Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Meryl Streep Takes Loss in Stride — Sorta


mstreep Meryl Streep Takes Loss in Stride    Sorta Meryl Streep came out of the Kodak Theatre and whispered two words in my ear.

“That bitch!” she said with a laugh, then added: “I love her!”

OK, this was Meryl’s umpteenth loss in a row. She hasn’t won an Oscar since “Sophie’s Choice.” You do realize she was just here last year for “Doubt.” Her most recent run of performances has been staggering, from “The Manchurian Candidate” remake to “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Adaptation,” even the little seen “Rendition.”

She’ll be back, maybe not next year, but in 2012. She makes the entire Oscar process worth it for the rest of us…

…The Basterds gather: After Christoph Waltz won his Oscar for “Inglourious Basterds,” and Quentin Tarantino lost his, they met in the — where else? — lobby bar. Quentin was accompanied by producer Lawrence Bender; Waltz was with his wife. The four huddled and examined Waltz’s gold statue. Quentin kissed the Austrian actor on each cheek, and a tear ran down his own. It was one of those lovely moments. And Waltz’s acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night…

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Waltz’s wins everywhere prior to the Oscars meant that the other nominees were there in good faith but with few expectations. One of these was Hollywood legend and famed theater actor Christopher Plummer. The once and always Captain Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music” works consistently, and his work is consistent. He was amazing in Michael Mann’s “The Insider,” playing Mike Wallace. His next stop: He’s going to play Prospero in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” up at Stratford in’Canada. He has two more movies on the way. Isn’t it time for a Lifetime Achievement Award? Hello, Oscars…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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