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And the Oscar goes to... Denzel Washington?

The screenplay reeks of film school and the religious symbolism will make your eyes bleed, but Denzel's performance in "Flight" is one of his best. It's also a very good movie about addiction.

The crash scene is one of the most compelling ever filmed; people in the theater were leaning forward in their seats as it happened.

Another film that appears to have benefitted from the Georgia Tax Credit, Atlanta actually appears to becoming a symbol for a certain bleakness in modern life.

by Anonymousreply 7111/16/2012

He's going to have to be great in something other than an earnest, intense, prone-to-tears role. He's a great actor, but that's its like Julia Roberts playing another dumb whore.

by Anonymousreply 111/02/2012

Based on the reviews I've seen so far, he's definitely a major contender, perhaps more than Daniel Day-Lewis. Hollywood loves a redemption story.

by Anonymousreply 211/02/2012

This is another movie designed for black audiences that won't see it. It will bomb at the box office. Many black people complain that Hollywood doesn't make films about upstanding black people. Here is another film about one and black people won't see it. There was a film about a black swim team, black spelling bee champ, two about black WWII soldiers and a few others I can't remember now that were made in the last 8 years that have all bombed.

by Anonymousreply 311/02/2012

Ummm... the character in "Flight" isn't upstanding. He's a deeply flawed man on a downward spiral.

But thanks for race baiting! I was wondering how long into the thread it would take before we got one of you!

by Anonymousreply 411/02/2012

R4, yes he goes through a downward spiral but manages to overcome it. Get your facts straight before flinging accusations.

R3 does have a point.

by Anonymousreply 511/02/2012

R5 I saw the movie one freaking hour ago and you're telling me to get my facts straight?

What point does r3 have? R3 is blatantly racist. "Black people won't see this movie, they don't know what's good for them."

This is why I hate us.

by Anonymousreply 611/02/2012

Does anyone think they're really going to give Washington or Day-Lewis a THIRD Oscar?

by Anonymousreply 711/02/2012

R4 Denzel's character saves a plane from crashing and does extraordinary things in the process like flying it upside down. Yes, he's a drug addict. But he saved lives.

by Anonymousreply 811/02/2012

I doubt it R7.

by Anonymousreply 911/02/2012

After the numerous film critics' orgs have their say, then we'll have a better pov. John Hawkes will most likely get a nomination, as will Daniel Day-Lewis, and most likely, Anthony Hopkins. But it's still way too early.

by Anonymousreply 1011/02/2012

Surely R3 realizes that blacks comprise only about 10% of the population.

If anyone bailed on those movies , it had to be white film-goers.

by Anonymousreply 1111/02/2012

Denzel will not win a third Oscar. He won his second Oscar for one of the most dreadful films ever to win a major Oscar ("Training Day", total crap).

by Anonymousreply 1211/02/2012

saw it fine performance just ok film not gonna win him another Oscar

by Anonymousreply 1311/02/2012

How long ago was it that they gave a spate of awards to black actors? We might be due for another round.

by Anonymousreply 1411/02/2012

I hope Anthony Hopkins won't receive a nom for giving us Lecter-on-speed in "Hitchcok". He sounds nothing like AH.

Can an actor be more self-satisfied than Hopkins?

by Anonymousreply 1511/02/2012

Joaquin Phoenix will surely still get a nomination for The Master, he was considered an early frontrunner until he stupidly told the press that all awards are bullshit. They definitely won't give a third Oscar to either Washington or Day-Lewis. I'm guessing that, amid general apathy over the Best Actor slate, either Hopkins or more likely a wild card like John Hawkes could win.

by Anonymousreply 1611/02/2012

I totally agree about "Training Day", r12. And Hopkins looks and sounds AWFUL in the "Hitchcock" trailer.

by Anonymousreply 1711/02/2012

It's very possible. Denzel's overrated, but he is very solid in Flight. I had to watch a cut of the film in the spring and I was impressed.

by Anonymousreply 1811/02/2012

hey R4/R6, is it any good?

by Anonymousreply 1911/02/2012

Lots of people have won Oscars and then dropped off the face of the earth. Cuba Gooding Jr., Roberto Benigni, Jean Dujardin, Marlee Matlin, Marion Cotillard, Helen Hunt, Frances McDormand.

