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And the GLOSCAR goes to……

The winners of the Babs Blabs annual film awards – The Gloscars are –

Picture

DRIVE

Direction

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

Actor in a leading role

Ryan Gosling – Drive (Blue  Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March)

Actress in a leading role

Judy Davis – The Eye Of The Storm

Actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Actress in a supporting role

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Music

Cliff Martinez – Drive & Contagion

Cinematography

Roger Deakins – True Grit & In Time

Production Design

Jess Gonchon – True Grit & Moneyball

Costume Design

Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre


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Gawking at the Gos!

Ryan Gosling has certainly made his mark this year. I have seen him appearing in 4 new films of which he excelled in all of them. He is certainly one of the greatest actors of his generation. He may have the same smirk on his face at times but he is different in every role, tackling a diverse range of interesting characters. He is now on my radar of must see films from now on – whatever they are.

A Canadian actor, he first came to my attention in his Oscar nominated role as the Meth addicted high school teacher in “Half Nelson” but before that made his mark in the hit chick flick “The Notebook”, and he was once a Mouseketeer alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Brittany Spears in “The Mickey Mouse Club” – you have to start somewhere. He is currently dating actress Eva Mendes and was seen this weekend canoodling with her in Paris where she is filming.

A young Ryan smirking as Mousketeer – very cute on the bottom left

Here are the quartet of Gosling films I gawked at this year.

BLUE VALENTINE. (Dean)

As the husband to Michelle Williams in this analysis of a failed marriage Ryan managed to pull of a very unlikeable character. Morose and a bit of a loser he is only failed by weak costuming and the overall bleakness of the movie – my least favourite performance of the bunch.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (Jacob Palmer)

Showing his comedy chops Gosling plays a “playboy” type role. He is a confident lothario at ease chatting up the gals with his obvious pick-up lines that are cringe worthy. He’s full of advice and dressing tips to help his recently separated barfly buddy Steve Carrell win the ladies. With a buffed up body that indeed looks “airbrushed” as Emma Stone squeals in one funny moment, he sure is extra eye candy in this film.

DRIVE.  (Driver)

Playing a man with no name this is the film and performance that is my favourite amongst the four. Brilliantly directed by his collaborator Nicholas Winding Refn.  He is a Hollywood stunt car driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for crims. At once a loner he makes the mistake of falling for the pretty girl next door, ending in tragedy. He speaks very little dialogue but conveys so much detail with his glaring beautiful eyes, his underlying menace is totally believable. The film is a magnificent thriller (beware there is a lot of violence) stunningly beautiful to look at, it is high on my list as best of the year.

THE IDES OF MARCH. (Steven Meyers)

As an idealistic ambitious campaigner for a democratic candidate in the US election primaries, Gosling manages to create a character that has contradictions in his system of mores. Blindly loyal to his boss, he gets caught up in a tangle of intrigue once he starts sleeping with a young intern, ending in a change of beliefs that he portrays to perfection. George Clooney directs and co-stars so it is double eye candy this time around – oh and a very clever film poster.

Next up for Ryan? well he has a lot on his plate.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – directed by Derek Clanfrance (Blue Valentine)

Bradley Cooper & Rose Byrne co-star

* A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.

GANGSTER SQUAD

co-stars are Sean Penn & Emma Stone.

* A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. 

LAWLESS – directed by Terence Malick

co-stars are Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale & Rooney Mara. *groan* I have to sit through another Terence Malick film 😦

ONLY GOD FORGIVES – directed by Nicholas Winding Refn

co-star, Kristen Scott Thomas

* ABangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.

re-teaming with his “Drive” collaborator they are also rumoured to be remaking the 1976 sci-fi film “Logans Run”

*plot synopsis courtesy of IMDB

and one more pic of the spunk!

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Oscar Buzz – Best Actor

Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

This film has been gaining lots of buzz ever since it was screened at the Telluride  and Toronto film festivals. Its leading man has been giving excellent performances for years now. As Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of “Pride And Prejudice” he had women and some men swooning. He gained his first Oscar nomination last year for the lackluster film “A Simple Man”. From all accounts this film is more of a winner. He plays the part of King George IV of Britian who had a debilitating stutter to overcome in order to rule England with any success. Think of Helen Mirren’s triumph playing the Queen a few years back, then you can be assured that Mr Firth may be standing at the podium giving a speech all of his own.

James Franco for 127 Hours.

James Franco came to my attention with his wonderful performance as James Dean in the TV movie “The James Dean Story”. Since then he has turned up in many varied roles. He was excellent as boyfriend to Sean Penn in “Milk” and he stars as Alan Ginsberg in the upcoming film “Howl”, He has also been dabbling in a bit of performance art – part of which included an appearance in the daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. He seems to be everywhere at the moment even turning up as Julia Robert’s younger boyfriend  in the debacle “Eat Pray Love”. But it seems it is this tour-de-force performance that has the awards pundits blabbing. He plays the part of real life mountain climber Aaron Ralston who became trapped under a boulder for nearly 5 days, his only way to survive was to cut his arm off with a blunt pocket knife.  Gruesome indeed!

Javier Bardem for Biutiful

Javier Bardem is one of my favorite actors of late. He can make an appearance in a dud film (Eat Pray Love) and still exude charm and make the most of a part. In this role he plays the part of a gangster on the road to redemption before his impending death. It’s a dark part in a dark film that may hinder his chances at a win with the conservative Academy.  He won the best actor prize earlier this year at the Cannes film festival. He is a previous Oscar winner for his turn in the Coen Bros. classic “No Country For Old Men”. He and his glamourous and equally talented girlfriend Penelope Cruz will look gorgeous on the red carpet, thats for sure 🙂

Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network.

(Photo by Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures)

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook has a good chance of a nomination. It is very difficult to make an unlikeable character interesting on screen. He achieves this with great skill. I was mesmerized by his performance. In the past his turn as the son in “The Squid And The Whale” was equally impressive. The film is a critical and box office success so expect him to ride the award train to the Oscars.

Jeff Bridges for True Grit.

Expect Jeff Bridges back again after last years deserved best actor win for “Crazy Heart”. This time he takes on the iconic John Wayne part of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen Bros. remake of the classic western. Back to back Oscars are hard to win, but I do think a nomination is on the cards for this very talented actor.

Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine.

Ryan Gosling is another of my fave actors of the moment. His breakthrough performance as a drug addict in “Half Nelson” earned him his first Oscar nomination. For his 2nd shot at the golden man he plays husband to Michelle Williams in this relationship drama following the pitfalls of marriage. It had recent controversy when it was rated NC-17 for an emotionally intense sex scene. Controversy of course garners attention. The film has been shown at both the Cannes and Sundance festivals and the reviews have all lauded the performances of Mr Gosling and his co-star.

Robert Duvall for  Get Low.

Veteran actor Robert Duvall is in with a chance with this film. He plays the part of a hermit who comes down from the woods to plan his own ‘living’ funeral. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto film festival and had a delayed release which may hinder his chances. The reviews for his performance and the film have been excellent so expect him in with a chance. The Academy loves the oldies. Duvall won best actor for “Tender Mercies” back in 1984.

 

OTHERS IN WITH A CHANCE

Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter.

Leonardo DiCaprio for Shutter Island & Inception.

Stephen Dorff – Somewhere.




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