Dec 1, 2014

Awards Season 2014 Starts Now!

the New York Film Critics Circle's new Best Actress!
If you follow awards at all you would know that today is the official kickstart of AWARDS SEASON 2014 (a.k.a. the true most wonderful time of the year), with the New York Film Critics Circle--the oldest and arguably the most prestigious critics awards bodies--announcing their bests of the year. The choice of theirs that got me most excited: the awarding of Best Actress unto one of my favorite actresses of today, the lady whose performance in La Vie en Rose stands as one of my most favorite wins ever in the history of the Best Actress category...my French flower Marion Cotillard for her duel work in The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night! Admittedly I haven't seen either film--I started to watch The Immigrant a month or so ago and decided 15 minutes in that I was in the mood for something lighter--but the NYFCC's decision is a step in the right direction for Cotillard finally nabbing her first nomination since her glorious Oscar win. 7 years and two big fat snubs later (for Nine and Rust and Bone respectively), could this be the year Cotillard finally slides into the chosen field of 5 again? It is the first year since 2007 that the heavy favorite for the win plays an alzheimer's victim after all. Realistically I know this'll be no easy task...Weinstein has pretty much buried The Immigrant's campaign chances and thus it looks like Two Days, One Night will have to fight off perennial loser Amy Adams as well as upstarts Shailene Woodley and Hilary Swank for that last spot. But here's hoping!

Oh, and Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons began what will probably be their eventual awards sweeps today, Boyhood won the big prize and Timothy Spall won Best Actor which is cool I guess, but this was just an excuse for me to publicly freak out over Cotillard. Feel free to tell me which films and performances you're rooting for!

5 comments:

  1. I'm happy for Marion since she didn't won in 2007.

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    1. yeah, I was pretty disheartened by her Rust & Bone snub, so I'm really hoping she can get a nom this year cuz god knows she deserves it. Doesn't seem right to me how someone like Witherspoon can make bad movies for a decade and then basically be a sure thing for a nomination with one good vehicle and yet talented actresses like Cotillard or Tilda Swinton put out consistent work and are generally not on Oscar's radar.

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  2. So happy for Marion who is a phenomenal actress and deserves way more awards. :)
    Also happy that Meryl didn't win! :) The NY critics really seem to be crazy about her so I was nervous for a while.I am very anti-Meryl at the moment :D

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    1. haha, I generally adore Meryl and I'm glad she got a nomination last year, but I understand the fatigue. Into the Woods doesn't look like my cup of tea (and i doubt critics will take to her for that movie), though I wouldn't be mad if she got a 19th nomination. We are literally watching her pwn her place atop movie history with every subsequent nom and I think it's exciting (though again, understandably mundane)!!

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  3. Meryl's entertaining in ITW but the film is a 'Cliff Notes' version of the original show with far too many plotlines shoehorned into a 2 hour running time. That means that no one gets enough screen time to truly care one way or the other about them. Streep's witch is there for a laugh and a song or two (she actually can sing) but the nomination is more about flattery than achievement.

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