NY Times Says Hurt Locker Should “Win it” for Sound

The New York Times’ Virginia Heffernan talks Oscar’s sound category. She leads with the film she considers the frontrunner for this honor: ‚ÄúThe Hurt Locker‚Äù is a bomb movie that mutes its booms. It derives suspense by withholding the expected ‚Äúbooma...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

Reitman and Son – Filmmaking is a Family Business

Up in the Air is the stealth snake in the grass for this year’s Oscars. In Contention‘s Kris Tapley keeps saying that two films could really upset the apple cart and they are Up in the Air and Up. Up in the Air is exactly the kind of film that could benefit from a...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

The Avatar Publicity Machine Full Steam Ahead

It’s full steam ahead for the Avatar campaign as they make it quite clear that A) they want to win Best Picture, as evidenced by Cameron declaration on both Charlie Rose and MTV, and B) they will try to win on the film’s environmental message as opposed to the acting,...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

Academy Voters Try to Make Sense of It All

Pete Hammond writes up the “voter confusion” going on in Hollywood. The tidbits offered here include Avatar’s environmental message, The Hurt Locker’s politics, and this and that — my experience has been that these one-offs don’t count for...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

That Unmistakable Streepness

The New York Times’ AO Scott writes up a tribute to Meryl Streep: More than a quarter-century has passed since then, which may mean that Ms. Streep is overdue for a third statuette. Since her last one Oscars have gone to Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank (twice) and many other...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010