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February 2012

Looking ahead to the movies of 2012

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“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – Alfred Hitchcock Gentlemen, start your engines. Take a look at some of the most promising forthcoming films in the year ahead. Remember how we all wanted to ride War Horse a year ago? Time to scout out all the pretty horses of 2012. Haywire, Steven Soderbergh (Jan 20) The Grey, Joe Carnahan (Jan 27) The Woman…

In Praise of Billy Crystal

In Praise of Billy Crystal

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Crystal hosted the Oscars in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2004, according to Wikipedia. But  here he is making fun of Titanic.  And Ben and Matt! Matt! And Ben!  But you know, those days are mostly gone but it’s worth a click to see Minny Driver’s horrified face. I hear a lot of complaining about Billy Crystal and about how these are going to be the lowest rated Oscars ever.  Well, yes and no.  Probably they…

Cinema Audio Society Preview and Predictions

Cinema Audio Society Preview and Predictions

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[There is no Soundworks collection for Moneyball but the other nominees, either for CAS or Oscar, after the cut] Tonight the Cinema Audio Society awards dinner will be held around 8pm at the Millennium-Biltmore hotel. The nominees for film are: Hanna Hugo Moneyball Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Super 8 Just to show you how weird this year has been overall, only two CAS nominees went on to…

The State of the Race: In Gods we Trust (and Giveaway)

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[details at the bottom of the post] “They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision! Fiendishly laughing, they had insisted on the low squalor, the nauseous ugliness of the nightmare. Now, suddenly, they trumpeted a call to arms. ‘O brave new world!’ Miranda was proclaiming the possibility of loveliness, the possibility of transforming even the nightmare into something fine…

Oscars 2012: The Adapted Screenplays

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Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on NPR to talk about the adapted screenplay race. It surprised host Rachel Martin that the screenplay race, it turned out, wasn’t so much about the individual screenplays as it was about the Best Picture category. This is probably the hardest thing to grasp about the way Oscars vote. Everybody votes for everything when it comes to picking the winners in the…

Press Play and the Shoulds

Press Play and the Shoulds

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Back in the early days of Oscarwatch we had a rule: it wasn’t about advocating; it was about predicting.  It wasn’t about what SHOULD win; it was about what WILL win.  But all of that changed as the Oscar watching industry grew.  Now, just like internet dating, there is no stigma to it.  The best way to write about the Oscars, I figure, is to advocate – the reason is…