All right, I'm biting. Just saw the trailer of George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, and I must say...I'm pretty impressed and excited about this. And that's saying a lot, since I normally don't really dig these types of films. Then again, I did sort of like All the President's Men... Anyway, I've just added David Strathairn to the shortlist of Best Actor contenders (though Redford may pop in again at any time, depending on how An Unfinished Life is received), and I threw in George Clooney for supporting. Hollywood loves him, and he's in two great political films this year, one of which he directed.
What about Ralph Fiennes? Yup, everyone's going gaga over his performance in The Constant Gardener, so I don't know why I just won't replace his slot for The White Countess with this one. Maybe I have to watch it first. Either way, he's going to get nominated this year for sure, what with another big juicy role coming up (as Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). That is, unless the multiple perfs actually cause a split in votes. In that case, poor Ralph.
Weekend viewing: saw for the first time Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (enjoyed it); Old School (nothing special, though Will Ferrell was, as always, a hoot); Calendar Girls (Helen Mirren: fantastic); and, I hate to admit, being a self-proclaimed film buff, The Shining ("Heeeeeeere's Johnny!"). Creepy film. Claustrophobic is the perfect word for it. It deserves its reputation as among the best horror films ever made.
I am in the process of trying to finish watching Salo o le 120 giornate di Sodoma. Haven't reached the most disturbing parts yet (according to those I know who have seen it). Must finish it!