Saturday, April 20, 2024

Oscar Voters Sing “One Day More” But The Hour Draws Near


Academy Award voters have one day more, as they sing in “Les Miserables,” to get their ballots in for nominations. Tomorrow, January 4th, 5pm, and it’s over until final round voting. Yes, it’s a mad dash for the last stack of DVDs you’ve avoided all through Christmas. Presumably, you’ve seen the major films, from “Les Miz” to “Silver Linings” to “Lincoln,” “Argo,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” But what about “Compliance”? (Forget it.) “Bernie” (very funny, well done, but Indie Spirit Awards). “Skyfall” too commercial? Not at all. Javier Bardem over the top? Who isn’t? “Intouchables”? Face it, you loved it. “Django”? It’s great, don’t worry. And what about all these other DVDs? “The Deep Blue Sea,” for example. (In a different year, maybe.) Nicole Kidman? She was good, admit it. Robert DeNiro? Comeback! Actresses, not so easy after Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Marion Cotillard. Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Rachel Weisz. Quick quick quick. If only we had another week! (PS Don’t forget Alan Arkin!)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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