It is once again time for our For Your Consideration post to the members of the Academy. Online voting begins December 27th. The Academy has fortified its methods this year, making it easier for members to vote.
This is your chance to make the best case for contenders you think might not otherwise get recognized. I am going to make my case right now for one contender in each major category. These are contenders I feel passionately about. I’m going to skip Best Actress because it is my hope that all five of the leading contenders — Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and the frontrunner, Cate Blanchett are all nominated because they fucking deserve it.
But other than that, here we go. Dear Academy, hear my plea!
#2 JC Chandor’s All is Lost. The spirit of cinema is about reinventing it year after year. How can do that when there is nothing new under the sun? You do i thy taking a leap of faith. Chandor could have done anything after he gained an Oscar nod and notoriety for Margin Call. He could have easily failed upwards by selling out, by doing what most young talented up and coming directors in Hollywood do – they go for the big paycheck. But he did the opposite. He made a moving meditation, a cinematic poem about life. Our time here is so limited. Life is an endurance test, as are most things worthwhile – love, parenting, artistic ambition. All is Lost gives you an hour and a half of silent contemplation, watching Robert Redford do what’s necessary to survive. It will stay with me long after this year has come to a close. It deserves to be named as one of the year’s best.
Martin Scorsese for the Wolf of Wall Street – it’s not for everyone. It is weird and wild and deliberately offensive. It is also bravura filmmaking of the first order. It is absolutely deserving of being recognized, as the AFI and Critics Choice and HFPA already have done. At 71 years old, Martin Scorsese should be slowing down, mellowing out and losing his fire. He has proven what a schooled director can REALLY do. It’s astonishing. In many ways movie are never about the darker aspects of human nature. They are about idealized versions of ourselves. Scorsese will always stand out for his refusal to adhere to something that easy. His films are about cockroaches. They are about failures, damaged souls, flawed antiheroes. Those stories are worth telling too, especially when you have his ability to really go there.