Have you seen “Frankie & Alice?”
Don’t worry, unless you live in Los Angeles or New York, you probably haven’t. No, it didn’t bomb that badly – it hasn’t even opened for normal moviegoers yet! You’ll have to wait until February 4 for that honor, and probably even longer depending upon where you live.
The movie’s only real chance is in Best Actress for star Halle Berry, who has basically been pushing the movie by her own money and might. She did manage to score a Golden Globe nomination, and that means there still could be a chance that she sneaks into the Oscar five.
Here are some of the points I brought up for her chances back before the race officially began:
“As The Los Angeles Times put it, “for the first time since the 73rd Oscars 10 years ago, there will be no black nominees in any of the acting categories in the February ceremony.” Who better than to prove that statement made in September wrong than Halle Berry, the first African-American actress to win Best Actress. But ever since that tearful speech, things haven’t been going to well for Berry as she fell into the “Best Actress Curse” rut that has consumed so many worthy actresses.
Since 2001, Berry has been a Bond girl in “Die Another Day,” the movie so dreadful it caused the series to reboot, the notorious feline in “Catwoman,” which won her a not-so-coveted Razzie, and the star of two other movies scoring in the 10% fresh range on Rotten Tomatoes. Her only movie to be certified fresh since “Monster’s Ball” won her the trophy was “X-Men 2.” Clearly Berry has strayed far away from Oscar territory (and her 2007 attempt, “Things We Lost in the Fire,” got her nowhere) … like the prodigal son, they could be willing to welcome her back with open arms.”
But now, she’s a longshot at best, and Berry hasn’t posed enough of a threat to have an Oscar season storyline to boost her chances. When I polled the readership, the two voters were split on whether she would once again be nominated for an Oscar. While I don’t write off a nomination entirely, something tells me that the Globes are where this train stops.