On the Road Again for Brolin and Streisand?; WGA Awards Nominations Baffle

By Stacy Jenel Smith

January 9, 2014 3 min read

James Brolin and Barbra Streisand just might be heading down the highway pretty soon, as Brolin tells us he and the wife are talking about taking a road trip like they did back when they were just a couple of years into their 15-year marriage. "We're thinking, 'Let's go somewhere.' I think we should do what we did on our first trip — all the way around Lake Powell and Santa Fe, and hit all the truck stops and make sandwiches on our lap. And maybe we'll buy a new truck before we go because the last truck we bought was our original one, in 2000. It's 13 years old now."

Certainly one can imagin Brolin and Streisand turning heads at the typical Econo Gas in the middle of nowhere, but he says, "We're good at disguises. We're good at dashing around the corner and knowing when it's time to leave. She's kind of amazing," he notes proudly. "And then sometimes she baffles me and she's right in their face, and people go, 'Are you Barbra Striesand!?' I say, 'Listen, won't you at least wear my baseball cap?'"

Brolin has been very busy in recent months. He is back in the role of Rick Castle's estranged father Jackson Hunt on the Jan. 13 episode of "Castle" — in which Hunt will meet his future daughter-in-law Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). He also has a film directing project and several other productions in the works. So it could be high time for a get-away. He and Barbra love having adventures, he says, or staying on their heavenly Malibu compound is fine, too.

In any case, Brolin says, "It's so great. We have the best of marriages and I'm so proud of us for that."

THE ROAD TO OSCAR: With voting for Oscar nominees closing this week, many awards handicappers have been looking at the various guild nominees lists for clues about which films will land on top. Don't be misled, though. The Writers Guild nomination list that came out Friday had a number of strange absences, including two of the very top heralded films of the year, two brilliant films which brought audiences (even Hollywood industry audiences) to tears — "12 Years A Slave" and "Philomena." This is because, as is the case every year, the WGA lists only scripts produced under the Writers Guild of America's signatory agreements as eligible for its awards. And every year, worthy films are ruled ineligible. In short, it's politics over art.

The members of the Writers Guild who are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have an obligation to vote their conscience and their true evaluation. Recent history shows that they do. Last year, Quentin Tarantino's script for "Django" did not qualify for voting for the Writers Guild Award, but it was nominated for and won the Oscar for Original Screenplay.

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