Sunday, January 20, 2013

What I Said: 2012 Posts Follow Up

I thought I would take the opportunity to follow up on some 2012 posts...particularly those from the beginning of the year when I was looking ahead:

Resolution - One Movie With Intermission in 2012 (January 11, 2012)
In 2012 my goal was to watch one of those "epic" movies that take a little effort to watch, namely due to length. The goal was met...I watched (over multiple sittings) Lawrence of Arabia this past September, and was certainly glad I did.

Within the post I ask, in reference to Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Sean Penn:
"Of the 5 living actors who have received two lead acting nominations - do any of these 5 men have a chance of a third Oscar trophy for work in 2012 films?"
Further, speaking of Daniel Day-Lewis' changes I said:
Daniel Day-Lewis has a knack for picking projects, will be in the Steven Spielberg film event, Lincoln. Yet, if Daniel Day-Lewis were to win the Oscar he would be the first actor to win an Oscar for a role in a Steven Speilberg film.
And who know's if he will win the Oscar but despite the "third-Oscar ceiling" he's up seems like he  has exceptional chances.


Cinemark Movie Theater Death (January 17, 2012)
When I wrote briefly about this Fort Collins, Colorado, bizarre movie theater death last January, I would have of course, never suspected I that later in the year there would be another movie theater death in Colorado far more serious we'd all be discussing.

"...Stephen Daldry was nominated for his first piece of work, and then his second. And then his third. His streaks could end come Oscar nomination morning this year, but anything's possible."
 Stephen Daldry's steak was broken with no directing Academy Award nomination for his work on Extremely Loud & Incrdibly Close, although it did get nominated for Best Picture. Daldry's currently is in talks for his 5th film to be a film version of the Wizard of Oz musical, Wicked.


Two Best Leads And The Lack of "Big 5" Films (January 21, 2012)
In reference to films getting a nomination for the big 5 (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Lead Actor & Lead Actress). 
Forget the idea of "Big 5," if we just talk lead actor and lead actress nominations, the last time this happened was for the 2005 film Walk The Line, when Reese Witherspoon was nominated (and won) alongside the nominated Joaquin Phoenix. 
I can tell you now in advance of the Oscar nominations, that 2011 had no "Big 5" film. Who knows when we'll see the next "Big 5" film. 
At the time of writing this post in 2012, the last film with the honor of being nominated for the big 5 was 2004's Million Dollar Baby. 8 year later,the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, has the honor of being nominated for the big 5.


Follow Up: 2011 Not an R Year (January 27, 2012)
In 2011 only 1 of the 9 best picture nominated films was rated "R" and I asked:
Will the not R best picture nomination trend continue? 2012 will show.  
 Argo, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook & Zero Dark Thirty are all R-rated. With 4 of the 9 nominees rated R, it still seems interesting to note that PG-13 films while having the biggest audience potential, also seems to benefit a films potential Oscarability.


John Goodman & Oscar (February 19, 2012)
But when I look at John Goodman's release schedule for 2012 he's not stopping and I have to wonder if John Goodman will be in a 2012 film that will be in the "best picture mix."
In the post I cite Argo and Trouble with the Curve as potential Oscar nominees (I left out Flight, as it must not have been on the schedule at that time). And yes, John Goodman was in an Oscar nominated film...Argo.


Bad Timing: Neighborhood Watch (March 28, 2012)
" addition to an updated marketing campaign and geographical variations, you have to wonder if there will be further changes...if it's not a release date change, you wonder if they might go for a title change that doesn't so closely seem to connect this film to George Zimmerman, a real neighborhood watchman in the news."
Yep, the film still released as scheduled in July, but under a new title...The Watch

I shared in this post about how exciting I was about this Apple Charlotte. Yet, I never shared an update with a picture of the final product. In honor of Downton Abbey, this year my birthday cake was an authentic Apple Charlotte -- here it is:

Homemade Apple Charlotte.

Is it about "Innocence of Muslims?" (September 13, 2012)
After the September 11 attacks in Benghazi the conversation was all about this internet film "Innocence of Muslims" as a catalyst for spontaneous protests. I said:
I think tying the outrage to the YouTube video "The Innocence of Muslims" is a false connection to make, and gives too much emphasis on the YouTube video.
And as this story played out...oh, how this story played out and as I suggested this embassy attack had nothing to do with the YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims."


Lincoln Trailer - Twitter's First Thoughts (September 16, 2012)
The twitter reviews were mixed, if not skeptical and negative. But with a fantastic boxoffice for a historical biopic and leading the pack in the Oscar nominations, I'd have to say the early reaction was later corrected.

In my top 10 potentials I excluded Zero Dark Thirty (at 12) Amour (at 14) and over-valued the chances of The Master (4), Promised Land (5), and Flight (8).

Can Adele do something that the past 11 films spanning two decades have not been able to do...get an Oscar nomination?
Yes - Skyfall is nominated for best song. One of it's five total nominations...the most for a James Bond film ever. 

I still propose that the actors in this year's award race are much more "household" names and that the Oscar shortlist in this post were pretty accurate in advance of the Oscar nominees.

Rachel Weisz did not get an Oscar nomination this year (despite some critical attention for Deep Blue Sea), but it still seems like the Actress race is a close one between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence.

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