Sunday, December 16, 2012

Notes on Silver Linings Playbook

I am not shirtless in this movie
Bradley Cooper is easily on his way to his first Oscar nomination (Best Actor) for his work in SLP and this is disappointing to me. This sets a bad precedent. It rewards him for films in which he does not take his shirt off. This is wrong. I implore every member of AMPAS to recognize this and vote for Daniel Day Lewis. Or Bill Murray. Someone we're not expecting to take a shirt off.

Or Channing Tatum, because he does.

The movie also breaks the 10-year rule with an unacknowledged 16-year gap between Cooper and a solid Jennifer Lawrence. She's likely also on her way to her second Oscar nomination--I think he's a sure thing (until my super-influential blog upsets him) and she's on solid ground. But since there's nothing specific to the story about that character being in her early 20s, I can't help but wonder why not Samantha Mathis, Emily Mortimer or Neve Campbell (with her actual dance background). I started the 10-year rule because of actresses like Mathis get forgotten when they turn 30 or, even worse, 40 (shudder).

Hell, why not Kim Basinger?! (Just kidding, she's awful.)

The movie is a strong contender for nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Robert DeNiro (Best Supporting Actor) probably has the strongest shot beyond those 4, with director David O. Russell picking up a nomination for Best Director (he'll already be nominated for the screenplay), and Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress) as dark horses.

I don't see the movie picking up nominations for cinematography, editing or score (Danny Elfmann, you can't win, sorry dude).

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