Oscar nominations announced
Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:30 AM
It's sad to see so many others get caught up in Botox mania in a youth oriented society when, in fact, the general population is getting older.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 02:19 PM
Posted 10 February 2004 - 04:08 PM
Even with the mainstream market, which is blending so much these days with the independent, we continue to see the more mature women hold their own. While in her 40s, Russo made, among others, 'Tin Cup," "Get Shorty," and "Ransom." Sarandon won her Oscar for "Dead Man Walking" when she was 50-ish. Pfeiffer was also in her 40s doing "The Deep End of the Ocean" and "What Lies Beneath." As for Streep, it may well be she doesn't always care if she plays the lead, as long as the work itself is good. I can't imagine anyone turning her down for just about any role she wanted to attempt. I think the same could be said for Field, who made a very intelligent and gutsy move playing Tom Hanks' mother in "Forest Gump," thereby establishing herself as a character actor before she 'had' to.
Diane Keaton is showing she is still star/Oscar material.
With the looming end of "Friends," it's Lisa Kudrow, at 40, who is being touted as the most likely to go on to a successful film career.
Still going strong on Broadway is Bernadette Peters, well into her 50s. Kathleen Turner has established herself well there too.
I don't by any means think this is the greatest time in movies for maturing women. But I think the way to do it is without fighting the natural changes of life. I also want to point out that there are younger actresses I do enjoy watching, but those are the ones who exude a certain intelligence no matter what their age. I think several who will make the transition nicely in the coming years are Julia Roberts, Ashley Judd and Marisa Tomei. I think Reese Witherspoon is another smart young woman with good range.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 05:26 PM
Returning to the topic, it would be nice to see Keaton win, although in all honesty I think the one Oscar she already has reflects her actual gifts as an actress – two's a bit much for her, one is plenty. Of the women who did get nominated, I'm rooting for Samantha Morton.
Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:32 AM
I'm not saying that the right attitude will automatically result in your being awarded the roles of your dreams. Rather, 1) giving in to the knife and injections will not do it either and will only make you feel and look foolish, both in the outcome of the good doctors' handwork and the roles you keep trying to play; and 2) you contribute to the problem by perpetuating it!
Moreover, this problem has been exacerbated in recent years. A number of notable actresses come to mind from years past who did fine work without succumbing to this craze: Glenda Jackson, Gena Rowlands, Katharine Hepburn -- heck, even Doris Day.
It's time for the madness to stop, and I think people like S. Hayek have the right idea about creating their own venues. It was K. Hepburn who said to look for the circumstances you want, and if you can't find them, then create them. I know this quote well because it has guided me plenty.
Yes, women are in a rather tough spot in the entertainment industry these days, but they are also contributing to this problem -- I've watched the erosion of feminism before my very eyes in a few short years. Virtually every awards show is a microcosm of what's happening.
If this were my particular field, and I had the financial resources and pull that some of these actresses do, I would be scripting, directing and producing the work I wanted to act in.
Posted 11 February 2004 - 08:22 PM
I was astonished a few months ago to see one of Hollywood's prettiest mouths -- Meg Ryan's -- distorted by obvious collagen injections. Didn't she know what she had? :mondieu:
Posted 12 February 2004 - 10:08 AM
I read that odds are narrowing on Naomi Watts to win. Did anyone see 21 Grams? I confess I took pains not to............
Posted 12 February 2004 - 12:57 PM
By the way what are the latest odds on best actor?
Posted 12 February 2004 - 05:34 PM
Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:36 AM
Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:32 PM
It's interesting to me to hear the different players in "Mystic River" discuss Eastwood's novel approach to directing. He reportedly has a very serene and gentle style.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 12:32 PM
However I think Kevin Bacon deserved a nomination for Mystic River - I have always liked him but I think this was one of his best roles ever. This is very unfair to say but I always expect Sean Penn to act well, so no surprise whenhe does. Bacon isnt that consistent.
I also thought LAura Linney did a great job and if I were selecting the nominees, would have nominated her and not Marcia Gay Harden - she's too actressy, IMO.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 08:08 PM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 09:48 AM
The academy just loves it when a beautiful actress appears onscreen sans makeup, hair a mess in dumpy clothes, don't they?
perky, that way, the Academy has it both ways -- they recognize a good, if showy, performance, and still get to see a Totally Hot Chick hit the aisle in a designer dress to accept her award. (This is much better than casting an older English actress to play Virginia Woolf, or a Kathy Bates to play a character like Aileen Wuornos.)
vagansmom, I do think Kidman is a good actress, although not a very warm or sympathetic one. I agree with you, the "new Streep" hype is REALLY annoying. I think others may find it annoying too -- hence no nomination.
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