Press Play and the Shoulds

Back in the early days of Oscarwatch we had a rule: it wasn’t about advocating; it was about predicting.  It wasn’t about what SHOULD win; it was about what WILL win.  But all of that changed as the Oscar watching industry grew.  Now, just like internet dating, there...
Posted On 09 Feb 2012

Brad Pitt, Bennett Miller, Jonah Hill talk to Charlie Rose

You can watch the entire 53-minute conversation at CharlieRose.com. Meanwhile, yesterday Moneyball passed the the $100 mil worldwide baseline. True to the equations of the film itself, home runs aren’t required to win the box-office game. For a movie in its 11th week of...
Posted On 07 Dec 2011

Brad Pitt, Celebrity and a Random Act of Kindness

Photo posted on JustJared I was invited to a special screening for Moneyball on the Sony lot.  If you’ve never been there, or don’t live on the Westside, it’s quite a trek out to Culver City.  I’m almost always late, and I can’t find the right...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Oscars 2011: Single Fathers and the Vanishing Mothers

One of the threads running through this year’s Oscar race is the single father who must pull things together for the sake of his kids.  This is especially poignant in three films – Moneyball, The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo.  It’s even funnier that it...
Posted On 27 Nov 2011

Oscarwatch: For Your Consideration

Why does it seem like the beginning of October is already too late to push through an Oscar contender?  If you’re a big star in a big movie you’re already on the radar of those who write about Oscar buzz, a thing that increasingly has no there to it.  But if...
Posted On 26 Sep 2011

Best Actor Talk

For the second in our series of talks, Thelma Adams, USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna talk about Best Actor. Since our talk, I’ve seen Moneyball.  Best Actor is boiling down to a few strong performances out a large group of actors this year.  Brad Pitt is going to be a...
Posted On 22 Sep 2011

Moneyball – Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

There is a reason we have long since married our American spirit to baseball, and a reason why it’s the only sport with any romanticism attached to it, and there’s a reason why the camera loves baseball movies.  The crack of the ball hitting the bat, that ten seconds...
Posted On 21 Sep 2011

Oscar Buzz on the Web

I am often asked on Twitter that so and so says so and so is the frontrunner or is going to win and what do I think about it.  Here’s what I think: there are a lot of Oscar writers and bloggers out there with their fingers on the trigger to be out front first with such and...
Posted On 14 Sep 2011