Feinberg and Arkin

Scott Feinberg, auteur-administrator of andthewinneris. blog.com, had a recent chat with Little Miss Sunshine‘s Alan Arkin, whose grandpa with the heroin habit and the “fuckin’ chicken” is an absolutely un-ignorable Best Supporting Actor contender. (And so is Steve Carell‘s performance. We should all support Carell. No matter how good he is in Evan Almighty he’s going to get killed next year for just being in the damn thing so be nice to him now.) I tried talking to Arkin myself but it didn’t work out. He was excellent in Keith Gordon‘s Mother Night.

  • jeffmcm

    That last sentence is kind of a non sequitur.

  • Mr. Muckle

    Alan Arkin is one of the best actors ever, imo. “Slums of Beverly Hills” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” being prime examples, not to mention the great earlier stuff. Always great.

  • Mgmax, le Corbeau

    Arkin was so underrated in Glengarry. What’s great is that he’s the fish out of water– he’s the non-Mamet character in a Mamet world, the only one (besides Jonathan Pryce’s patsy) who’s not trying to out-Mamet everyone else (a hopeless contest anyway– Pacino owns it all). He’s a normal guy, trapped in Mametland. One of my standard lines in many life situations, delivered in Arkin’s voice– “Are we talking about this, or just talking about this?”

  • Hallick

    Arkin’s the sentimental favorite from the movie and he’s going to get nominated over Carell because of that scene with the grand-daughter where she asks him if he thinks she’s a loser.

  • ArchiveGuy

    If Arkin scores a nod, it will have been 38 years since his most recent previous nomination. You know who else had 38 year gaps between nods? Helen Hayes & Jack Palance (and both ended up winning)

  • Mgmax

    Arkin was so underrated in Glengarry. What’s great is that he’s the fish out of water– he’s the non-Mamet character in a Mamet world, the only one (besides Jonathan Pryce’s patsy) who’s not trying to out-Mamet everyone else (a hopeless contest anyway– Pacino owns it all). He’s a normal guy, trapped in Mametland. One of my standard lines in many life situations, delivered in Arkin’s voice– “Are we talking about this, or just talking about this?”

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