Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Also-Ran’s Project – Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) (Best Director Also-Ran 2002)

Talk to Her poster.pngDirected by Pedro Almodovar

Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar

Starring Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, Rasario Flores

Pedro Almodovar had a moment.  A relatively short period in time where he became something of the toast of the Academy.  Sure, he’s otherwise had a long career, directing something like 22 features over 30 years and helping to launch Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, but while hew was critically acclaimed, that didn’t really translate to much success in America in the same way other foreign language directors had.[1]  He was known, but he wasn’t known.

But then came the one-two punch of All About My Mother[2] and Talk To Her, and something happened.  His films were suddenly anticipated in America, or at least anticipated more than they were before.

My theory on why the breakout happened?  Maturity. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project – Hugo (Best Picture Also-Ran 2011)

<!see WP:ALT -->Directed by Martin Scorsese

Screenplay by John Logan, from the graphic novel by Brian Selznick

Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Michael Stuhlbarg

It is pretty undeniable that we as people are at our ‘edgiest’ when we are at our youngest.  It’s also when we’re more likely to take needless risks, probably  because we are certain we will live forever.  Not coincidentally, it’s also when we are at our most naïve.

It’s the rare person who does not mellow with age, but gets wilder with each passing year.  Or, at the very least, does not lose ground.  Mostly you see those people in the arts, because in the regular world there isn’t much call for a 60-year-old who still likes to party like he’s 18. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – The Shape of Water, dir. Guillermo Del Toro (2017)

The Shape of Water (film).pngDirected by Guillermo Del Toro

Screenplay by Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, story by Guillermo Del Toro

Starring Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones

Firsts are everything in life – first steps, first words, first kiss.  The same is true for the Oscars.  Here are some important firsts for Oscar wins: Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project – The Sea Inside (Best Foreign Language Film 2004)

Mar adentro poster.jpgDirected by Alejandro Amenabar

Written by Alejandro Amenabar and Mateo Gil

Starring Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Duenas, Mabel Rivera, and Celso Bugallo

You probably read the title of this week’s Also-Rans entry and asked yourself, “Why a Foreign Language Film winner and not an actual loser from one of the top races?”  Answer: Because of all the films in the top races[1] the lone nominee I’ve not seen was Vera Drake, [2]  a Mike Leigh Film,[3] and I was not motivated to fill in that one blind spot because I find Mike Leigh’s films boring and don’t need to sit through another to come to the same conclusion.[4] Continue reading

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