03 February 2009
Picture: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (50/7)
Director: Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais (55/7)
Actress: Julianne Moore, Savage Grace (42/5)
Actor: Benicio Del Toro, Che (53/6)
S. Actor: J.K. Simmons, Burn After Reading (43/3)
S. Actress: Ann Savage, My Winnipeg (58/5)
Screenplay: Carlos Reygadas, Silent Light (50/6)
Scene: Rachel bathes Kym, Rachel Getting Married (40/2)
[Unfortunately, I'm unable to show you this scene, as my screener was, um, destroyed immediately after viewing according to Sony Classics' dictates, yeah that's it, and I can't find even a crappy cam version of the film online. But that's okay because, while I'm choosing not to be dictatorial about it, in my opinion this is really more of a brief tender moment than an actual scene per se. In lieu of the clip, I will share with you a description of the scene/moment in question that I found on kids-in-mind.com: "A woman bathes another woman in a bathtub (they are sisters and nothing sexual is implied): she washes her back with a sponge, and specifically, a tattoo on her back and shoulder area; the woman in the bathtub sits up, and holds her arms over her breasts (we can see the bare sides of her breasts and bare legs)." The site gives the film 6/10 on its sex/nudity scale. Also apparently its message is: "Family will forgive, but not forget. Life is measured by how well you love others."]
This is Rivette's first citation for Director. His only previous eligible films were Va savoir and Secret défense; I'd totally forgotten that the latter even existed, to be honest. (Up/Down/Fragile was technically eligible in '96 due to an eyeblink NYC release, but it was a different world back then and only four voters even saw it.)
Of the actors, both Moore and Del Toro are previous Skandie winners. This is actually the former's first nod since she won Actress in 2002 for Far From Heaven. She also won in 1995 (Safe), placed 3rd in Supporting in '97 (Boogie Nights), 13th in Supporting in '98 (The Big Lebowski), and had three freakin' appearances in '99: 11th in Lead (The End of the Affair) and 8th and 15th in Supporting (Magnolia and An Ideal Husband, respectively).
In additioning to taking the Supporting Actor trophy, here as everywhere else, for his work in 2000's Traffic, Del Toro has had two other Supporting nods: 10th in 1998 for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 13th in 2003 for 21 Grams. This is his first Skandies appearance as a lead.
J.K. Simmons previously finished 18th in Supporting as J. Jonah Jameson in the first Spider-Man (2002), having been shamefully overlooked last year for Juno. (Bad voters! Bad!) Ann Savage, meanwhile, makes her first appearance since placing 15th in 1946 for Renegade Girl, though that was clearly a retroactive apology for ignoring her in Detour the year before.
Reygadas' screenplays for Japón and Battle in Heaven were justly ignored on account of those films are retarded.
Posted by md'a at 12:42 AM