and they're off
OK. Probably my favorite time of year is here and Im not talking Christmas or the impending Super Bowl (I love that too even though my Niners suck cock this year). Its when the end of the year film awards start being handed out culminating of course with the Oscars. I know, Im a total queen about this, but I dont care. I like the whole thing. Except for Joan Rivers talking to people on the red carpet. I have to shut my eyes, and ears. So be forewarned, plaintive wail will become more and more consumed with this shit as the weeks roll on. Get out now if you want.
So the whole shebang got started yesterday when the National Board of Review (old group consisting of film critics, teachers, historians, and students) came out with their list. I like the NBR, but not because I always agree with their picks, because I dont. Two years ago they picked LA Confidental (fine), but then Jack Nicholson for As Good As It Gets, a film and a performance with which I had huge problems. Last year I thought they were all fucked up, picking Gods and Monsters, Ian McKellen, Fernanda Montenegro, Ed Harris, and Christina Ricci. I do like them for other reasons, including the fact that they tend to nominate their supporting actors/actresses for their body of work that year.
So here is the NBRs list for 1999:
BEST PICTURE: American Beauty.
BEST ACTOR: Russell Crowe. The Insider.
BEST ACTRESS: Janet McTeer. Tumbleweeds.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Magnolia
& The Talented Mr. Ripley.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Julianne Moore. An Ideal Husband
& A Map of the World & Cookies Fortune & Magnolia.
DIRECTOR: Anthony Minghella. The Talented Mr. Ripley.
DOCUMENTARY: Buena Vista Social Club.
SCREENPLAY: John Irving. The Cider House Rules.
The NBR also does a bunch of other cool awards.
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES: Wes Bentley. American Beauty.
Hilary Swank. Boys Dont Cry.
DEBUT DIRECTOR: Kimberly Peirce. Boys Dont Cry.
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Magnolia.
Clint for Career Achievement
The NBR also comes out with a Top Ten List. Another reason to like them. The last nine are:
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Hmmmmm. (No Man in the Moon. No Anna and the King. No Green Mile. Interesting.) As of now, Id boot Tumbleweeds. Election would be high up. Fight Clubs probably on there. Thats all Ill commit to for now. For now
Oh, they also do a special list of Independent (whatever that means anymore) Films:
(I will bet anyone out there that if The Blair Witch Project had not made tons of money, that would be on this list. I guarantee it.)
Anyway, thats it.
What a year, no?
ElsewhereBeing an actor and a writer and a general entertainment whore, I like drama. I like car wrecks. I like break-ups and fights and explosions. I think we need more of that in this little online journal community. Cmon, Dave Van cant provide it all. So for pure dramas sake, (for pure entertainment value, for the love of static, if these were not real people that I actually like) heres what I would have happen in a few cases: Sara would turn out to yes, actually be a big fat man. Men all over the country weep simultaneously. Patrick would indeed fall madly in love with a woman and have to un-come out to everyone. Diane would make a million dollar spec sale and change the name of her journal to: OK, A Couple People Know a Few Things.
(If anyone else wants to play, feel free to
send your thoughts in. Just dont be
mean to anyone.)
...Twelfth Night closes this weekend. Sigh.
The Larry King Happy