Will The Kids Be All Right tomorrow at the Oscar nominations?
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy Award nominations will be announced early tomorrow morning and I’m rooting for The Kids Are All Right, the winner of the Greg In Hollywood 2010 Greggy for Best Movie, to nab some major nominations.
It deserves to get nods for best picture, best director (Lisa Cholodenko), best screenplay (Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg), best actress for co-leads Annette Bening and Julianne Moore and best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo.
We shall see. It seems like nominations for Bening and for screenplay are the only shoo-ins based on pre-Oscar buzz and critics prizes’s but a best picture nomination could very well happen with 10 slots open now.
USA Today notes in an article published today that should the film be nominated for best picture, it would mark only the second time in Academy history that two films directed by women (after The Hurt Locker and An Education last year) are in the race since Winter’s Bone directed by Debra Granik is considered a strong contender.
But would a best director nod go along with the best picture nod? Not likely notes the article despite a win last year by Hurt Locker director Katherine Bigelow, no female directors are in the running for the upcoming Directors Guild Awards, which Bigelow also won last year, along with best picture.
“In a deeper analysis, especially after the DGA nominations came out, you wonder how much of people’s taste is about a style of filmmaking that might be in vogue right now — quick-cutting, thriller aspects, special effects. The films that are front and center right now are very much genre films,” Cholodenko (pictured left) tells the paper. “My film relies heavily on psychological character study.”
Since the Oscars began, only eight best-picture nominees have been directed or co-directed by women.
A separate article in USA Today notes that Kids has been called Brokeback Mountain for lesbians. But the article points out that Brokeback was a period drama that portrayed a male homosexual relationship as conflicted and tragic. Kids is a contemporary comedy-drama that is matter-of-fact about the normality of same-sex marriage and lesbian moms.
“It’s the perfect post-gay film,” says Howard Bragman, a longtime Hollywood publicist. “Gays are just part of the landscape.”
Director Cholodenko, a lesbian mom, set out to relate a family story, not a lesbian story. “We wanted to make a film about a marriage in midlife, at a low point, the things you don’t see in most movies about what families look like behind closed doors.”
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