Posts tagged ‘Hailee Steinfeld’

November 16, 2010

Gold Diggers: Actress Action

Since last week The Hollywood Reporter hosted an actress roundtable that was a quite enjoyable watch, I thought I would comment on the state of the actress race. THR had 6 actresses chatting at their poorly decorate table: Amy Adams, Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and Hilary Swank. I think they batted 5 for 6 in predicting future nominees… but let’s step into the field and take a look.

I’ll show you how I go through my process. There are 2 strategies and I try and use both. There are certain categories that you can fill and choose actresses that you think will get nominated. Or you can eliminate people by mentioning some aspect of their chances that are polarizing and will ultimately fail.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Here’s the field: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Marion Cotillard (Inception), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Miranda Richardson (Made in Dagenham), Saorise Ronan (The Way Back), Sissy Spacek (Get Low), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Dianne Wiest (Rabbit Hole)

I’ll be very surprised if someone outside of these 13 names gets a nomination. It’s a very weak field and these are definitely the people with the most buzz. Let’s start with some eliminations. Elle Fanning is probably great, but I think she is the minor with the least buzz. Jacki Weaver has a very strong following, but it’s small. I don’t think many people will see her film, nor do I think her performance is up to snuff.

Mila Kunis is a little too branded as just a pretty face to break through, and I’m not sure the Academy will respond to her being the driving force of lesbianism in an evil way. And I haven’t seen Black Swan yet, but I don’t think Barbara Hershey gets too much to do as the stage mom. Black Swan is Natalie Portman’s show… but we’ll get there later. Marion Cotillard is Inception’s best shot at an acting nomination, but I think the her chances have deteriorated since Inception’s lost steam since the summer. A DVD release might do something, but I bet more for Best Picture win chances as opposed to her nomination chances.

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October 19, 2010

Trailer Trash: Top Teasers

I just want to share my two favorite teaser trailers that have hit so far. They are both beautifully cut, thrilling, and they make me want to see the movie!

True Grit’s teaser trailer has recently been usurped by a lengthier, showier, regular (Worse) trailer. The teaser leaves out Bridges, Damon, and Brolin to instead feature Deakins sweeping images, a haunting (original?) song, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. And the barrel click at the end? Cheesy and genius! Great cut Coens!

The other trailer is for Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. And if the trailer doesn’t impress upon you enough that it is Danny Boyle’s film, then you are as a blind as Helen Keller. It is interesting that they aren’t really trying to sell James Franco or even like Amber Tamblyn – not that she is anyone anymore, but it’s nice to see her. Mantle’s cinematography rivals Deakins and it should be a truly harrowing film. And the song has been playing in my mind for weeks.