thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you.

To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight. And this is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here and I just want to say thank you…

This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love. Tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you and good night.
—Jared Leto, Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actor

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

It really is pretty hard to compete with the original Star Wars trilogy. They’re loud, cheesy, and often silly, but are grounded in thrilling action sequences and a big, beating heart. The dynamics and push-pull between Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill rise it above a lot of which existed in the genre before it, and would be what was sadly lacking from the prequels (but more on that later!) All in all, a pretty perfect sci-fi film. 9/10.