I’m not sure how many of you caught this yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I shared it regardless. My colleague Scott Feinberg tweeted this little ditty about ‘The Help’ submitting itself for consideration to the Hollywood Foreign Press: ” THE HELP has been submitted for Golden Globe consideration… in the musical/comedy categories?! I’m sorry but that’s outrageous…”. I obviously agree with Scott, but this is hardly the first time that a drama that would barely count as a dramedy has chosen to go the easier route for nominations/wins, so I won’t get too upset about this or curse the skies o anything. It does make me wonder if the people behind the flick feel like its chances are fading/moment has passed and want to tip the tide back in its favor to avoid just being a limited to the acting categories…hmm. In fact, I wonder how many other films this year might decide to try and do the same thing in order to boost its chances. Could ‘The Artist’ claim it’s a musical in some way? Is ‘Moneyball’ witty enough to label itself a comedy? Maybe even a kid’s movie like ‘Hugo’ can be deemed a “comedy”? The HFPA has long been really bad at making their Musical/Comedy categories match up with their Drama ones, so this is a way they can also balance the scales in their eyes. With films like ’50/50′, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’, ‘Midnight in Paris’ (the odds on favorite to win the Globe in this category in my eyes), ‘We Bought a Zoo’, and ‘Young Adult’ likely the main contenders for a nomination (though many of them will be snubbed, probably for the likes of ‘Larry Crowne’, ‘Win Win’…a dramedy at best, and maybe ‘The Hangover: Part II’, or even ‘Rango’), they don’t lack for strong film choices, but they might still manage to mess it up as usual. I’d all but bet on it, actually. It’s rare that the Musical/Comedy category doesn’t have at least one odd choice, but as long as we can avoid last year’s debacle with the likes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Burlesque’, and inexplicably ‘The Tourist’ getting nominated (I didn’t have an issue with ‘Red’ getting a filler nod, but it’s just odd that all the slots except for ‘The Kids Are All Right’ seemed like filler), then we’ll be on the right track. Perhaps even ‘The Help’ might see itself get snubbed by going this route. That’s incredibly unlikely, but it would have a little bit of poetic justice to it, and I’m never opposed to that, I wonder what’s next this season…
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The season premiere of The Awards Circuit’s Academy Idol begins tomorrow. The announcement will be made around 8amET. Twenty four films will be competing for the votes of our wonderful readership. I wanted to go over the format of this year’s competition so everyone is aware:
- 24 films will be selected (12 Originals, 12 Adapteds)
- Week 1 of the competition, the 12 Original films will compete against each other as well as the Adapteds.. The top five highest vote getters from each group will move on to the Academy Idol Top 12. (A total of ten films will move forward from this first voting round).
- The following week, we will have a “Wild Card” show where each writer of the Awards Circuit will choose one film that did not advance. The readership will vote once again and the top two films (original or adapted doesn’t matter) will round out our Academy Idol Top 12.
- When the Top 12 rounds begin, every week, based on a different theme, the readership will vote for their favorite films. A Bottom Three or Two will be announced for each week and the lowest vote getter for each round will be eliminated from the competition.
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Admittedly Kris Tapley over at Hit Fix beat me to this, though I have been tooling around on it for a week or so.
Actors revere Eastwood. They admire the fact he does not get in their way when they are working, creating a character for him in his film. They are hired to serve his film, and they know this. Going in there is an understanding that they will show up and have the role create and be ready to work. Maybe they know he often shoots and prints rehearsals, maybe they will learn that as Meryl Streep did while shooting The Bridges of Madison County (1995). Eastwood creates a hushed set for his actors, so they have a quiet area in which to create. There is no yelling, no temper fits, no cussing someone because you can, just a well oiled machine that the actors are expect to become a part of very quickly. There is a discipline and professionalism that is simply implied and if the actor struggles with that, Eastwood deals with it. Kevin Costner found out the hard way. An Oscar winning directing himself, he pitched a fit over something silly, and stormed off to his trailer. On the spot Eastwood decided to shoot the scenes he needed with Costner’s double, over his shoulder. They had the scenes done by the time Costner returned from his tantrum at which point he very sheepishly apologized and never again let Eastwood down. As Eastwood stated to him, “I am here to shoot film, not fuck around.” And shoot film he did that day. Rarely does he do more than three takes, believing the actors do their best in the early ones, and for those actors who do not do their best in three…catch up and do it. He does deal with egos on his set, and as Sean Penn aptly said, “he is the least disappointing icon in America.”
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