10 February 2009
Picture: Happy-Go-Lucky (93/10)
Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky (87/10)
Actress: Meryl Streep, Doubt (88/10)
Actor: Fu'ad Aït Aattou, The Last Mistress (74/6)
S. Actor: Ralph Fiennes, In Bruges (66/8)
S. Actress: Tilda Swinton, Burn After Reading (80/7)
Screenplay: Jacques Rivette, Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent, The Duchess of Langeais (97/10)
Scene: Tonight we dine on bellydancing, The Secret of the Grain (50/4)
[Tried uploading the actual scene twice and both times there was no sound. So I'm afraid this brief snippet already available on YouTube is all you get. It doesn't look like anything extraordinary out of context anyway, really.]
Leigh previously placed 2nd for Secrets & Lies (1996), 7th for Topsy-Turvy (1999), and 9th for Vera Drake (2004). He is slipping in our collective opinion.
Streep, a former Skandie winner in the supporting category for Adaptation. (2002), makes her sixth top 20 appearance; she also finished 8th for One True Thing (1998), 8th in Supporting for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), and had two supporting "nominations" in 2006: 3rd for The Devil Wears Prada and 5th for A Prairie Home Companion. Fiennes gets his first nod in nearly a decade after a strong early run, all in the lead category: 2nd for The English Patient (1996), 19th for Oscar and Lucinda (1997), and 19th again for The End of the Affair (1999). Swinton's résumé was posted yesterday when she placed for Benjamin Button. Aattou is new, and his appearance here will no doubt be ascribed to the D'Angelo Effect.
None of the Langeais writers (who frequently collaborate) have ever before placed.
Posted by md'a at 10:24 AM