Oscar Watch: 'Brokeback' scores, Jon Stewart readies his aim
It’s only 13 days till the Academy Awards — which means I’d better stop procrastinating and go see Mrs. Henderson Presents, a key step in my plan to be a FIOV (Fully Informed Oscar Viewer). If that’s your goal, too, then read on for the latest pre-Oscar tidbits:
–Brokeback Mountain (pictured) continued its awards-season dominance yesterday, snagging four British Film Academy awards (BAFTAs), including Best Film, Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal). While this probably doesn’t constitute a surge in Oscar momentum for the man who played Jack Twist, I can still hold out hope, can’t I?
-Other BAFTA winners included Capote‘s Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor), Walk the Line‘s Reese Witherspoon (Best Actress), and Crash‘s Thandie Newton (Best Supporting Actress).
-Shockingly, Star Wars: The Empire Brokeback, received no BAFTA love. Not that R2-D2 ever got any critical respect anyhow.
-Uma and Oprah can breathe a little easier if they decide to attend this year’s Oscars. Daily Show writer Ben Karlin tells The New York Times that neophyte host Jon Stewart has less likely fish to fry: “Meryl Streep has gotten a free ride for too long. She’s going down.”
-If, like me, you loathed Isaac Mizrahi’s unsavory interviews from the Golden Globes’ red carpet on E!, then you might want to flip to the TV Guide channel on Oscar night. “The thing is, I am very connected to popular culture, I am,” Mizrahi tells USA Today. “And I watch Will & Grace and I watch My Name is Earl and I watch prime-time television a lot and every other joke is about pubic hair…So I don’t feel it’s wrong to talk about that on the red carpet.” But what about groping young starlets, or looking down the dresses of older ones? Scarlett Johansson, you’ve been warned.
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