Oscar's Newest Golden Boy
BY Jeremy Kinser
February 28 2011 11:40 PM ET
Do you think both films are going to be discussed by future generations?
People who like more adventurous filmmaking will be talking about The Social Network for decades. People who like period dramas will be talking about The King’s Speech. My fear is that King’s Speech is going to get lumped in to that list of criminal Oscar winners people always rattle off with Shakespeare in Love, Crash, and Chariots of Fire. I don’t think it belongs on that list. I think it’s a very deserving winner.
How do you feel about people who say it appealed to the older Academy members?
It’s interesting to note that of all the 10 best picture nominees The King’s Speech was directed by the youngest person. Tom Hooper is 38 years old. A lot of people think it’s a stodgy film, that it belongs on the BBC. That’s wrong. I think it’s very energetically directed and interestingly shot and it deserves more acclaim for that. And it got acclaim—four Oscars last night.
You’re one of the most reliable prognosticators in the industry, but you missed two of the big ones last night.
What went wrong with your picks for best director and supporting actress?
I really thought there was going to be a split between best picture and director. I sensed so much support for both that I thought The King’s Speech and The Social Network would end up splitting the big awards. I was totally off there. I should have trusted the Director’s Guild Award and gone with Tom Hooper. Same with supporting actress. I should have listened to Screen Actor’s Guild that gave it to Melissa Leo. I was thinking that with 10 nominations True Grit was going to win something. I didn’t think it would go 0 for 10. I thought Hailee Steinfeld was its best shot. I did talk to some voters who told me that Melissa Leo lost their vote after she put her own ads out. I failed to realize that most voters don’t follow campaigning as closely as I do. They either didn’t see the Melissa ads or didn’t care about them. Just before Kirk Douglas opened that envelope I knew I was wrong. [Laughs]
What was the biggest surprise of the night?
I didn’t expect Randy Newman to win for Toy Story 3. I expected the Dido song to win for 127 Hours. Overall there weren’t many surprises. Maybe that’s the biggest surprise that there were no surprises at all.
What was the gayest moment of the Oscars last night?
James Franco in drag. No, Iain Canning, one of the producers of The King’s Speech, thanking his boyfriend. I loved that. That’s terrific. No wait, the gayest moment was me interviewing Tim Gunn on my platform on the carpet. [Laughs]
In your opinion what was the biggest Oscar snub this year?
Ryan Gosling not being nominated for Blue Valentine. That’s ridiculous to me. I’m very biased. I loved that movie and I haven’t shut up about it since I saw it. It doesn’t make sense how they can recognize Michelle Williams and not Ryan Gosling because the movie was so much about the two of them. It just does not make sense.
Many people were surprised that Burlesque failed to receive nominations for song and costumes. Do you think this was a reaction to the controversy that Screen Gems flew Golden Globe voters to Las Vegas to see Cher?
I don’t think most Oscar voters follow that stuff. I think they just didn’t like the movie. I was surprised that that song didn’t get nominated. I don’t think the movie overall was perceived as being classy enough to get an Oscar nomination for best costume. If you look at the films nominated for best costume, such as Alice in Wonderland, I Am Love, and The King’s Speech, they have a little more pedigree. The best song omission surprised me. I liked Dianne Warren’s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” and I thought Cher just killed it.
Which 2011 films are you most looking forward to seeing?
I’m really curious about The Tree of Life, the Terrence Malick film with Brad Pitt. George Clooney is directing a film with Ryan Gosling so anything with the two of them, I’m in. I also love Cameron Crowe who’s making a film with Matt Damon called We Bought a Zoo. There’s a film I’ve seen called Tyrannosaur that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a British film that played at Sundance and will be out later this year. It has two of the most amazing performances I’ve ever seen in my entire life. It affected me as much as Blue Valentine did last year.