Friday, January 14, 2011
Kidman's Awards Campaign
It all starts this week.
We are now heading into the big awards season. The critical awards are being announced this week. Will Kidman get one? Probably not. The award that Kidman has the best chance at is the Golden Globe. The Foreign Press loves her and she has won the Globe three times. Kidman is a star, as opposed to Portman being an actress and Annette Benning isn't even in the same category; she is in the comedy category. As for Mr. Oscar? Hard to say.
If Rabbit Hole gets in the top three in next week's box office Kidman will get her nomination. But given the tragic circumstances in Arizona, people are looking to escape reality and the subject of the death of a child is not something most want to see dramatized. Another factor that will play is the girl from True Grit. Many see her as a spoiler and the nomination that could be sacrificed is Kidman's.
This is highly political, this awards thing. If you get nominations you get work and you get better pay. If you win it is even bigger. Kidman needs the nomination. At her age and where her box office numbers are, she can't coast too many more years on her past glory. Kidman is playing a fine game. Lots of press that appeals to the public. Happy family, sex filled marriage to a desirable man; that man in turn giving her credit for his existence for the last five years. Kidman talking about her craft, her art. Kidman, the woman, talking about her life, even her past. She wants this. But dear Nicole you don't stand a chance. Sorry, but new Hollywood in the form of Portman, Eisenberg, Bale and Amy Adams have arrived. It is their time. But bigger than even that is one Annette Benning, three time nominee married to a Hollywood legend, Warren Beatty; sister-in-law to another legend. Oscar loves to award those who have been ignored in the past. Add to that one of the best roles for a woman in her forties in years and I think we have a winner. According to Rodger Friedman, Beatty is calling in a lot of favors and Benning is playing the best game around. Nicole, you aren't married to the biggest star in the world anymore; Oscar has to look at your work and while you may get a nomination maybe it isn't the best performance. So prepare to see a lot of shots of Nicole and Keith all dolled up at many functions in the next six weeks (as evidenced in the above photo); and going home with nothing, maybe not even with each other.
On another note: It has been several weeks since the flooding in Oz started, and the town that Keith Urban grew up has now been evacuated. Enough said about that.