Another significant omission at the Oscars was "A Dangerous
Method," which got no nominations at all. Surely Viggo Mortensen's sly, subtle,
and surprisingly moving portrayal of Sigmund Freud deserved some recognition.
At least he is getting the Coolidge Award for career achievement, which, judging
from this recent conversation I had with him on the phone [he is living in Madrid] might be a more
substantive acknowledgment of his accomplishments than the often capricious ,
superficial, and trendy Academy choices.
The Oscars may have snubbed his performance as Freud (and everybody else)
in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous
Method," but Viggo
Mortensen can now claim the perhaps more
substantive Coolidge Award,
the annual career achievement honor given out by the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
He's in good company.
After an informal poll of my fellow Boston Society of Film Critics members, the
winner of the 2011 "Where's Whitey? Award for Best Animal Actor" has been
It wasn't even close.
For a performance all the more impressive because it was
done without resorting to any dialogue, barked
or otherwise, and.
Once again my colleagues here have been kind enough to share their picks.
More to follow.
Ten Best in Order:
A Dangerous Method
Bill Cunningham New York
After three ballots, Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." Runner-up was George Clooney for "The Descendants." A problem: the Michael Fassbender vote was divided between "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," and "Jane Eyre." If they were combined, he would have won.
I just came from a screening of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina
Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically as she's dragged from a
carriage into the Bürgholzi Mental Hospital to be treated by Michael
Fassbender's Carl Jung.
Yesterday I went to a screening of "Young Adult,"
directed by Jason Reitman from a script by Diablo Cody, in which Charlize
Theron (an old hand at disturbed characters after her serial killer in
"Monster") plays a woman who is acutely depressed, alcoholic, and
self-destructively obsessed with a man she went out with over fifteen years