Month: December 2009

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Both David Poland and Jeff Wells are going forth and pushing Zoe Saldana for an acting nod. Poland says: When I first saw the film, the remote possibility of Ms. Saldana getting a nomination for her performance was tantalizing. I ...

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Avatar shut out for Best pic (lol) — The Online Film Critics.¬† They are well-intentioned but don’t really predict nor influence the Oscars. They have always reflected, in my view, the “if the internet ran the Oscars.” They step outside ...

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Movieline’s Stu Van Airsdale on Avatar’s potential box office: “More than one-third of its $232 million to date has been earned between a Monday and Thursday, and its $19.4 million this past Monday ‚Äî its 11th day of release ‚Äî ...

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In the past we used to compare Karger’s predictions to the Academy’s – but I don’t think I have time to dig them up at the moment — however, let’s just sum it up by saying he’s usually not more ...

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The BBC’s movie reporter, Tom Brook, chooses five of the year’s best (video): 5. District 9 4. Lebanon 3. Precious 2. Avatar 1. Up in the Air And Kris Tapley at In Contention says 2009 is the best year of ...

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Awards Daily began life as Oscarwatch.com at the end of the 1999 and its first proper Oscar year was 2000, the year that Gladiator beat Crouching Tiger. I don’t have many memories that remind me that the Gladiator year was ...

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Synecdoche, New York (2008) The Hurt Locker (2009)¬† “Apart from this psychological process, Katherine Bigelow’s film has a masterful command of editing, tempo, character and photography. Using no stunts and CGI, she creates a convincing portrayal of the conditions a ...

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What makes a good screenplay? Ask a variety of people and you will likely get varying answers back. Original screenplays don’t do as well as adapted screenplays because their stories aren’t yet tested. Adaptations can go woefully wrong but if ...

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Erik Childress has posted his annual Criticwatch’s Whores of the Year – which has funny bits, no doubt. Pete Travers and Pete Hammond are two who take it annually from Childress but they’re probably used to it by now (we ...

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Tom O’Neil has some fun chiding his fellow Oscar bloggers for giving him hell way back when for his Inglourious Basterd prediction. He has a few good reasons why he thinks the film is as good as gold. Here is ...

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EW has a long history of putting the Best Picture frontrunner on the cover of its Oscar issue and this issue is no exception: Dave Karger does the predictions — but I don’t have the issue handy and I don’t ...

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The Kennedy Center Honors kicked off awards season proper last night as the tribute was televised. Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen (three of my personal heroes) were honored, along with Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry. What surprised ...

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It’s been a while since the Oscar race was confronted with a conundrum like The Blind Side. The movie is an organic hit, making boatloads of cash as it races to $200 million. Most people who have seen it seem ...

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We have a new contest, just in time for New Year’s Eve. The Producers Guild has decided to up their slate of nominees to ten. They will probably shrink them back down to five if the Academy changes their mind ...

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“We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.” ~ Newt, Aliens Sigourney Weaver sure knows how to stuff a stocking. Her daughter Charlotte, 19, got a surprise Christmas present: the four Alien ...

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Reality is something different to everyone. For most of us, it means the drudgery of every day life. For three male characters reality is something you escape from. A fantasy life is far preferable because you are someone else in ...

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I felt that I sort of owed you dear readers some explanation as to why I believe Avatar is such a good film. I jotted down a few thoughts and hopefully this will explain it. Haters, feel free to move ...

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Steve Pond lays it out once more for those of us who are having a hard time getting it (raises hand): The math is simple: You take the number of nominations up for grabs, add one, and use the resulting ...

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If there is one thing that has continually annoyed me throughout the decade I’ve been covering the Oscar race it’s people who pretend to know more than they actually do. So a lot of huffing and puffing over at the ...

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Via IndieWire, where the criteria are helpfully outlined: “accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, preservation, government or ...

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