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Sam Juliano’s Prediction for Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actors: Josh Brolin, in Milk

Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, in Doubt

Robert Downey Jr., in Tropic Thunder

Micheal Shannon, in Revolutionary Road

The Best Supporting Actor race is a done deal, but this is not a revelation of any kind, as virtually everyone in the movie industry has known for months how this race would be decided once Heath Ledger was proposed for this category. Ledger’s untimely passing has moved many, and it is generally believed that few voters would want to violate his memory by voting for anyone else. The truth is though, that Ledger probably gave the best performance of the five in this category, and deserves the award anyway as the malevolent Joker is the wildly popular superhero follow-up to Batman Begins. It may well be the best acting Ledger ever accomplished in his short life. His 100% certain victory will be the night’s most moving moment.
Despite Ledger’s locked-in win, the category does boast some impressive nominees and none more impressive than Josh Brolin for Gus Van Sant’s Milk. As the film’s killer, Brolin undergoes a disturbing metamorphosis, and his performances is nuanced and riveting as the real-life Dan White. Phillip Seymour Hoffmann as the embattled priest in Doubt adds yet another distinguished performance to his impressive resume as part of a stellar ensemble in the Patrick Shanley adaptation from his Broadway play. The popular actor Robert Downey Jr. is, perhaps the brightest component as Kirk Lazarus, who has his skin color changed, in a rather lame comedy, but the film is liked by many, and Downey has induced much laughter. The surprise nomination this year was given to Michael Shannon, who has a big dining room scene in Sam Mendes’s Revolutionary Road, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was indeed an excellent choice, although many were prediction that the young star of Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel, or even Anil Kapoor, from the same film would get nods.

[Sam Juliano’s Personal Choice: Heath Ledger,The Dark Knight]

[Sam Juliano’s Predict to Win: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight]

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by Allan Fish

(France 1959 90m) DVD1/2

Aka. Breathless

New York Herald Tribune!

p  Georges de Beauregard  d/w  Jean-Luc Godard  story  François Truffaut  ph  Raoul Coutard  ed  Cécile Decugis, Lila Herman  m  Martial Solal  art  Claude Chabrol

Jean-Paul Belmondo (Michel Poiccard/Laszlo Kovacs), Jean Seberg (Patricia Franchini), Daniel Boulanger (Police Insp.), Jean-Pierre Melville (Parvulesco), Jean-Luc Godard (Informer), Liliane Robin (Minouche), Henri-Jacques Huet (Antonio Berrutti), Van Doude (Journalist), Claude Mansard (Claudius Mansard), Michel Fabre (Plain-clothes-man),

Of all films made in the post-war era, it must be said that there has never been a debut of such originality and impact as Jean-Luc Godard’s À Bout de Souffle.  A respected member of André Bazin’s Cahiers du Cinema critical circle, his debut was both long anticipated and greeted with joy by his colleagues and contemporaries.  Yet on the face of it there is really so little to the film and the style seems so laid back that if it were any more so one would expect the screen to levitate.  (more…)

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