AWARDS CHATTER

Reader Marshall Flores has done the research and delivers the stats.¬† Director wins. That doesn’t mean the same will play out this year, of course.¬† It just means that when you hear people say “the film with the most nominations wins most often.” True, but only if the film also wins director. Without a director win, it is much more rare than a film without the most nominations but a strong director at the helm. As you’ll see.

Marshall writes, “Starting in 1929 (skipping 1928 b/c there were two winners in both BP and BD), Director has matched BP 62 out of 81 times (77%), while the film with the most nominations has won BP 56 out of 81 times (69%).

Obviously, there’s a lot of overlap with Directing wins and having the most nominations. There are 17 films that won BP and BD w/o being the nomination leader: All Quiet on the Western Front, It Happened One Night, How Green Was My Valley, Casablanca, The Lost Weekend, Hamlet, The Bridge on the River Kwai, My Fair Lady, A Man for All Seasons, Midnight Cowboy, Annie Hall, Ordinary People, Silence of the Lambs, A Beautiful Mind, Million Dollar Baby, The Departed, and Slumdog Millionaire.

The 9 films that won BP and were nomination leaders without winning Direction: Cimarron, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Great Ziegfeld, The Life of Emlie Zola, Rebecca, Driving Miss Daisy, Shakespeare in Love, Gladiator, and Chicago.”

Chart after the cut.
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It’s a bit of a tradition around here to post the annual Inoca nominations — Inoca is a group founded by Awards Daily’s forum.

Nominees are announced today. 82 ballots were submitted for 9th Annual International Online Cinema Awards(INOCA) . You can find the list below. Black Swan leads with 12 nominations. Inception got 11, The Social Network got 9 nominations.

BEST PICTURE
Black Swan
Blue Valentine
Inception
A Prophet
The Social Network
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MPSE nominations in 7 categories. (Thanks Loyal)

Best Sound Editing: Feature Film Music

Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Get Low
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
Inception
Let Me In
The Losers
The Social Network

Best Sound Editing: Feature Film DX & ADR

Black Swan
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
Inception
The Kids Are Alright
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Tron: Legacy
True Grit

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BEST FILM

  • BLACK SWAN
  • INCEPTION
  • THE KING‚ÄôS SPEECH
  • THE SOCIAL NETWORK
  • TRUE GRIT

DIRECTOR

  • 127 HOURS – Danny Boyle
  • BLACK SWAN – Darren Aronofsky
  • INCEPTION – Christopher Nolan
  • THE KING‚ÄôS SPEECH – Tom Hooper
  • THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher

LEADING ACTOR

  • JAVIER BARDEM – Biutiful
  • JEFF BRIDGES – True Grit
  • JESSE EISENBERG – The Social Network
  • COLIN FIRTH – The King‚Äôs Speech
  • JAMES FRANCO – 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS

  • ANNETTE BENING – The Kids Are All Right
  • JULIANNE MOORE – The Kids Are All Right
  • NATALIE PORTMAN – Black Swan
  • NOOMI RAPACE – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • HAILEE STEINFELD – True Grit

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For many of the artists who make movies there is nothing more degrading than the awards circuit. No one wants to admit that they make movies to win awards, because most people don’t make movies to win awards – they make them because they love making movies. They appreciate it when their peers and the critics love them enough to award their films, but they know just as well what it’s like to get no love or attention from either; a cold lover is a cold lover.

So when they ignore you one year and love you the next, are you to take that seriously? Do you believe them this time because this time it’s going to be different? And then, when you offer them something the following year and they turn their noses up at it, what then?

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BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

  • Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
  • The Fighter, Pamela Martin
  • Inception, Lee Smith, A.C.E.
  • The King‚Äôs Speech, Tariq Anwar
  • The Social Network, Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

  • Alice in Wonderland, Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.
  • Easy A, Susan Littenberg
  • The Kids Are All Right, Jeffrey M. Werner
  • Made in Dagenham, Michael Parker
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss

Animated and Documentaries after the cut. (Thanks, PaulH!)

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As we close out the last gasp of Phase I of the 2010 Oscar race, there are just three days left for Oscar voters to fill out their ballots. I started Oscarwatch in 1999. That is a long time at the wheel. I’m just saying. It has never been as much of a circus as it’s been this year. Twitter and Facebook have just added to the feeding frenzy and if I were an Oscar voter I’d either feel exceedingly special, or hunted like one of Sarah Palin’s wolves.

To celebrate this, the last few days before the end of campaigning, I’d like to to toss out a giveaway for you all. We’ll be giving out three DVDs of David Fincher’s brilliant film, The Social Network. The two-disc set features, in addition to the movie (which I listen to like I’m listening to a CD, so smooth is the dialogue, so flawless is the sound design) there is the DVD commentary with Fincher going through the various scenes, the choices they made. There is also much in the way of cast and crew interviews in the supplemental disc that is fascinating too.

To enter this giveaway, simple tell us all which actor, actress, film, script, composer, designer you’d most like to see get a nomination. We will select three people at random to receive this.

I’ll start. Dear Oscar, Hear My Plea: please nominate Lesley Manville. Please nominate John Hawkes.

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Nominee for Best Actress at the Golden Globes this weekend, Michelle Williams talks about her role in Blue Valentine with The Australian, whose reporter says this search through the wreckage of a relationship is “the ultimate anti-date movie.”

Derek Cianfrance’s clever, counter-intuitive film does not reveal why Cindy and Dean are in such a mess or ply us with easy melodrama, but sketches the raw terrain of a relationship’s descent from tenderness to snarling mutual disdain.

