For Your Consideration

Synopsis: Hollywood send-up. No-name actors are making a low-budget period drama called "Home for Purim," when an anonymous post on the Internet suggests that one performance is Oscar-worthy. Then, two more cast members get Oscar-related press: buzz in "Variety" and appearances on TV prompt the studio executives to insist on changes in the script in anticipation of a blockbuster. Jump ahead a few months to the days before Oscar nominees are announced: just the possibility of a nomination has changed the actors' lives. Agents, publicists, make-up artists, local celebrity reporters, and other bit players round out the backstage ensemble. Hooray for Hollywood!
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Production: Warner Independent Pictures
  3 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Can you hear them?

The night noises.

Mockingbird in the magnolia.

See the moss hanging

from the moonlight.

Fairly taste the night, can't you?

You're part of it, Pres,

and it's part of you.

Like I am.

You can't get away from us, Pres,

we're both in your blood.

This is the country you were born to,

the country you know and trust.

Your country, Pres.

Amy wouldn't understand.

- She'd think there would be snakes.

- Julie, please.

Oh, it isn't tame. It isn't like the North.

It's quick and dangerous,

but you trust it.

Remember how the fever mist smells

in the bottoms, rank and rotten...

...but you trust that, too,

because it's part of you...

...just as I'm part of you

and will never let you go.

Yes, ma'am?

Hello. Where's Richard?

Oh, he's not in today.

Could I have your name, please?

Hack, Marilyn Hack. Stage 11.

I'm sorry, I-- You look familiar.

Are you an actor?

Thirty-two years.

Yeah. You were in that prison movie

with Sharon Stone.


And you had that scene where you

punched that little girl in the face.

- Not me.

- That was a good movie.

You should have been in that movie.

I'm sure I should have been.

May I go in?

Sure. And you're all set.

Have a good one.


- Got a chair open.

- Oh, Sandy, am I late?

- Oh, you're fine.

- Oh, I'm so sorry.

Per our conversation yesterday,

I think steer clear of the Sephardic tones.

Go for the A-one or the A-two,

the Ashkenazi palette.

I didn't mean to make

such a big deal out of it.

Oh, it's nothing.

I just thought I could look a little younger,

couldn't I?

- But it's okay.

- You are playing an older woman.

But I could be a woman

who's taken good care of herself.

Who has a terminal illness.

Up until then, I--

You're right. You're right.

Liz said I should get

my face stonewashed like her--

Oh, honey, are we aware of

what was on cable last night?

Song for Reuben.

Honey, you killed me.

When was the last time you saw that?

- I've never seen it.

- I was a total puddle.

I mean, complete waterworks.

They had to resuscitate me.

I'm never gonna watch it again unless my

wife takes up CPR or paramedics move in.

I was dying.

We were babies then, weren't we?

- Yes, we were.

- Babies.

You have such a gift,

you shouldn't just keep it to yourself.

- You should teach.

- Teach?

Teach acting.

I wouldn't dare.

You gotta give it away to keep it.

You can't just hold on to this.

Sandy, now you're mocking me.

You might as well say,

"Why don't you save the world?"

Well, maybe you could

with what you have to give.

Victor. Victor.

- Hey.

- Oh, Morley.

- Yeah.

- What the hell are you doing here?

- What am I doing here?

- Yeah.

- You wanted to have a meeting?

- Yes. Yesterday.

We had a meeting scheduled.

You didn't show.

Yesterday? No, no, no.

No, no. What the hell are you talking--?

I was in the office all day.

Why didn't you call--?

I called you.

You didn't return my message.

- Well, you got a minute now, because--?

- No, I have to go to the stage.

What did you wanna talk about?

A lot of things. But, look...

...I'm working for scale.

An actor of my stature,

There's no excuse for me

working for scale.

That's exactly what

I've been telling people.

- You should not be working for scale.

- Good.

But you know these producers,

they have their own take on things.

I'm on your side, all right? I'm your agent.

You are my number-one priority.

There is nothing more important to me

in my life than--

Than you. Excuse me.


Stranger, what do you say?

Nothing important. I'm here with a client.

- I gotta go.

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Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. more…

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