Monday, January 29, 2007

... But I Told You So

Little Miss Sunshine won the coveted SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Film, giving it a big Oscar push that it needed desperately in order to compete with heavyweights like The Departed and Babel. And guess what? It was one of three DVDs sent to every SAG member in America (the other two being The Departed and Venus, the latter being nominated only for Best Actor in a Drama), making it 2 for 2 in favor of free stuff...woo hoo! The message is now crystal clear, and for those too thick to get it, I'll spell it out: if you want to even have a chance at winning top honors, you must give every SAG actor a free copy of your movie. Otherwise, don't even bother. My prediction? Next year, all five nominated films will be in my mailbox by the middle of January. Unless, of course, they want to have zero shot at winning. Just saying...


Blogger Josh said...


What were your thoughts on seeing "United 93"? Do you predict Paul Greengrass will win best director?


January 29, 2007 1:54 AM  
Blogger Zach said...

Greengrass and his film are brilliant...but this is Scorcese's year, I believe.

January 29, 2007 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just discovered your blog ! My name is Alexis and I am a 31 years old director from Paris France. And i am happy to speak with one of the actors who are a part of my movie culture since my childhood. It would be cool to see you more in movies. Maybe one day i will have the chance to Hire you in a movie.
See you and take care !


January 29, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Josh said...


"This is what's left of my imported Bavarian Snow Man..."

What do you think of that for my blog title?


January 30, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger Zach said...


January 30, 2007 4:30 PM  
Anonymous J.D. said...

Looks like we've got some more people who are fans of the two greatest films ever made!

I think you are right Zach, Scorsese is long overdue for a statue. But these awards shows are not always fair---- the ones who desrve it don't always get it. In 1983 a classic like "E.T." lost best picture and best director to "Gandhi"! (I guess Spielberg took it in its' stride and did not hold a grudge--- a decade later he hired Richard Attenborough to play a main role in "Jurassic Park").

I'll get a little TOO predictable if I mention again there were no nominations in '85 and '91 for a certain director and film, so I wont elaborate any more on that subject!

Then a stunner in 1988 when "The Last Emperor" took home Best Picture instead of "Fatal Attraction"-- Bernardo Bertolucci took best director instead of Adrian Lyne--- but what really was shocking is that Glenn Close lost to Cher in "Moonstruck". THAT was unbelievable--- who did not think that Close gave an absolutely brilliant performance?

Well, we will have to wait and see what this year holds for us. I know a friend of mine will be pissed if Scorsese doesn't win--- he thought "The Departed" was the best film he saw last year.

January 31, 2007 11:49 PM  
Blogger JP Cupertino said...

Well I am glad to hear that LMS is getting some recognition.

After reading some more about the nominees, I really am somewhat pleased by the variety on the ballot this year. Greengrass does deserve an award, but I completely agree with you Zach, it is scorsese's year to finally shine. The man is entirely overdue for recognition in his directing efforts.

One thing I wanted to get your opinion on, (and all you fellow commenters as well) is how films are summed up in trailers and on the dvd shelf.

"(Movie Name), the Oscar-winning emotional drama by acclaimed director (insert director) and starring academy award nominee (insert actor) takes you along for an unforgettable experience."

This is what somewhat turned me off at first from "The Devil Wears Prada" since the only thing mentioned was that a girl gets a job for a fashion magazine. The rest was praising the cast and crew, and touting its awards.

Now, I rented it anyways and found it to be wholly enjoyable, but I feel it is becoming a common thing where movies focus so much on their oscar publicity, that the casual viewer is ignored when they are curious for quick information.

Anyways, I am glad to see some more people coming around to comment, and hopefully we will get to see "Let Them Chirp Awhile" win some awards in an upcoming editon of the Academy Awards.

Then maybe we will get to hear Don LaFontaine proclaim in a trailer in that inimitable voice of his: "...Academy Award Winner Zach Galligan..."

February 01, 2007 8:58 AM  

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