January 30, 2016

Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman's Agreement


You can tell a lot about a character by his or her imagery. Whenever I'm compiling photos of characters for this blog, my goal is to key in on specific images that depicts the total essence of the character I'm about to review. My major problem in doing this for Dorothy McGuire's Kathy in Gentleman's Agreement was that I could not figure out what exactly it is that defines her. Who is she, really? What does she stand for? What is her worth here? I'm not sure.

Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement


I haven't been much of a fan of Gregory Peck's. There's an effortless type of simplicity to his style of acting which doesn't resonate with me. To that effect, it has often felt as though he's 'doing' very little, though I can't get myself to blame him as it would seem that the roles he gets nominated for are ones which leave a little more to be desired. But this time, on his third go-around with Oscar, he demonstrates a sense of devotion to the material at hand which I hadn't seen in The Keys of the Kingdom and The Yearling.

January 14, 2016

Final Predictions: 2015 | Post Nominations Oscargasms

Every year on the night before the Oscar nominations are announced, I put out a post with my final predictions. As luck would have it, I had gone ahead and drafted my final predix for 2015 in advance and then subsequently forgot to publish it. So with my dunce cap on, I now present to you my predictions below, followed by my reactions.

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant

January 2, 2016

1947 - 20th Academy Awards

And the nominees were:
Ronald Colman, A Double Life
John Garfield, Body and Soul
Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement
William Powell, Life with Father
Michael Redgrave, Mourning Becomes Electra
Joan Crawford, Possessed
Susan Hayward, Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman's Agreement
Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra
Loretta Young, The Farmer's Daughter

Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus

Happy 2016! And what a great 2016 it will be, given that the inspiration behind this blog has announced a grand return to actress blogging (now all I need to do is get that stubborn Alex to return)!

With that said--Oscar is now two decades old! And probably for the first time since I've begun blogging, I'm actually more interested in what the Best Actor category has to offer as opposed to the Best Actress category. You've got the OG Redgrave, you've got Colman and Garfield in juicy roles, you've got the always pleasant Powell...oh, and Peck. Again. But on the ladies' side, I am not very interested in what Crawford, Hayward, and Russell have to offer. Additionally, I haven't heard great things about McGuire and Young...so there's that. I'll be glad to take a quick detour to visit Kerr. But perhaps low anticipation means I'll run into some surprises?

As always, let me know what you like out of this batch, and tell me who you think I'll like and who you think I'll hate!