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Q&A: Ryan's Harem, a SMG Triplet, & Streep/Close Duet.

Because I am super late in this week's (er.. last week's Q&A column) I'm answering more questions than usual. So let's get right to it. 

Ed: After Michelle Williams and Evan Rachel Wood, which actress under 30 would you love to see Ryan Gosling falling in love in the big screen?

I've been joking with friends (offscreen) that Ryan Gosling has basically made it his goal to bang every hot future Oscar winner in Hollywood (onscreen): Rachel, Evan, Kiki, Michelle, Carey, Emma. He's the envy of every straight and/or actressexual moviegoer out there. So pretty soon he'll have to get around to ANNE HATHAWAY, right? I'd be interested to see what he'd be like paired with Andrea Riseborough, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and... Oooh... totally random also small screen that needs to be bigger: Katee Sackhoff! She's 31 (Ryan's age) but she never gets good roles despite so much screen presence and I'm imagining that they'd completely burn holes in the celluloid if paired. (Unless they were shot digitally of course.)

Andrew K: I've seen you mention, in passing, that X actor should campaign in leading instead of supporting and although you're usually referring to the despicable nature of category fraud I'm curious as to whether or not you consider a Leading Oscar superior to a Supporting One.

I do not. And I don't think anyone else would either if it wasn't so often used as a demotion just to get a nomination or statue for the big stars. But the combination of egregious widely-accepted category fraud, the use of supporting statues to honor novelty acts or entire movies instead of performances (you all know what I'm talking about)  and the natural human tendency to think being a movie star (i.e. lead) is better than being a character actor (i.e. supporting) have only strengthened this belief that a supporting Oscar is an inferior prize. An Oscar is an Oscar if you ask me.

Julian: Christina Ricci, under-rated or over-rated? 

Depends on who you're talking to. I'd say early Christina is underrated and contemporary Christina is overrated. I mean it when I say she should have three Oscar nominations already: Addams Family Values (1993 -- not joking), The Ice Storm (1997) and The Opposite of Sex (1998). She's still totally watchable and charismatic but there's some missing ingredient lately. Black Snake Moan seemed like such an ideal opportunity to wow again but she didn't quite elevate it. In Pan Am she just seems like window dresssing. Adorable and pretty and funny window dressing yes... but not much more. It seems weird to hire her and then give all the good storylines to the lesser known actresses in that show? 

Daniel: What´s your favorite musical? And song in a musical?

My favorite musical is West Side Story which had its 50th anniversary this weekend and I was so stressed out I forgot to celebrate it godddddddamnit. I've long thought about doing a top ten favorite song performances in musicals but I'm not sure I'd ever be able to narrow it down. It depends on the mood...

favored songs, TV soaps, and a Streep/Close switcheroo after the jump.

But one thing I know is that "The Man That Got Away" from A Star is Born would be in the top ten. If you're talking strictly "best song" and not "best song performance" the top ten would probably include "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge! because when I hear that song it makes me crazy hot for both Nicole and Ewan all over again even out of context like the movie was actually a menage a trois biopic about Nicole, Ewan & Nathaniel. 

Dominik: What do you think of the orginal "Scream" trilogy and "Donnie Darko". Both of them I don't remember seeing you write about ever.

Hmmm. I like Donnie Darko just fine -- especially for Mary McDonnell's performance and the weirdo quotient -- and I haven't not talked about it on purpose. I guess I just don't have the passion for it that so many people do.

I don't like slasher movies at all but I have seen Scream and Scream III (the latter which I saw solely for Parker Posey). I remember the experience of seeing Scream vividly because I went with a huge group of friends and acquaintances on opening night and I somehow ended up seated next to a guy I was totally hot for...and his boyfriend. I was shaking like a leaf but couldn't grab hold of him for comfort, damnit. Yes, yes I know you're supposed to think Scream is hilarious and not scary but I am a wimp. I was terrified by the opening sequence which set the tone for the shaking for which I blame Drew Barrymore because she was just so authentic in it. I was scared for her but also with her, which is the key. The story has two happy endings: first, we did end up dating (the guy and me -- not Drew & me! -- albeit six months or so later) and second, it's now common accepted wisdom that Drew Barrymore's performance was absolutely sensational and one of the best ever in a horror movie. 

Angel: Have you seen any of the "vomit gore trilogy" films?

I don't know what that is. But from the sound of it, no.

