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July 03, 2008

Sex and the Oscar?


We've declared Oscar season unofficially open, with "Wall-E" firing the first shot across the bow, and we've also noted that there's been precious little Hollywood output so far this year that's been awards worthy.

But maybe we missed something?

A Gold Rush commenter -- we'll call him James because that might be his name -- says he's already seen an Oscar-caliber performance this year by none other than Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City," also known as "The Movie That Made Hollywood Studio Guys Realize Women See Movies."

"There are two powerful scenes that are so moving and so Oscar worthy (the limo street scene and the Valentine's dinner scene) that perhaps if it was from another movie it would be a shoo in."

He notes that Julia Roberts was nominated for a dramedy, "Pretty Woman," so why not SJP?

Now, there's no way for us to know if "James" comes from inside the SJP camp, but we commend his fandom and/or propaganda. We love Parker and loved her in the movie, but not so sure she'll make it through a gauntlet that could include Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Tilda Swinton, to name a few of the awards magnets that have movies on the horizon. Chances: slim to none.

And just for the record, aside from "Wall-E," which seems predestined for numerous Golden Guy trophies, and deservedly so, "The Visitor" is most definitely an awards-caliber movie. Now, if it just doesn't get lost in the fourth quarter avalanche.


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I also really do think that Sarah Jessica Parker should be nominated and No, i'm not from SJP's camp -- I think anyone who has seen it would agree that she does deserve some consideration. She is an emmy favorite, a golden globe favorite, a SAG favorite -- there should be oscar talk because it is really a performance that is deserving.


Actually, I'm so sick of the yearly pixar animated film "getting Oscar talk" for the best picture race. That is actually the slim to none possibility ever since they created an animated category -- so why do people insist on doing it every year. Is it that good that it actually has to win two awards-- animated and best picture. Even if it did get nominated for both categories, the chances of winning both would be nil and would just take up a worthy nominee for best picture. BTW, Parker was phenomenal and I'm not even a fanatic of the tv show.


Considering all the CGI in films today, isn't everything an animated film? Let's ditch that category and the best foreign film category and put everything on the same level.

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