Reputations or Ratings?
On I love you Philip Morris: "two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay - so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then."
On The Tourist (explaining that it was a good year for 3D movies): It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional... except the characters in The Tourist.
on Robert Downey Jr: "Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
Americans have to be told what is funny, and then be given permission to laugh. Gervais does not and never did work that way. Nevertheless he comes across as a bit of a wanker. That would be a bad thing if it not for the fact that most of the people, Steve Buschemi excluded, came across as giant wankers, cf Christian Bale.
Much speculation has been made about whether Ricky will be asked back to do the gig next year. The ratings were very good in 2010 and were better in 2011. It will be a battle to decide which has more say in the City of Dreams; reputations or ratings.
NB. If you really want to know what it is all about, this awards stuff, then all you need to know is that The King's Speech nearly did not get an award because of an email whispering campaign claiming that King George VI was anti-semitic, and secondly, Michael Douglas got a standing ovation for having cancer. Neither of these facts add up to a recognition of artistic merit, which I thought was the point of it.
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Monday, January 17, 2011