Marcy: Have you been seeing Ringer and Revenge? Which one do you prefer?
Andrea: What´s your opinion about Cruel Intentions?
Darleen: Do you like Sarah Michelle Gellar? Why did Reese Witherspoon became more famous?  

Because Sarah Michelle Gellar is currently playing twins, I'll answer these questions together as triplets. Marcy, I wrote up the pilots of Ringer and Revenge here. Since then I am still enjoying Revenge but it doesn't seem sustainable and I like Ringer more and more but only when its at its absolute cheesiest/trashiest. It takes awhile for some shows to find their voice and I want this one to be as ridiculous as that much derided boat sequence was all the time. As for Reese & Sarah... I barely remember Cruel Intentions. I very much like SMG. Reese became more famous because a) she had lucky breaks which she met with tremendous talent. (She's since forgotten how to use her powers for good but that's different issue) and b) Sarah got famous doing genre work ("Buffy") and no matter how talented you prove yourself to be in genre films or genre television, virtually nobody who works in casting in Hollywood seems to believe that this requires skill or star charisma.

Recovering junkie Bridget pretending to be sophisticated twin sisters Siobhan in trashy nighttime soap "Ringer"

If I had one general but realistic wish about changing the weird way careers go in Hollywood it would be the removal of the industry blindspot when it comes to genre acting. I don't know how you can do what Katee Sackhoff did on Battlestar Galactica or what Enver Gjokaj did on Dollhouse (to cite two of my favorite examples) and not be swimming in offers afterwards instead of just back on the breadlines with the other working actors? I actually think this is also why Jamie Lee Curtis rarely won any awards despite being totally awesome since she started in a slasher flick.

"Amy Adams": What's your favorite Amy Adams performance?

LOL. I'm just going to pretend it's actually you! This prize easily goes to Junebug in which you are eternally adorable but, way way more importantly, utterly inspired and original in what could have just been an "adorable" role. But you're also excellent in The Fighter. The magic in the latter is all in your baby blues and their backstories.

MDA: I think you'd agree that there is a dearth of visible minorities in prominent acting roles in Hollywood right now; who would be in your top five of actors who deserve more work?

I answered this question, at least in regards to black actors, in this previous column. But for minorities in general, pick virtually ANY Asian actor. I think they have it the worst at getting good and regular parts in Hollywood projects. But let's see. If I were a casting director I'd definitely try to get the following people more work or at least higher profile work: Paulina Gaitan (so affecting in completely different ways in Sin Nombre and We Are What We Are), Michael Peña (always good), Demián Bichir (that last scene in A Better Life. gah. I cry!) and I like John Cho too. Er... I feel like I am not answering this question well. It's SUCH a big question. Let's narrow it down somehow by gender or ethnicity. 

Or someone help me in the comments. Which underemployed minority actors do you think deserve more work?

Jake: What does Evan Rachel Wood needs to do in order to win an Oscar?

Deglam... or rather, Desex. I think she's got to play against type at this point because in some sense I think a lot of people have come to associate her with her characters, and that's not always a good thing for Oscar play or even Emmy wins as the Mildred Pierce loss show us.

Also... though I can't prove it, I have a theory that male Academy voters like to be hot for you in an abstract "she's beautiful!" way but not necessarily so hot for you that they're fully aware of their hard-on. Because then they don't respect you. I mean how else do you explain the cold shoulder Kathleen Turner kept getting in the 80s for work as brilliant as Body Heat or Romancing the Stone? 

Someone back up this theory quick in the comments if I'm on to something.

Hofverbergs: Of the unawarded actresses from the 80s-90s: Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver & Barbara Hershey who do you think will win an Oscar? 

None if Close doesn't win this year. I think there are windows for these sorts of things for actresses (not so much with actors who they like grizzled) and the only way to win one beyond the traditional time frame -- late 20s to early 40s -- is either with a stroke of once-in-a-lifetime luck in the form of a new iconic role (like the ones Julie Christie and Sissy Spacek got in 2007 and 2001) that doesn't arrive in a year where there's a history-making young beautiful woman option for voters OR to apply serious momentum "overdue" pressure in the form of constant attacks on the Academy's sensibility which is how Meryl Streep will eventually win her 3rd and maybe 4th, even up against the hot young things. There are other complications: Hershey, Turner and Close don't get the right opportunities anymore; Sigourney Weaver gets a lot of bite-sized work and can do exceptional things with only one or two scenes (she's just rich and awesome in Rampart going head-to-head with Woody Harrelson and even fun head-to-head with a block of wood in the utterly stoopid Abduction) but she's never in the right project at the right time and in the right size role; Pfeiffer merely doesn't work enough -- she's enough of a beloved star to win if she did apply Streep-style momentum but her history shows us that she either doesn't want it enough, doesn't have good enough taste in scripts, or just isn't currently in favor with the A list filmmakers who could offer her the right role(s) in prestige projects.

