Oscar Night! I vote for Colin Firth in The King’s Speech and Annette Bening in The Kids Are Alright. Gaddafi a Close Third

I know, it’s ridiculous.  But I followed #Libya on Twitter the other day when Gaddaffi was giving his first speech, and this is what a couple of people had to say:

Gadaffi is aiming to knock Colin Firth from the lead of winning the oscar isn’t he? (Welshracer‎)

Gadaffi has put his green book away but now seems to be having a wardrobe malfunction (jakeanders‎)

Whoever’s lighting Gadaffi’s speeches should have been booted out of film school. With a brick (highway_62)

And that’s enough of that lunatic for the day.  Today I wish I was in Los Angeles, covering the Oscars.  Well, of course I wish I was there because a script of mine had been nominated.  But failing all of that, I’ll be glued to my TV.

The King’s Speech has been nominated in practically every category – Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin), Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler ), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Art Direction (Eve Stewart, Production Design; Judy Farr, Set Decoration), Cinematography (Danny Cohen), Costume Design (Jenny Beavan), Film Editing (Tariq Anwar), Music – original score (Alexandre Desplat), Sound Mixing (Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley).

Other actors nominated for leading role are James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Bridges, Javier Bardem.  James Franco is absolutely yummy and something of a renaissance man – he’s an artist, has written his first novel, has a string of interesting degrees and is currently studying something at Yale.  He’s nominated for 127 Hour but I don’t think he has a chance against Firth.

Jesse Eisenberg has more of a chance, I think, possibly because The Social Network is such a hot topic and was so well directed.   Jeff Bridges is another favorite, but Colin Firth gets my vote for his portrayal of the panicky, stuttering, sad-eyed Bertie, King George VI – about whom not much has been known really until now.   The King’s Speech could have been a boring “disability” movie, but instead it’s a masterpiece thanks largely to Firth who played his part masterfully and with such subtlety.

I adore him as an actor, especially when he lets his devil come out to play.  And every time I’ve seen him interviewed he’s sane, intelligent, and – well, human.  Fame doesn’t seem to have bloated his ego in the least.  Vanity Fair Magazine calls him an “intellectual heartthrob”.  Got that right.

The nominees for Best Actress in a leading role are Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams.  Annette is my favorite. I don’t think any of the others have her stature and versatility.  She brings such class and power to every role she plays.

In The Kids Are Alright she plays a lesbian – partnered to Julian Moore’s character – who’s butch and the breadwinner of the family.  But when things turn upside down, she unleashes vulnerability as only she knows how to.  She gets my vote for the way she works a role that could have been a disastrous stereotype, but instead is a masterpiece.  The Kids Are Alright has also been nominated for Best Picture (Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray), and Best Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg).

Whoever wins, I think it’s going to be a great show.  Can’t wait.  11 hours to go.  If you go to the official Oscar website – http://oscar.go.com/ – you can cast your vote.


Valentine’s Day Celebration with Love, Coffee and Chocolate

“I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss.   I’ve always found time to teach them. ”  Mae West.

“I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.”  Meryl Streep

“I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.”  Princess Diana

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

What a great day, Valentine’s day, everybody thinking about love.  Love of freedom, Love of women, men, children, love of chocolate…  Me I’ve been thinking about all the different things people have said about love – in between thinking about my love of chocolate, that is, and then thinking I’d better get me some.  Dark chocolate.  Mmmm.  It’s very good for your health, also.  It was probably just as good for my health to walk down to the shop past the beach to buy said chocolate.   And then, I had my cup of coffee when I got up this morning.  What a healthy person I am!  Add a good dollop of love from friends and you can understand why I’ve been in seventh heaven today.

So what do other people think about love?  Michelle Obama said “Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, ‘Who are you as a person?’ Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul. When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good… You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole.” [ Michael Y. Park. “Michelle Obama’s Secrets to Finding a Great Guy.” People.com. 10/28/2009.]

Obviously she’s got something right, Andrew Romano said of the Presidential couple “… I think it’s the Obamas’ willingness to act in public much how they act in private—open, informal, flirtatious— that has incited most of the swooning. At the Youth Ball, I noticed the president do something that’s impossible to imagine any of his predecessors doing: resting his head, eyes closed, on Michelle’s shoulder.”  [“Our Model Marriage.” Newsweek 2/23/2009.]

Einstein said “you cannot love a car the way you love a horse”.  Nicely put.  Not sure what he thought about men and women, though…  Or chocolate, for that matter.

I watched some of the BAFTA pre-awards the other night, and everybody went gaga for this decade’s British film icon-babe Colin Firth.  I wonder what he thinks about love?  I don’t know, I couldn’t find anything he’s said about it, so I chose this one instead “My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem.”

On that note, I’ll have another chocolate.

2010 World Cup Soccer in South Africa

I really like my Bridget Jones take-off idea.  If I do it well enough maybe I’ll get a Colin Firth type man in my life.  And a job with a screwball producer.  Hmm.  Not so sure about that part, but for certain I’d get a film deal and become important woman of substance.

Last night I scrabbled about for a justification.  Why can’t I copy her?  Apart from all the obvious reasons which are too many to list.   Then I saw it.

Aha!  Helen Fielding slyly and patently obviously took her inspiration to satirize – let alone a character’s name – from Jane Austen.  Cleverly, unabashedly, unashamedly.  Got applauded for it, and I’m included in the applauders, I’m one of her biggest fans.  But what if Jane Austen had been alive, though?  Would her book have been labeled a rip-off?

So why can’t I do the same, only I’ll take my inspiration from Helen Fielding?  I know what, I can call my heroine Bridget Jones.

If Fielding’s publishers ever came after me I could plead a pretty good case in court, don’t you think?  Then she and I could jointly write a book about the war between us – and get another film deal.  Bridget Jones vs. Bridget Jones.

I want Mark Darcy!”  “No, he’s mine!  I want him!  Give him back!

It’s a brilliant idea,  Yes!!!  At Last!  My troubles are over, am woman of substance.  Am confident, world famous and important script and novel writer.  Ooooh.  Phone.   Probably it’s Oprah, or Robert de Niro.  Unless it’s Colin Firth of course.

What’s all this got to do with the title of this blog?  Nothing.  I got sidetracked.  I’ll tell you about 2010 World Cup Soccer in South Africa tomorrow.  If I’m still around.  If I haven’t already been hauled away to Hollywood.