The Crowded Best Actor Race Outsizes Category

2013 is one of those years when the Oscar category for Best Actor could double from five to ten without breaking a sweat. This isn’t strictly true for any of the other categories, although Foreign Language, Documentary Feature and Animated feature could fill ten slots with...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – Gladiator beats Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic

2000 was the year Gladiator became the film to beat.   While some of us were holding out hope that Ang Lee’s wire-fu masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would have won – it was a foreign language film and those never win. Crowding in close was Steven...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

High Praise for Bruce Dern’s Performance in Nebraska

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir: While watching Dern’s performance a second time through, I couldn’t help recalling William Butler Yeats’ famous lines about an old man’s heart: “sick with desire/ And fastened to a dying animal/ It knows not what it is.” There’s nothing like...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

British Independent Film Award nominations

(Thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen) Best British Independent Film Metro Manila Philomena The Selfish Giant Starred Up Le Week-End Best Director Jon S. Baird (Filth) Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) Sean Ellis (Metro Manila) Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) David MacKenzie...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013