Mr Ripley: Ok seeing how they may go head to head at the oscars next year swap a meryl part for a glenn part and a glenn part for a meryl one? - any era!!!

This is actually easy because I think Meryl and Glenn, who were compared more often in the 80s than they are now, are actually kind of oppositely skilled. Meryl isn't very good at the kind of thriller-bound dramatic villainess that Glenn can do (superbly) in her sleep -- see Meryl's botching of The Manchurian Candidate or her own admission that she didn't understand this type of stylization when she tried it in Still of the Night -- so I think she'd be not very good in something like Dangerous Liaisons or Fatal Attraction. But she's great at comic villains which I actually think Close is too obvious when playing; Meryl's hammy too but in a more infectious 'laugh with me!' way. So I'd be tempted to give Streep the Cruella role in 101 Dalmations. And I'd be tempted to give Close the French Lieutenant's Woman role because it's my least favorite early Streep Oscar nomination and Close's 80s-era eroticism (Fatal Attraction, Big Chill, Liaisons) was so hypnotic both for being weirdly convincing and totally unconventional at the same time.

the ol' switcheroo

I can't judge it without seeing it but I always thought Close would make a better Margaret Thatcher too. We shall see when The Iron Lady arrives.

Luiserghio: In anticipation of Meryl Streep's (very possible) 17th nomination: for you, how many nominations and actual wins (Oscars) should she have today? 

I would have voted like so... Nominations: The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Ironweed (1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Postcards From the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Adaptation(2002)... A Prairie Home Companion (2006) and  WinsSophie's Choice (1982), Silkwood (1983), and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). So that would be 11 nominations / 3 Oscars. 

Undecided:  1985 & 1998 would be close-but-no-cigar calls for Plenty and One True Thing and in a similar way, though I love her work in The Hours but she remains in the dread #6 spot that year below Moore, Huppert, Morton, Lane and Kidman (though Kidman and Streep are basically equally good in that movie)

How many nominations and wins would you give Meryl?
Remember it's not # of performances I like but actual top 5 worthy of an entire year placements. 

Who would you love to see Ryan paired with for the first time... or again?

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I really, really wish Sarah Michelle Gellar and Emily VanCamp would swap shows. I like VanCamp just fine on the show, but there's something about her that puts me off. And I love MSG, she has this weird kind of charisma that's impossible to look away from and I think she would be fantastic on Revenge. Make it happen, people!

Oh, and Madeleine Stowe is fantastic on Revenge. I wouldn't even mind SMG in that role!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam Brooks

On Meryl's nominations, no nomination for "A Prairie Home Companion"? Didn't you nominate her for your awards?

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictor S

My Meryl Noms:

The Devil Wears Prada (Supporting)
The Bridges of Madison County
Out of Africa
Sophie's Choice
Kramer vs. Kramer (Supporting)

Wins for Sophie's Choice & Kramer vs. Kramer. I guess Meryl is not as popular with me as with Academy, I still think she can do anything.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNIck

I wouldn't want to see Meryl take Glenn's role in 101 Dalmatians, but i'd give anything for Meryl to take Glenn's role in 102 Dalmatians.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermatt

As far as Meryl Streep goes:

The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer
Sophie's Choice (win)
A Cry in the Dark
Postcards from the Edge
Adaptation (win)
The Hours
Angels in America (in this alternate reality it was released theatrically and got a record number of nominations and wins) (win)
A Prairie Home Companion
The Devil Wears Prada
Julie and Julia

13 nominations and 3 wins? Not bad, Meryl. Please arrive at my apartment at noon tomorrow to collect your trophies. There will be cake.

I love the Deborah Ann Woll idea - can't wait to see what she can do outside of True Blood. It looked like she was a favourite for P.T. Anderson's "The Master" for a little bit - perhaps he'll cast her in something else? Alongside Emma Stone, preferably.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNate B.

