So, on to a category that you won’t find at SAG or the Oscars: best lines of the year. There is one line from a movie and one line from a tv show that stand out in my mind.
First, the movie: in Inception, the most memorable scene is the hallway fight scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, where he fights the baddies in a tilting universe, and then has to tie the dreamers together and move them around in zero gravity. In a self-serious movie, the touches of humor were the best, bringing a much needed sense of levity to the proceedings. While Tom Hardy flirting with JGL is certainly amusing, I laughed out loud when JGL is sprinting around the staircases and suddenly stops, pointing out the gap between floors by saying “paradox” and then flinging the bad guy over the edge. It’s a silly line, but it stands out to me as it is so purely entertaining.
Now, the tv show: Edie Falco is wonderful in Nurse Jackie, and her reaction to her husband and her best friend confronting her and her addiction is to hide. She tries out being in recovery. “Hi, my name is Jackie, and I’m an addict,” she says to the mirror. Then she laughs. “Blow me!” she finishes off. It’s absolute perfect in writing and delivery, a great moment on a strong show. (Seriously, watch Nurse Jackie, it’s so good).