There's J.J. Abrams' DIY thrill ride CLOVERFIELD,
... and, as promised, the Keaton/Latifah/Holmes throwaway movie MAD MONEY.
Check 'em out.
Check 'em out.
10. The popcorn machine
The cute, vintage prop that producers put on the set kept sneaking into frame. Curiously, each time the show returned from commercial, the contents of the machine had gone down quite a bit.
9. Last year's clips
In the midst of hyping up the Oscar-y, Oprah-y moments to come, cameras kept cutting to shots of the 2007 post-show on the Oscar stage. It was nice that Ms. Winfrey completely ignored the fact that this year, there may very well be no Oscar stage at all.
8. Marion Cotillard
The La Vie En Rose beauty came onto an Oscar related telecast and discussed... her Golden Globe. Tsk, tsk.
After discussing not eating before the big show with third-time nominee Laura Linney, Oprah recoiled at the last minute and assured the pencil-thin actress, "eat all the burgers you want!"
3. Juno promotion
Oprah loves Juno, made evident by the entire show she recently dedicated to it ("it's so frressh!"), the crazy amount of ads present on her website, and the persistent TV spots that played during the breaks of this telecast. The last time Oprah and Roger Ebert were in this much gleeful agreement over an Oscar contender, Crash beat Brokeback. Watch your back, No Country.
2. Ruby Dee
The 83 year-old "living legend" looked adorably jaded, as if the shock of still being able to be breathe was a bit higher on the priority list than the shock of getting a nod. Still, she looked great, and was obviously the host's favorite, seeing as she got the infamous Oprah hug.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis
All joking aside, the interview with the immensely talented Best Actor nominee was the show's best segment, and it wasn't for anything Oscar-related. Day-Lewis revealed that he had just learned the news of Heath Ledger's death, and the genuine emotion in his face made it look as if a tear could drop at any moment. The man actually almost succeeded in leaving Oprah - that's right, OPRAH - unsure of what to say next. Almost.
Tommy Lee Jones, an old pro who seemed to have been forgotten this awards season, was recognized for his leading work in In the Valley of Elah, beating out Into the Wild's Emile Hirsch. Laura Linney, who'd been shut out of nearly all of the precursor award line-ups, snuck in for Best Actress for The Savages. And Jason Reitman, the young director of Juno whose only major previous film was 2005's Thank You for Smoking, pulled a major upset by making the Best Director short list.
Into the Wild took the biggest hit, losing widely assumed positions in not only Best Actor, but also Best Director for Sean Penn and Best Picture. Its only two nominations were for Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Hal Holbrook. Much to my delight, Atonement made the top five for Best Picture, despite the fact that many prognosticators believed it had lost its steam. Much to my dismay, the hauntingly brilliant music from There Will be Blood by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was inexcusably left out.
Below are the nominees for the major categories, along with the tallied scores from my predictions. Just after is a link for more.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
My score: 5/5
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
My Score: 5/5
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno
My score: 3/5
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
My score: 4/5
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Joel & Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
My Score: 4/5
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
My score: 4/5
For a full list of all the nominees in each category, CLICK HERE.
The awards will be given out at the end of February. Here's hoping it looks something like this:
If 2006's The Devil Wears Prada proved anything, it's that her royal highness can tackle comedy just as skillfully as she can poignant drama. In this, she's a stunning, madcap delight; the perfect blend of vixen and victim. The following scene shows a scorned Streep going berserk after catching Begley's character's eventual infidelity via some racy xeroxed photos. Watch as she wildly regains control of her powder-puff pink palace:
Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson star in Woody Allen's latest London outing, following Match Point and Scoop. While this trailer looks a bit typical, Allen's movies are always elevated by his characters, story and dialogue, and his attempts at darker fare have proven to be surprisingly successful in the past:
Director Michael Haneke remakes his own sadistic 1997 thriller about two young men who terrorize a family of three, with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt taking on the lead roles. Haneke's last fim, Cache' was a haunting, dangling masterpiece of restraint and unanswered questions. This preview makes Funny Games appear a worthy follow-up.