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That’s Your Name (in the Envelope), Dude!

Section: Dudespatches  | Date: January 19th, 2010

95655717...Actor Jeff Bridges poses with his award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - drama for "Crazy Heart" in the photo room at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, January 17, 2010.  AFP PHOTO / Valerie Macon (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images) Proud we are of all of Jeff Bridges. After a lifetime of giving some of the most memorable, heartfelt and honest performances on screen it looks like he might very well finally get to put some of the highest awards and commendations on the wall of his study. He just won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for best actor and is in the lead (we hope) for the Oscar.

Pauline Kael called him "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor who ever lived" but we just call him the Dude. That’s what you call him. Because as people who have met him will tell you, he’s really a lot like the Dude in person, although maybe with fewer rough edges.

One of the things most remarkable about Bridges’ acting career is that he has tried hard not to work so that he can spend more time kicking back on his ranch in Santa Barbara. Like a great Taoist master, he chooses to work when the spirit moves him, not by compulsion. This great interview in Entertainment Weekly sheds a little light on Bridges’ Dude Way: his irrepressible fascination with the little joys in life, his poetical ramblings and his profoundly good nature.

So let’s all say a Dudeist prayer for our Dude avatar — it’d be nice to see a truly nice guy finish first this time, even if it is just a gold brick that only the square community really gives a shit about. In any event, whether he wins the esteemed Oscar or not, he’ll always be the dude for our time and place, and number one in our tournament of chillaxed champions.



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5 Responses to “That’s Your Name (in the Envelope), Dude!”

  1. The Arch Dudeship on January 19th, 2010 8:20 pm

    And proud we are of all of you, Jeffrey.

    Go ahead and be fatuous if you want to. You’ve earned it. :-)

  2. Ed Churchman on January 20th, 2010 11:15 am

    Jeff Bridges… Now there’s a man who’s spent his career in the Duderino Groove, if ever I saw one. Well deserved, I’m sure. Certainly be a film to watch this year.
    All hail the Dudely achiever!

  3. Rev. AF on January 21st, 2010 3:50 am

    This is what happens when someone flows with the Universe. I don’t know if those uptights at the Oscar League Office will give him the Oscar. If not we should give him one.

    Dude Jeffrey, you’re always an example and a frame of reference to us. One of the greatest men in history.

  4. Dude1967 on January 21st, 2010 6:38 pm

    Can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Congrats, Dude!

  5. ozzy85 on February 3rd, 2010 4:04 pm

    Even in his earlier years he was a “go with the flow” kind of character in the movies. Watch Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, or maybe Rancho Deluxe. Both from 1974. Abiding was a state of mind even back then.

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