Does anybody really care who wins?

by Anonymousreply 2011/02/2012

I read an interview where he refused to answer when asked (more than once) about his stand on gay marriage, so I assume he's opposed to it. That's hurt my opinion of him tremendously.

by Anonymousreply 2111/02/2012

He's very one-note as an actor. He plays the same role with minor variations, and gets praise for it. He's just a one-trick pony.

by Anonymousreply 2211/02/2012

Please, no. He only won for Training Day over guilt that he lost for The Hurricane. If the Academy is going for a three-peat, it will be Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Otherwise, Hawkes, Murray or Hopkins will win.

by Anonymousreply 2311/02/2012

He's hoovering down cocaine and getting drunk in the very first scene, r3. He flies the plane while wasted.

He's not upstanding.

by Anonymousreply 2411/02/2012

The Times gave it a Critic's Pick, you freaking dumbass.

by Anonymousreply 2611/02/2012

Nope, Denzel already won for "Training Day". It's pretty much Daniel Day Lewis for "Lincoln".

by Anonymousreply 2711/02/2012

Denzel has two Oscars already, he's not getting another one (at least not for this year).

Not only is it not his turn, he is not generally well-liked and this *is* a popularity contest.

by Anonymousreply 2811/02/2012

plus he's black

by Anonymousreply 2911/02/2012

I have read that Flight is a very mediocre, predictable movie, and while Denzel is very good, there's nothing special at all. The whole thing, including his performance, is very cliche.

I'm a fan. I love to watch him work, but he is always a variation of Denzel. He is very talented. For me, the subtlety he showed playing Frank Lucas in American Gangster was very underappreciated. He performed brilliantly in that role.

Hurricane and American Gangster are his absolute best. But I did love him in Training Day and Glory. He was good in Taking Pelham 123, too.

by Anonymousreply 3011/02/2012

I think Bill Murray for FDR is worth a nomination and even though Lincoln is not very good, Daniel Day Lewis will get one. I have heard Bradley Cooper and Jamie Foxx will get nominations. Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, and Jamie for Django. You have to keep an eye on Harvey Weinsten to see who he wants.

Supporting actor noms will include Robert De Niro for Silver Linings, Leo De Caprio for Django, John Goodman & Alan Arkin for Argo.Do keep track of these predictions I want to win something when the noms come out.

by Anonymousreply 3111/02/2012

You guys are nuts if you think Hugh Jackman won't be nominated for Les Mis.

by Anonymousreply 3211/02/2012

Denzel was outstanding in this movie, but John Goodman stole the show.

by Anonymousreply 3311/02/2012

No. Denzel does not deserve a third Oscar. Look how look it took Meryl "The Greatest Actress In The History of the Cinema" ™ Streep to win her third Oscar. If it took the Grand Dame herself over twenty years to win her third, I seriously doubt Denzel Washington will win his third one so soon.

It's fitting that he plays a pilot in the film because his acting has been on auto-pilot for the last ten years. Nothing but one sorry performance after another. He rarely challenges himself, and like his contemporary Lady Streep, he has gotten too comfortable with the Hollywood legendary status in which he relies too much on a gimmick to prove he's doing something innovative. ("Oh my, Denzel plays a druggy pilot who actually fucks a white girl on camera for the first time!!! It's a must see!!!") It's about as overly conceptualized and per-designed for Oscar approval as those numerous European accents that Lady Streep has mastered.

Bill Murray may win it because many thought he would win it for "Lost In Translation."

by Anonymousreply 3411/02/2012

I hope Hopkins gets nominated just to give the Streep Turd a heart attack.

by Anonymousreply 3511/02/2012

Meryl win best actor this year.

by Anonymousreply 3611/02/2012

He's a great actor and really sexy. Out of Time, my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 3711/02/2012

Does he screw a white woman in this one really? I was under the impression that he'd vowed never to play romantically opposite a white actress or have sex scenes with one. Almost as firm on it as he is about not playing gay, ever.

by Anonymousreply 3811/02/2012

R38 he has love scenes with a white AND a Hispanic actress in "Flight."


by Anonymousreply 3911/02/2012

The white guilt has dissipated no more black winners for a while. Believe me I know.

by Anonymousreply 4011/03/2012

What about the flight attendant with the foot in the aisle...Does she say anything? She deserves a nod just for the way she puts her foot out.

by Anonymousreply 4111/03/2012

Denzel is supposed to be a big believer in the casting couch as well as having long-term mistresses.

