Month: November 2009

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There is nothing sweeter than the idea of The Hurt Locker winning Best Picture, or its director, Kathryn Bigelow, taking home the big prize. But, and I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, this was an expected win. ...

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via IndieWire: Best Feature The Hurt Locker — Kathryn Bigelow, director; Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro, producers (Summit Entertainment) Best Documentary Food, Inc. — Robert Kenner, director; Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein, producers (Magnolia Pictures) Best Ensemble Performance ...

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Press Conference Reporter, Nine: “Have you run out of things to say?” Press Conference Groupie, 8¬Ω: “He’s lost. He hasn’t got anything to say.” It’ll be fun to see how nimbly Nine pings famous licks, riffs and phrases from 8¬Ω. ...

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Indiewire’s Peter Knegt does a good job laying out the award precursors coming soon to an Oscar blog near you. Actually, you could probably say it will becoming from all sides, from every angle and outlet and social networking tool ...

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by John Villeneuve Every year some painfully half-baked, ill-conceived or inept films get submitted by countries from around the world for consideration in the Best Foreign Film category. However, this year seems to have more than usual. Which begs the ...

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In the same TIME feature Sasha quotes below (and I now see was the platform for The Lovely Bones preview a few days ago), Richard Corliss has high praise for Colin Firth in A Single Man, and for first-time director ...

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Like Jason Reitman, Noah Baumbach has mastered the near-impossible knack of writing smart, memorable, quotable dialogue that doesn’t sound like a stand-up routine in search of a rim-shot. I suppose George Hickenlooper would mock a movie like this as a ...

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I’ll bounce off Sasha’s angle once more to feature a second Variety tribute from one actor to another: I had the privilege of playing Hal Holbrook’s gay lover in the landmark TV film “That Certain Summer.” His character was a ...

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Richard Corliss, in a Fall Movie Preview, writes up Invictus admiringly: If there’s a whiff of colonialism in casting Hollywood stars as renowned South Africans, the actors work hard to find strength and nuance in their roles. Damon, beefed up ...

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For Your Speculation makes a nice listen for the their 50 Things We’re Thankful For. Their voices are soothing, which is the best thing one can hope from a podcast. Fair warning: Awards Daily is also joining the podcast revolution ...

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Jeremy Renner is not a big Hollywood name, or at least, he wasn’t until this year. Here is Ben Affleck, writing for Variety, on Renner (thanks to Mr. Ellwood for the twip): Jeremy pulls you in so that you identify ...

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The debate raging in the comments section of another post declares that this year mirrors 1989, when Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture. They compare that to the Blind Side and I guess I would say that, what crack pipe ...

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There is sort of an unwritten rule that says comments on a site kind of belong to that site. But this one came up over at Hollywood-Elsewhere as part a debate about the film The Blind Side – why it ...

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The Golden Satellite Nominees come out earlier than any other awards group. This makes their choices mostly off where Oscar is concerned. A robust Oscar contender will often make the cut, though, and will be the only common link between ...

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Anne Thompson’s plug for Oscar Talk: In Contention‚Äòs Kris Tapley and I have actually seen most of the Oscar movies now, and even though we‚Äôre not supposed to write about all of them yet, we do talk about the sexy ...

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Thanks to BSC Review for pointing out this ten minute Avatar featurette. Here is why I’m showing up for Avatar. It is because, most of the time, Jim Cameron delivers. He delivers on action for a certainty. But he also ...

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Bill S. and N8 are the winners of our Thanksgiving giveaway! Please send me an email to claim your prize.

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Back in the early days of Oscar watching, the trades and the long lead film critics got to see movies early. There wasn’t a thumbs up, thumbs down for Oscar mentality back then. They weren’t looking at horses readying themselves ...

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I can’t recall the last time David Letterman was so enthusiastic about a movie as he seemed to be about Brothers on Wednesday night’s show. I’ll have to watch this clip again to pull his exact quotes, but I think ...

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