Maybe my Oscar knowledge isn't as hot as I thought it was, but can Ennio Morricone really get a nod for Best Original Score when it contains discarded music from The Thing's score, actual music from The Thing's score, actual music from the Exorcist II score and probably others I've missed.
Or does the category have one of those weird percentage rules?
What do you all think about Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years?
Now here is where it really gets sticky. There are several deserving veteran stars, with performances of a lifetime, that could trigger the sentimental factor. Charlotte Rampling really is drumming up serious Oscar talk for her transcendent performance in 45 Years, as a woman celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary just as a dark secret from her husband’s past emerges. She won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale and is nominated in the Best Actress category at the European Film Awards. The incredible fact that Rampling never has been nominated for an Oscar probably will help her gain further traction.
But she has to deal with the situation of having so many deserving vets in the running, including two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith, highly amusing in the true story The Lady In The Van; Blythe Danner in her first-ever leading role in the indie hit I’ll See You In My Dreams; the irresistible Lily Tomlin as the irascible title character in Grandma, looking for her second Oscar nomination 40 years after her first for Nashville; and Helen Mirren, hoping to add another Oscar to her mantle as an Austrian looking to reclaim a famous painting the Nazis stole from her family. Her film, Woman In Gold, requires some memory-jogging on the part of voters—the film opened way back in April, but remains the top independently released movie so far this year.
I don't think she'll have a problem getting nominated. But I remember the last time a French veteran in an acclaimed art film went up against a young blonde ingenue, and, well:
(Comedy because I don't understand the Globes)
The studio didn't think it would make it against the competition in Drama, so they submitted it for Comedy instead. The HFP only cares about getting big movie stars to show up, so they gave them the nomination, and later, the win.
I loved The Martian but I feel like the Golden Globe win has an asterisk next to it, which makes me sad.