Williams denies rumours that she and Gosling had a relationship off camera. However, they lived in their alter-egos’ “house” and went grocery shopping together. The film’s improvisational heart is clear in the naturalism of their performances. “When I dreamt of being an actor, as a teenager reading books about Marlon Brando and James Dean and the Method and all that embarrassing ‘actor’ stuff,” Williams says, “I hoped that one day I would be given the liberty to do the same, and now I have. We never did lines, everything was done straight on to camera. I hold myself to a high standard; I’m hard on myself, for better, for worse. I always ask for another take.”

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The American Society of Cinematographers announce their 5 nominees

  • Matthew Libatique (Black Swan)
  • Wally Pfister (Inception)
  • Danny Cohen (The King‚Äôs Speech)
  • Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network)
  • Roger Deakins (True Grit)

(thanks to Marshall & to Mark)

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalism (of which this blogger is a member) gives The Social Network the big win, taking Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Score. Colin Firth wins for his heartbreaking portrayal of the stammering King, and Annette Bening wins for The Kids Are All Right, which picks up Screenplay and many other awards.

EDA ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Best Film:
The Social Network

Best Animated Film:
Toy Story 3

Best Director:
David Fincher – The Social Network

Best Screenplay, Original:
The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Best Screenplay, Adapted:
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

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This is a nice piece in the Guardian about stuttering/stammering — how Colin Firth gets it so exactly right:

There’s a moment in The King’s Speech, the new film about King George VI and his stutter, when the king (played by Colin Firth) meets his new speech therapist for the first time. The therapist is Australian-born Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, and he informs HRH that “we need to relax your jaw muscles”. Firth swallows nervously, the tendons in his neck standing out, jaw muscles far from relaxed. He looks terrified, and eventually barks out one word: “Fine.”

It is a startling performance from Firth, though not many would know it. He has captured it perfectly: the fear, the dry, panicked swallow, the unendurable tension, the feeling that your jaw and/or throat is just about to seize up . . . I know this because I’ve been there; welcome to the world of the stutterer.

Meanwhile, The King’s Speech is getting raves on Twitter from people who are finally seeing it – some calling it the best film they’ve seen in a while, others reporting spontaneous clapping at the end.

Best Film

  • 127 Hours
  • Another Year
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King‚Äôs Speech
  • Made In Dagenham
  • Shutter Island
  • The Social Network
  • The Town
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter‚Äôs Bone

Adapted Screenplay

  • 127 Hours *
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Barney‚Äôs Version
  • Brighton Rock
  • Despicable Me
  • The Ghost
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Shutter Island
  • The Social Network *
  • The Town
  • Toy Story 3 *
  • True Grit *
  • Winter‚Äôs Bone *

Director

  • 127 Hours *
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Another Year
  • Black Swan *
  • The Fighter
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Inception *
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King‚Äôs Speech *
  • Made In Dagenham
  • Shutter Island
  • The Social Network *
  • The Town
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit

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2010 Salute to Cinema from Ben Zuk on Vimeo.

Assembled by Ben Zuk with impressive class, humor and panache.

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It’s down to the wire now, with the last precursor puzzle pieces falling into place. Come Monday we’ll learn which crucial names will be honored (or overlooked) by the Directors Guild. To take part, please complete the DGA contest form here.

If you choose to use the alternates slots to write in names of directors not on the list, leave the last two selections blank in the pull-down menu area.

The Directors Guild nominations will be announced January 10th, 2011.

Probably no other audio element in 2010 breathed in my ear with more anxious impact than the sound of restless bird wings fluttering with almost subliminal vibrations throughout the soundtrack of Black Swan.  Care to share some of your own favorite moments in sound at the movies this year?

Motion Pictures:

  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • Shutter Island
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit

TV nominees, after the cut.

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The 2011 finalists for the USC Scripter awards:

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours, adapted from mountain climber Aron Ralston’s autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer, adapted from journalist Robert Harris’ novel The Ghost
  • Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network, adapted from Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal
  • Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit, based upon Charles Portis’ classic Western novel
  • Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini and Daniel Woodrell for Winter’s Bone adapted from Woodrall’s rural noir novel.

The Scripters honor the authors of what the 58-member selection committee deems as the “most accomplished cinematic adaptation.”(THR)

(thanks Marshall!)

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2010:

Contemporary Film

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The Social Network
  • The Town

nominees for Period Film and Fantasy Film, after the cut. (thanks to Loyal & Max G)

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2010 master chart 1 preview

Our friend Ziyad Abul Hawa has really outdone himself with this year’s final chart of charts, expanding the scope to include 114 films. Compiling data from 4 prominant ratings sites (the BFCA, MetaCritic, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb) with a column tabulating the current box office earnings provides us with a handy way to scan the numbers for all the titles we’ve been tracking the past 12 months. Plus, it’s just an awesome piece of artwork in itself — a year-end montage of movie ratings. Full list of 114 films after the cut, as well as links to giant size versions. Thanks Ziyad!

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It’s funny to think that a whole year’s worth of films can boil down to just ten. There has been much chatter on Twitter of late that this would be a great year to have only five nominees rather than ten. This business of picking “the best” is really about what a majority thinks, not what a few critics think; even the most powerful critic in the land cannot push through a darling that has found no agreement elsewhere.

And so when one well known critic lamented the usual cycle of winners the debate came up yet again – do you reward what you feel is the best or do you make an extra effort to be original with your choices, push something unique into the mix? The New York Film Critics Circle did that with The Kids Are All Right for Screenplay and Supporting Actor. But to me, the point is not to make yourself better known, or to stand apart from the crowd simply for the sake of serving your own ego. If you are asked an honest question, you should think about it for a minute and then decide what you think is the best. That doesn’t necessarily mean the one you liked best. It could be. But hopefully, as a critic or an Academy voter you have a slightly more heightened ability to recognize something exceptional.

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