Blog By: Caroline Wingard
The hottest talk in Hollywood…
The 84th Academy Awards nominees were announced yesterday! Everywhere you go in Hollywood, you can hear heated debates about who should win and who should have made the list in the different categories. One question that has been raised all over town today is why Ryan Gosling did not make the list, and no, there are not only girls who ask that question – many men are wondering as well. He starred in Drive, The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but still didn’t make it, which is scandalous if you ask me. Another surprise snub for the Best Actor nominations was of Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in J. Edgar. And why didn’t Seth Rogen’s movie 50/50 make the list? There are so many questions, but let’s focus on the actual list and join the race to the Oscars!
And (some of) the nominees are…
In this year’s race, it’s Hugo versus The Artist, George Clooney versus Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep versus Viola Davis in the top categories such as Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. George Clooney and Brad Pitt are not only two of the hottest stars in Hollywood, they are also best friends off-screen, and now they can add “rivals” to their list. Let the best man win.
It is not a surprise that portrayals of real-life characters are in the race for Best Actress. Meryl Streep yet again shows off her excellent acting skills as the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and Michelle Williams plays the legendary sex icon Marilyn Monroe in the movie My Week with Marilyn.
For the first time in The Academy Awards history, only two songs made the cut this year for Best Song, and those were “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and the Rio track “Real in Rio.” So it’s Bird versus Muppet, and it will be an exciting race towards the golden statue.
For Best Director, Steven Spielberg – winner for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan – didn’t make the cut for his work on War Horse, which was nominated in other categories such as Best Picture, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. It seems even Spielberg has to lose sometimes. Other directors who made the cut for Best Director were Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Martin Scorsese for Hugo, and Alexander Payne for his movie The Descendants, which was a huge hit on the big screen.
Moving on to the latest Oscar gossip…
Meryl has been nominated for the Oscars a whopping 17 times, but it has been 29 years since she won for the 1982 movie Sophie’s Choice, and many people believe it is time for her to enter the stage again and receive the golden statue.
The only newcomer in the Best Actress category is Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but is her character too controversial to nab the statue for the movie America is calling “The Rape Movie”?
Two of the nominated movies in the Best Picture category are comedies: The Artist and Midnight in Paris. But The Oscars are not too much of a fan of that genre; The last time a comedy won was in 1998 with Shakespeare in Love. If The Artist wins the trophy, it will be the first silent movie to receive the honor since 1929.
The reason behind the two-horse race for Best Song is the change of rules as of 2009. The Academy’s music branch demanded that all tunes receive an average score of 8.25 out of 10 in order to make the list. There have been many complaints about the new rules, but I doubt the two nominees are unhappy about their 50% chance of winning.
This is only Day Two in the race to The Academy Awards that takes place on February 26, so stay tuned because we will have plenty of more gossip to deliver about what is going on behind the scenes and who is talking about who in the world of movies.