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Manuel here to help you sort out your actressexual film calendar with some key release dates. The following list is prompted by the news that Sandra Bullock’s political drama, Our Brand is Crisis is set for an October release date. Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, the film was written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and was directed by David Gordon Green and features TFE favorite Ann Dowd in the all star ensemble.
With that, our growing list of “Fall films featuring a recent Best Actress Oscar winner that might find their way into awards season” ballooned to an even twelve and well, it's time to share. Yes, some of these will be longshots (word is not good on Dark Places, though hopefully some critics and voters remember Charlize's work in Mad Max Fury Road) but it’s exhilarating to see so many juicy and high profile actress-centered projects coming our way!
In an alternate universe this could have happened...
Jigsaw Lounge posted that image to twitter last night in response to a thread started by Deux Ex Cinema, one I hadn't seen. It blew my mind to learn that the great actor screen-tested for Peter O'Toole's signature part and was, according to some, David Lean's first choice. The question posed:
Did this five time nominee ever come close to actually winning an Oscar?
I'd argue that he never did though some will disagree. He was way too young for Oscar when he headlined a Best Picture Winner (Tom Jones, 1963) as he was only 27. That would have made him the youngest winner of all time in that category, a record that would have still held since Adrien Brody is the current record holder at 29. At the time I believe Finney was the sixth youngest man ever nominated for lead, but he's since been pushed out of the top ten in the last decade or so by 26 and 27 year olds who were a smidge younger in their years like Ryan Gosling, Heath Ledger, and Jesse Eisenberg. By the time Erin Brockovich (2000), his last nomination, rolled around he was up against a juggernaut contender in Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) who was so popular that he won the SAG as Leading actor before winning the supporting Oscar for the same role.
Albert Finney's last screen appearance was in Skyfall (2012) but he's still alive at 79. Will some filmmaker give him one last great role or should Oscar give him an Honorary?
Here's a list to ponder...
Living Men with the Most (Acting) Nominations Who've Never Won
- Albert Finney (5)
- [Tie] Warren Beatty*, Ed Harris, and Leonardo DiCaprio (4 each)
- [Tie] Brad Pitt*, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, Nick Nolte, and Kirk Douglas* (3 each)
* they have Oscars for something else but not a competitive acting Oscar
Proposal: Since Australia (grew up there, family and friends) and the US (born in Honolulu, lives in Nashville) share the one and only Nicole Kidman with citizenship and residence, a national holiday won't do. We propose an International Nicole Kidman Day, each June 20th to mark the birthday of one of the big screen's bravest and best and most beautiful.
Herewith a few lists to mark the day...
The roles with which she'll arguably always be most associated
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) -which speaks to her bonafide movie-star charisma
- The Hours (2002) -which boldly underlined her cool (divisive) persona and intelligence
- To Die For (1995) -her breakthrough and which initially and ungenerously clung to her rapid rise as a star on another star's arm
- The Paperboy (2012) - the psychic sex, the skanky past her prime makeup, the death wish
- Birth (2004) - "you're a little liar, aren't you?"
- Dogville (2003) -Here are some chalk lines, hyper stylized dialogue, and precious tchotchkes. Action!
- Moulin Rouge! (2001)
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Batman Forever (1995)
- To Die For (1995)
- The Paperboy (2012)
- To Die For (1995)
- Moulin Rouge! (2001)
- Herself... on talk shows
MOST AWARDS LOVE
- The Hours (2002) - Oscar & Globe & BAFTA & Silver Bear wins, SAG nom
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Globe & MTV win, Oscar, SAG & AACTA noms
- To Die For (1995) - Globe & BFCA win, BAFTA nom
- Rabbit Hole (2010) - Oscar, Globe & SAG noms
- The Paperboy (2012) - Globe & SAG & AACTA noms
IT'S ALL IN A NAME
- "Grace" 3 characters: The Others (1995), Dogville (2003), Grace of Monaco (2014)
- "Isabel" 2 characters: Bewitched (2005) and Portrait of a Lady (1996)
- "Julia" 2 characters: Wills & Burke (1985) and The Peacemaker (1997)
BIGGEST GLOBAL HITS
*Movies that were far far more successful overseas than in the US
- The Golden Compass (2005) $372*
- Batman Forever (1995) $336
- Paddington (2015) $259*
- Just Go With It (2011) $214
- Australia (2008) $211*
- The Others (2001) $209
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) $179*
- Cold Mountain (2003) $173
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $162*
- Days of Thunder (1990) $157
MOST COMMON ONSCREEN PROFESSIONS
- Actress - 4 roles: Grace of Monaco, Nine, Bewitched, Moulin Rouge!)
- Writer - 4 roles: Margot at the Wedding, The Hours, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Genius)
- Reluctant Sexworker (or thereabouts) - 3 roles: Moulin Rouge!'s whore, Birthday Girl's mail order bride, Far and Away's temporary burlesque dancer)
- Psychiatrist - 2 roles: The Invasion, Batman Forever
- Boss Lady Who Moonlights in Kidnapping - 2 roles: The Golden Compass, Paddington
MOST FREQUENT CO-STARS
- Tom Cruise (Marriage + 3 films: Far and Away, Days of Thunder, Eyes Wide Shut)
- Colin Firth (3 films: Before I Go To Sleep, The Railway Man, and the forthcoming Genius)
[tied with] David Wenham (3 films: Australia, Moulin Rouge! and the forthcoming Lion)
- Jude Law (2 films: Cold Mountain, and the forthcoming Genius)
[tied with] Ben Mendelsohn (2 films: Australia, Trespass), Daniel Craig (2 films: The Invasion, The Golden Compass), and Dianne Wiest (2 films: Practical Magic and Rabbit Hole)
WHAT WE'D LIKE TO GIVE HER FOR HER BIRTHDAY
- More of whatever makes her happy
- One more classic as beloved as Moulin Rouge! or as Oscar-honored as The Hours or as widely argued over / prestigey as Eyes Wide Shut or as audience-friendly as The Others (we're not picky/greedy... any of those will do)
- A project to do with her bestie Naomi Watts. It's been since Flirting (1991) c'mon...
- A project to do with Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!) or Stephen Dillane (The Hours) because MY GOD THE CHEMISTRY in both of those cases. Why hasn't she worked with either again?
Naturally, in the comments you'll want to share your five favorite things about this goddess and what you'd give her for her birthday
For The Lusty Month of May, we're looking at sex scene each night. Here's Denny...
Our favorite little Parisian pixie, Amélie Poulain, lives a quiet life. She amuses herself by posing silly questions...such as: How many couples are having sex at this very moment?
We were just wrapping up Black History Month when I heard from longtime reader/commenter Philip Harville who wanted to discuss Monster's Ball (2001). I wasn't touching that one with a ten foot pole (!) but here's Philip with a guest column on this perpetual hot potato. -Editor
As we know, black films are hard to come by and good black films can be even harder to come by. This raises the question of what exactly a black film is. Is it simply a film that focuses on black characters? Or do we need to also have a black crew telling the story? The conversations unraveling from that thought are endless, but watching a certain film recently got me thinking. Monster’s Ball’s Leticia (Halle Berry) really suffers from a white male perspective behind the camera. The film gained a wide audience crowning Halle Berry as the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar, but did it create the conversation it should have? Good black films aren’t exactly churned out with the frequency of superhero movies (or Tyler Perry movies), so a flawed complicated film is a gift in its own right.
The film isn’t set in a definitive year, though it seems to be in a time where lynching and protesting were out of style, and casual racism has become the norm. We see the generational divide on the issue between the three males in the central family. [More...]