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Frances McDormand’s ‘Nomadland’ wins big at Eda Awards

If anybody’s panting to hear about awards — since last anyone’s been in a movie theater was probably for Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” — the Alliance of Women Film Journalists gave Eda Awards for the best of 2020. Named after AFTRA co-founder Eda Reiss Merin. Biggest winner: Frances McDormand vehicle “Nomadland.” Second, Regina King’s “One Night in Miami.” Special mentions for Carey Mulligan’s “Promising Young Woman” and Sophia Loren doing her comeback thing.

Wrinkling up our noses at life today, here’s another smell: “Nose.” A House of Dior documentary opening our scent buds to fragrance. Dior perfumer François Demachy spent two years moving through 14 countries, from Grasse to Greece sniffing out precious raw materials. Following Valentine’s Day, after you already sprung for some drugstore toilet water, the film gets released.

Not into sniffing, how about shooting and killing? Sci-fi war flick “Outside the Wire.” Drones, androids, nuclear attacks, big-time blood. Robotic warfare. Bodies. The star’s Anthony Mackie.

Mackie: “The action is kick-ass. I did 2 ¹/₂ months of physical training. Krav Maga and jujitsu stuff. Day 1 my double flies over the table and gets a concussion. So then it’s, ‘We don’t have another stuntman. You have to do all your own stunts.’” 

Shirley this one’s a good time

If you’re not into smelling or slaying, how about a nice little horror? Shirley Jackson’s genre is horror, and this one titled “Shirley” stars Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg, who had their own horrors. He likes rehearsing, and she doesn’t.

Moss: “I am much ‘messier’ and come up with things last minute. But it worked.”

Writer Shirley Jackson can be abrasive. Also rude. But she’s also smart and funny. Cate Blanchett, a fan, hosted a Zoom soiree for the film, “which reminded me of knock-down drag-out ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ It’s a portrait of two marriages. The dance between them is something I’ve never seen on-screen before. The chemistry was so strong. Shirley Jackson’s writing feels like the horror one feels when they see a car wreck.” This lulu’s on Hulu.

Shot thoughts

NYC’s former Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden, known for investigating high-profile deaths, on CV and the vaccine:

“We get three to five common colds a year. Fauci thinks this can recur. Recover, and you can get reinfected five weeks later. But a different strain. In the spring, we’ll know and have a good idea of the return. We know how some diseases work. Not clear how long this immunity will be. You’re immune for measles and chickenpox your whole life. The normal seasonal flu shot gives you a year’s immunity. “We don’t know how long immunity is with this vaccine. We need to wait a few years. The preliminary looks like it could be for a couple of years — but we still don’t know.“ For now the thinking is this will be with us for a long time.”

I’m just theorizing …

President Andrew Johnson, after the Lilliputians failed to remove him, returned home and got elected senator. After the White House, John Quincy Adams got elected to Congress. In two years, Florida’s Marco Rubio will hustle to retain his Senate seat. Suppose Trump goes for senator. Suppose Trump primaries Rubio — suppose maybe DJT wins, and in two years he’s back to DC to blot up the Burden merde. Just suppose. Once a pain in Donald’s assets, it’s maybe now why little Marco’s making nicey-nicey to Donny Donny.

My home heat went kaput. One overhead light won’t. Telephonically we’re not 100 percent. Jellybean, my cranky, year-old Yorkie, can’t go out so he’s co-opted an inlaid floor. My computer mouse won’t move even if I feed it cheese. The configuration is such that snow-sealed windows stay totally dark. I tell you this only should you be expecting a more brilliant column …

Oy, only in New York, kids, only in New York.