06 February 2009
Picture: Man on Wire (81/7)
Director: Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler (66/7)
Actress: Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale (63/7)
Actor: Richard Jenkins, The Visitor (65/8)
S. Actor: Mark Strong, Body of Lies (50/4)
S. Actress: Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married (77/8) [tie for #14]
Screenplay: Robert Siegel, The Wrestler (62/6)
Scene: The negotiation, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (42/5)
[Going again with a crappy squeezed clip that's already online, because I don't know how to add subtitles. This isn't the entire scene, but it's 90% of it.]
Aronofsky previously placed 6th in 2000 for Requiem for a Dream. (Which I happened to rewatch a few days ago, for the first time since it played at Toronto. I'd now go so far as to say that its first 40-45 minutes are among the most amazing sustained achievements of the decade, just in terms of pure cinema. Pity about the rest of the movie, though.)
This is La Deneuve's first nod since way back in '96, when she finished 17th in the same category for Téchiné's Thieves (Les Voleurs). At this rate, moving up one notch every 12 years, she will win Best Actress in 2188. Jenkins, somewhat surprisingly, has never before placed. Neither have Strong or Winger, for more obvious reasons.
I'm pretty sure Siegel would prefer us to think that The Wrestler is his first produced screenplay.
Posted by md'a at 12:51 PM