He's also supposed to be genuinely unpleasant to be around.

by Anonymousreply 4211/03/2012

If Denzel were cheating with the flight Attendant with the foot in the aisle I'd understand it.

by Anonymousreply 4311/03/2012

[quote]Joaquin Phoenix will surely still get a nomination for The Master, he was considered an early frontrunner until he stupidly told the press that all awards are bullshit.

The Master crashed and burned, no one liked it, those that actually came out to see it of course. No Oscar noms for them except maybe cinematography for shooting in the now novelty of 70MM.

Denzel is a lock for a nomination as well as Lewis. Jackman is the one to beat. First nomination, popular with the Academy and a sung through musical to boot.

by Anonymousreply 4411/03/2012

Saw it last night. Agree that he'll be nominated. And for those who say the NY Times panned it, think again. Dargis overpraised it in her rave.

by Anonymousreply 4511/03/2012

Why no oscar love for Langella in Robot and Frank? Slight movie but delightful performance.

by Anonymousreply 4611/03/2012

So what was the deal with the Bryce Dallas Howard/Jessica Chastain clone playing the whore with the heart of gold? I love Hollywood; when a star isn't available or is too expensive there's always a lookalike who will do it and will do it for less.

by Anonymousreply 4711/03/2012

Bryce Howard and Jessica Chastain are stars?

by Anonymousreply 4811/03/2012

I think John Hawks will be nominated.

by Anonymousreply 4911/03/2012

Jimmy Fallon said Denzel shows his butt in the movie. True?

by Anonymousreply 5011/03/2012

Remember the early 2000s when 3 men fucked up the natural order of things at the Oscars? Denzel should have won in 99 for The Hurricane, but he lost to Kevin Spacey. The next year, Ed Harris should've won for Pollock, but he lost to Russel Crowe for Gladiator. The following year, Russell Crowe should've won for a Beautiful Mind, but he lost to Denzel for Training Day (one of his weakest performances).

This year could be interesting if Denzel and Russell are nominated again (with either Denzel or Daniel Day Lewis making history).

by Anonymousreply 5111/03/2012

R41, "foot-in-the-aisle" flight attendant has a fairly substantial role at the start of the film, plus you get to see her full-frontal nekkid.

Unfortunately, you probably won't be happy with the fate that awaits "foot-in-the-aisle" flight attendant as the film progresses.

by Anonymousreply 5211/03/2012

It's pretty much Helen Hunt for Best Actress.

by Anonymousreply 5311/03/2012

I think they'd give Daniel a third,Hopkins a second,or Hawkes his first Oscar before giving Denzel a third.

And can anyone say that awarding Kevin Spacey TWO Oscars really did anything for his career? He seems to have peaked with American Beauty,and that was 13 years ago...

by Anonymousreply 5411/03/2012

The first scene, IIRC, is Denzel and foot-in-the-aisle girl fucking and drugging. I haven't seen it since April or so.

It is a very good performance by Denzel, who lets it all hang out and is willing to play a really pathetic addict. And the first 30 mins are great. It's already overrated critically and the final scene is too pat, but it is easily his best, least smug performance in years and probably Bob Zemeckis's best work since Forrest Gump. It's not a masterwork by any means but it's worth a night out.

by Anonymousreply 5511/03/2012

But what about Justin Timberlake!? He DESERVES an Oscar! He's an AMAZING actor! It's his "craft."

by Anonymousreply 5611/03/2012

Saying something is Zemekis' best work since Forrest Gump is damning with faint praise, indeed.

by Anonymousreply 5711/03/2012

The year 2000 was one of the toughest years ever for the Best Actor category. The nominees were 4 of the greatest actors of that generation: Kevin Spacey, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Sean Penn. All of whom went on to win Best Actor Oscars. Also nominated was beloved character actor Richard Farnsworth. Anyone could have won but the Oscar went to Kevin Spacey.

