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Friday, February 8, 2008

Todd Haynes Helps Cate Blanchett’s Oscar Chances

posted by on February 8 at 10:44 AM


…by isolating all of Blanchett’s scenes from I’m Not There and posting them online.

Thank you, uh, FOX News.

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Awwwwww. Heath. :(

Posted by Callie | February 8, 2008 11:30 AM

Cool, I thought her scenes were the strongest parts in a very strong film.

Although that kid just bugged me for some reason.

Posted by Chris B | February 8, 2008 11:53 AM

did Dylan really have fingernails that long?

Posted by blip | February 8, 2008 12:09 PM

if Cate loses to Ruby Dee at the Oscars, I'm going to stamp my little feet in protest.

Posted by michael strangeways | February 8, 2008 12:16 PM

3: Yes, unfortunately. And they were often filthy.

Posted by David Schmader | February 8, 2008 12:17 PM

I was watching Elizabeth: The Golden Age earlier this week and embedded in that visual hit-and-miss extravaganza was a performance so natural the likes of which we don't see very often. Cate is SUCH a joy to watch. Can that kind of talent ever be learned and refined or are some just born with it?

She blows me away.

Posted by Bauhaus | February 8, 2008 12:26 PM

Bauhaus: It's true, she's a rare kind of amazing.

Speaking of which: Michael Strangeways: Last night I revisited Nashville for the twelfth or so time (my fella had never seen it) and oh my god, it's better than ever.

We must be doing something right to last 200 years.

Posted by David Schmader | February 8, 2008 12:32 PM

That's the best one-fifth of a film I've seen in a long while. Add Jim James' song in that bandshell and that's all I need.

Posted by --MC | February 8, 2008 1:01 PM

Mr Schmader,

Did your fella like it? (did he have a choice?)

I'm overdue for my yearly viewing.

I'm dying to get this cd:

A Tribute to Robert Altman's Nashville
Carolyn Mark and the Room-Mates (Artist)

Posted by michael strangeways | February 8, 2008 1:13 PM

MS: He liked it enough. It's not really a movie that lands properly on first viewing, but he definitely got a taste of what the hell makes me love it so much.

Posted by David Schmader | February 8, 2008 1:31 PM

She was the only good part of that movie, really. Funny, classy, dead-on Dylan. Everytime they shifted to a different "Dylan" scene I'd cringe a little.

Posted by Jo Marie | February 8, 2008 1:41 PM

No, I'd have to disagree with you, Jo Marie. I liked the Heath Ledger section, too, but not so much because of Heath. I thought Charlotte Gainsbourg was brilliant as his wife.

The Richard Gere part was dreadful.

Posted by michael strangeways | February 8, 2008 2:08 PM

I didn't realize that I loved I'm Not There until a couple days after I saw it. Now I think it was one of my favorites of 2007.

I even felt a surprising amount of affection for the Richard Gere parts. I expected them to be silly and embarrassing, but I think that they actually pulled the whole thing together.

Posted by josh | February 8, 2008 2:33 PM

There's such an embarrassment of riches competing for BS Actress. If Ruby Dee wins, she'll hold the record for least screen time performance. Previous record holder: Beatrice Straight ("Network").

Tilda Swinton is simply amazing and has been overlooked in the past. Amy Ryan was so good, you were furious she got her baby back, knowing she'd lose her again. Also wanted to kill Saoirse for being such a conniving bitch - oops, sorry - bitch word solely reserved for Hillary.

But Blanchett made me think I could have actually wanted to sleep with Dylan. Now that's acting!!

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | February 8, 2008 4:19 PM

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