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January 2012

CNN Editorial – Jimi Izreal on Why Viola Davis Gets it Right

CNN Editorial – Jimi Izreal on Why Viola Davis Gets it Right

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Part of me wants to post this just to agitate my already agitated readers.  Why, I don’t know.  Because it’s fun?  No, it isn’t fun. A friend of mine said he swung by the site and was afraid to leave a comment because of the harshness of some of the commenters.  Of course, it is easy to write from an angry place.  Low stakes, high results. At any rate, I…

Hugo and the Continuum

Hugo and the Continuum

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Guest essay by Michael in Florida Right after the first dreadful Hugo trailer premiered in July, I conjectured that Hugo was Martin Scorsese’s Schindler’s List, i.e., a film outside the director’s comfort zone. After seeing the film several times now, I can safely say that prediction turned out to be prescient, but for a different reason. While both films stretch their respective filmmakers as artists, they remain anchored to their…

Oscar Flashback – Driving Miss Daisy and Do the Right Thing

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It’s really hard, isn’t it, to defend, spend time on, invest any emotion on an institution that could continually, and repeatedly, up to and including this year, make such ridiculous choices when the better films are staring them right in the face. Blame the public too, blame the critics especially, and blame our human experience, which seems to like narratives separate. For all of our liberal talk, Hollywood has still…

Vulture: “Great Oscar Farce”

Vulture: “Great Oscar Farce”

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Gavin Polone describes himself as an “agent turned manager turned producer.” Today for NYMag’s Vulture he turns into Oscar analyst. His prognosis is Cinematic Psychosis as the Academy increasingly loses touch with reality. As a kid I remember sitting in front of the TV with my family, like millions of others, in one of the largest non-sports audiences of the year, absorbing the drama and the gaudy clothing worn by…

Hugo leads 2012 Oscar Nominations with 11

Hugo leads 2012 Oscar Nominations with 11

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Best Picture “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Directing “The…

Oscar Nominations to be Livestreamed Here, There and Everywhere

Oscar Nominations to be Livestreamed Here, There and Everywhere

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The Live Stream is no more, so we’ve removed the embed. But there were 130 comments from eager beavers, so we’ll leave this post in place. It would add insult to injury if we destroyed all evidence that any of us were once excited.

Oscar Goes Digital

Oscar Goes Digital

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The Academy just sent out the following press release. I will snap any of the digital billboards I see. Many of the films they plan to highlight are those that didn’t win Best Picture. OSCARS® “CELEBRATE THE MOVIES” WITH LAUNCH OF DIGITAL EXHIBITION 84 ICONIC FILM IMAGES SHOWCASED IN ONLINE, OUTDOOR GALLERIES Beverly Hills, CA – In anticipation of the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences has…

A Separation, Lisbon, Drive, Tree of Life lead ICS Nominees

A Separation, Lisbon, Drive, Tree of Life lead ICS Nominees

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The International Cinephile Society has announced its nominees for the 9th Annual ICS Awards. A Separation leads the field with 10 nominations, followed by Mysteries of Lisbon with 9, and The Tree of Life and Drive with 7 each. The winners, along with ranked lists for Best Picture and Best Film Not in the English Language, will be announced on February 21, 2012. PICTURE • Certified Copy • Drive •…

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Oscar Predictions: You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

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Back in 1999, when Oscarwatch.com first began, the highest of priorities was to correctly predict the Oscar race.  There was only one other site, for the most part, that predicted the Oscars – Tom O’Neil’s GoldDerby.com.    Tom’s site collected mostly film critics who lined up to give their Oscar predictions every year.  The LA Times did theirs, with the help of Kenneth Turan, and no doubt the lot of…

The Artist & Tintin win Producers Guild Awards

The Artist & Tintin win Producers Guild Awards

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Theatrical Feature: The Artist Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin TV Drama: Boardwalk Empire TV Longform: Downton Abbey TV Comedy: Modern Family TV News: 60 Minutes TV Sports: ESPN’s 30 for 30 TV Variety: The Colbert Report TV Documentary: American Masters TV Reality: The Amazing Race Web Series: 30 Rock Presents Documentary Feature: Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest