It was a day before shooting on the film “Slaves of New York” was going to begin it was raining, cat’s and dog’s, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev where also in town, and there was not one single room available to stay in New York City. Ismail Merchant the producer of the film gave me the 14th floor luxury co-op on Manhattan’s East Side, apartment of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala to crash at. What do you think I found on the mantelpiece? yes, the Oscar. I picked up the Oscar, it was heavy, Academy Award for A Room with a View (1985) for best adapted screenplay. I lay the Oscar on my pillow, and went to bed. To all those who used to say stop dreaming you’ll never go to Hollywood, and win an Oscar. Guess what, I did a deal with Oscar winners, went to Hollywood, and no I personally have never been awarded the Oscar, but I did sleep with it. That’s the magic of films and that is why some very talented people make them. It’s not easy, it’s an insane business. But there is nothing like putting a smile on someone’s face. Here are some of the nominations for 2012.
“Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s heartfelt love letter to filmmaking, earned the most nominations with 11, including best picture, best director and best screenplay as well as several technical Oscars.
“The Artist,” the low-budget black-and-white silent movie that offers a glimpse of Hollywood during its transition to the “talkies” earned 10 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress.
Rounding out the nine best picture nominees are “War Horse,” “The Tree of Life,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Help,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Disappointing comedy fans was the no-show “Bridesmaids,” which some had suggested could win a best picture nod. However, the raunchy girl comedy wasn’t completely shut out. Melissa McCarthy picked up a best supporting actress nomination, and the film received a best original screenplay nomination for “Saturday Night Live” superstar Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.
It was a particularly good morning for buddies Clooney and Pitt. In addition to Clooney’s best actor nod for playing a middle aged father of two in “The Descendants,” he also earned an adapted screenplay nomination for the political thriller, “The Ides of March.” Pitt earned a nomination for lead actor as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Bean in “Moneyball,” he also picked up a nomination as producer of that best picture nominee.
Besides Clooney and Pitt, the best actor contenders are Demian Bichir in “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” and Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Vying with Streep, who earns her 17th Oscar nomination as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” are: Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis in “The Help,” Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” Missing from the best actress list was Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which had earned her several nominations and wins including the Golden Globe.
Here is a look at the Artist, it’s old school, as is Hugo the two films take us back to people who had a passion for film making, it’s art, it’s creating magic, so welcome to the Year of the Dragon, and Oscars from the land where magic is real and dreams come true. Congratulation to all.by