Apparently I am bad at making uneducated and ill-informed predictions. That is what I have learned. KG and I made off-the-cuff Oscar predictions this year in A Completely Biased & Uninformed Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominations. I was the big loser and as a result I have to write a post about Nicolas Cage. I hate Nicolas Cage but the bet requires me to say something nice about him…so here we go.
1. He comes from noteworthy film family.
Cage was actually born Nicolas Kim Coppola… and yes, as in the Coppolas you are thinking of. His uncle is none other than Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather. This means his cousins are Sofia Coppola, Oscar winning director of Lost in Translation, and Jason Schwartzman, actor known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson.
2. He’s got a pretty good voice.
I really enjoyed The Croods for the first hour until I realized that Grug’s familiar (not unpleasant and actually quite animated & suited for cartoon voice-acting) voice belong to Mr. Cage.
3. Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure and Kick Ass
He is the world’s least consistent actor but the inconsistency means that with the lows comes highs… and I have to admit that he has some films I enjoy.
4. He is considered one of the most generous celebrities out there.
He donated $2 million to Amnesty International and $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Katrina… to name a few of his charitable endeavours. Perhaps he should have saved some of those funds to help prevent the financial troubles he’s gotten himself into.
5. He’s actually an Academy Award winner.
Yup. Nic Cage has an Oscar. I can’t believe it either, but he actually received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his 1995 role as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas.
Moral of the Story: Give Nic Cage a Chance.
(Except you don’t actually have to…I’m just obligated to say that by the terms of the bet. I don’t actually mean it. I swear.)
Love & Luck,