When I was little my father’s nickname for me was Sarah Bernhardt, after the French stage actress, not to be confused with the American comedian, Sandra Bernhard.
I was quite the performer, always acting, dressing up, and putting on neighborhood plays in our backyard. If only I had access to the incredible theater programs that they have now for children, I coulda been somebody. Coulda, woulda, shoulda!
When I got older I went to college for film and then after graduating took an acting class at Uta Hagen’s HB Studios in New York City where I was chosen to perform as Marilyn Monroe playing Cherie in William Inge’s play Bus Stop. Film and film production were reintroduced into my life in Aspen, of all places, where I worked for both the Aspen Film Festival and Aspen Production Services.
And now, twenty years later, I am going to Aspen Film’s annual Lights, Camera, Oscars party this Sunday evening at the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel and I’m going to blog about it to let you know what it’s like to walk down the red carpet and talk the film talk. Thanks to Aspen Film and Carbondale’s Crystal Theater I will be able to contribute to the conversation, this time.
So, let’s talk film. Here are my picks, what are yours?:
Colin Firth for Best Actor in The Kings Speech. What a beautiful story and film and Colin Firth, what’s not to love?
Christian Bale was “wicked” good as Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. If I look for nothing else, it’s great character development and I fell in love with fighter Micky Ward’s brother Dickie, despite his destructive lifestyle. I also became nostalgic for that beautiful Boston accent.
Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter. What can I say? She nails her role.
True Grit for Best Cinematography. Roger Deakins does an excellent job of capturing the greatest shots from the best Westerns and making them larger than life. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon also gave wonderful performances.
I choose Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, for Best Editing on The Social Network. They had me gripping my seat with anticipation, admiration and disdain.
As you can see, Black Swan was not one of my favorites, by a long shot. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis says, “Black Swan surprises despite its lusty or rather sluttish predilection for clichés,” and I couldn’t agree more.
As for the films I missed, they are in my Netflix queue waiting for a night when I don’t pass out at 9:00pm from blogging and family exhaustion.
So, what do you think? Should I line up a limo, borrow a dress and jewels from a local designer and go in style or should I keep it real and drive up in Vini-Man and walk down the red carpet alone? Or…better yet….come with me, you are invited you know.