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Clint Eastwood Receives Special Palme d’Or

This award was presented to Eastwood a few months before the Cannes Film Fest launches. The statement about Eastwood said was “the talent of a grand master at the summit of his craft.” Jacob said it also was a “testimony of my admiration and a quarter-century of complicity.” Eastwood will ...

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Nick Hornby Calls Out the Slumdog Haters

Thanks to reader Fer for pointing us to this slamdunk response and perspective from Nick Hornby on Slumdog Millionaire, the intent of its filmmakers, and its odd position of now being on top: There’s a lot packed in here: the snobbery, the smug and unexamined assumptions, the writer’s apparent pride ...

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Oscar Trivia – Take Your Best Shot

Alden Michaels sent this in from his site, Iconoclast Entertainment, Can you do it without googling? I know at least one of the first one. Best Picture SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE… is the first best picture winner to be set exclusively in Asia since the 1980s when there were THREE such films. ...

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2009’s Films of Note

There are only two I can think of off the bat — The first is in wide release – Coraline for Animated Feature. The other was An Education, which spring-boarded out of Sundance thanks to the raves for its star, Carey Mulligan. In many ways, you have to appreciate the ...

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The seeds of Slumdog’s sweep

9-13-2008, 3:00pm, ladylurks calls it for Slumdog Millionaire Can I take a minute to reflect on the past year and the truly amazing predictive powers of our readers? One of the things Sasha does that nobody really knows about or appreciates but me is keep our vast archives active. At ...

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Gone but Not Forgotten

Jon Pace writes in the comments section that we should start to look at those actors who could use a comeback a la Mickey Rourke about now. He suggests: 3. Ally Sheedy – She got nice reviews in High Art, 10+ years ago. Was never a bad actress, still looks ...

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The Dark Knight Continues to Generate Talk

I’m trying to drop it but others keep bringing it up and if they’re going to bring it up, well, what can do but go back on the offense. Sorry, readers, guilty. David Poland writes this: One of the blog commenters can’t seem to separate why Slumdog won from why ...

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Foundas Eviscerates The Voters over Bashir

I was waiting to hear something from Scott Foundas at the LA Weekly, as he seems to be the one critic lately who can be counted upon to call out the Academy for their safe choices. The thing I’ve realized about the Academy is that when it comes to judging ...

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Slumdog Millionaire Extreme Home Makeover

From squalor to star spotting: Rubina poses with one of the film’s eight Oscars (click to enlarge) Can’t argue with last week’s conclusion that a billion dollars is better than an Oscar. This week Danny Boyle beats that deal all to heck with an offer even more directly life-altering. The ...

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Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora

Simultaneous tipsters, Nadeem guides us to a video companion to go along with vcb‘s link to a still for Amenabar‚Äôs ‚ÄúAgora,‚Äù with Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella. According to Variety, Agora, Amenabar’s second English-language film after The Others is set in Roman Egypt in the fourth century A.D. Weisz plays ...

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Freedom of Speeches

Keith Olbermann speculates that speeches at this year’s Oscars addressed political issues with a freedom that was often frowned upon during the Bush era. Of the 40 hours of TV Oscar analysis I’ve seen in the past 48, the depth of this 6-minute segment make the rest look like the ...

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Three Teaser Posters for Inglourious Basterds

(click to enlarge) So, unless I’m mistaken, the Inglourious Basterds are sort of like the Boy Scouts, right? And these posters represent merit badges in Sports, First Aid, and um, Woodcarving? Grim, brutal and dripping with the impact of potent and perverse fetish objects, the overcast grays and desaturated reds ...

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Carpetbagger Suggests Younging it Up

Even though the Oscars were more in touch, I’d say, than they’ve been since I started watching them (I will always have a fondness in my heart for the clunky old timey versions too), and even though their choices were still out touch, the Bagger thinks that, with the seal ...

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Contest Winners

The winner of Awards Daily’s first place prize is Joseph Vosti, with a score of 23. The second place winners are Christopher Dickie and Mike Cersosimo, with a score of 22. Congratulations to you two. Please send an email with your name and mailing address to awardsdaily to claim your ...

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Wally Pfister & Anthony Dod Mantle

(click to enlarge) Sent to me last night by Ari Presler (featured in yesterday’s post about the Slumdog Millionaire’s cinematography), Wally Pfister congratulates Anthony Dod Mantle at the ASC Awards on February 16th.  

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Two Lovers trailer

Joaquin Phoenix, subject of a very funny parody by Frank Coraci at the Spirit Awards Saturday and a considerably less funny parody by Ben Stiller during last night’s Oscars — and that’s not even counting the probable self-parody that Phoenix is orchestrating himself with Casey Affleck. What do we think ...

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And the Best Rundown Goes To…

Yeah, of course it’d be Mark Lisanti, who is now working over at Vanity Fair. His rundown is the best and the funniest I’ve read thus far. He pays tribute where it’s deserved and mocks where it’s deserved: The Sweded Opening Number Though opinion on the ceremony’s Be Kind Rewind-esque ...

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Read My Lips

“I wasn’t kissing her. I was whispering in her mouth.” — Chico Marx Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) opens March 18th in Spain. Teaser trailer after the cut. (thanks to glimmer & vcb)  

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