400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.
I suppose everyone's tired of hearing about the Oscars, and so am I, but in my heart of hearts, I'm secretly hoping for three particular wins. The first, Anne Hathaway for Best Actress for Rachel Getting Married (95 screens), will never happen. The second, Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress, may happen (she's currently leading in the IMDB Oscar poll). Cruz represents the one and only nomination for the year's best film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (15 screens). The third is Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World for Best Documentary, which probably won't happen, especially given the awards-friendly Trouble the Water (4 screens) and the hit Man on Wire. The reason I'm excited about this last one is that Herzog has been making films for a full 40 years, is generally regarded as one of the world's great living filmmakers, and has received one and only one Oscar nomination: this one.