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Dec 16th
03:55 pm
Me and Orson Welles - Critics' Awards and Nominations  
To start this entry is this really interesting article by Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle. It is about Christian McKay's award chances, the confusion the MAOW screener might cause and what needs to be done to make sure Christian's performance gets some love.

The Mistake Warners is Making With Christian McKay

Christian McKay gives one of the great supporting performances of the decade as Orson Welles in "Me and Orson Welles," and in any other year he'd a shoo-in for the Academy award. But this year, Christoph Waltz is also in the running ("Inglourious Basterds"), as well as Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger." Of the three I'd go with Waltz.

However I've been absolutely certain McKay would at least get a nomination . . . until I finally opened my mail today and found a screener disc of ME AND ORSON WELLES. This is the same screener that Academy members get, and along with it comes a little list on the package that tells you what nominations they're hoping for. And lo and behold, under supporting actor they list three minor players and Zac Efron, who is the actual star of the film. And under Best Actor, they list Christian McKay.

This is what's going to happen now. People who want to vote for McKay for the award he should get -- supporting actor -- are going to hold back, thinking their vote will be wasted, assuming that his vote will be diffused into two categories. There will also be some who would be happy to vote for McKay for supporting actor but who won't want to commit so far as to vote for him for best actor. It's just not a best actor type role.

Now in another year, this might have been a reasonable move. I'm sure Warners must be thinking of the example of Forest Whitaker, who won best actor for what was essentially a supporting role in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. But even then, Whitaker was a famous, established actor with years of accomplishment behind him. He also had a grander role, requiring many different shadings.

Moreover, he was competing in a dead year for actors. That's not the case this year. This year, you have Clooney, Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges all but guaranteed a nomination. And probably Morgan Freeman has a lock on one, too. So there's really just one slot left, and who is going to go to -- Tobey Maguire? Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") or Christian McKay? I don't think McKay has a chance in this category.

It's a shame, because here you have a young actor, all but sure to get the career boost that a nomination would bring -- and with a good chance of winning in his rightful category -- and now because of bad positioning, he probably won't be nominated.

However, there's a solution: Warners should send out a press release and maybe put an ad in the trades, saying, "For Your Consideration . . . Christian McKay for best supporting actor." If they pull the plug on this bad strategy now, they can pull this guy's chances out of the fire (how's that for a mixed metaphor?). . . and maybe even generate a little publicity for a good cause.


I hope they take note of this.

Now for AWARDS!

In addition to Christian's nomination for a BFCA Critics' Choice Award, he and the film have been recognized as follows:

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best Supporting Actor: Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Zac Efron

Zac Efron

Zac Efron
Zac Efron

Austin Film Critics Association

Breakthrough Artist Award: Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles

Best Austin Film: Me and Orson Welles, Richard LinklaterZac Efron

Zac Efron
Zac Efron

Chicago Film Critics Association - Nominations

Best Supporting Actor:
Peter Capaldi (-) In the Loop
Woody Harrelson (-) The Messenger
Christian McKay (-) Me and Orson Welles
Stanley Tucci (-) The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz (-) Inglourious Basterds

Most Promising Performer:
Sharlto Copley (-) District 9
Christian McKay (-) Me and Orson Welles
Carey Mulligan (-) An Education
Max Records (-) Where the Wild Things Are
Gabourey Sidibe (-) Precious
Zac Efron

Zac Efron
Zac Efron

Toronto Film Critics Association

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Runners-up: Christian McKay, “Me & Orson Welles” and Timothy Olyphant, “A Perfect Getaway”
Zac Efron

Zac Efron
Zac Efron

Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Runner-up: Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Zac Efron

Zac Efron

San Diego Film Critics Society

Named best actor was England’s Colin Firth, for his poignantly gay teacher in “A Single Man” (which opens Dec. 25); runner-ups included Ben Foster (”The Messenger”), Christian McKay (”Me and Orson Welles”) and George Clooney (”Up in the Air”).

Zac Efron

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Best Supporting Actor: 1) Christopher Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

2) Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
3) Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
4) Alfred Molina - An Education
5) Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
Mood: busybusy
36 36 comments Comment
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on December 16th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
reading that article really makes me sad.....it seems like a blown opportunity....and i don't know if the suggestion made at the end would do any good.

it surprises me that they threw zac's name in for consideration. its a little laughable tbh......i mean i love him, and think he's very talented, but oscar nomination consideration....i think that's stretching it to say the least, and effectively sabotaged christian's chances of winning....

then again, many an actor have put up stellar performances for years and never been recognized...that's why i do believe that "popularity" plays a role in the process.

a perfect example would be al pacino....i mean look at all the films he's done, yet he was always overlooked. and when they finally give it to him, its for SoaW? again, i love that film, but does it top the Godfather 1 or 2, or serpico????

even leo last year......i didn't see milk, but i find it hard to believe that sean penn's performance topped leo's in RR????? and he pretty much lost out at all the awards shows....even though he was simply put amazing......

so my point being, christian is amazing, and his time will come i'm sure...

Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 16th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
tbh, re. Zac's fyc.

Actors, Filmmakers' etc names are always thrown in no matter what they did or how they performed. The studio throws everything at the wall and waits to see what sticks.

Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 16th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
this was a response to betty.
(no subject) - bettybaby63 on December 17th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
summertimecarol_rio on December 16th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wow thanks for posting all of that..
So well organized...Love it!
IceGoddess: dirty little secret - this is *the* oneccmskatechick on December 17th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I'd be curious to see after that blog article and then especially after the GG noms if strategy will change at all.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 17th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
they haven't done any fyc ads as far as i know. so idk :/

the critics' noms/awards aren't going to help at all with him being split best actor and best supporting actor.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 17th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
who wrote this article? no source.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 17th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
oops. missed the intro. nm!
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on December 17th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Let's Don't Be Sillyaudrey_za on December 17th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
That seems a bit of a disservice to Zac that his name was submitted for the Academy Awards. The media would either rally behind or annihilate him. I've no idea what 'real' shot he has at making the final ballot, but it seems premature on the part of an industry starved for 'the next Leading Man in Hollywood'. Let it happen naturally... someone will either come along (or to those already present, nab that role which showcases their talent). It reeks of desperation reading melodramatic after romanticized article musing about the next Leo, the next Brat Pack, the next WHATEVER.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on December 17th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
IA......on one hand its laughable, b/c he hasn't earned it in any way shape or form....

and it also gives evidence to the pressure some of these guys face, it must be daunting to continually be compared to older, more seasoned actors, and asked "are you the next big thing?" while the media waits for him to fuck up as he attempts to try and accomplish what's expected of him.

also, what i found interesting about the article you mention is that they talked about the success of george, brad et al, and the industries need for the next generation, but what about the guys in their 30s...they talked as if leo, jake and i can't remember who else are hasbins????? WTF, its crazy.
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on December 17th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
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IceGoddess: I see you dirty litte secretccmskatechick on December 17th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
SAG Award nominations will be going down tomorrow morning LIVE on TNT as well as simulcasted on TNT.tv and TBS.com starting at 9AM eastern/6AM pacific.


(OT: kind of excited cause I get another one of my favorites doing the announcing of nominees - Chris O'Donnell!)
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on December 17th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
oh love him!

thanks for the info.
(no subject) - jeezbee on December 17th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Beejeezbee on December 17th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting all the noms together. I'm glad to see that Christian is getting some recognition from the critics and the BFCA nom was really great and not self-evident.

Having said that, I wasn't expecting the movie itself to get near ANY nominations. I've been following several awards blogs/experts and the movie wasn't even in one top25 lists. And some of those awards people talk with critics, voters etc all the time - they might not know the exact outcome beforehand but they wouldn't miss a major trend.

And as for Christian's nomination at the Globes... I never expected him to get one. If you want to get a little bit an idea how political awards nominations in general and especially the Globes are, just read Nikki Finke's recent blog entry. A noname actor, in a small indie (which isn't nominated itself) without any awards campaign never stood a chance. Plus, one main issue remains - in order for them to nominate him, the movie needs to be seen and there are so many movies to watch for the voters that something like M&OW just gets swallowed.

And he won't get a nomination at today's SAG either (btw, he's listed as lead and not supporting on their ballet as well; afaik in this case it's a decision of SAG and not where he wants to be placed so there nothing can do about it).

The one award where he might have a chance imo are the BAFTAs.

As for the Oscars. I agree with the article above, that it's a bad idea to push him as lead esp since the supporting category is considered "weaker" this year but tbh I think that his chances aren't very good either way. He certainly deserves it and everyone who has seen his performance would agree but the main issues remain - without pricey campaign, he never really stood a chance. This is frustrating and unfair but unfortunately reality. Successful awards campaigns are in the 8-digit area and M&OW can't even afford a simple ad. In order to have even an tiny chance, he would at least need one more major nomination beforehand (out of Globes - already gone, SAG and BAFTA).
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on December 17th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
SAG Noms have come and gone - not a thing D:

jessica3311: Kurt<3jessica3311 on December 17th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
:( This is bull shit hmph LOL

But OT: YAY for The Office, True Blood, Glee, and Sandra Bullock LOL
(no subject) - glamour_addict on December 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Laughaudrey_za on December 17th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
OT, but is it bad I knew right away this was a rendering of his KCA outfit here? LOL
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on December 17th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
LOL you're not alone, although my first immediate thought was coachella :D
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(no subject) - ccmskatechick on December 17th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 17th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
IMDB lists CstC release date as June 11.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 17th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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