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November 2008

Slumdog, Boyle Triumph at BiFAs

Slumdog, Boyle Triumph at BiFAs

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Screendaily reports the winners of the British Independent Film Awards. Last year, Control won all of the top spots: Awards in full Best British Independent film Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle) Best director, sponsored by The Creative Partnership Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) The Douglas Hickox Award (best debut director) Steve McQueen (Hunger) Best screenplay sponsored by BBC Films Martin McDonagh – In Bruges

Satellite Award Nominees

Satellite Award Nominees

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The International Press Academy has announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Satellite Awards. Before anybody panics, remember last year, the IPA failed to nominate There Will Be Blood (presumably for lack of having seen it yet), and in 2006 Letters From Iwo Jima wasn’t nominated (probably for the same reason). Motion Picture, Drama The Reader Slumdog Millionaire Revolutionary Road Frost/Nixon Milk Frozen River Director Thomas McCarthy – The Visitor…

It takes two for the Oscar tango

It takes two for the Oscar tango

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Forget conflict. The most essential component for Best Picture is a relationship we care about — the dynamic interplay between two mesmerizing actors. (Anyway, put a pair of intriguing personalities together, combine two kinds of charisma, and there’s your instant conflict.) Nobody wins an Oscar going solo. Show me the most electrifying movie duos of the year, and I’ll show you the partnership that delivers Best Picture. Last year we…

The Bagger Returns

The Bagger Returns

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Carr is a writer before he is anything else and thus, when he dips into Oscar season, it’s somehow more of everything than the usual jibber jabber – his world view, born out of a life’s worth of the good, the bad and the ugly has somehow found its way to the Oscar scene. It’s about as likely as someone like Michael Jordan becoming an Oscar blogger but there it…

EW’s Puts Streep on the Cover for Subscribers Only

EW’s Puts Streep on the Cover for Subscribers Only

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Apparently, this was sent to subscribers only, while the Twilight cover hit the news stands. I don’t know if this is their “official” Oscar issue or not – it’s the beginning of December so maybe it is. It can’t be. Their official issue will either have to have Heath Ledger and the Dark Knight crew on it or else the Benjamin Button crew. Milk might also take it.¬† Then again,…

Australia – So Amazing, So God-Awful

Australia – So Amazing, So God-Awful

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There are some films that somehow straddle the fence on being one of the best films you’ve ever seen while at the same time, inexplicably, one of the worst films you’ve ever seen. Such was the case, for me, with Australia. There are so many things to marvel at in the movie, so many gorgeous, dazzling, heart-wrenching moments and yet…

Predict the National Board of Review

Predict the National Board of Review

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We’re trying something new here at Awards Daily that we’ve never done. We’re starting the contests early and you can have bragging rights for knowing best how the NBR will go. They announce on Thursday, so enter now . I’ve added the animated feature category as well because it isn’t a guarantee it will be Wall-E – it might be Waltz with Bashir.

Dave Karger Names Them

Dave Karger Names Them

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Ew’s Dave Karger just put up a post about the films he thinks have the best shot at a nod come January and the ones that will run in EW’s Oscar issue. He adds that when he made the list Australia hadn’t yet opened and Milk hadn’t yet received the rave reviews, and he says he might change things if asked to do it now — take note, Oscar watchers,…

Getting Down to It

Getting Down to It

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David Poland has declared, and Kris Tapley backs him up in the comments section, that Slumdog Millionaire is now the frontrunner of the 2008/2009 Oscar race. All of this worked out in a somewhat rushed negative review of Benjamin Button where Poland also says that the Brad Pitt film can’t win any of the top prizes at this year’s Oscars. He says that the film has “no conflict” anywhere in…

Favorite Thanksgiving Scene

Favorite Thanksgiving Scene

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[SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen Pieces of April, but plan to someday, you might want to skip the clip above -- since it's the final scene in the movie.] Thanksgiving movies aren’t as common as Christmas movies so it’s easy for me to name my favorite. Katie Holmes, Derek Luke, Oliver Platt and terrific Patricia Clarkson in Pieces of April. The family shows up late after Thanksgiving plans flame…