Selma director, Ava DuVernay, and her lead actor David Oyelowo (who portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr.) got seriously overlooked this morning as the Oscar nominations were announced. Even though Selma received a Best Picture nomination, it failed to get recognized for its directing and acting efforts. Also on the acting front, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Amy Adams (who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) weren’t able to secure nominations. Clearly, Jennifer Aniston and her team have been campaigning for an Oscar nomination for a while. She’s received a SAG Award nomination, and it’s clear that whomever is in charge of her publicity, wants her to win. I think it’s safe to say that both Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston lost their spots to Marion Cotillard this year, for a film I wasn’t even aware of called Two Days, One Night.
Another point that people have been making in various other blogs about this year is the fact that all of the nominees are in fact, white. Apparently, the average Oscar voter is 63 years old, white, and male. So there’s that…Also, what’s up with no nomination for the Lego movie?
2002 was the only year that Lauren Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe. That is a travesty to the acting profession. To this day, her work on both Gilmore Girls and NBC’s Parenthood (which is in its final season,) has pretty much been overlooked by critics. However, audience members, myself included, have certainly known of her massive talent for years. Graduating from Barnard College (Columbia University) with a B.A. in English, and her MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, she certainly had the training under her belt, and a wealth of experience long before Gilmore Girls hit the airwaves. However, when GG was finally brought to life, there was no better person to handle the fast-paced, complex, and witty dialogue of writer/creator Amy Sherman-Palladino than Lauren Graham.
Breathing life into Lorelai Gilmore, Graham demonstrated her extensive emotional range and comedic skills during its seven year run. Even seven years later, her acting on Gilmore Girls is still some of the best acting I’ve seen on television. She should have won an Emmy, she should have won a Golden Globe. Maybe, we can retroactively give her all the awards from the 2000s. If you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls before, sign on to Netflix and binge-watch the entire series. Do it now! You won’t regret it.
In honor of Macbeth coming back to Broadway with Alan Cumming at its helm, I’m doing a new section called “Shakespeare Reworked.” Whether it’s an updated, modern version of his work such as the 1996 Romeo + Juliet with the original language in tact, or a modern re-telling such as Scotland, PA or She’s the Man, I’m talking SHAKESPEARE.
I first came across Scotland, PA in college. I was into Shakespeare, and just for fun, I decided to see what film adaptations we had in the library. This one caught my eye because it wasn’t actually using Shakespeare’s original play for the dialogue, but updated it. It was campy, interesting and just as intriguing as the original, Macbeth.
From Netflix:Scotland, PA takes Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” someplace it’s never been: 1970s white-trash America. James LeGros and Maura Tierney are Joe and Pat McBeth, a couple stuck in dead-end fast-food jobs. When they decide to murder their boss and take over the burger joint, their foul plot is sure to hit some snags. Before long, Lt. McDuff (Christopher Walken) begins an investigation that leads him straight to the heart of a dysfunctional fast-food fantasy.
Who wouldn’t want to see Lady Macbeth’s crazy, “Out Damned Spot” scene done in a pharmacy? IT IS! And it’s fantastic. Andy Dick, Amy Smart, and Timothy “Speed” Levitch play hippies (witches) and Christopher Walken plays one hell of a Macduff. It’s a fantastic take on the classic play and it is as entertaining as the original, with a 70s flare! Personally, I love when writers update Shakespeare. I think it shows imagination, and I honestly think that Shakespeare himself would find it just as amusing, if not more. It’s available on Netflix, and I believe you might even be able to watch it for free on YouTube. Do yourself a favor, check it out. It’s amazing.