Confession: My late night TV viewing has never placed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the top. Growing up, my parents were David Letterman fans so I was a Late Show with David Letterman fan. As I began to stay up late until 10:30, I’d watch my favorite TV, movie, and music stars with Letterman.
As I grew up and became a bigger fan of TV history, I’d watch shows chronicling the life and career of Johnny Carson. I still vaguely remember Carson’s final show, but I was too young to realize the Leno/Letterman battle that occurred until HBO made a movie about it later on. To me, Carson was always the “last great unifying American late night TV host” in TV history. And while I enjoyed watching clips from that history, it was never my own.
Yesterday afternoon, as we all prepared for Super Bowl Sunday, the shocking and tragic news broke of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. The Wise Guise crew texted about our favorite roles and memories, along with the tragedy of another great artist lost too young to drugs. We decided to share some reflections and memories with you today. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own in the comments below.
Director Alfonso Cuaron captured top honors from the Directors Guild of America Saturday evening. Largely seen as the top indicator of what film will win Best Picture, the DGA has a proven track record of recognizing the cream of the crop. This year was no exception.
This should position “Gravity” as the front-runner for Best Picture, right? Normally, it would. Even last year, without Ben Affleck capturing a Best Director nomination, his DGA win sealed the deal for “Argo” to win Best Picture on Oscar Night. Why would this year prove any different?
You say you want an interesting Oscar race? Well, we’ve certainly got one on our hands now. While the acting categories are starting to become clearer, the journey to the top prize is more confusing than ever before.
First off, let’s talk about the acting statuettes. After securing the Golden Globe, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor at SAG, putting him in front-runner status. Many thought Bruce Dern, as the older gent in the race, would get a win here, but it’s now apparent McConaughey is the one to beat.
Alex, Joseph, and Sutter provide in-depth analysis on this year’s Oscar nominations. We list all the nominees, offer some instant predictions, analyze what it means, and discuss snubs. You won’t want to miss this one!
Best Oscar Nominations Ever: How the Academy learned to love Leo, give ‘Philomena’ a chance and kick Oprah to the Curve – By Alex Beene
I have to admit, most years my post-Oscar nomination analysis is filled with the horror of what I’ve just witnessed. Many times have I sat back and watched as some of my favorites for the year have gotten the boot in favor of the more typical productions that appeal to the older Oscar-voting base.
Not this year, though.
The moment of truth has arrived. Bright and early tomorrow morning, the Academy will announce their nominations for the cream of the crop for the 2013 film year. We all know there will be some surprises. Someone will get shockingly snubbed. Oh yes, and there’s always the issue with the new Best Picture rules of just how many nominees there will be in the top category.
Regardless of the outcome, just remember you can check back at The Wise Guise right after the announcement for either elated or bitter commentary from yours truly. As usual, my nominations play things safe, except in two regards: I’m actually going to bet the small minority in the Academy who loves “The Wolf of Wall Street” will push it hard. I’m also going to say love for the Coens hasn’t died out among the membership just yet; if something as obscure as “A Serious Man” got in, it’s difficult to see “Inside Llewyn Davis” not making the cut.
There are just too many good films this year, though. What of “Philomena”? I’d love to see it pop up in Best Picture, but the thought is it could be too small to make it. The same goes for “Blue Jasmine.” “Saving Mr. Banks” certainly was wonderful, but could this sugar-coated depiction of life at Disney get lost in the shuffle? All of our questions are just hours from getting answers.
So sit back and enjoy the ride.