Saturday, December 19, 2009


Not if Christopher Plummer, Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci have anything to say about it!

I have officially weighed in with my 2010 Academy Award picks, and now (as of yesterday), so has the Screen Actor's Guild. Here are the reactions of my friend Mara (Us Weekly senior writer, not to mention the funniest and most prescient Oscar prognosticator I know) to the SAG nominations.

"Did you see the SAG nominees? Not to toot my own horn (even though I am), but I was 95% correct on all of them. Better get that Anthony Mackie off your blog post! The only one I missed was Diane Kruger [Inglorious Basterds] for supporting actress. And I don't even mind missing that one because the woman she replaced was... Julianne Moore [A Single Man]! Ha! Poor Julianne! You know she already had that SAG dress ready to go. But I still think she will get her Oscar nomination. Diane's nomination was an anomaly. Like Dev Patel's nomination for Slumdog Millionaire last year.

"Emily Blunt [The Young Victoria]. Won't happen. Marion [Cotillard, Nine]. Won't happen. She should be satisfied with one Oscar and call it a day. But it's disappointing -- as i said, Nine was fine. But Marion is really the heart of that movie. Penelope [Cruz] just disappears about 3/4 of the way through.

"As for the rest of Nine, well, it's no Chicago. The story is deadly boring and pretentious. Daniel Day Lewis, bless him, is sexy as all hell but can not sing. The musical numbers are more misses than hits. Fergie and Kate Hudson have the showiest performances -- but I almost just expect it from Fergie because she's a professional. (And Kate is very smoke and mirrors. Kind of like Richard Gere in Chicago). And even the misses are fascinating. I love watching A-listers trying to be showgirls! Nicole Kidman is hilariously miscast as an Italian movie goddess. In conclusion, a very generous three stars.

"I'm scared you're right about Christopher Plummer [The Last Station]. He positively reeks of James Coburn [best supporting actor winner for 1997's Affliction]!!! And Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules. That said, Christoph Waltz [Inglorious Basterds, above] was pretty damn amazing. If he gives a rousing Golden Globes speech, it could go a long way for him.

"Still find it hard to believe that Sandra Bullock is going to get nominated for that role [in The Blind Side]. She really deserved [a nomination] for Miss Congeniality. Comedic performances are so tough to pull off! Here, she really only had to do her best Kathie Lee Gifford.

"I hope [The Hurt Locker director] Kathryn Bigelow is writing her speech. Though I still say Up In The Air is the Best Picture to beat."
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