"He's inside me, and he wants to take me again!"
Also, I don’t know how, with the screen times posted by Eternal (if they’re true), people can still argue Philip Seymour Hoffmann is a lead. I had never bought that, the story is absolutely told from Phoenix’ POV, and we hardly ever see PSH when Phoenix is not around, whereas we have lots and lots of scenes of just Phoenix (hell, PSH doesn’t even appear until we’re like, 20 or 25 minutes into the film). Seeing that the PSH screen time is nearly just half of Phoenix’ time confirms that he’s rightly considered supporting. No category fraud at all there, and no possibility of doubt about that.
Just saw SLP. How I wish this wasn't a DDL sweep year so Cooper stood a chance So so so good.
and 10 acting noms:
The Hours: Kidman, Moore, Harris
Chicago: Zellweger, Reilly, Zeta Jones, Latifah
Gangs of New York: DDL
Quiet American: Caine
So that's half of the 20 acting nominees with 2 in Actor, 3 in Actress, 2 in Supp Actor, and 3 in Supp Actress.
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO DANCING HIS WAY TO OSCAR
Runtimes are here. Indiewire's "Who should win" series:
I can't help mistrusting those run times. There's no way Wallis only has 62 minutes when there are like, three minutes in which she's not in the screen and the movie doesn't last for 65 minutes.
He doesn't count time where the character is in the background. Chastain would have a lot more screen time if he did.
LMFAO, their hateful description of The Hathaway's performance is hilarious.
The Beautiful and Talented Godgend Señor El Diablo Blanchitto
Returning to Hollywood with a Vengeance in 2013
I don't understand the praise Hathaway receives for that role? I think she is a fine actress (she's my winner in 08) but all Fantine does is cry and die. There is no development and I don't think there was anything there that made me feel sorry for the character.
But these are all shortcomings of the source material and not her performance.
Hathaway was good. The problem is there were better people this year, almost all of whom are also nominated.
Will Oscar have Riva Fever?
ETA: I'm still amazed at people saying they can't feel Fantine's plight because she's not developed as a character. So, if a person is not our best friend, we cannot feel empathy and sadness for someone who's fired, forced into prostitution and killed! Yay for your humanity, guys! Let them Ethiopians starve to death, I don't know them as characters, I don't feel for them!
She does not deserve it, and she is also largely not the focal point of even "her scenes" - as in, her plot is accelerated by what others do to her. Which is why she cries so much. Poor thing.
I think we're now drifting into semantics about what background means here. Her character is BUILT upon her lack of agency and that she is overwhelmed and forced to submit to the power of outside forces to survive. She is not an agentive role, she is largely in the background of the film and her scenes -- she is an extreme, heightened example of the downtrodden and losing it all. As a result, she is also not necessarily "doing" much in her scenes, from her dying to her being tortured by randos on the street. Or crying and heaving. Regardless, this is pointless, since Anne Hathaway will win her Oscar.