Critics Choice Preview

The BFCA will announce their nominees on Tuesday morning. Last year, No Country won, of course. So did Daniel Day-Lewis. Julie Christie won in the Actress category and Javier Bardem won supporting actor. Amy Ryan won supporting actress. The year before, the major awards matched...

The Performance of the Year

It’s been a season of bravura performances, starting early in the year with Heath Ledger, Penelope Cruz, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt and Angelina Jolie and finishing with Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Ralph Fiennes, Frank...
Posted On 06 Dec 2008

Video of Heath Ledger’s AFI Win

A quick word about Heath. Watching Brokeback Mountain again I was struck by what a good movie it was and what a great performance by Ledger. It will remain a total shock that it was beaten by Crash (sorry Ebert). It doesn’t even matter whether Crash was a good movie or not...

Gomorra sweeps European Film Awards

Italian mob movie Gomorra swept the European Film Awards today, with a total of 5 wins in most of the top categories.¬† Kristin Scott Thomas won Best Actress for I’ve Loved You So Long. Gomorra is building the kind of international momentum the can lead to...
Posted On 06 Dec 2008

Man on Wire, Waltz With Bashir Win at IDA

Variety reports that Distinguished Feature honors when to Man on Wire and Waltz with Bashir in a tie vote at the International Documentary Association Awards. Man on Wire is being set up to be the doc frontrunner. You know how those Academy doc voters are, though. Can Man on Wire...

Roger Ebert Can’t Make Ten, Makes Twenty

Ebert boycotts the restriction of weeding it down to ten: I am violating the age-old custom that film critics announce the year’s 10 best films, but after years of such lists, I’ve had it. A best films list should be a celebration of wonderful films, not a chopping...