I would take away Meryl's nominations for Julie and Julia, Doubt, The Devil Wears Prada and Music of hte Heart. I would add a nomination for Angels in America (cheating, but that year was soo weak anyway). She'd win the two she has as well as for Ironweed.

Ryan Gosling against Andrea Riseborough is a BRILLIANT idea.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Thanks for answering my question, however I should have been more specific as I was trying to highlight Asian actors in particular because even compared to their black and Latin counterparts, are still vastly under represented; I do agree with all the actors you mentioned, especially Demián Bichir.

I liked your choice of John Cho, and to make it five I would add:

Maggie Cheung (I know she's basically "retired" from film, but here's hoping she's waiting for prime film roles)
Michelle Yeoh (a terrific actress, wish she got more English-language film work)
Alexander Siddig (quiet, restrained, and pure class; no excuse as to why he's not acting more)
Shohreh Aghdashloo (really enjoyed her performance in House of Sand and Fog, also needs to acting more)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

Streep wins I'd support:

Sophie's Choice (82) -- Jessica you have my vote for Country (84) and Blue Sky (94)
Silkwood (83) -- tie with Shirley Maclaine, age 49
Postcards From the Edge (90) -- tie with Kathy Bates, age 42
Julie & Julia (09) -- tie with Sandra Bullock, age 45

Ryan should co-star with Meryl. She hasn't been a slut in ages. While most of her peers don't ever want to quit once Hollywood considers them grandma(s).

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

VICTOR S -- i did. omg. your'e right. i shall edit i just totally skipped by that when i was writing. ouch.

October 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Meryl Streep nominations:
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer (win supporting)
The French Lieutenant´s woman
Sophie´s Choice (win lead)
Silkwood (win lead)
Out of Africa
Ironweed (win lead)
A Cry in the Dark (win lead)
Postcards from the Edge
Music of the Heart
The Bridges of Madison County (win lead)
One True Thing
Adaptation (win supporting)
The Devil Wears prada (win supporting)
Julie and Julia (win lead)

Lead= 6
Supporting= 3

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosendo

Since, as Nathaniel said, he's banged almost every future Oscar-winning actress out there, why would we want to see Gosling with yet another woman?
I want to see him falling in love with Garfield. In Garfield 3. Nooo, I meant Andrew Garfield. In Weekend 2. OK, OK, in whatever!

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Ryan and ScarJo? Her career needs a push!

Would be fun to see him with Evangeline Lilly or Noomi Rapace in a movie too!

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternic

This "Meryl & her noms" thing makes me think of a new topic... Why not a Top 10 list of Meryl's weakest performances? I would love to know what everyone would pick.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoy

James T. has the right idea when it comes to Ryan Gosling? More ladies? Come on. I bet you everyone and everyone would love to see a Gosling/Fassbender movie. Even if they don't end up bedding each other, I'd still love to see it.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Meryl Streep 12 nominations/1 Win

The French Lieutenants Woman (Kathleen Turner - Body Heat)
Sophie's Choice (Jessica Lange - Frances)
Silkwood (Shirley MacLaine - Terms Of Endearment)
Out Of Africa (Geraldine Page - The Trip To Bountiful)
Ironweed (Glenn Close - Fatal Attraction)
Postcards From The Edge (Kathy Bates - Misery)
The Bridges Of Madison County (Elisabeth Shue - Leaving Las Vegas)

The Deer Hunter (Maggie Smith - California Suite)
Kramer Vs Kramer - WIN
One True Thing (Lynn Redgrave - Gods and Monsters)
Adaptation (Catherine Zeta Jones - Chicago)
The Devil Wears Prada (Abigail Brsslin - Little Miss Sunshine)

I'm still hoping and wishing that Sigourney Weaver and Kathleen Turner will surprise and win Oscars :(

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRM

I think Ryan Gosling would be great with Mila Kunis. There would be all kinds of good energy in a movie with those two.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric C.

Great piece, it is like sitting over a cup of coffee with you!!!
About your Evan Rachel Wood piece and Academy loves to fall in love a little theory, I guess Carey Mulligan will be the most recent example. With the addition of Keira Knightley (P&P) maybe...
As for Gosling, I would love to see him with Fassbender, it would be the dream team! And may be we can arrange to have Ben Foster as the younger brother and Edward Norton as the older brother to Ryan. They resemble each other. With the ladies, Elisabeth Olsen would be fab! I loved her in MMMM and would love to see more of her. (Strictly refering to screen time, not the body parts!)

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersedart

Nathaniel, what's your reaction to the awesome news that Anne Hathaway will be joining her Oscar singing partner Hugh Jackman in Les Meserables?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertony rock

I think I have a different opinion on Meryl's best performances. IMO; The Bridges of Madison County is absolutely her best work, in which her acclaimed skill fits perfect a carnally, deeply felt heart-breaking performance. She is not only perfect in every single scene - she makes you cry effortlessly and disappears into the part. It's not like you're admiring her habilities as an actress, or her wonderful line reading in The Devil Wears Prada - it's a brilliant performance from the heart, like Cate Blanchett meets Kate Winslet, a Joan Woodward meets Natalie Wood or a Deborah Kerr meets Jane Fonda. You get my point.

She is a marvelous actress when she is doing her I-am-a-wonderful-technician routine, but she is even better when she relaxs and lets it go. Sher'd win in my book for A Prairie Home Companion, too, and for her astonishing turn in Silkwood (a teaser for her Madison County performance, I'd say). And Sophie's Choice, of course.

From her tech-performances, she'd win for A Cry in The Dark. It's still shattering. I know I am alone, but I lover her turn in Doubt and she propably would win, too, but that's because I think her competition is not that great, not even Hathaway.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I haven't seen enough yet to answer the Meryl question, but I'll say that: I'd be shocked if she'd ever lose my win for Adaptation. That performance is like Condensed Meryl Greatness: from hilarious to heartbreaking to hilarious to heartbreaking to hilarious to heartbreaking. And it helps that Adaptation. is one of my favorites - I definitely don't agree that she hasn't been in any great films, as some have said (Then again, my taste often differs from the consensus).

I find it hard to *really* love her in Sophie's Choice, but that's mostly because Kline and MacNicol's characters ruin most of the movie.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I'd also pair Ryan Gosling with Scarlett Johannson, not only because she needs a big career boost, but because I think they're both very good at playing that sort of dangerous sexuality, but with something underneath it all at the same time. Or maybe with SMG, because she rarely gets to flex that sexy/naughty vibe, and I think she'd do great with Gosling.

Streep I'd give wins for Sophie's Choice, A Cry In The Dark (my favourite of her performances), Kramer Vs. Kramer and The Devil Wears Prada.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

MDA, I agree with you about Alexander Siddig...and we really, really need to see more of Hiam Abbas!

Ben, I like your Gosling-Johannson suggestion.

What about Gosling with Gordon-Levitt...or maybe even Matt Damon?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

I LOVE Cruel Intentions--holds up really well...SMG absolutely gave the better performance in that film, and was great at playing such a nasty character. But, yeah, Reese had a better showing in Election, which helped show off her talents and then she got a box office hit with Legally Blonde.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Ryan should do films with the following people for pure visceral/intellectual/emotional/sensual reasons:

1.With Angelina Jolie in an action/romance film to be directed by either Doug Liman or Steven Soderbergh( if he is not retiring)- this will not win Oscars but the box office would be great

2. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman and Emily Blunt in a period film about three rich sisters who fell in love with a lumberjack(Gosling)-this might win Oscars for design and this should be directed by period film masters like Stephen Daldry or Shekhar Kapur or Baz Luhrmann

3. With Al Pacino in an Oldboy remake to be directed by Scorsese..enough said

4. With Cate Blanchett in a story about a journalist who had a fling while vacationing in Ibiza
5. With Penelope Cruz, Zhang Ziyi, and Evan Rachel Wood in a film that shall be called Polygamy, about a traveling writer who had three wives on different countries- to be directed by Almodovar

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhallucinator

The American audience should see more of the actors who played the couple in Sin Nombre, the underrated and underapreciated Gong Li( who was the only good thing in Memoirs of a Geisha aside from Atwood's costumes), and the mother in the Korean film Mother.

Actors who are not a minority yet deserve a wider audience include Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Deneuve, Florian Lukas, Sandra Huller, Vlad Ivanov( who chilled me on his few scenes in 4 Months..), and Anamaria Marinca ( who should be nominated for Best Performance Without An Oscar). I suggest that there should be a Foreign Film Awards to cater the minorities and foreign films.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhallucinator

I would say that Male Academy voters always choose the hot girl they would end up marrying.

