Annette Bening and Natalie Portman, One More Time

On Twitter, both Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley have been talking about the possibility for an Annette Bening upset over Natalie Portman on Oscar night. ¬†It’s really been down to these two actresses since the start of Oscar season. ¬†It will be interesting to see how Oscars...
Posted On 11 Feb 2011

A Kidman Upset?

Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond dish it up about Best Actress, wondering if Nicole Kidman might not come in and steal the Oscar away from Natalie Portman or Annette Bening (of Jennifer Lawrence, for that matter). Every day it feels like one or the other will win. First it was...
Posted On 29 Dec 2010

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

The Women Film Critics Circle gives out its own unique set of awards again this year. BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN Mother And Child BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN Winter’s Bone BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award] The Kids Are All Right: Lisa Cholodenko BEST ACTRESS Annette...

It’s Still Bening and Portman

It always happens every year a unique film like Black Swan starts hitting the mainstream. There is bound to be some sort of freak out as people see the film that is creating such a stir. There is never any guarantee that it will be a movie they respond to. I’m thinking of...
Posted On 20 Dec 2010

The Women: Unhinged

While the men characters are doing things like cutting off their arms to survive, creating a social networking revolution, learning to give speeches and becoming king of England while doing so, winning boxing matches, robbing banks and getting the girl – the women are...
Posted On 15 Dec 2010

Girls on Girls on Film

The Daily Beast calls this a list of the “10 Steamiest Lesbian Sex Scenes” but most of them are merely humid and partly dewy. For a stark contrast with true sizzle on film, make your own mental list of the 10 Steamiest Straight Sex Scenes (and please share so we can...
Posted On 03 Dec 2010

Lesley Manville, One of the Best in Any Category

My Oscar Poker partner, Jeff Wells, is worried that Lesley Manville won’t make the cut if they run her as Best Actress. He thinks she has a better chance of getting in in the Supporting Actress category. It probably isn’t going to matter what bloggers think about it...
Posted On 21 Nov 2010

Like a Hurricane: The Actresses Own 2010

It’s been said before, but let it be said again, 2010 is marked by an uncharacteristic tsunami of women. Sure, there are still some male-driven films that have risen to the top of the pile, namely Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Jessie...
Posted On 14 Nov 2010

Bening’s Time

It took me a while to finally see The Kids Are All Right. I knew the movie would be good, and I followed the trail of buzz that has it continually landing on lists of films that might make the cut for the Oscars. Some have asked why the film is always there when it doesn’t...
Posted On 05 Nov 2010