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Is “The Farewell” a Comedy or Drama for Golden Globes purposes? I could see the case for both.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Mike Leigh.....I think about him constantly.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Will Awkwafina become the first Asian woman nominated for Best Actress?

Also what should be the next musical made into a movie?

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

How once again the year is ending and there are like 80000 movies I still need to watch.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterkris01

Bruce Lee, Martin Scorsese and Judy Garland. Mostly Judy since I've been watching a lot of her Mickey Rooney pictures for the first time.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCláudio Alves

Partially my support for Zellweger getting Oscar number two is my undying love of Chicago. Nowadays never leaves me heart and ears whenever I think of the movie and it's divisive Oscar win for best picture. It really does remain unimpeachable to me for a best picture winner in the 2000s and 2010s.

Pfeiffer being denied for Mother throughout its award season is just criminal.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Jennifer Jones

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

@ Brookesboy- What do you think about her performance in Madame Bovary? I wish she had been nominated for that instead of Duel in the Sun.

October 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Hoping the next photo shoot of Matthias Schoenaerts sees him recreating male beauty roles from film, à la Gods & Monsters, Streetcar, 300, Casino Royale, anything Newman ...

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

That somehow Greta Gerwig is slated to direct Mattel's Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie. (I'm sorry, what?)

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Christian Bale. He has no upandcoming movies lined up. Is he taking a break?

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

@/3artful I have never understood the complaints about that movie. It's cinematic, it's got terrific chemistry, it tells the story, it looks fantastic. I don't get the complaints.

I've been just hoping that once again we could have some surprises throughout the season, and that we don't all "decide' that "these 4 performances" are the winners. Spread the love, Guild Members.

And, also, I too have a lot of movies to catch up on, as well.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

I hope some critics rally behind actors from Parasite. That ensemble was terrific. What a delight it would be to see a name or two from that cast pop up in acting categories come nomination day.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRizz

Who do you think since 1990 to now has entered legendary status as they have got older.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Is Nicole Kidman biodegradable?

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGreta

It feels like Octavia Spencer is going to be overlooked for her best performance, and yet she holds two of the worst nominations of all time for NOTHING performances in Hidden Figures & The Shape of Water. Meanwhile, Luce blew me away and she was astounding in it.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharlea

Tom G. -- I would have nominated her for both. I so agree with you, she is terrific in Madame Bovary. She captures a tricky character in that she conveys both a self-destructive narcissism coupled with a terrifying feeling of inevitable isolation. Her last scene is a knockout. I also would have nominated her for Portrait of Jennie and The Towering Inferno in supporting. So she would have seven nominations. Also, it would have been wonderful if she could have been cited for her last film. Sigh.

markgordon--three actresses come to mind: Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening and Emma Thompson.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Fuck Ellen.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKalinda

Same dream as you.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

@markgordon and brookesboy

I've been thinking about Holly Hunter! There's a scene in the last Succession where Brian Cox tells her she's "fungible (replaceable) as fuck."

Got me thinking about how singular and utterly unfungible she is as an actor. So full of contradictions. I'm not saying she's the greatest of all time but there's simply no suitable substitute for her. It's wild that she's been so successful—but also kind of inevitable? I adore her.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJF

Should movie-lovers box-office boycott all Netflix Oscar bait (The Irishman/Marriage Story)?

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTOM

Taron Egerton may be a Best Actor contender for Rocketman but I sincerely hope that people don't forget how great Jamie Bell is as Bernie Taupin.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew St.Clair

David Byrne's True Stories. I watched it last weekend, and I think I may watch it again this weekend. What a delightful film. And John Goodman's debut!

markgordonuk - Among the men, Tom Hanks, Denzel and DDL.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening and Emma Thompson.

I can see why these make sense but you need more than being a great chameleon actress my thoughts were along these lines Hanks,Washington,Julia Roberts and Daniel Day Lewis and to be contrary Judi Dench since her main career in film was 95 onwards.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Why is Ang Lee doing movies like Gemini Man?

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

An idea just crossed my mind the other day: it's been a while since I've heard of David O. Russell... And I would love to see his PAPER MOON-esque movie OLD IN ST. LOUIS come to life (they reported Vince Vaughn and Scarlett Johansson were set to star)

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEd

JF--her snub for The Big Sick still hurts. She broke my heart in that.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

that, based on what i've heard and read, the Judy Garland movie is going to be a giant yawn for me. i rarely go to the cinema because of cost (I MUST have popcorn and then of course a coke to wash it down) so i will probably have to wait for months to see it on streaming.


in the same vein, how FANTASTIC Natalie Portman was in Black Swan. just watched the othe night. I kind of dreaded watching it, thinking it was going to be gory and dull, but she totally owned that film. I knew she was great from Closer, and now she's a fave.

October 10, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterrrrich7

When Almodóvar will cast Oscar Isaac in one of his movies?

A gay character with a lot of gay sex scenes for gods sake!!!

I am thinking a lot in Pedro Almodóvar. I am so happy to see him so praised in the past weeks!

Please, cast Oscar Isaac in a gay character, Pedro!!!

October 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPartially

Will someone ever produce a biopic of the Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa in the silent movies of the 1910s. He became a super star and near-sex symbol for women in the US... white women, black women... women of all races. In many of his films -such as The Cheat- he was partnered with Caucasian actresses. Look him up in Wikipedia and you'll see why.

October 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

rrrich7 - That may be my favorite performance of the decade, honestly. It has always been strangely underrated here, and a lot of critics think Portman was better in Jackie (where she is undeniably outstanding as well). But that performance was such a shock to the system for me. I'm glad you liked it.

October 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

@Suzanne, i thought Jackie was a bit boring. More to do with the writing than her performance.
So glad to hear you echo my sentiments about Black Swan. I do wonder if Natalie is spending time raising her child/children. Hopefully she will be back on the big screen one day soon.

October 12, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterrrrich7

Suzanne: the telephone scene early in Black Swan was when I knew she'd win the Oscar. Magnificent.

October 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

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