September 21, 2006

Oscar buzz for Beach?

The Power of an Image Drives Film by EastwoodOscar season is only just getting under way, but on credentials alone a presumptive front-runner would have to be Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers,” the World War II epic about the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, which began screening for selected journalists this week in New York.

Mr. Eastwood’s last two movies, after all, were “Mystic River,” which picked up best picture and best directing nominations in 2004, and “Million Dollar Baby,” which won in both categories in 2005. Paul Haggis, who wrote the shooting script for “Flags of Our Fathers,” also wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and was a co-writer of the Oscar-winning screenplay for last year’s best picture, “Crash.” To top it off, the movie’s producers include Steven Spielberg, whose battlefield decorations include Oscars for “Saving Private Ryan” and Emmys for the mini-series “Band of Brothers.”
Comment:  Some people think Adam Beach may get nominated for his role playing Ira Hayes, the Pima Indian who was one of the six flag-bearers.

1 comment:

Rob said...

All I can say is that I've heard a little buzz. I don't necessarily endorse it.

I agree with you about Beach's acting abilities. He's good at playing himself--a charming surfer dude--but I don't know how much he can "stretch."

By the way, he was also in Now and Forever, Smoke Signals, and Dance Me Outside. I haven't seen Now and Forever yet, but the latter two are must-sees for fans of Native movies.