Finally, can we talk a little bit about movies? So people like us who are not serious and who are always striving are winning awards as professionals.
Republicans staged a chairmanship brawl. Democrats observed a J6 vigil. The Twitter war has settled into the usual trench swap between left and right.
And the weary nation that survived another election cycle (remember when elections actually ended in November?) seems fine to resume broad conversations about film awards.
Opening just in time: At the risk of appearing insignificant in the face of constant political crises, this week brings some key markers to a somewhat neglected adult movie season.
Tomorrow night, or more precisely, Wednesday morning when the ratings come in, the Golden Globes will be hopelessly crippled by an industry and media campaign to wipe out its famously slovenly, overwhite sponsors. You’ll know if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Young black comic book Jerrod Carmichael will host a show for NBC. Not-so-young black comic Eddie Murphy receives the Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Whether that combination, plus the presence of an expected movie and TV star, is enough to rebuild the ceremony for his second most important movie in Hollywood is no small question.
Burned down villages to save them, like in Vietnam? Let’s hope not. Without the silliness of the Globes as an annual foil, the Oscars are powerless.
Once again this week, voting for the Academy Award nominations will begin on Thursday, January 12th and will end in five days. The opening of the nominations brought another important marker. That’s the complete list of films that have been nominated for the year.
Last year, due to the shortened qualification period, the number of candidates decreased by about 25% to 276, down from 366 the previous year. The number of nominees has increased slightly this time, bringing him to 301, according to figures just released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The rise, albeit modest, is largely in line with the slight increase in films released last year, but it’s a good sign. Despite being in a slump, it remains intact.
In any case, it’s January here and we’re finally talking about movies again. At a minimum, the price of eggs ($5.99 a dozen cheap eggs at Ralph’s Market, limited to two cartons per customer), or the promised “amazing rise in natural gas prices (in California anyway), or A bomb cyclone (returned to the globe?) managed to push the photo aside.
So please chat. What’s the deal with BAFTA? Avatar Nose off?Who do you think will be the next Bond? and why Amsterdam Such a mess (failed 3 months ago, I only watched 1 minute, really 12 minutes)?
Maybe it’s all trifles. But it’s kind of fun, and it’s certainly a relief that we don’t think about things as important as Hollywood.