Posts tagged ‘Nick Nolte’

January 11, 2012

Sorting through the Supporting Actor Glut

Source: Columbia Pictures

The Supporting Actor category this year, at least for a couple spaces, has really seemed in this large state of flux. Rarely in recent memory has there been in a category in which so many different contenders have won a precursor award, but my challenge today is to sort through all of those precursors to really sniff out who has a chance, because let’s face it – no one really thinks John C. Reilly is going to be nominated for Cedar Rapids.

So let’s get the easy stuff out of the way. There are three men who are all but guaranteed a nomination come the announcement. In terms of awardage, Albert Brooks for Drive is surprisingly in first place with a whopping 28 mentions from various critics groups including the BFCA, the Globes, and the NYFCC. While he missed out at SAG, don’t expect that to happen at the Oscars. He’s in for a nomination – possibly the win. Christopher Plummer for Beginners is certainly still in there too, with 21 mentions across the groups. He, however, has the best record with the big boys. Plummer really only missed the NYFCC and got all 5 of the BFCA, the Globes, LAFCC, the NBR, and SAG. Shue in. The third nominee who is a strong definite is the hyper-British hyper-actor Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn. His far stealthier awards track still holds 9 award mentions including the BFCA, the Globes, and SAG. He’s got a pretty good record going for him, he turns in a fun performance, and I can’t see why he will miss this nomination.

Now it’s time for the tricky part…

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October 19, 2010

Flashbacks: 1991

Oh my goodness. I have virtually seen nothing from ’91. That’s not true. I’ve seen a couple. And some of what I have seen is quite good. But my regrettable haven’t seen list is not pretty (although the ugliest for sure will come in 1994).

5. My Girl

See how sad this list is? Now, I don’t want to take anything away from one of the sweetest movies, but it’s not exactly top 5 material. But here it is and I’m not that ashamed. Macaulay Culkin is illegally cute and depressing. I still get a little misty-eyed when I think of bee allergies. And the girl, Anna Chlumsky, is quite endearing and doesn’t not carry the film. This is the single perfect movie to watch on a gloomy Mother’s Day at 2:00 PM. It just has that kind of home-grown happy times feel, despite being horribly sad. Either way, a hallmark in gushy cinema of the ’90s.

4. City Slickers

I swear the next movie will be phenomenal. Although City Slickers is pretty damn funny. You have Billy Crystal at his comedic peak, a hilarious and gritty performance from Jack Palance, and I also think this is the movie where a cow goes into labor. Instant classic. And my affinity for the comedy western genre has just recently been touched upon with my new found love of Cat Ballou. Are there any other good comedy westerns? Oh! And P.S. Director Ron Underwood’s other great movie is Tremors. His resume is truly legendary.

3. Cape Fear

Here’s where things get cooking. Maybe one of the least respected Scorsese/De Niro combinations, but it still is a doozy. As Nick Nolte and family try to deal with Robert De Niro’s fearsome Max Cady, Scorsese creates a tension that is truly palpable. This just rides on so much tension. And Scorsese keeps the audience right where he wants them at all times. Never before in a film have I shouted so loudly and frequently at a main character as when throughout the whole film Nolte lets his emotions and fear get the best of him. This film displays the tension between society and paranoia better than most others who have tried while never letting the fear go from the audience. It also expertly uses the REAL LIFE location of Cape Fear.

2. The Silence of the Lambs

No 1991 list is complete without this classic horror film. From easily quotable jabs from Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter to the horrifying images of Buffalo Bill dancing with his you-know-what tucked in you-know-where. Jonathan Demme created a truly eerie film that has seeped into pop culture so deep, that people who haven’t seen the film can quote it. That’s really saying something. Unlike most of America, my favorite moments all involve Bufflo Bill. I think Ted Levine gives a truly chilling performance. Not to say that Lecter isn’t creepy too. I just always felt (a little) safer because he’s behind bars. This also is the most recent film to sweep the big 5 awards at the Oscars. So Congrats to Demme, Foster, Hopkins, and Ted Tally for their reigning place in Oscar trivia absurdia.

1. Beauty and the Beast

Maybe this is sentimental. Or maybe it’s because it’s phenomenal. The opening sequence with the stained glass windows is beautiful; the songs are all catchy, memorable, and filled with the delightful lyrics of Howard Ashman, not to mention being Alan Menken’s finest; the jokes still crack me up; the whimsy and magic of inanimate objects coming to life is refreshing and exciting every time. What I’m trying to say is, this movie is near perfect. It best shows the Disney trend of “be true to yourself” idea through Belle’s passion for literature. It speaks to the power of family, friendship, and most importantly, love. And my all time favorite line – “If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it!”

Regrettable Haven’t Seens:

Bugsy

Hook

JFK

Thelma & Louise

Barton Fink