A few weeks ago, a lucky few were treated to an eight-minute, extended trailer for David Fincher’s take on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Those who saw it gave great feedback, and it has been expected that it would leak online very quickly. However it’s taken longer than expected, but now it’s here. It’s definitely worth watching, if just to wallow in Fincher’s wonderful style. It certainly make you want to see the rest of the film. The movie revolves around a mystery concerning the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist (Daniel Craig) recently threatened with imprisoned due to a libel case and a young female hacker (Rooney Mara) try to solce the case, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way involving the powerful but slightly strange Vanger family. The movie is out on Boxing Day.
If there’s one aspect of being gay that’s been almost completely and totally ignored, it’s being older and gay, especially those who only started living openly in their twilight years. However one movie has spilled a little light in that direction, Beginners, and it’s starting to pick up a bit of a head of steam in the early awards ceremonies.
A couple of days ago it won Best Film (shared with Tree Of Life) and Best Ensemble at the Gotham Independent Awards, and now the National Board Of Review has handed veteran actor Christopher Plummer Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. In the film he plays an man who only comes out as gay after the death of his wife, around the same time he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Plummer’s powerful and moving performance is now emerging as a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, although there is a long way to go before that gong is handed out.
Beginners was also included in the National Board Of Review’s list of the Top 10 Independent films.
The movie awards season is open, with the first gongs being handed out as the film industry starts the long run-up to the Oscars in February. LGBT films are already off to a great start, with the 21st annual Gotham Independent Awards making the surprise choice of handing the Best Picture award to Beginners, in a tie with The Tree Of Life.
The movie, about an older man (Christopher Plummer) who comes out as gay after the death of his wife, and how that affects his family, was also given the Best Ensemble Performance Award.
Pariah, a powerful drama about a black lesbian teenager struggling with coming out to her family, saw helmer Dee Rees named Breakthrough Director.
LGBT movies also made a decent showing in the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards, which were announced yesterday, with Beginners picking up four nominations (Best Feature, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor), Pariah two (Best low budget first feature, Best Lead Performance), and one nomination apiece for Circumstance, Gun Hill Road and the AIDS documentary, We Were Here.
There was some surprise though that Glenn Close didn’t get a nomination for Albert Nobbs, in which she plays a woman living as a man in 19th Century Ireland, although Janet McTeer was recognised in the Best Supporting Performance category. However, many are still tipping Close for an Oscar nom.
While these early awards have focussed on independent movies, it’s thought Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar may also pick up some nominations in the more mainstream awards.
The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.