October 1, 2008

Is Clint The One To Beat?

He seems to have a head start with his being honored as Hollywood Director of the Year, as we see here in this take curtesy of The Envelope:

-The 12th Annual Hollywood Awards will honor Clint Eastwood with the Hollywood Director of the Year Award.
The Oscar-winning director and producer will receive the award at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony in Beverly Hills on Oct. 27.
“Just when you think Clint Eastwood is about to take a breath, he shoots two films in a year and starts prepping a third, and barely thinks any of that is worth mentioning. He brings dignity, grace, humility, humor, quiet confidence and a sense of ease to a profession that is in sore need of all of those virtues,” said screenwriter, director and Awards co-chair Paul Haggis in a statement.
-Fast track to Oscar?


  1. I sure hope not. Great as he may be, I am getting kind of sick of seeing him on the nominee list. Give someone else a chance, like Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, John Hillcoat, Ridley Scott, Darren Aronofsky, Guillermo Del Toro, etc. Honestly, he almost seems to be trying to win as many oscars as he can before he dies at this point, the way he is making multiple films every year. You already won Best Director twice Clint, give it a rest.

  2. I agree (especially about Fincher and Aronofsky), though the Academy seems to love him...

  3. I almost feel like they are kissing his ass. One thing I've noticed about the oscars over the years is that it is VERY POLITICAL about nominees. More often than not, directors and studios who campaign their films heavily are rewarded for it. Also, veterans and bigger names are more often nominated than newcomers or what have you. Then again, there are those who have deserved an oscar for years but never gotten one because they simply don't parade around practically begging for one. Here are my personal favorite examples.

    Yet to be nominated:

    Tim Burton: Snubbed for Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, and Big Fish

    Darren Aronofsky: Snubbed for Requiem for a Dream

    David Fincher: Snubbed for Zodiac

    Guillermo Del Toro: Snubbed for Pan's Labyrinth

    Christopher Nolan: Snubbed for Memento

    Christian Bale: Snubbed for Rescue Dawn and Empire of the Sun

    Hugh Jackman: Snubbed for The Prestige and The Fountain

    Frank Langella: Snubbed for Starting out in The Evening and Good Night and Good Luck

    Guy Pearce: Snubbed for Memento

    Alan Rickman: Snubbed for Sense and Sensibility

    There many more, and here are some of the people who have been nominated but are overdue for a win

    Johnny Depp: 3 nominations, should have won for Pirates of the Caribbean

    Kate Winslet: 5 nominations, should have won for any of them

    Ridley Scott: 3 noms, should have won for Gladiator

    Leonardo DiCaprio: 3 noms, should have won for The Aviator

    Peter O'Toole: 8 noms, should have won for Lawrence of Arabia, or any of them

    Michael Mann: 4 noms, should have won for The Insider

    Tom Cruise: 3 noms, should have won for Born on the 4th of July/Magnolia

    The list goes on and on. But you get my point. Let someone else have a chance, instead of just rewarding the same person over and over again.

  4. indeed, voters seem to have their favorite people and the people they don't seem to dig as much, but that's the way it is anywhere....you just need to hope that quality overcomes everything else (Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler will be a good test of this)

  5. Yeah Rourke will be a hard sell for the academy. His past choices and whatnot regarding his career as an actor and the film industry in general may not sit well with the academy.

  6. ...and yet, every so often they'll do something like giving Roman Polanski a much-deserved Oscar for the Pianist when it was hardly the politically sensible thing to do.