Now that the Golden Globe nominations are out and award season approaches, I would like to throw a couple of rhetorical questions into the vast sea of opinion that will soon begin roiling.
1. We’re going to be seeing a lot of clips from Moneyball over the next few months. I want to know what the new, trim Jonah Hill thinks when he sees the fat guy in those clips. Does he hate that guy? Does he feel sorry for him? Does he say, “Cheer up, old boy; you’ll be well rid of all that soon enough.” Or does he think, with a shiver, “There but for the grace of God go I . . . again”?
2. Why can’t the Academy (or the Hollywood Foreign Press, etc.) deign to give one acting nomination to someone from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2? I know it’s got a lot going against it: an ensemble cast, placement in a series involving multiple directors (instead of a neat, self-contained package like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings), the fantasy genre, and the label “children’s movie,” which even the last few films haven’t been able to shake. I also know that I’m just a silly fangirl, but I think even a more objective observer might be willing to admit that Ralph Fiennes deserves a Best Supporting Actor nod for his riveting portrayal of Voldemort, and that Alan Rickman also deserves one for his equ…ally (get it, superfans?) riveting performance as Severus Snape. (You don’t have to be on screen for more than a few minutes to garner a Supporting Actor/ess nomination; cf. Viola Davis in Doubt.) And let’s not forget Daniel Radcliffe. He would have to be in the Best Actor category (duh), which is harder to break into, especially for a 22-year-old who’s been playing the same role for ten years. But nobody can justly deny that Daniel Radcliffe has established himself as a serious contender in film. He won’t get nominated for an acting award this year (unless it’s a Tony?), but we haven’t seen the last of him.