Thursday, December 20, 2007

Holy Shit! SAG Nominations are INSANE.

Wow! Either these nominations are just continuing this season's trend of 'nobody knows anything' and every new award throwing things in a different direction, or we've been wrong all season till now. Oddly enough, in the 'Best Ensemble' category they seem to have actually used it to nominate these big ensemble casts of big stars, not just as a 'Best Picture' proxy; or at least I hope so. I would hate to even consider "3:10 to Yuma," "American Gangster" and "Hairspray" getting in for Best Picture over far worthier things. The biggest surprises here would have to be ZERO nominations for "Sweeney Todd" and "Atonement" (the backlash seems to have officially kicked in).

While I don't know how to feel about Depp getting shut out in the Actor category, I am delighted that once-extreme-long-shots Ryan Gosling and Viggo Mortensen (probably my #2 and #3 male performances of the year) now look like locks for Oscar nominations, after being recognized by BFCA, HFPA and now SAG! Fucking Awesome. On the gaining side of things, it looks as though *cough* like I've been predicting all season *cough* "Into the Wild" has clung onto peoples memories, not only getting nominated for Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Best Supporting Actor (Hal Holbrook) and, rather undeservedly, Emile Hirsch for Best Actor. In fact, without Hirsch, that might have been the best set of nominations I've ever seen. The film to get the biggest gain, "No Country," is the one that didn't really need it at all anyway. Tommy Lee Jones for Supporting Actor-- who knew? Awesome. And Ruby Dee for "American Gangster!" I don't love this movie, but I can't be angry with that nomination-- her last scene is a killer.

On the snub end of things, No Amy Adams in the Best Actress category-- thank God (I love her, but people have been fawning too much over this enjoyable performance), but still Cate Blanchett got in for "Elizabeth" yet again over Laura Linney in "The Savages." Oh well, it looks like this performance has no chance-- stupid awards people. No "Juno" in Best Ensemble, where I thought it was a sure bet. Jesus, I still can't believe they didn't go for Johnny Depp. And lastly, and most largely-looming, no Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Charlie Wilson's War," a universally jizzed-on performance. Will be interesting to see what happens to that category come Oscar time... but it looks like my boy Casey Affleck is nearly a sure bet now. Exciting.

"3:10 to Yuma"
"American Gangster"
"Into the Wild"
"No Country for Old Men"

George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
Ryan Gosling, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Emile Hirsch, "Into the Wild"
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"

Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose"
Ellen Page, "Juno"
Angelina Jolie, "A Mighty Heart"

Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James"
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"
Tommy Lee Jones, "No Country for Old Men"
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"
Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"
Catherine Keener, "Into the Wild"
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton"


Blogger Beau said...

...Rob, are you kidding me? Hirsch owned that fucking film. It was much more than a stunt, man. You didn't see his emaciated body throughout the entire film, and the sight of it fifteen minutes before the finale is astounding. His performance goes farther than any schtick, and I for one am glad that he bested Washington here. Haven't seen 'Todd' yet, but I'm glad Hirsch is at least in the running.

Props for all of the love towards 'Into the Wild', someone FINALLY nominating Tommy Lee Jones for 'No Country', the best performance in the film. Happy for Gosling and Mortensen, (even though I thought the third act of 'Eastern Promises' blew) and very happy for Ellen Page. Wish Amy Adams would've gotten in above Blanchett for 'Elizabeth', but you can't win them all.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Agree to disagree, Beau. I certainly didn't take any issue with Hirsch's performance, but having seen the film three times (I DO like it a lot), it's clearly the filmmaking, not the performance that elevates it. Hirsch isn't bad at all, but it's not a terribly well-defined character and Hirsch doesn't really infuse him with much beyond the page. It's a perfectly fine performance, but it's not one that enriches our understanding of the guy beyond the actions we see him partake in; there's nothing going on underneath, in my opinion.

But yes, the weight loss is impressive.

10:33 PM  

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