Oscar & Emmy Watch: Musings & Misgivings: Odd & Ends - Page 2
On a decidedly more downbeat note, three very familiar faces passed away this week and we’ll miss them. Peter Postlethwaite —whom Steven Spielberg called “the best actor in the world”—received an Oscar nomination for In the Name of the Father, but should have gotten one as well as the enigmatic lawyer Mr. Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects. One of his last roles was in Ben Affleck’s The Town, and here’s hoping that Oscar voters remember him in the Supporting Actor category. Anne Francis, a former Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, was best known—in the show’s one season--as TV’s Honey West, a karate-kicking private eye with a pet ocelot named Bruce. For a generation of teen-age boys during the ‘60s, she—along with Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel from The Avengers—was someone to dream about, but Francis was also a major big-screen presence in the 1950s with hits including Forbidden Planet, Blackboard Jungle and Bad Day at Black Rock. And Jill Haworth , whose career peaked as the original Sally Bowles in the stage production of Cabaret, never really got her due in movies or TV, but if you want to see a remarkably luminous performance by a 14-year-old, check her out in Otto Preminger’s 1960 version of Exodus.
Finally, amid the season’s orgy of self-congratulation, I may as well give myself a slight pat on my own back for correctly predicting months ago that CBS would inevitably move its first-rate family cop series Blue Bloods from its Friday slot (aka: death valley) to another night. The series will indeed shift to Wednesday night beginning Jan, 19, supposedly for only four weeks, but when it comes to network midseason programming changes, temporary has a way of becoming permanent. Blue Bloods, shafted by the Golden Globes (and the People’s Choice Awards, for that matter), needs a wider audience and it will get that on Wednesdays.
Next week; Golden Globe predictions and what the results foreshadow—if anything—for the Oscars.