Academy Extends Ballot Deadline by One Day

Anne Thompson reports that the AMPAS have agreed to extend the ballot deadline by one day so instead of those ballots getting in by January 3rd, they are now going to have to be in by January 4th. “By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to...
Posted On 31 Dec 2012

Last Call Oscar Voters – Top Ten Best Anything

Oscar voters have today to mail their ballots.  Tomorrow is a holiday. Then they have the 2nd and the 3rd and that was all she wrote. It feels crushingly early, way too early, way too soon to shove so many objects into that tiny hole.  Most of them, in fact, have long since been...
Posted On 31 Dec 2012

Lock and Load: The Oscars in the Era of Social Network Mobilization

Did you hear the one about the guy who won his second term as president with a bad economy? If you were online this past election season you no doubt felt the pulse of people power as shot through Twitter, Facebook and various other media streams.  If Congressman Paul Ryan was...
Posted On 31 Dec 2012

WGA Preview

On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the...
Posted On 30 Dec 2012

Technical troubles

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Posted On 30 Dec 2012

Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving Private...

2012: The Cinescape

(by Matt Shapiro via @zachheltzel)
Posted On 30 Dec 2012

Parents Reaction to Les Mis

Just hit the you tubes (this is what War Horse did to me, btw): Reminds me of this scene:
Posted On 30 Dec 2012

Oscar Bits and Bites

“She, over a decade, kind of went down the rabbit hole, getting lost in her work, until finally at the end of the movie, [the pilot] says ‘Where do you want to go?’ She has no idea where she goes now. Who is she now? She’s trained to be unemotional and analytically precise. I’m...
Posted On 30 Dec 2012

Best Moments in Film in 2012

In alphabetical order, these are the moments in film in 2012 that moved me greatly. Here are a few words about them. There are SPOILERS — fair warning.   Amour I can’t really remember a more powerful or memorable moment in a film than Jean-Louis Trintignant finding a pigeon...
Posted On 29 Dec 2012