Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Award results certainly made at least one Oscar category a lot more interesting. Jean Dujardin’s win changed Best Actor from a race between George Clooney and Brad Pitt to a fight between Clooney and Dujardin. And as we’ve seen over the years (The King’s Speech, Gladiator, American Beauty), the Academy often likes to pair up Best Picture and Best Actor. I’m not quite ready to predict Dujardin as the Oscar winner just yet, but after I talk to some more voters, I may change my mind in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, The Help‘s Best Cast win (one of three victories for the film last night) was a wonderful moment for that group of actors, but history is not on its side when it comes to its Oscar chances next month. The last time a film won Best Picture without writing or directing nominations was all the way back in 1932. In my mind, The Artist—which has won the Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards—is still the clear favorite. Even though there are several films that lost Best Picture after winning the PGA and DGA (among them Brokeback Mountain and Saving Private Ryan), I don’t sense another film with enough overall support to unseat it. So here are my current rankings in the top 8 categories.
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We already learned about Margaret Thatcher’s non-negotiable pearls and got a good look at her in previous promotional materials for The Iron Lady. Now, a new U.K. trailer has been released for Meryl Streep’s upcoming Thatcher biopic. Underscored by Madness’s “Our House,” the trailer showcases the femininity that made Thatcher a standout politician (can you imagine Pierre Trudeau or Mikhail Gorbachev going for a spin on the dance floor with Ronald Reagan?) and conveys the conflict that arose from Thatcher’s dogged drive — the very same drive that led her to make history by becoming the U.K’s first female prime minister. Thatcher certainly owns the first half of the trailer, but Streep is the star of the second, as her sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance walks a tightrope between Thatcher’s tough-as-nails political persona and her personal vulnerability. See the full trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY
As two leading contenders for this season’s Best Actress awards, Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close and Martha Marcy May Marlene breakout Elizabeth Olsen will definitely be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months. And after the awards season ends, the pair will go head-to-head for the period drama Therese Raquin. A source close to the production tells EW exclusively that Close and Olsen will costar in the film, based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola. It’s set to shoot in the spring.
Described as a dark, erotic thriller, the film, set in Paris in 1867, follows young Therese (Olsen), who is forced by her aunt, Madame Raquin (Close), into a loveless marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin. Therese soon becomes obsessed with her husband’s friend Laurent and is pulled into a devastating affair with him that unravels all of their lives. Close has been attached to the project for years; the role of Laurent has yet to be cast.
Therese Raquin will be directed by Charlie Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. The film is being produced by Mickey Liddell (The Grey) and William Horberg (The Kite Runner).
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The buzz keeps building for Michelle Williams’ performance as the famous blonde that gentleman most preferred. In four videos for My Week With Marilyn, which opens Nov. 23, Williams continues to balance the duality of the famously fragile bombshell. In one of the two new clips, she’s playful and spontaneous, surprising her new friend (Eddie Redmayne) in the backseat of her car. In another, though, she’s a lost little girl as Vivian Leigh (Julia Ormond) deigns to address her during a visit to see her husband, “Larry” Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), on the set of 1957′s The Prince and the Showgirl. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
The beauty of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury prizewinner, Like Crazy, is in how vividly it portrays the exciting, scary, and tear-your-heart-out nature of first love. The film’s leading lady, Felicity Jones, has already earned a Gotham Award nomination for her breakout performance and can be considered a long-shot candidate for an Oscar nod as well. (In a weaker year for actresses, she’d be a shoo-in.) The movie scored an impressive $30,000 per theater in its debut weekend of release. Now, in advance of its second frame, Paramount has put together four emotional montages, each representing one aspect of the film: “I Want You” (available on Moviefone), “I Need You” (available on Apple), “I Love You” (available on Fandango), and “I Miss You” — the last of which you can see exclusively below. Add the words “…like crazy” to the end of the montage titles and you have a pretty good idea of what the movie is about. READ FULL STORY
Besides being the film whose Cannes press conference caused such a ruckus, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia was one of the most fascinating movies to play at that festival this year. The beautiful and ambitious film is comprised of two segments: Part one takes place at the drama-filled wedding reception of Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard (how’s that for a gorgeous couple), and part two, a while later, follows a severely depressed Dunst, her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland) as they await the possible collision between Earth and the newly-discovered planet Melancholia. Dunst’s performance won her the Best Actress prize at Cannes and could score her an Oscar nod (though it’s quite a crowded field this year). Audiences can currently see Dunst and Skarsgard as newlyweds on demand or when the film hits theaters on Nov. 11; in the meantime, here’s an exclusive clip of the pair near the beginning of the film as they try to maneuver a stretch limo on a winding and narrow driveway. The clip doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the film’s gravitas, but it gives you a sense of Von Trier’s uniquely naturalistic style. READ FULL STORY
The Iron Lady has gotten some weighty support.
The Meryl Streep biopic about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was picked up for distribution in the United States by The Weinstein Co., which has a good track record with British biopics. Last year, Harvey and Bob Weinstein steered The King’s Speech through a contentious award season to an ultimate Best Picture win at the Academy Awards.
They are likely to push for a repeat of that recent history with this film, which focuses on the 1982 Falklands War and co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Phyllida Lloyd, who worked with Streep on Mamma Mia!, is directing. READ FULL STORY