Even though Kevin deserved the Oscar, Denzel was furious. Word around Hollywood was that this was his Oscar for "The Hurricane". Moreover, Denzel was understanding when Al Pacino won over him but not when Kevin won. Therefore, in the "Training Day" Oscar campaign, Denzel said that Hollywood went into shock when he did not win in 2000. And then Kevin was furious.

Supposedly there is no love lost between Kevin Spacey and Denzel Washington -- they can't stand each other. Denzel thinks Kevin is a liar (boy toys) and Kevin thinks Denzel is a hypocrite (mistresses). Don't expect to see them in a movie together anytime soon.

by Anonymousreply 5811/03/2012

Agree R57. I myself would say "... since Cast Away."

by Anonymousreply 5911/03/2012

I eat dogshit I pick up off the streep.

by Anonymousreply 6011/04/2012

john Goodman may be able to get an Oscar nomination on the strength of this and "Argo."

by Anonymousreply 6111/04/2012

THere is a scene on a porn set where there is a male performer who is very muscular and goodlooking. He disrobes and reveals and incredible body from the back. Anyone know how to find out who this extra is?

by Anonymousreply 6211/04/2012

I was shocked to see how Denzel's body has gone downhill. Hopefully, it was only for this role, but the audience sort of gasped when he disrobed. Shocking...

by Anonymousreply 6311/12/2012

So, I saw "Flight" this weekend. meh. Denzel, likewise - meh.

by Anonymousreply 6411/12/2012

This thread was clearly started by a shill. There is zero interest in this schlock fest.

Yet another movie where Denzel Washington is cast as some 'victim' who's also a hero.

Wanna really see him try to act? Cast him as a villain. Then again, American filmmakers won't cast major black actors as villains.

by Anonymousreply 6511/12/2012

Denzel needs to hit the gym

by Anonymousreply 6611/12/2012

Racist assholes at R64 and R65 - you seem to stumbled on this site by mistake. Wouldn't you feel more at home on the Stormfront site? You bitches are seething with hatred because Denzel is a front runner for the Best Actor trophy.

by Anonymousreply 6711/12/2012

r67 you're full of SHIT.

First of all, am I cannot be the only one who found FLIGHT to be inherently racist. The black man saves over 100 people because of his incredible talents at flying, yet still winds up in prison because of drug and alcohol addiction. Sorry, this movie paints blacks in a bad light. I'm shocked Denzel even did this flick. Is there a reason they picked a black man to play a drug addict?

Second of all, the script is laughable. Truly laugh out loud awful at times. The acting for the most part is a goddamn joke, and even though Denzel saves the plane from crashing and burning, he can't do the same with the movie itself.

FLIGHT is the second stupidest Oscar buzzed movie I've seen this year, right after that piece of shit THE MASTER. Except THE MASTER wasn't as outrageously offensive.

by Anonymousreply 6811/12/2012

r64 here. Denzel has done MUCH better work in at least a half dozen other movies in his career, so you can cut the "racist" shit, r67.

by Anonymousreply 6911/12/2012

Streep gets first consideration for the choice roles. Other actresses could give more memorable performances but Streep gets the roles. Would have loved to see what Cherry Jones could have done with the "Doubt" lead, for instance. Didn't buy Streep in this one.

by Anonymousreply 7011/16/2012

Denzel is fading. But he'll be in there; otherwise there will be charges of racism. Remember that the great majority of voters are older, white males. And they are mostly conservative. Tommy Lee Jones will probably get his second oscar for supporting, unless Russell Crowe is too versatile in "Les Miserables". That would make Julia Roberts unhappy. She was the one who started the Denzel "he should win every time he's onscreen" ball rolling for "Training Day". Many of us sensed she was anti-Crowe, more than she was pro-Denzel at the time.

by Anonymousreply 7111/16/2012
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