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Thursday, October 5, 2006

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Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 9:57 PM

Armchair critic gets involved in Oscar talk,

Interesting, although I see no fun, daring surprises on any of his lists. This could be a boringly predictable awards season.

Most of these films are still unseen, but based on buzz, I imagine The Queen and The History Boys will vie for the indie spoiler role taken by "Capote" last year. One of them could break through, not both.

Again citing the buzz factor, I'd put Derek Luke ahead of Will Smith for Best Actor. I hope voters do rebel and vote Nicholson into the starring category despite studio campaigning for Supporting. This trend of demoting big stars to supporting status to enhance their chances for awards is scandalous. The Supporting category was created to honor little-known supporting players, who seldom have a chance any more.

Best Actress looks about right, although I expect Cate Blanchett to bump somebody off the list for the late-arriving 'Good German.' Apparently Streep and Bening are the only 2 women from the Homeland given a chance to be nominated in this category, and if only one of them makes the nominations cut, don't be surprised to see her pull a Marisa Tomei-like win against all of those ol' foreigners.

Not hearing much about The History Boys.  It could shine when it's released.  I think The Queen has probably solidified it's place unless it's bumped not by The History Boys, but perhaps by Volver.  Still way too many good films out there and no one knows a thing about Flags of Our Fathers or Dreamgirls.

For some reason I think Cate Blanchett is being pushed for supporting along with Tobey Maguire and she also has Notes on a Scandal coming out with Judi Dench - should could be nominated for one (but really an award for both a la DiCaprio).

Jimmy G weighs in on his favorite Boston-based film,

Fever Pitch. Without a doubt the best Boston based movie. Jimmy Fallon is a genius on the big screen, and Drew Barrymore is just delightful.

An enjoyable film for sure.  I probably should have considered it for my top 10 baseball films, because there aren't very many fun films about baseball fans (The Fan, with Wesley Snipes and Robert DeNiro was not good). 


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