Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
I feel more confident than I really deserve to be in judging this category, given that I have not yet seen Annie or Maps to the Stars. I loved Beasts of the Southern Wild for lots of reasons, one important one being for introducing us to Quvenzhané Wallis. I hope we see a lot more of her but if she couldn’t pull off a win for BOTSW I can’t imagine her winning for Annie. I tend to like David Cronenberg and am looking forward to Maps but everything I’ve read has Julianne Moore as the favourite for the Drama category and, wanting to get as many celebrities on their stage as possible, they’re unlikely to honour her twice in one night. So that leaves the three that I’ve actually seen. Well, sort of. I couldn’t finish The Hundred-Foot Journey because my dvd player stopped working at about the half-way point (one of the disadvantages of being one of the few people left that actually watch dvd’s). But, from what I’ve seen, the great helen Mirren seems to have one hand tied behind her back as she tries to act through that silly French accent. Still, she has a couple of moments where her talent shines through, usually when she’s not speaking and we can only read the expression on her face (come to think of it, those are Emma Stone’s best moments in Birdman too).
So that leaves Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Adams is very well cast as Margaret Keane in Big Eyes and her natural vulnerability serves the film well. Jay was right to point out, however, that director Tim Burton curiously treats her as a bit of an after-thought in her own movie, focusing as much as possible on the more dynamic Christoph Waltz. This miscalculation is one of many in Big Eyes, making for Adams’ nomination tonight a little bit of an after-thought as well. I’m not much more excited about Blunt, who could have just as easily been nominated as a supporting actress in the ensemble musical Into the Woods. She gives one of many very entertaining performances and doesn’t necessarily even stand out in her own movie. Still, she’s full of charm in a movie that was charming pretty much from beginning to end and she manages to stand out in an underwhelming category.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
I’m a little more prepared on this one, only missing the still impossible to find Inherent Vice, which I can’t wait for. I loved the novel and love PT Anderson and the fact that I find the pairing of director and source material hard to picture only makes me more eager to see it. So, who knows? Maybe Joaquin Phoenix will have what it takes to pull ahead in an already strong category.
Well, it would be a lot stronger without Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes. His tendency to go over the top is an asset when he’s working with a director who knows when to rein him in.
Bill Murray can’t help but be awesome and- if he can carry a movie like St. Vincent- he can do anything. I disliked the movie as much as I possibly could given that its lead is so strong. In Vincent, Murray finds a role that both plays to his strenghs while giving us some opportunity to see what else he cacn do.
Ralph Fiennes is a new and welcome addition to Wes Anderson’s universe in The Grand Budapest Hotel. He manages to fit in perfectly as if he’d been working with Anderson for years while still contributing something new. His classical training and and what imdb called his “rich mellifluous voice” served TGBH well.
As good as Murray and Fiennes are, Michael Keaton pretty much has this locked. Best known for playing a superhero, Keaton manages to reinvent himself as an actor best known for playing a superhero trying to reinvent himself. Its one of those rare cases where the baggage an actor brings to a role makes for the perfect casting instead of a distraction.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
St. Vincent is elevated by a fantastic Bill Murray performance as well as very likeable supporting ones from Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Jaeden Lieberher but on a whole doesn’t seem to belong in this otherwise stiff competition.
IIt took me a few minutes to get used to Inot the Woods but once it really got going, I was entertained from start to finish. Bonus points for being the only movie in this category that is both a comedy and a musical and I found myself laughing out loud several times. It finds a fresh take on not one but four classic fairy tales and keeps going and only gets better after the happily ever afters.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson at his best. It may not have the emotional impact of some of The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom but it makes up for it by possibly being his most outrageous and hilarious movie yet.
I love Pride. I just love it. this is one of the few things I appreciate about the globes. this comedy or musical category category gives recognition to this movie that is almost definitely going to be competely ignored when the Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday. Although I hope I’m wrong.
But really the winner has to be Birdman. The dizzying camerawork, the seamless gelling of a great cast, and layered script make this one of this year’s best films.