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The 10 Most Terrifying Words You'll Read Today

[from a Telluride preview piece by Anne Thompson]


I don't remember one thing about this article (other than an underlying 'screw Toronto!' praise Telluride' tone) due to these ten words. TERRIFYING. I've already tweeted this out but for those of you without twitter, it was important that you share the nightmare. Forgive me for destroying your peaceful slumber tonight.

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But is it better than Amelia: The Desolation of Smaug?

LOL! Nathan, you're a gem.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I would think she would be happy just to not be forgotten. How many years since she was on screen in something new?

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

If this year has as weak a Best Actress lineup as some are predicting, this could actually happen. A nomination anyway- Rosamond Pike is winning this year.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom

Thanks ? for sharing. It's only fair to give something back.



August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Don't worry Nathaniel, Telluride tributes are the kiss of death to Oscar campaigns. Last year it was Redford and Coens and two years ago Cotillard.

Although yes it that happens it is Armageddon and no one's there to save us.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMurtada

Her powers only work when Benning is involved to steal energy from.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

Just checked your Best Actress predix—is "so much to look forward to!" above tier 3 meant to be sarcasm? It's your lead-in for Swank (doing Swank) , Woodley (in lame teen fare), Mirren (in lame geriatric fare), Jolie (in lame Disney fare) and Johansson, in fare that has no chance of getting in. I'm looking forward only to her.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

Beware of the Swank. Be VERY VERY afraid.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lor

The whole film festival war meme pushed by some of the oscar bloggers is just so pathetic and anti-art. Are they incapable of processing anything outside of a horse race context? Or just, you know, enjoying the film festivals for their individual strengths?

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

"Hoping" is the keyword, and she can keep hoping for it but as long as it doesn't come true I'm fine.

Speaking of Telluride and Toronto, will you be doing s "Yes No Maybe So" for Rosewater which according to EW will be going to Both film festivals? I have a big yes (Gael Garcia Bernal, duh), a slight no (never a big fan of political thriller) and a maybe so (Jon Stewart is a director now? How would that turn out?). I need advice. But mostly I'm a yes. I'll watch any with Gael Garcia Bernal in it.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Hilary Bashing is very 2009!!!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

That's not funny. Not funny at all. /shivers in memory of "Million Fucking Dollar Fucking Baby"

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

The world does not deserve that.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVinicius

Right the only way to care about film is to care about the silly awards shows.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I guess people on this site don't care about movies only awards. Sigh.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I don't begrudge her first win. She was quite terrific in "Boys Don't Cry" (although I still think Roth for "All About My Mother" and Winslet for "Holy Smoke!" were even more deserving, but that's a different story). But her 2004 win was just.....WTF. She wasn't bad, but Winslet and Imelda were doing career-topping work, Bening doing uneven but still far more interesting work, and Moreno taking quiet soulfulness to a whole new level...and then there was Kidman doing revelations with her eyes in "Birth." Why the Academy and critics loved her is just so confusing to me.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Haha. To be honest neither of her wins are atrocious - those are both very strong performances at/near the top of her category's nominees. It's just that outside of these two performances and a couple of other roles, her overall filmography/ body of work is not that impressive.

I'm hoping for a comeback - if only to see everyone squirm in fear if she gets nominated.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnonny

Thanks for ruining my night. Ugh. She better not even come within spitting distance!

And if she DID win, it's not like she'll use it to maintain a steady career or anything. >_>

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

Hilary bashing is very 2009!!!

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

@ tom,

the statuette is definitely going Jessica Chastain or Amy Adams' way ;)

I roared at the "But is it better than Amelia: The Desolation of Smaug?" :D :D :D

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

She's actually pretty great in The Homesman. Probably not winning great, but a nomination is certainly not out of the question.

Man I hope I won't get my TFE membership card revoked for saying that...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

Hayden - LOL. i hadn't noticed that (that was from an earlier chart... but it's totally funny given that we've seen most of those.

August 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Swank bashing is very 2009!!!

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

Aw, guys, why the Swank hate again? You're better than this...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Those 10 words really do send a chill up my spine, ye God's surely life would never be so cruel as to inflict that on us. Then BrianZ reminded me that Bening isn't in the race this year so Swank's return is not happening. Whew!

Btw, is there such a strong Anti-Toronto sentiment? Toronto runs such a good film festival, why the backlash?

