I said my last post was going to be the only one about Hobbit hoopla and, well, Something happened. Warner Bros. has released the list of talent they want the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider for Oscar nominations and boyfriend is on there, in the Best Supporting Actor category with Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom. Dude. Whatever I think of awards shows THAT is a huge deal.
I'm as much of two minds about these things as I am about anything else. I have never known anyone who's won an Oscar but an old and dear friend won an Emmy for camera work on a news show and he used his as a doorstop till he started dating his husband who kept moving it. At the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA you can see a photo of the Oscar he won for The Philadelphia Story proudly displayed in the front window of his father's hardware store like a Little League trophy. That's keeping it in perspective.
There's a long list of people who I think deserved to win who didn't including Angela Bassett for What's Love Got to Do With It, Val Kilmer for Tombstone, and Ralph Fiennes for everything he's ever done except Maid In Manhattan. Don't even get me started on Spike Lee. Boyfriend may not wind up being nominated by the Academy at all but his name is out there. The people he worked for on this project think highly enough of his performance to place him with huge names, actors with big reputations. Hopefully they're finally getting what Armitageworld has been saying for about ten years, that this guy is going places. Maybe that'll be onstage accepting an award in March and maybe it won't but ultimately I don't know that it matters. The ride so far has been amazing and I think we just took a turn we weren't expecting. He's still the one at the wheel and even if he doesn't tell us where we're headed it's okay. The journey's the thing, right?
Anyway, have a great weekend and I really am shutting up now. I just wanted to take a minute to mark this. I almost never speculate what's going on in his head but this time I'm willing to imagine he feels like everyone else who says, "It's an honor to be nominated." It is. Congratulations, boyfriend.