Impressive. And the guy wasn't even trying to fool the dog; he just never quite mastered counting to three.
Monday, February 23, 2009
From EW.com, a partial list of noteworthy performances that weren’t even nominated for an Oscar.
24. DENZEL WASHINGTON
It's easy to see this as Tom Hanks' movie. It was his character who suffered the indignities of being afflicted with AIDS, and Hanks won a well-deserved Oscar for his efforts. But Washington, as the ambulance-chasing homophobe, had the harder task. He had to coerce audiences, ever so gently, into realizing that his character represented our own ignorance, and then drag us on his path to enlightenment.
22. GENE KELLY
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
There is the wonderful comedy of Kelly's acting in Stanley Donen's candied backstage musical — the sun-browned vanity he brings to his turn as a silent-film star. Then there is the cosmic wonder of his dancing: those muscular escapes, that uplifting splash through a downpour. In contrast to Fred Astaire (prince of the effortless glide), Kelly shows you his heartiness and his heart.
17. MALCOLM McDOWELL
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Who knew milk and Beethoven could be so downright disturbing? Throw in a bowler hat and cane, and you have one of cinema's most indelible images of apathetic evil. But McDowell was more than simply a visual (and virulent) centerpiece. As ruthless hooligan-turned-aversion therapy patient Alex, he ran the emotional gamut — delivering riveting portrayals of both sinister charm and helpless dread.
15. DONALD SUTHERLAND
Ordinary People (1980)
With Mary Tyler Moore playing so wildly against type, and Timothy Hutton hogging the psychiatric spotlight, Sutherland was People's only star ignored by the Oscars. Which is understandable: As the devoted husband and dad in Robert Redford's Best Picture winner, the actor exists in the movie's negative spaces — the ultimate middleman, he's the glue that can't keep the Jarrett clan from coming apart.
12. KATHLEEN TURNER
Body Heat (1981)
With her smoldering voice, lithe body, and a temperature that runs higher than 100 degrees, Turner's Matty Walker embodies the steamy dream of lowlife lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt). Turner, in her incendiary film debut, drapes Matty in haughty insolence, desperate unattainability, and seductive refinement. With amazing assurance, Turner turned up the sexual heat of the classic femme fatale while bowing to her stylish '40s forerunners.
9. MARILYN MONROE
Some Like It Hot (1959)
She drove everyone nuts. She arrived late on set, flubbed her lines, and deferred to her acting coach, Paula Strasberg, over director Billy Wilder. But she was Marilyn Monroe. And she was worth it. Sugar Kane, the ukulele-strumming, bourbon-swigging sexpot, is nothing if not pure Marilyn. Her wide-eyed, blissful sensuality is the perfect counterpart to Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon's drag show and confirmed what many already knew: that Monroe was a gifted comedian.
8. JUDY GARLAND
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
We all know The Wizard of Oz is chockful of heart, brains, and courage, but the girl who made the whole thing dance was Garland. The 17-year-old had big shoes to fill working alongside old pros like Jack Haley (Tin Man), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), and Bert Lahr (Lion), but her wide-eyed innocence and powerful voice are what truly brought the film over the rainbow. (They also helped land Garland a specially created Juvenile Award at the 1940 Oscars, a kiddie-table honor that's no longer passed out.)
7. JOHN CAZALE
The Godfather Part 2 (1974)
Michael got the brains, Sonny got the brawn, but Fredo — poor, forlorn Fredo — what did he get? Passed over. With Mike (Al Pacino) now in charge, the middle Mafia child is all impotence. The guy can't even betray right. Pitiable, but Cazale never plays it like that. He's awkward and sweet, and so very mournful of the old days. When he finally blurts his reasons for turning on his brother, it's with the resentment of a child. ''I'm not dumb! I'm smart and I want respect!'' he bellows, wobbling helplessly on a patio chair. Thanks to Cazale, who made just six movies, all great, before his death at 42, Fredo got the heart.
5. SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Jungle Fever (1991)
Spike Lee's inner-city melodrama is ostensibly about an affair between African-American architect Flipper (Wesley Snipes) and Italian-American secretary Angela (Annabella Sciorra), but Samuel L. Jackson steals the movie as Flipper's crackhead brother, Gator. In just five scenes, Jackson (who had completed real-life drug rehab mere months before filming) beams a lifetime of hurt and rage through his eyes.
4. INGRID BERGMAN
When Bergman walks into Rick's Cafe, her Ilsa is ''the most beautiful woman ever to visit Casablanca.'' She pulls us in with a simmering-below-the-surface eroticism and an un-Hollywood freshness that makes her seem earthbound and attainable. And like all great screen actors, she made the camera an accomplice. Watch her face, held in a tight, caressing close-up, as Dooley Wilson's Sam first sings ''As Time Goes By.'' A lesser actress might have overemoted, but Bergman restricts expression to a minimum and just lets the camera play across that gorgeous profile.
2. ANTHONY PERKINS
''We all go a little mad sometimes.'' No one can speak lines like that today without reflexively resorting to ''the psycho stutter'' or ''the psycho stare.'' Such unnaturalness is only natural — after a half century of serial-killer movies, we share a template for knife-wielding loonies. Perkins, the pioneer, had no such road map. For him, the tics were organic: He approached Norman Bates as a character, not a trope.
Honorable Mention: PATRICK SWAYZE
Road House (1989)
As Dalton (first name irrelevant) the "cooler," Swayze delivers classic lines like "Be nice," "It's my way or the highway," and "Pain don't hurt" with the sang froid of a Bogart or a Dean, but prefers to let his fists do more talking than his mouth. When an opponent gains the upper hand during a brawl and taunts Dalton ("I used to fuck guys like you in prison!"), you see the tangible progession of emotion on Swayze's face -- from confusion to fear to homicidal rage -- before he liberates the guy's larynx from his neck. Pain do hurt, at least for those who take on Dalton.
For the rest, see the full article on EW.com.
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Dear Mr Scammer, I am sorry
Date: 2009-01-10, 11:48AM EST
Dear Mr. Scammer,PostingID: 987443049
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The Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, were created by John Wilson in 1980 (and first awarded in 1981) to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring (or honoring) the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. The term raspberry is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry."
Current awards are voted upon by the membership of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation (GRAF), and membership is openly available to the public, as opposed to the Academy Awards.
Winners highlighted in each category.
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans (Jointly Nominated for Sharing One Dead Horse of a Concept)
The Hottie And The Nottie
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
Larry the Cable Guy - Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy - Meet Dave
Mike Myers - The Love Guru
Al Pacino - 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg - The Happening and Max Payne
Jessica Alba - The Eye and The Love Guru
The Cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan)
Cameron Diaz - What Happens In Vegas
Paris Hilton - The Hottie And The Nottie
Kate Hudson - Fool's Gold and My Best Friend's Girl
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carmen Electra - Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
Paris Hilton - Repo: The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian - Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy - Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski - 88 Minutes and In The Name Of The King
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Uwe Boll (as Himself) Uwe Boll’s Postal
Pierce Brosnan - Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley - The Love Guru, War, Inc. and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds - Deal and In The Name Of The King
Verne Troyer - The Love Guru and Uwe Boll’s Postal
WORST SCREEN COUPLE
Uwe Boll & ANY Actor, Camera or Screenplay
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher - What Happens In Vegas
Paris Hilton & Christine Lakin OR Joel David Moore - The Hottie And The Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy - Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy IN Eddie Murphy - Meet Dave
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2008)
The Day The Earth Blowed Up Real Good
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Uwe Boll - 1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name Of The King and Postal
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer - Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
Tom Putnam - The Hottie And The Nottie
Marco Schnabel - The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan - The Happening
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans, both by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan
The Hottie And The Nottie by Heidi Ferrer
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale by Doug Taylor
The Love Guru by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
WORST CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Other Golden Raspberry tidbits:
The award for Worst Career Achievement has been given only four times, in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987, to Ronald Reagan, Linda Blair, Irwin Allen, and "Bruce the Rubber Shark" from Jaws. Director Uwe Boll will receive the fifth award in the series in 2009 for his achievement as "Germany's answer to Ed Wood."
Only three Razzie winners have attended the ceremony to recieve their awards: Paul Verhoeven (Worst Director for Showgirls), Tom Green (four awards, including Worst Actor, for Freddy Got Fingered) and Halle Berry (Worst Actress for Catwoman).
1987: Bill Cosby won three Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay for Leonard Part 6, a botched spoof of spy flicks that Cosby himself had condemned on several talk shows. Cosby arranged for the Fox network to reproduce the Razzies in gold and Italian marble, at a cost of $27,500, and accepted them on The Late Show.
2001: Tom Green accepted all four of his Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, for Freddy Got Fingered. He declared, "I want to say I didn't deserve this any more than anyone else here... dear God, I want to say that. I don't think it would be true, though." He turned up in a white Cadillac and brought his own length of red carpet. Green's speech included a never-ending piece of music played on the harmonica, and he was eventually dragged off stage.
2003: Ben Affleck, after winning Worst Actor for his work in Gigli, Daredevil, and Paycheck, asked why he did not get his trophy. He was presented the Razzie live on Larry King Live a week later, which he promptly broke.
2004: Halle Berry accepted her Razzie for Worst Actress for the film Catwoman. She gave a speech, similar to when she won the 2002 Best Actress Academy Award for Monster's Ball, carrying her Oscar in one hand and her Razzie in the other. While onstage, she called the film a "piece of shit, god-awful movie", which met laughter and applause.
The 2003 film Gigli was the first and, so far, only film to win in the top five categories at the Razzies (Worst Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay). This makes it the Razzie equivalent of 1934's It Happened One Night, which was the first film to win the Oscar grand slam (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay).
Actor Sylvester Stallone has received 30 nominations and ten wins and is the actor with the largest number of nominations and wins. He was nominated for the Worst Actor award for nine consecutive years from 1984 to 1992, winning four times.
Eddie Murphy received a single-year record five nominations in 2007 for Norbit: three acting nominations (one for each character he played), one for Worst Couple (again, relating to his playing multiple characters) and one for Worst Screenplay. He went on to win all three acting nominations, becoming the first person ever to win a Razzie for both male and female performances in a single film.