Oscar’s Chance to Make History

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 rationalized that Sigourney Weaver’s turn, part...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Online Film Critics – Hurt Locker and Basterds Lead

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 the box, which will...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Avatar’s Box Office

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 is entirely...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Karger’s Predix Up

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 than one off in the categories. Best Picture...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

BBC’s Tom Brook’s Top Five

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 filmmaking the decade has seen.
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Happy New Year’s and A Decade of Memories

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 first but I know it must be since I wasn’t...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Ebert’s Best of the Decade

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...
Posted On 31 Dec 2009

Oscar Countdown: Original Screenplay

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 the source material has...
Posted On 30 Dec 2009

Critics Take Cover, Erik is BACK!

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 hope, because we love Pete and Pete!)....
Posted On 30 Dec 2009

O’Neil Thinks Inglourious Basterds WILL WIN

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 one: Remember how shocked everybody (except me) was when...
Posted On 30 Dec 2009