Saturday, 28 November 2009

The Other Jeff

Oscar Predictions are in the air and most everyone is talking about Crazy Heart. Some have called it the country version of The Wrestler. We’ll see how that goes. Still, more than a Picture contender everyone seems certain four time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges is finally headed for Oscar success. I don’t know about that. We’ll see what happens. Still, whenever I think about Jeff Bridges I can’t help thinking about the other Jeff; the Jeff that no one cares to remember – Jeff Daniels.
                           
I’ve always felt that Daniels has gotten the royal shaft from the Oscars – I still don’t know how doesn’t even have an Oscar nomination. So, though this may turn out to be Jeff Bridges’ year [maybe] I’d like to take a few moments to remember the other Jeff and what’s he’s contributed to cinema.
                      
Harry Dune in Dumb & Dumber (1994)


 I couldn’t resist.
                                                                       
Bernard Berkman in The Squid & the Whale (2005)


He wouldn’t have made my top 5, but considering some of the competition it would have been nice to see him end up there. If it was the other Jeff you know they’d have been all up in that.
                                         
Flap Horton in Terms of Endearment (1983)


Terms of Endearment was nowhere near my favourite film of 1983, but it had its merits. And yet, for some inane reason John Lithgow earned an Oscar nomination for nonexistent role. And Jack wasn’t even that outstanding and won the damn Oscar. When they don’t like you, the really don’t like you.
                                                               
Tom Baxter/Gil Sherpherd in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)


I know loads of people are obsessed with this. Me? Not so much. Still, I thought he was the best in show. And that’s saying something because Mia Farrow was good.
                                                   
Louis Waters in The Hours (2003)


In his one scene he sizzles alongside Meryl Streep. He’s playing the parallel to the role Miranda Richardson and Toni Collette play in the other time periods and he more than measures up. It’s nothing like we’ve seen him before and he pulls it off exceptionally.

5 comments:

Univarn said...

I absolutely loved Jeff Daniels in Speed. Something about his character was just so good I loved it. He was also great in Pleasantville and Good Night and Good Luck. I think some of it has to do with his film choices as he often wavers back and forth between indies and mainstream box office draws. It's just been a long time since he's had a quality mainstream hit (that I can remember at least)

Sage Slowdive said...

I just saw the trailer to Crazy Heart, and it looks like Bridges will get one, unless they pull a MickeyRourke/SeanPenn smackdown this year.

It'll probably come down to Morgan Freeman (Sean Penn) and Jeff Bridges (Mickey Rourke) ;D

joe burns said...

I agree that he should have gotten a nomination for T.O.E. How the hell did John Lithgow get nominated?

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

univarn oi, forgot speed. i used to love that.

sage i just have a feeling that morgan or jeff won't win. call it craziness.

joe indeed! i always thought that jeff's name was john lithgow because i couldn't see any other person who could have been nominated in ToE.

James D. said...

I think a lot of people forget about him because of how unflashy he is. It is unfortunate, but maybe he will get lucky and grab a Richard Jenkins type of nomination down the road.