The Oscar nominations are out, and the race is shaping up - with "The Shape of Water" a favorite, female-centered stories dominating and younger artists and people of color well represented. Here's a quick look at the top six categories - and what they tell us. And the Nominees Are: Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"; Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"; Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"; Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"; Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water."
He is the guy in the infomercial who enthusiastically applauds every claim. The fellow who asks obvious questions - and then looks happily shocked at the answer. He is, quite obviously, a "plant." And unlike every other actor, his career is based on being completely, utterly forgettable. "The Clapper" is about someone who loses that anonymity. A sloppy, shaggy-dog kind of comedy, it's centered on Eddie, an unknown performer whose career depends on being unknown.
Hungry Hollywood types try to perfect what's known as "the elevator pitch," a tantalizer so high-concept it can hook a studio exec before he or she gets off at his floor. So here's one: "It's 'The Purge,' but for parents." And that's the basis - and, practically, the whole plot - of "Mom and Dad," a short and nasty black comedy that has Nic Cage and Selma Blair as a suburban couple out to kill their kiddies. Why?
Hey, @RoninOKcom why'd you just post my old interview with Aubrey Plaza, but with a "Destiny Morgan" byline on it? The entire interview (not a link) cut and pasted from its original @njdotcom site? Just curious.
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