Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Donkey for Best Supporting Actor?

The Oscars are not that far away, guys. What I'm trying to say here is that before all you nerds go home to fill out your Oscar pools this weekend while laying low with mud facials, martinis, and pre-awards-season bacne treatments, I think you should keep in mind this hot little tip: a donkey should have at least been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Award in 1966, but tragically was not even credited in the film.

The performance in question was written and directed by Robert Bresson, and the uncredited role of Donkey Saint was portrayed flawlessly by the brilliant but chronically unappreciated Balthazar.

Was dear Balthazar's performance too realistically donkey-like to be considered acting? Was he too method for the voting audience? Were all the other actors jealous enough to blackball him? Did he run away with beautiful Marie and just not give a donkey's cuss about getting his name out there?

We may never know--just like with the Oscars this year. Somebody will win the awards and some people will think other people (or donkeys) should have won them instead. Sigh. What can you do, right?

Ladies and gentlemen of taste, I'll tell you what you should do-- make Au Hasard Balthazar the extremely slow but clever and memorable movie you watch this weekend while most people in this country satisfy their baser urges with fast food, fake butter, and the nonagenarian antics of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.

You deserve a treat, after all, in these tough times. And so does Balthazar.

Paid for by the Campaign to Posthumously Nominate Balthazar the Donkey for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar (CPNBDBSAC)

[Incidentally, 1966 was a rich year for movies--The Blow Up, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alfie... -Ed]



Michael O'Sullivan said...

How very true. It's time I had a relook at Balthasar. Agree re Blowup but for us in Europe it will always be a 1967 movie. It only opened Stateside in December 66! We did not get it in London until March 67...

Goodtime Charlie said...

Yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed "Balthazar" last night and recommend another viewing. Next on my list is "A Man for All Seasons" you have any thoughts on that one?

I would also love to get my hands on a copy of "Sleuth," but it appears unavailable on DVD in the US...have you seen it?