So it didn’t come as much of a surprise when the Coen brothers‘ ambitious TRUE GRIT was shut out of this year’s HFPA nominations. There has been speculation as to why: The foreign press don’t cotton to Westerns. The foreign press have never cared much for the Coens’ dark dark humor. The foreign press … but you get the idea.
The truth of the matter is the foreign press have gotten used to being wined and dined and lavished with junket trinkets, and the Coens don’t play that game. They do their jobs and let the work speak for itself. In my interviews with them I’ve found they don’t care much for the media in general, but they loathe sniveling, suck-up entertainment scribes in particular.
(And what can you say about an organization that nominated your FARGO in its musical-comedy category … and didn’t nominate your NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN for best picture?)
Anyway, this year’s HFPA had its petty revenge on the independent-spirited Joel and Ethan.
But like Rooster Cogburn galloping full-on at Ned Pepper and his boys, “True Grit” has come charging back.
The bold re-telling of Charles Portis’s novel did itself proud at this morning’s Oscar nominations, receiving 10 nods, including those for best picture, best director, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay, and, for Jeff Bridges‘ blustery, one-eyed marshal, best actor.
Mattie Ross’s spunk and determination have paid off when it really mattered.