Oscars 2012

What a wild ride. I hope Oscar goes back to five. I don’t think my heart could take another year like this one. My parting thoughts:┬áLife of Pi should have won Adapted Screenplay and Picture. Lincoln should have won Adapted Screenplay, Director and Picture. One or the...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Jennifer Lawrence wraps the Academy around her finger

Heartbroken about Emmanuelle Riva. This Oscar is an error. But it’s pretty hard not to love Lawrence. (full size after the cut.)
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Life of Pi wins 4 Oscars, Argo takes 3 including BP

  Best motion picture Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers Achievement in directing Life of Pi, Ang Lee Performance by an actor in a leading role Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln Performance by an actress in a leading role Jennifer Lawrence in Silver...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

My Oscar year started on the French riviera. It was cold and raining. Without the sunshine glimmering off the pavement we were instead teased by all of that sunlight in Rust and Bone, one of the more memorable films from Cannes. When you leave the cloistered confines of Los...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Life of Pi, opening shots to open the mind

    Music moves me – duh – and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Tribute to 2012′s Films

Video by Ben Zuk! 2012 Film Montage from Ben Zuk on Vimeo.
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Will the Indie Spirits Ever Be About the Indie Spirit Again? Was it ever?

There really is no difference between awards shows now. When I first started, the Indie Spirits really were about celebrating independent film. I’ve actually been doing this long enough to remember when there wasn’t really such a thing as independent films...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites on Oscar Sunday

The goodie bag for the Oscar contenders this year is impressive. Hell, it’s worth getting an Oscar nomination just to get one: This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package of 10 personal training...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013