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Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
 
Driving for six hours through some of Interstate 5's more spacious locations (who knew California still had beautiful scenery...and flowing traffic?).

Having a crying infant quiet down when held in your arms.

Playing "Dance Dance Revolution" with an old high school friend.

Finding out "First Blood" is actually a pretty good movie (Surprise .1: Stallone's not as bad an actor as I thought. Surprise .2: A spectacular shot involving a helicopter, a sniper and a tree. Surprise .3: Is that Brian Dennehy?).

Listening to Suzan Lori-Parks read (and sing) her debut novel, "Getting Mother's Body".

Trying to figure out how to pay for gas when my Mobil Card is rejected ($300 limit? Lame!).

A town called Buttonwillow (what do you bet they're a hospitable little place, rundown and proud?).

Al Pacino saying "I want my fucking juman rights!" in "Scarface" (I don't understand why "Say hello to my little friend" is the famous line from that movie when there are ten million better quotes, the best being "Hey, pelicans!").

Finally getting the lines memorized for the "Barefoot in the Park" scene I'm doing for Hunger Artist's Last Chance Fest (www.hungerartists.com/last.htm. Shameless plug).

Staying away from politics and news for four days (except for one political debate with aforementioned friend, who, despite voting for Bush, shares a lot of my beliefs).

Countless text messages from Brey.

A couple of wonderful gifts waiting for me when I get home.

This is what makes up a good weekend.

Before I left for my trip up to Seaside, my sister and I attended a special screening of "Maria Full of Grace", followed by a Q & A with the writer/director and lead actress. First off, it's an amazing film about drug mules in Colombia, which is an issue I knew next to nothing about. It's a brutal, astounding story that makes me realize that all of my problems right now are total bullshit.

It was also an interesting experience watching Catalina Sandino Moreno give an amazing performance on a movie screen, and then suddenly seeing her in person. She said that was her first film role, and before that she only did community theatre. Miracles happen, people.

Speaking of movies, the Golden Globe nominations came out yesterday, which is exciting to hardcore film nerds like me. The Golden Globes are like the funnier, more likable little brother to the Academy Awards. They usually give notice to films that Oscar wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

This year's nominations are a really good batch. Jamie Foxx is nominated for no less than three awards (two movie, one TV). A big congrats to Uma Thurman for her nomination in "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (how come the Golden Globes are the only ones that realize how incredible her performances in those movies really were?). "Sideways" was given a ton of nominations, all deserved, and surprisingly, the Best Picture Musical or Comedy category has no throwaway nominations like in previous years ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "The Incredibles", "Ray" and "Sideways", all really good films).

Anyway, here are the nominations:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
"The Aviator"
"Closer"
"Finding Neverland"
"Hotel Rwanda"
"Kinsey"
"Million Dollar Baby"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Scarlett Johansson - "A Love Song For Bobby Long"
Nicole Kidman - "Birth"
Imelda Staunton - "Vera Drake"
Hilary Swank - "Million Dollar Baby"
Uma Thurman - "Kill Bill, Vol. 2"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
Javier Bardem - "The Sea Inside"
Don Cheadle - "Hotel Rwanda"
Johnny Depp - "Finding Neverland"
Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Aviator"
Liam Neeson - "Kinsey"

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
"The Incredibles"
"Ray"
"Sideways"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Annette Bening - "Being Julia"
Ashley Judd - "De-Lovely"
Emmy Rossum - "The Phantom of the Opera"
Kate Winslet - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Renee Zellweger - "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE -MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jim Carrey - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Jamie Foxx - "Ray"
Paul Giamatti - "Sideways"
Kevin Kline - "De-Lovely"
Kevin Spacey - "Beyond the Sea"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Chorus (Les Choristes)" (France)
"House of Flying Daggers" (China)
"The Motorcycle Diaries" (Brazil)
"The Sea Inside" (Spain)
"A Very Long Engagement" (France)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Cate Blanchett - "The Aviator"
Laura Linney - "Kinsey"
Virginia Madsen - "Sideways"
Natalie Portman - "Closer"
Meryl Streep - "The Manchurian Candidate"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
David Carradine - "Kill Bill, Vol. 2"
Thomas Haden Church - "Sideways"
Jamie Foxx - "Collateral"
Morgan Freeman - "Million Dollar Baby"
Clive Owen - "Closer"

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
Clint Eastwood - "Million Dollar Baby"
Marc Forster - "Finding Neverland"
Mike Nichols - "Closer"
Alexander Payne - "Sideways"
Martin Scorsese - "The Aviator"

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
Charlie Kaufman - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
John Logan - "The Aviator"
David Magee - "Finding Neverland"
Patrick Marber - "Closer"
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor - "Sideways"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
Clint Eastwood - "Million Dollar Baby"
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - "Finding Neverland"
Rolfe Kent - "Sideways"
Howard Shore - "The Aviator"
Hans Zimmer - "Spanglish"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE
"Accidentally in Love" - "Shrek 2"
"Believe" - "The Polar Express"
"Learn to Be Lonely" - "The Phantom of the Opera"
"Million Voices" - "Hotel Rwanda"
"Old Habits Die Hard" - "Alfie"

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