|Hardy in The Revenant|
Tom Hardy, arguably biggest break out star in 2015, who appeared in 5 different films and one popular TV series did not get a single SAG or Golden Globe nomination this year. That is unpleasant. But the behind the scenes stuff and the fact that HFPA nominated both Mad Max and The Revenant for Best Drama, while ignoring Hardy, whose work is integral to those movies' success, is just ugly.
What happened when it comes to SAG? Well, this is actually pathetic. There are members of SAG saying that at the time they were voting they did not even see The Revenant, Joy or Hateful Eight. There were screenings for those, sure, but the screeeners have not arrived. You may say that this must be false because DiCaprio was nominated. Well according to one member....he is nominated based on the trailer and hype alone.
These are the people who are supposed to honor fellow actors. Instead of pushing the deadline for every single movie's screener to arrive, they vote based on hype and trailers. Again - pathetic.
SAG acting nominees:
Male Actor In A Leading Role – Motion Picture
Bryan Cranston – “Trumbo” /. Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant” /Johnny Depp – “Black Mass” / Michael Fassbender – “Steve Jobs” / Eddie Redmayne – “The Danish Girl”
Female Actor In A Leading Role – Motion Picture
Cate Blanchett – “Carol” / Brie Larson – “Room” / Helen Mirren – "Woman In Gold" / Saoirse Ronan – “Brooklyn” / Sarah Silverman – "I Smile Back"
Male Actor In A Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Christian Bale – "The Big Short" / Idris Elba – “Beasts Of No Nation” / Mark Rylance – “Bridge Of Spies” / Michael Shannon – "99 Homes"/ Jacob Tremblay – “Room”
Female Actor In A Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Rooney Mara – “Carol” / Helen Mirren – "Trumbo" / Rachel McAdams – “Spotlight” /.Alicia Vikander – “The Danish Girl” / Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”
|Woody and BIFA award|
A story time. Last Sunday - two events in London. British Independent Spirit Awards, where Hardy is nominated for Legend. And The Revenant screening.
Hardy chooses to hang out with his friend Leo Dicaprio, and while he is wearing jeans and a T-shirt he wears all the time he attends the screening. Meanwhile over at BIFA, he wins for Legend. Domhall Gleeson reads a sweet and appreciative e-mail from Tom while accepting the award on his behalf and yesterday Tom posts a picture of the award being sniffed by his adorable dog Woody.
Here are Globes acting nominees:
Best Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo / Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant / Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs / Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl / Will Smith - Concussion
Best Actress - Drama
Cate Blanchett - Carol / Brie Larson - Room / Rooney Mara - Carol / Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn / Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
Christian Bale - The Big Short / Steve Carell - The Big Short / Matt Damon - The Martian /Al Pacino - Danny Collins / Mark Ruffalo - Infinitely Polar Bear
Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy / Melissa McCarthy - Spy / Amy Schumer - Trainwreck / Maggie Smith - The Lady In The Van / Lily Tomlin - Grandma
Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano - Love & Mercy / Idris Elba - Beasts Of No Nation / Mark Rylance - Bridge Of Spies / Michael Shannon - 99 Homes / Sylvester Stallone - Creed
Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda - Youth / Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight / Helen Mirren - Trumbo / Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina / Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
|Hardy in Legend|
Fonda is in Youth in 2 scenes. First one lasts several minutes, the other? Maybe 30 seconds. But she is famous. And she spent the last few months appearing in roundtables and giving interviews. And surprise, surprise. Here she is, nominated.
Let me tell you why I'm not even waiting for Oscar nominations to post this. Because I am 99% sure Hardy is not getting nominated. Not because he was omitted by SAG and Globes. No. It's because he doesn't do roundtables. He doesn't appear in American talk shows talking about how difficult it was tho shoot the films, how hard, how miserable. He simply acts. And that is apparently too little to get nominated for acting.
I'm not saying that people who got in gave bad performances. But I am saying that most of the people who got nominated didn't get there just on the merit of how good the performance is. Hardy got raves for Legend. Legend that was screened in...4 theaters in entire US.
And then there is this -
A while back Hardy gave the interview where he essentially said him at the Oscars would be like putting a tutu on an alligator or a hat on a dog. A cute metaphor to illustrate that he is an actor and he doesn't really care about glamorous stuff. But the Academy members? There are actual quotes floating around that because of this comment they will not vote for him. Because they feel offended.
There is still a tiny chance. There is BAFTA - and I hope they are less petty than Oscar voters, because when Hardy won for Rising Star he did not attend, instead choosing to spend that evening with his family - and remember Hill with Wolf? He got in, almost out of the blue, and scored that Oscar nomination.
Look I am happy about some of these - Carell being nominated and Stallone getting in for his lovely work in Creed - but Redmayne? Vikander? Helen Mirren? What?
And let me conclude with this - even when they get something right, they spoil it. To nominate Mad Max and yet not acknowledge its heart, in the form of Charlize Theron's beautiful performance?
That's just mad.
All that is left is to watch Globes and enjoy Ricky Gervais hosting it. And hope for DiCaprio to finally win. Because I'm fairly certain if he doesn't for this movie, it can be considered sadism.