PGA, DGA, & SAG winners are King

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PGA winner: The King's Speech
DGA winner: Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
SAG winners:
Ensemble: The King's Speech
Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

TIFF's audience winner struck again! The King's Speech steamrolled ahead, sweeping the "picture" category for all the guilds leading up to the Oscars (February 27th, mark thy calendar!). And guess who's backing the film? Harvey Weinstein. Make no mistake, the company has done horribly over the years. But when it comes to pushing for Oscars gold, it would seem that Weinstein is still a force to be reckoned with. Of course, it helps that The King's Speech is very much a feel-good, populist film that should do well with a general audience - if they find it. The table is set for the King comes Oscars night.



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11 Response to PGA, DGA, & SAG winners are King

Grizzly
January 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM

It's sad that every acting category has become a one pony race. The Oscars better be really freaking entertaining because there's not going to be much excitement out of the actual awards-presenting part of it.

Though I suppose it's interesting that Fincher didn't win at the DGA. I still think he's the likely winner, considering Hooper is a complete unknown with little previous works to his name. But that's the only major category that feels like you can't be 100% sure. Picture, Acting and Screenplay, not so much. Yawn.

January 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I find it interesting now that King's Speech is coming on strong. Of course we've been ignoring old signs like ... TIFF audience award. It won that bloody thing there! <-- great sentence here.

I guess the race is so over-analyzed now that it seems like everything is predicted. Still, Oscars are totally capable of silly surprises, so who knows what's up their sleeves comes time to hand out the little dude?

Jason person
February 16, 2011 at 1:43 AM

This is so bizarre to me: are they going to throw Oscars out at this sub-Merchant-Ivory fluff?

Of course, if *that's* the only dodge from awarding Fincher-Sorkin's thing (and can somebody tell me what the hell "The Social Network" is actually *about*?) or the Coens', then--

Oh, but I have some thoughts about Miss Portman now. "Black Swan"-- my god; I'd go to see it just to laugh at how much it's like the kind of thing some idiot might write as a smut novel but come on . . . I'd be embarassed just to be in a theatre, watching it. No way.

It's the Jodie Foster thing, that's why she's the fave. She represents to Hollywood what they'd LIKE to be: pretty, altruistic, dazzlingly bright (so the stories go!). A *good girl* Being Jewish and political probably helps, too. Never mind how grizzly the film roles are. She's the Julia Stiles/Clair Danes that made it. Good god, Danes sells *eyelash thickener* that PERMANENTLY CHANGES your eye color!!! A so-called life, indeed!

Hasn't she heard of mascara? Or: wait, maybe that's what Portman used in BS!!!!!

February 16, 2011 at 4:43 AM

I don't think they're thinking that hard. Her role was just really, really showy. And they love actors doing something completely different from their "Hollywood" image.

Well, it was a nice movie, but yeah, pretty forgettable. Social Network is about how the world is ruled by crushed geeks. Andrew Garfield is awful in it, that much I know. It's got as much melodrama as The Black Swan. That whole friendship story line is so high school. But then, that kinda suits the narrative?

The Coens' was fun! A lesser Coens, but fun nevertheless.

Yeah, it's kind of a joke. But what else are you gonna give the populist Oscars to?

Jason person
February 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

What-- what's that funny sensation? It feels like . . . it feels like? Someone actually agrees with my point of view?

[sobs gently into plush companion]

Jason: Oh Baxter, how do you get your shell so soft and plush?

Baxter: Oh, you know. I was Born that Way.

Jason: Hey, that reminds me--

February 20, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Noooooo!!!!

That song sux!

Jason person
February 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

How dare you say "Express Yourself" by Madonna "sux"?! That song is a **classic**!

February 22, 2011 at 1:52 AM

It's a watered down version of a rather bland Madge material. No thanks.

Jason person
February 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM

In all seriousness though: I like "Express Yourself."

Camille Paglia is right that it's feminist cheerleading (grating and superficial); and the video is from the schlock side of Madge. But all the same I enjoy it a great deal.

February 26, 2011 at 2:44 AM

It's the wet cat, innit?

Jason person
February 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Well like she says: don't jump on (for?) second best . . . .

 

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