MSNBC Oscar heat

A persuasive argument piece by MSNBC’s Sarah Bunting that Steve Carell deserves a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Little Miss Sunshine…hail to that. (He and Alan Arkin have been topping the list of Best Supporting Actor possibles in the Oscar Balloon since last spring.)
But the thing you really want to look at on the same page is that MSNBC slide show of Oscar bait movies …hah! The banner copy says that “Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed will take on Clint Eastwood‘s Flags of Our Fathers“…hah!! (Which is the reason why Warner Bros. isn’t bringing The Departed to Toronto — because it’s such a tangy Oscar contender.)
Of the eleven films listed by MSNBC as likely Oscar bait, exactly four are rock-solid contenders for Best Picture or Screenplay or some level of acting award — Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu‘s Babel, Todd Field’s Little Children, Flags of Our Fathers and Pedro Almodovar‘s Volver.
And there are two likely-possibles as far as the acting categories are concerned — Phillip Noyce ‘s Catch a Fire (i.e., Derek Luke as a Best Actor contender…maybe) and Ryan Murphy‘s Running with Scissors (i.e., a possible Best Supporting Actress nod for Annette Bening).
The list also includes Chris Nolan‘s The Prestige but my gut tells me this is more in the realm of an entertainment than Oscar glory…but maybe not. (Disney publicists are convinced it’s their ’06 Oscar missile.)
Anything’s possible, but I will eat both of my loafers if any of the following four films, listed as hotties by MSNBC, significantly distinguish themselves in the derby: Ridley Scott‘s A Good Year, Steven Zallian’s All The King’s Men, Brian DePalma’s The Black Dahlia and The Departed.

22 thoughts on “MSNBC Oscar heat

  1. corey3rd on said:

    Dr. Dolittle took an Oscar nomination from Cool Hand Luke.
    So the Departed will attract the Marty needs to lose his “Greatest Living American Director without an Oscar” title voters to get him into the round of 5. Plus he’ll have Jack to hustle the LA crowd this time.
    Remember that the Oscars aren’t about the films. They’re about the hype/backlash campaigns.

  2. Crap. I’ll nag my distributor, but he’s kind of a dick. I think I’m doomed to not compete with THE DEPARTED for Best Picture.
    Lousy Toronto.

  3. Don’t puff Jeff up, he ain’t got the power to cause shit. Now, L.B., what’s your greatest source of concern there now in the Beltway?

  4. I dunno, L.B. If you don’t show yourself at Toronto, Jeff’s gonna think you aren’t Oscar-worthy. Then he’ll repeat that fact five times a day until it becomes true.

  5. Don’t puff Jeff up, he ain’t got the power to cause shit. Now, L.B., what’s your greatest source of concern there now in the Beltway?

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