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Can 'The Help' co-stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer make Oscars history?

28 December 2011 8:32 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gold Derby's Oscarologists are predicting that at least two of the women from "The Help" will be nominated this year -- Viola Davis in the lead race and Octavia Spencer for her featured performance. This would mark only the third time in Oscar history that African American women have contended in both categories in the same year.  Two years ago, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique were both recognized for their roles in "Precious," with Mo'Nique claiming victory in the supporting race while Sidibe lost Best Actress to Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"). In 1985, Whoopi Goldberg reaped a Best Actress bid for "The Color Purple" while her co-stars Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey contended in supporting. Goldberg lost to Geraldine Page ("The Trip to Bountiful") while Angelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor") claimed Best Supporting Actress.  Unlike those pairings, both »

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Melissa Leo, By The Numbers

15 February 2011 1:48 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

My conversations with industry insiders and Academy members lead me to believe that Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) remains the favorite to win the best supporting actress Academy Award, despite — or perhaps even because of — the recent brouhaha over her “Consider” advertisements. In terms of statistical analysis, though, one can find cause for both confidence and concern about her Oscar prospects…

Cause for Concern: The BAFTA-ampas Disconnect

British voters are believed to make up a sizable portion of the Academy, and BAFTA Award winners — which were announced after the Oscars prior to 2000, and have been announced before them since then — usually correspond with Oscar winners. Therefore, it is certainly noteworthy that BAFTA didn’t like Leo’s performance enough to even nominate her for its best supporting actress award, but did like the one given by Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit“), her primary rival at the Oscars, enough to nominate her in its best actress category. »

- Scott Feinberg

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The Trip To Bountiful Review Pt.2 d: Peter Masterson, Scr: Horton Foote

12 February 2011 10:15 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Trip To Bountiful Review: Part I Released on DVD by MGM, the 108-minute drama is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The Trip to Bountiful has no audio commentary, but in truth it does not need one, for the narrative structure is simple even if the characters are not. In fact, the lack of commentary is more than made up for by a well-wrought and informative making-of featurette with incisive comments by all the surviving actors (Geraldine Page died in 1987), as well as Horton Foote and director Peter Masterson. The package also includes the original theatrical trailer. Many critics have seen The Trip to Bountiful solely as Mother Watts' coming to terms with age, or the desire to rekindle youth. But the film is obviously more than that, as it deals with the dynamics of a family and how competing desires find their niches, for better or worse, amongst »

- Dan Schneider

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The Trip To Bountiful Review – Geraldine Page, John Heard, Rebecca De Mornay

12 February 2011 10:14 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Trip To Bountiful (1985) Direction: Peter Masterson Cast: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Bradford, Kevin Cooney Screenplay: Horton Foote; from his play Oscar Movies Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: Greatness in one medium does not assure greatness in another. One need only look at Peter Masterson's 1985 film version of Horton Foote's play The Trip to Bountiful to realize this. Yes, there are great elements to be found in the film's direction, acting, and writing. In fact, Foote’s adaptation of his won play is outstanding in the way it suggests surfaces barely lifted up, as it did in films like Tender Mercies and To Kill a Mockingbird. On the other hand, The Trip to Bountiful offers no great cinematography and virtually nothing that indelibly stamps it as a visual feast. And despite its reliance on Foote's script, »

- Dan Schneider

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