Gods and Monsters
Shakespeare in Love
don't care about his proclivities or those of the character
he plays. Ian McKellen's performance is just out and out better
than anything I've seen this year. That includes Nick Nolte
in Affliction (he was better in Thin Red Line)
and runner up John Travolta (in Primary Colors and
A Civil Action). JT's gonna hate that. Guess that means
Travolta's invite to go camping will be called off.
Sliding Doors and this film, Paltrow has shown that
she is a lot more than Brad Pitt's ex-girlfriend. Her performances
are as sweet and sexy and funny and romantic as you can get.
Just the kind of girl any breeder like me would want. If Cranky
went with bleak and depressing characters, as other year end
lists do, he'd runner up Helena Bonham Carter, whose
role as a woman with ALS in Theory of Flight is remarkably
full of heart and humor.
could flip a coin and pick any of the actors listed below
and come out ahead. William H. Macy continues to deliver great
performances (as he did in Psycho and A Civil Action).
Tony Shalhoub will get a statue sooner or later (he, too,
great in A Civil Action). Cranky went with Jeff Daniels
'cuz I'm 40 and alone and identify with his Pleasantville
character more than I should admit. Brendan Fraser (Gods
and Monsters) is the runner up.
the truth of the matter: all critics talk to each other, especially in December.
For the last two weeks, Cranky's kept hearing the same two words: Home Fries.
No one else has had the balls to put it into print so I will. I made this call
when I saw the flick last April and stand by it. O'Hara is creepy and evil and
nasty -- everything statue givers like to see in a performance. That she's in
a romantic comedy will probably kill her chances.
(The Truman Show)
(Two Girls and a Guy)
(Shakespeare in Love)
(Love and Death on Long Island)
(Your Friends & Neighbors)
(A Civil Action)
(Theory of Flight)
(Opposite of Sex)
(Gods and Monsters)
(The Truman Show)
(Another Day In Paradise)
(The Butcher Boy)
to Travolta if McKellen doesn't win
to Gwyneth Paltrow 'cuz I say so. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)has
a shot 'cuz Oscar loves this kind of flick and the perfs in
to Ed Harris. Even though he dropped 30 pounds and looks like
hell, Billy Bob won last year.
to Kathy Bates, though it's a twisted enough idea to reward
Sinead O'Connor (who tore up a picture of the Pope on national
TV) for playing the Virgin Mary.