Sorry my posts have been light in recent weeks; I've traveled to Las Vegas, L.A. and Paris, and tomorrow go to Chicago. Then I'll be stationary for a few months. I hope the eye candy and Madonna updates will soon be spiked with more variety. Until then...
Congrats to Madonna for getting a Golden Globes nomination for "Masterpiece," a gorgeous song that would ordinarily be an Oscar nom shoo-in if it weren't for the fact that so far, the Academy has shunned nominating any song on which Madonna has writing credits. This could be the year they throw her a bone, though, considering the weak competition and Weinstein pushing hard for any kind of recognition for W.E.
W.E. also landed a nomination for Abel Korzeniowski's brilliant score, and would have gotten one for Arianne Phillips for her costumes if that were a category in the Globes.
(God save Madonna when Ricky Gervais takes the stage, though.)
So the way I see it, Madonna's W.E. has a legit chance at up to three Oscar nominations, and is likely to land at least one, for costumes. Technical awards are better than no awards at all. And it's possible the film's delayed opening will prove a wise gambit after all, since the bad buzz seems to be mostly prepping people for the worst and making it easier for them to come out of screenings saying, "That wasn't a bad movie."
I think The Artist could win Best Picture over The Descendants, but it will be close. I think Supporting Actor will be Christopher Plummer and Supporting Actress will be Jessica Chastain because of her many impactful performances. Actress I'm going with Michelle Williams because I've heard The Iron Lady is overtly political (and not a good film) and people will shy away from that, even with Meryl's star turn. For Actor, I think Brad Pitt has a chance. It seems odd that Clooney would win a second Oscar, but stranger things have happened. Perhaps they'll cancel and Jean Dujardin will walk with it.