Awards Season in Full Swing

New year. Non-stop awards.

The Golden Globes kicked off the acting awards season. Even though there are countless awards, it really comes down to the most prestigious acting award of all, the Oscar. However, if you do not win the Oscar (View List of Oscar Nominees), the Golden Globe is the next award to behold. You never hear anyone introduced as, “Critics Choice Award Winner – Michael Keaton.”

Who to root for? Michael Keaton – absolutely. His performance in Birdman was astounding – raw, vulnerable, explosive. You have to appreciate Keaton’s no holds barred approach to make director Alejandro Iñárritu’s ambitious and avante-garde vision come alive.

Michael Keaton’s Golden Globe acceptance speech was heartfelt especially when he thanked his best friend and only child, Sean (whose mother and Keaton’s ex-wife has since passed away). TEARS. He also won 2 Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor. Let’s hope he gets to make an Oscar speech for Best Actor also. He’s my sentimental favorite to win since I have been a fan of his work for a long time.

Who else to root for? New leading Brits Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch – yes and yes. Excited to see their rise and success stateside. They both had stellar performances in their respective biopics The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Critics highly regard and compare Redmayne’s performance as physicist Stephen Hawking to Daniel Day Lewis’ Oscar-winning role in My Left Foot (1989). Even Stephen Hawking himself, who has outlived his motor neuron/ALS diagnosis of having 2 years to live (told to him at age 21 and he is now 73), would forget that it was not him on the screen but Eddie Redmayne, when he watched the film about his miraculous life. Since Redmayne has won the Best Actor award for the Golden Globes, Screen Actor’s Guild and BAFTA, he’s one of the frontrunners for the Oscar. Ironically, Benedict Cumberbatch played Stephen Hawking for a BBC movie Hawking in 2004. Redmayne and Cumberbatch are friends who have supported each other’s careers since they met on the set of The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

I have witnessed Eddie Redmayne’s career soar and watched him in two plays. The first was in Edward Albee’s controversial play, The Goat, at the Almeida Theater in London when we were living there in 2004. Redmayne was a young 22-year old who played Jonathan Pryce’s gay tortured son. In 2010, I saw him in the two-person play, Red, on Broadway which he won a Best Featured Actor Tony for his work opposite Alfred Molina (who played artist Mark Rothko), which also won Best Play and Best Director. It originated from the Donmar Warehouse in London. One of the things I miss the most is being a member of the Almeida and Donmar in London and trying to see all the plays I could in their intimate settings.

Boyhood deserves all the accolades possible. The special (autobiographical) film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, is a coming of age story as we witness Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, as he grows up from first grade to entering college. It’s a cinematic first to shoot the movie for 12 years on a limited $4 million budget consistently on 35mm film (even though technology has progressed). It’s slow moving and simple but REAL. Even at the age of 6, Mason was wise beyond his years and even more so than his divorced parents struggling to find themselves in life. Since Patricia Arquette, who plays Mason’s mother, has won the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe, she is favored to win the Oscar. As a single mother in her personal life, Arquette’s portrayal is inspiring for women as we all make mistakes and try to navigate through life’s challenges as best we can. No judging allowed.

This year the Oscars are acknowledging the small independent films with the majority having been directed by lesser known directors and with actors who are not usually the lead. BRAVO. Perhaps a wake up call to Hollywood? Enough super heroes.

Boyhood’s soundtrack has a song called “Hero” by Family of the Year with lyrics that define the movie:

Let me go
I don’t wanna be your hero
I don’t wanna be a big man
I just wanna fight with everyone else

Your masquerade
I don’t wanna be a part of your parade
Everyone deserves a chance to
Walk with everyone else

Thank you, Richard Linklater, for sharing your moving 12-year story of Boyhood which we can all relate to.

#Oscars2015 #GoldenGlobes #MichaelKeaton #Birdman #EddieRedmayne #BenedictCumberbatch #TheoryofEverything #ImitationGame #Boyhood #RichardLinklater #FandangoFrontrunners



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