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Top 5: Actors Who Won Best Actor For the Wrong Movie

top5As this year ends, and awards season begins, it’s worth noting one of the biggest truisms of Oscar-dom: people don’t usually win their Oscars for the movie they should have. Continue reading Top 5: Actors Who Won Best Actor For the Wrong Movie

Top 5: Jennifer Lawrence Performances

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Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

She’s barely 23, she has two Oscar nominations, one Oscar, two mega franchises and she’s actually talented and likable!  As Hunger Games: Catching Fire has already pulled in $25 million from midnight showings and is on its way to a probable $170 – $180 million weekend opening, Jennifer Lawrence is without question the most powerful actress in Hollywood.  She’ll be able to do essentially whatever she wants once she finishes The Hunger Games.  Hopefully, she’ll continue as Mystique, but who knows where the X-Men franchise is headed?  She’ll most likely pick up Oscar nom #3 for American Hustle later this year.  So since it’ll be awhile before we can do a Latest vs. Greatest column for her, what are her top 5 performances so far?

1. Winter’s Bone (2010)

2. X-Men: First Class (2011)

3. The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

4. The Hunger Games (2012)

5. Poker House (2008)

Argo Extended Edition Coming to Blu Ray December 3rd

Argo, Argo Extended Cut, Ben Affleck

You cannot swing a dead badger without smacking into Ben Affleck these days.  Try it.  Prove me wrong.  Affleck’s Best Picture-winning film Argo will be getting an extended edition with a very pretty box.  This extended edition only lengthens the film by nine minutes and I don’t think that you could improve on Argo’s pacing.  The directing Oscar Affleck should have won, would have been for putting together one of the tightest, smartest, at times funniest true-life thriller since perhaps All the President’s Men.  Now if you haven’t bought Argo already, the box is a sexy sexy box.  That’s some shelf magic there, so feel free.  Is it worth a double-dip given the extensive special features on the first blu ray? No.  I mean they got fricking Jimmy Carter to do a commentary about the movie from his experience with the operation.  That’s an impressive special feature.  Do you know why it’s so impressive?  Because (growly voice) he’s Batman.  Press release below:

On December 3, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Argo Extended Edition on Blu-ray, featuring an additional nine minutes of footage that delves deeper into CIA specialist Tony Mendez’s personal relationships with his wife and son. Based on the true story of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis, the film also focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played. Ben Affleck (The Town) directed.

Available in Blu-ray (at $49.99 SRP) with UltraViolet digital copy, Argo Extended Edition includes three brand new special features: Ben Affleck’s Balancing Act and Argo Declassified featurettes; plus a mash-up entitled Argo F*ck! Yourself. In addition, there are collectible premiums of a one-sheet poster, map of Tehran, reproduction of Tony Mendez’s CIA ID card, and a 40-page book with behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, cast bios and more.

Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, commented, “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Ben and his team for a second time. This new edition of Argo is even more enriched by the never-before-seen bonus footage and fascinating collectible memorabilia.”

Argo was one of the most honored and best reviewed movies of 2012. In addition to the Oscar® presented to producers Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney for Best PictureArgo won the Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Picture. The film earned two additional Oscars® – for Best Achievement in Film Editing and for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – and was nominated for an additional four (Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin; Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing)
Argo, Ben Affleck

Affleck also stars in the film, leading an ensemble cast, which won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance. Arkin was recognized with Oscar®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award® nominations for his performance. Argo also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

Screenwriter Chris Terrio won Oscar® and Writers Guild of America awards for his screenplay, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman

My Favorite Scene: Good Will Hunting (1997)

It’s dumbfounding that a movie that contains as much life wisdom as Good Will Hunting was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when they were in their early to mid twenties.  One of the best Oscar acceptances ever is when they got Best Original Screenplay (giving us a break from the Titanic coronation of the night, ugh) and just went wild with joy.  There are a few scenes in this movie that mean a lot to me.  I think the funniest scene is Will’s response to the NSA when they try to recruit him. I think any scene between Damon and Robin Williams is electric.  Williams deserved his Oscar for this role and I wish he hadn’t stopped dramatic acting for the most part after he’d gotten it.  He’s so much better than what he’s been doing.  The scene that resonates with me most these days is the park bench.  If you haven’t seen the film (seriously?) you don’t need a lot of context.  Will has been court appointed to do therapy with Robin Williams and Will is a genius off-the-charts.  At their first session he saw a painting in Williams’ office and proceeded to tell him his whole life story from what he deduced from that.  This is the “Come to Jesus” talk he gets from Williams in response.  It’s wise and as I get older, the more and more I see how true it is.

Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, Robin Williams