Wow…lotsa feedback on Jennifer Aniston yesterday, and you sure do like your dog movies. Thanks for the comments. We’re delighted to hear more about your likes and dislikes. Full disclosure, of her four films listed, I didn’t actually see Marley & Me. Oh, I thought about it, and wanted to, and was all set — but when it opened in theaters my friends actually forbade me from going. Does this have something to do with the fact that I have four dogs? Dunno. But you guys sure loved it. Now before we get to today’s nominee, just a note on a little something called The Independent Spirit Awards. This is yet another group of Awards which neither reflect what the Academy wants nor what the People Choose (so why pay attention, we might wonder). Yet they’re pretty important for two reasons. One, they frequently herald and bring notoriety to films we might not have heard about; films made on a shoestring budget. It’s also true that even shoestrings have more zeroes attached nowadays, but you get the drift. We’re talking about a two- million dollar movie getting a little recognition vs. a two- hundred-million dollar movie. And the second reason that the Independent Spirit Awards are important? They can sometimes be an early predictor of Oscar choices. Not always, and the Golden Globes are usually far more on the money, but if you’re handicapping the Academy Awards it’s often a good idea to eyeball Spirit nominees. I’ve also attended the Spirit Awards and they’re usually the night before the Oscars and they’re held on the beach which means nobody wears a tie and it feels incredibly & bizarrely informal. So much so that you don’t know it’s Aaron Eckhardt or Robert Downey, Jr. standing next to you until you accidentally drop an olive on their sneaker. (Do I think Independent Spirit Awards is a less-than-inspired name? Absolutely. However, we should probably respect their, um, right to express their independent spirit in a unique fashion). This year, the five movies singled out for their Best Picture awards are Black Swan, 127 Hours, Winter’s Bone, Greenberg & The Kids Are All Right. That’s all. I won’t belabor them until they happen – which is in February. Til then I’ve just given you a fun fact to toss around at a party this weekend. When someone asks what you think about James Franco, you can say “well he’s already gotten that Spirit nod…Oscar contention is almost inevitable.” And you’re all set.
Now let’s continue on with our second nominee in the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress (and boy, is this a tough race. Have you voted? Didja get the Droid app? ) Here then is yet another gal who went seamlessly from TV to film and made quite a splash. She also seems to prefer the big screen, which prompted her departure from the very show that put her on the map – much to the dismay of her many fans. Katherine Heigl evokes a certain timeless Hollywood glamour, and like Jennifer Aniston she does comedy really well. She initially shot to fame with Grey’s Anatomy before the movies came a calling, and she’s been working a funny, chic, exasperated screwball Doris Day for The New Millennium ever since. Due in no small part to Judd Apatow (who also, it should be noted, knows how to make raunchy movies guys love that women can also enjoy. And see twice). Another fun fact? She is the sister-in-law of one-third of Lady Antebellum. Without any further ado, voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which of these Katherine Heigl movies is your favorite:
1) 27 Dresses
2) Knocked Up
3) Life As We Know It
4) The Ugly Truth