John Ridley Wins Scripter for 12 Years a Slave

John Ridley brought some of Solomon Northup’s descendants as he accepted his awards, choking back tears. He thanked honoree Robert Towne, “without you I would not be here.” He beat the writers of Philomena, Captain Phillips, The Spectacular Now, and What Maisy...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

Gravity, Her, Gatsby win Art Directors Guild Awards

Winners: Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Film – K.K. Barrett – Her Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film – Andy Nicholson – Gravity Excellence in Production Design for a Period Film – Catherine Martin – The Great...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

BAFTA Member Hits 12 Years, Calls American Hustle his Favorite Film

It must be Oscar ballot time!  Remember what I told you, Oscar watchers.  The film that usually wins King’s Speech style is the one that people say they love while saying another (bad) movie will win. Happens every year. “Lincoln is so boring it has to win. But I...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

First Year for “Honor System” on Foreign Language

It’s pretty crazy that voters will now treat foreign films as they treat every other category – the honor system. They’re moving in the wrong direction, I figure. The hard part is getting the voters to see all of the movies.  The only good thing about the Oscars...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: The Eddie Keeps the Race Wide Open – Enter Captain Phillips

Last night in the Arlington theater I sat next to the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. We were talking Best Picture. “Virtually any movie can win,” he said. “In the era of the preferential ballot we have no idea how the votes will go down.” With...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014