Listen, I know the Oscars have turned into something of a blood sport.But this is the first time I’ve actually seen someone offering a bounty to take down one of the contenders.
|Jeffrey Wells of the Hollywood Elsewhere blog is so incensed by the thought of Eddie Murphy sleepwalking his way to a Best Supporting Actor win for Dreamgirls, he's offering a C-Note to anyone willing to launch a Stop Eddie Murphy web campaign.|
Jeffrey Wells of the Hollywood Elsewhere blog (http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/) is so incensed by the thought of Eddie Murphy sleepwalking his way to a Best Supporting Actor win for Dreamgirls, he’s offering a C-Note to anyone willing to launch a Stop Eddie Murphy web campaign.
“It may be too late and it may be a futile notion, but it’s time for all good people to rise up and band together in order to Stop Eddie Murphy from winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar,” Wells writes.
“If anyone wants to launch a website to help amplify this feeling and (who knows?) maybe trigger a turnaround of opinion, I’ll contribute $100 bucks ... seriously. He’s the one bad guy in the bunch who, I feel, really doesn’t deserve to win. Surely others feel this way?”
That’s American dough, by the way, which is currently worth $118.20 Canadian. That kind of coin would buy a lot of maple-glazed donuts.
The outburst by Wells was triggered by Murphy’s win Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild awards for his portrayal of James Thunder Early, the amalgam of James Brown and Little Richard that Murphy does in Dreamgirls.
Rants Wells: “I’ve seen that bored-indifferent, man-am-I-rich, leave-me-alone look on Murphy’s face too many times, and I’d be tickled if the Oscar camera could catch him scowling when Mark Wahlberg or Alan Arkin win instead. He may have the Oscar in the bag, but I keep hearing he’s not very well-liked in the industry and that he’s regarded as a bit of an a--hole. Plus he was too cool to show up for any one of those three swanky Dreamgirls press events that Terry Press threw last year. It’ll just take a little blogosphere surge to make it happen ... maybe. Or maybe not.”
|Peter Howell is rooting for Mark Wahlberg to take the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Departed.|
Wells goes on to say that he doesn’t hate Murphy and actually used to love him, but “I can’t get over that run of truly awful big-studio films he made from the mid ’80s to the late ’90s.”
As extreme as it seems to be hammering a Wild West bounty poster into the Oscarville oak tree, I suspect Wells may be onto something here.
Murphy really has had it pretty easy this awards season. He didn’t do much press to support Dreamgirls — certainly a lot less than Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx — and it’s possible his lack of enthusiasm contributed to the movie’s shut-out from the big-ticket Oscar noms.
And Murphy’s performance really wasn’t all that remarkable. If you saw him during his Saturday Night Live heyday in the early 1980s, you’ve already seen his Dreamgirls shtick.
Meanwhile, there are far more deserving choices for Best Supporting Actor amongst any of the other four nominees, whom I list in order of personal preference: Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond).