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Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64 (1946 – 2011)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Some of the most tragic news I’ve read in a while when I got on my computer this morning, one of my favorite actors who never really got enough credit for his extraordinary career. He is always referred to in passing, “that bald guy with a British accent.” And yet, through the years, he has remained one of the most recognizable actors in cinema. That’s not just because he’s always there, but because he’s always good.

He got his first real commercial success in David Fincher’s “Alien 3” opposite Sigourney Weaver and, ironically, a bunch of other bald guys with British accents. After that, he had a small supporting role in “The Last of the Mohicans,” before receiving his first and only Academy Award nomination for “In the Name of the Father.” In both films he starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis.

Since then, the man has had memorable performances in “The Usual Suspects,” “Dragonheart,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Amistad,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Among Giants,” “The Shipping News,” “The Constant Gardener” and “The Omen.”

A story I always enjoyed hearing was of how after working on two projects in one year with Pete, director Steven Spielberg called him the best actor working in the world. In response, Postlethwaite laughed the compliment off, saying, “Steven probably said that ‘Pete thinks he’s the best actor in the world.'”

In 2010, Pete had roles in three American films: “Clash of the Titans,” “Inception,” and “The Town.” Perhaps, as a fitting end to his career, its joyous to think that two of those three films are very likely contenders to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. No other actor or actress will have pulled off this feat during 2006.

I leave you with a video that actually does not promo Postlethwaite’s silver screen work, but one that displays his acting chops nonetheless.

Goodbye, Pete. We thank you for your many amazing roles and you will be missed.

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15 Visual Effects Finalists

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Much like the award for Best Documentary, the AMPAS Best Visual Effects committee always whittles down the selection of possible nominees to a box-sized fifteen. The Academy just released the list to the public. It is as follows:

“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
“Clash of the Titans”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2″
“The Last Airbender”
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
“Shutter Island”
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
“TRON Legacy”
“Unstoppable”

This doesn’t really change my predictions much at all. From the looks of it, I’m not sure anything will be able to take down “TRON Legacy.” Much like last year’s winner, “Avatar,” it appears to be an absolute visual feast, and added to that, the effects actually look quite stellar and authentic. Perhaps the only thing that might have a fighting chance is “Alice in Wonderland” or “Inception.” However, “Alice”‘s effects are a bit too cartoonish and over-the-top and “Inception,”‘s while incredible and realistic, are short-lived and really kind of secondary to the story (and yet that did not hurt “Gladiator” on winning this particular award).

My predictions for this category remain:

“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”
“TRON: Legacy”

Perhaps the only thing that bugs me in this category is the quiet snub of…wait for it…”The Social Network.” I know that it’s an award that this film really doesn’t need to sweep and “Social”‘s effects are easy to overlook. And yet, that’s just the point. The impeccable work on creating the Winklevi out of one actor is at least worth some recognition for it’s good enough for some viewers to really believe that the part is played by twin actors, rather than Armie Hammer. However, I’m humble enough to let this one past…..as long as the film still takes all the rest.