Exception: Angelina (She was fierce at one point).

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Ryan Gosling would be wonderful paired with me next!!! ;-)

I believe Michelle has turned 31 already and Kiki may already be 30, right?

Do you think Emma Stone can already be labeled as a future Oscar winner, Nate? So soon?

I know you have eternal and unbreakable faith in Hathaway but she has been on a bad streak lately. Love and other drugs was embarassing. Then the Oscars which were awful, terrible, horrendous, traumatic. Aparently she is terrible in One Day (if the producers had seen Becoming Jane they would know they should have never, ever, cast her as an english girl, let alone one in a movie/book which deals with regional and local diferences and subjects that are so particular and say so much about a specific place and how it molds the country- SHE CANT DO AN ACCENT!!!! If she couldnt do the "generic posh period piece drama school" jane austen accent, how would she ever do a contemporary, nothern england one?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Apart from the accent which aparently is atrocious, it seems like she sucks in the movie, as far as acting is concerned.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I agree with James T here-why limit Ryan to only the ladies? I'm actually fascinated to see if he can pull that sort of kinetic energy with a guy that he has with almost every female on-screen. Andrew Garfield would be perfect, as would someone who is his charismatic match, like Colin Farrell or, dare I say it, Michael Fassbender.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

hallucinator, I tip my imaginary bowler hat to you. I would see all of those movies opening weekend, no questions asked. I don't even know if I can pick a favorite!

John T, Gosling/Farrell might actually be better than Gosling/Fassbender. Oh god.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Another actress we need to see more of is Lubna Azabal, who gave such a fantastic performance in "Incendies."

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

Nathaniel - Interesting perspective on the Evan Rachel Wood and the Academy's bias against boner-inducing sexiness. I'd actually like to critique that view a bit. I don't think its a matter of not being able to respect the sexy actress who gives them a hard-on, I think it might be the opposite. With an actress as sexually aggressive as Wood or Turner, etc, I suspect most of the Academy voters shy away because they are averse to granting female stars credit for demanding respect with sex. They're like the guy who is too insecure to let a woman take the lead in bed. For the most part Oscar reserves his sexy tag for women whose sexuality is quasi-submissive. Natalie Portman in Black Swan, for instance: an innocent girl just giving sex a try, really. She's really pretty submissive to both Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Fiore

nathaniel, you wouldn't give meryl an oscar for kramer vs kramer? thats one of my favs of her performances

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkent

One thing i have noticed is no one mentions meryl in marvin's room,i think she's great in it much better than diane who was nominated,what think you nat.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrripley

I'd like to see Ryan Gosling do a film with Saorise Ronan, Tang Wei, or Miranda Otto. Ewan McGregor or Eric Bana would make a good male companion for him.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabriel Oak

i would love to see Ryan Gosling pairing with Scarlett Johansson... as a straight guy i envy and admire mr. Gosling and seeing him in a David Lynch kind of movie with such a sexy and talented enough actress would be just orgasmic (in a cinematic way, OF COURSE!)

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpedro t.

Gosling and Johansson together sounds very interesting to me, not only because it would mean a career push to Scarlett as someone already said, but because I think they would have a great chemistry... I can see them pairing for Lynch or Woody Allen or for something very à la "Blue Valentine" and since they are both young and recognized, I can see it happening!

and let's be honest, guys: after Williams, Wood, Stone, Dunst, McAdams or Carey, Scarlett would be just the perfect cherry on the top! I think I wanna be Ryan Gosling...

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Casey -- thanks. You're actually stating it better than I did. That's the kind of specificity i was trying to articulate and failing. I realy do think the submission thing is key.

Ed & Pedro -- i thought about Scarlett but for some reason I was suddenly all "NO!" but maybe it's just that i'm so disillusioned with her after that great start. She just seems so boring now. Or maybe i just loathe her as "black widow".

Kent -- maybe i would. that was the closest to a fourth win for me. but i felt i should maybe see a few more 78 things before deciding.

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Kerry Washington, Abbie Cornish, Blake Lively (never thought I'd see the day where I'd say that but I really dug her in The Town...), speaking of the Town, Rebecca Hall as well...

also I CANT be the only one who wants to see him challenge Ryan Reynolds in a "Who's the better Canadian Ryan" fight. Reynolds is more built but Gosling is cockier and cleverer so it'd be pretty even.

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony A
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