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

PAM -- it was a joke. I haven't seen the Houseman. If she's great in it I'll say so. FTR as I've often stated, I think she was brilliant in Boys Don't Cry (my silver medalist after Winslet in Holy Smoke!) and pretty good in Million Dollar Baby (though the worst of the 5 nominees). And I thought she was good in Conviction if not Oscar worthy.

LADYEDITH & ROARK -- i don't get it myself. The only people who seem to hate Toronto are the Oscar bloggers who go to Telluride. I hear Telluride is beautiful but I'd rather go to a festival that has more to offer in terms of selection. Plus Toronto is cheaper so it's more cinephile friendly.

Plus I have the NYFF for the 'curated for you' fix. In general I prefer to curate my own festival within a festival which you can do at the huge ass festivals like Toronto.

MELISSA & NIKKI -- yep. that's us here at the film experience. We've never in our life cared about the cinema! [/sarcasm]

P.J. -- I don't even get hoping for a third statue. People would just DESPISE her. Why on earth would she hope for that? (A nomination with no chance of winning would be far better for her career at this point, too be honest, and her only real shot at a sustainable comeback) Maybe she lives in a bubble and doesn't how know these things are perceived? I mean if Allison Janney were anyone besides Allison Janney (who is so damn likeable) people would probably start despising her since she openly bragged about winning six Emmys during her speech. People generally turn on stars when they get too "ME ME ME ME ME GIMME GIMME" about these things (see the way people used to love Julia Roberts or Kate Winslet or or or or.... but now are quite harsh with them for being too self-absorbed or wanting awards too badly)

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@ Yavor:

At first I thought Adams or Moore or Chastain would be winning- but I predict that the votes will split for all these due actresses and the awards will go to Pike, who is not arguably due, but will give a great and probably talked about performance.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom

The best thing that could happen to Hilary is a Marisa Tomei kind of career. Showing up in a lot of different things and always giving it your all, and eventually two or three gems stick out and you get nominated again, and then by the time you're in your 50s, people sort of look back fondly at your "undeserved" wins and chuckle a bit and move on.

PS I have no problem at all with Hilary Swank having two Oscars. Maybe she'll have to pull a Luise Rainier and live forever so that people can say it's not an Oscar curse, but rather an Oscar blessing.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

I just feel the silly digs at Swank are silly and then the defence is saying her 2 oscar wins were liked,i don't see the need to even start a thread like this.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

Uh, does everyone realize this sentence is baseless? Without a quote from Swank herself, there's no reason to believe it's true. Saying she's "hoping" for a third Oscar is a vague, lazy way of working around the fact that you haven't bothered verifying this with the actress herself. Sure, maybe Swank wants a third. But maybe she's aware of the backlash that already happened with her second win or the potential backlash that could happen if she wins a third time, sort of like how Jennifer Lawrence reportedly voted for Lupita Nyong'o and didn't campaign for herself because she knew it might be problematic for her career if she won twice back to back and knew how deserving Nyong'o was.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

lots of bashing without facts.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

As I've posted before, I don't begrudge Hilary her two Oscars. The first was definitely deserved, and the second one was very close, IMO. I think she benefited from a mysterious cosmic alchemy of time and place that allowed those victories.She had the right performances and right films at just the right time to charm Oscar. And they both are wonderful pieces of acting. However, her limp career most certainly isn't reflective of a two-time Oscar winner.

I did laugh at Nathan's post. It's hilarious. We all have actresses that just big the hell out of us. And he's entitled to his opinion. After all, it is HIS house! lol

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I can just here him in a Meryl AOC Violet voice "THIS IS MY HOUSE!!!

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

DJDeeJay - Exactly. I was gonna say, Nathaniel, where did you read she's actually hoping for a third one? The idea is frightening yes, but I doubt she cares about a third. She has two for crying out loud, when most actors don't even get one. You're taking what this person said too seriously. I didn't think you were until your last comment with "Why on earth would she hope for that?" and "Maybe she lives in a bubble and doesn't how know these things are perceived?" lol. Calm down, don't think she actually said she hopes for one. This person is just assuming because she got a good role again that she's doing it for an Oscar. :p

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

You all take this so very seriously! I meant it in gest. like NoooOOOOOoooooooooo.

August 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R


August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpoppy

And if The Homesman doesn't catch on, I just watched the Trailer for You're Not You where she plays a woman battling ALS. It's as if the ice bucket challenge was a built in preplaned Oscar campaign.

August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

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