The Year Observed
The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced today, and, as always, who was snubbed out of their possible statue is far more important than who is in the running. (Her, Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyer’s Club…)
So, discussion topics? Robert Redford in All is Lost got nothing. The Butler got nothing. Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips got nothing. Saving Mr. Banks only got a song nomination. Blue is the Warmet Color? Hello? Not even a Best Foreign Film nod? What is this country’s small group of Academy Award voters coming to when the guy who created Blue’s prosthetic vaginas gets beat out by the makeup people from Jackass??
Full list of nominees below.
‘Philomena,’ ‘Prisoners’ and ‘American Hustle,’ among other movies. Read More
On December 8th, Columbia Pictures’ presented the “American Hustle” Premiere at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
Call it an Academy Awards dress rehearsal, but something about “American Hustle” begs for Oscar hardware.
Starlets Amy Adams and Elisabeth Rohm looked noticeably sleek in their gowns, but the flick came out the big winner spurring on plenty Read More
We’re all con artists, see. Everyone is conning someone else in order to survive. That’s the cockeyed theme of American Hustle, a crazy, classy mess of a movie that shifts tempos every 10 minutes, leaving you breathless. Marveling at a quintet of throbbing star performances and trying to keep up with the elaborate plot twists (inspired by the real-life Abscam political scandal) that come at you in sections will make you feel like your attention span is on speed dial. You won’t doze in this one.
It’s time for the Golden Globe nominations, and with some of the more satellite awards pulling for early frontrunners (Gotham, Film Critics from New York, LA and Boston, etc.,) we’re starting to see some movie trends confirmed. Everyone loved 12 Years a Slave! Unsurprisingly! And Breaking Bad and Girls and Nebraska and American Hustle and Spike Jonze and Martin Scorcese movies that aren’t even out yet!
But there are some surprises…Brooklyn Nine-Nine, anyone? Rush? The Butler gets no love? Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha? That movie was great and all, but Lena Dunham is already representing the affected Brooklyn 20-something constituents with her Girls nominations, are you telling us that the portrayal of overly self-involved young women trying to “make it” in New York is going to start being a thing? Is already a thing?
See the full list of nominees below.