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Toronto Film Critics Network with Banksy, Uncle Boonmee

Toronto Film Critics Network with Banksy, Uncle Boonmee

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As has become the norm lately, the Toronto Film Critics Association chooses David Fincher’s The Social Network for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Screenplay. But surprisingly, graffiti artist Banksy’s subversive Exit Through the Gift Shop walks away with two prizes, Documentary and First Feature. Meanwhile, the BP runners-up include not only Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, but Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed…

Winter’s Bone wins Torino Film Festival – Update

Winter’s Bone wins Torino Film Festival – Update

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Correcting the HR paragraph below. It turns out that Winter’s Bone won 4¬†prizes at Torino: Best Film,¬†Best Screenplay, the Achille Valdata audience award, and Best Actress shared by Jennifer Lawrence¬†for WB and Erica Rivas for Por Tu Culpa, directed by Anahi Berneri. (Thanks to Eduardo Grinovero for the correction.)¬†¬†Additional winners are listed at the TFF website. Adding to its swag from Sundance, the Gothams, the NBR, the Seattle and¬†Palm Springs…

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Lesley Manville, One of the Best in Any Category

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My Oscar Poker partner, Jeff Wells, is worried that Lesley Manville won’t make the cut if they run her as Best Actress. He thinks she has a better chance of getting in in the Supporting Actress category. It probably isn’t going to matter what bloggers think about it – if the AMPAS wants her in lead, they will nominate her in lead. Although we keep talking up actresses, here is…

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Like a Hurricane: The Actresses Own 2010

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It’s been said before, but let it be said again, 2010 is marked by an uncharacteristic tsunami of women. Sure, there are still some male-driven films that have risen to the top of the pile, namely Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Jessie Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield/Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, the brilliant James Franco in 127 Hours, (though I haven’t yet seen it) Mark Wahlberg and Christian…

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Too Young to Win?

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Nathaniel, over at The Film Experience, has done some exhaustive research that proves being younger isn’t always better when it comes to winning. We silly Oscar bloggers have been debating privately whether or not we think Jennifer Lawrence has the stuff to win. This, because Nathaniel sent us the link to his page. Basically his point is that Lawrence, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld would be in the “probably too young…

Jennifer Lawrence is named Palm Springs Festival’s Rising Star

Jennifer Lawrence is named Palm Springs Festival’s Rising Star

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Jennifer Lawrence has been quietly accumulating an array of¬†festival honors for her strong performance as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.¬†Now she is¬†tapped¬†to receive the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2011 awards gala.¬†Last year this¬†award went to Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. ‚ÄúCall it a gift for us all when a young performer comes along, demonstrating such natural theatrical instinct,‚Äù said Harold Matzner, chairman…

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A Look at Best Actress

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It is being said that this is the Year of the Actress. It very may be, and if it is, it’s a long time coming. As we head out of the bulk of the year and into a very heated next four months, there are some things we know for sure. We know that Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are the two strongest…

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2010 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations

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Debra Granik‚Äôs Winters Bone Receives Three Nominations: Best Feature, Breakthrough Actor (Jennifer Lawrence) & Best Ensemble Performance The Kids Are All Right and Tiny Furniture both receive two nominations Best Feature: Black Swan Blue Valentine The Kids Are All Right Let Me In (!) Winter’s Bone Best Documentary: 12th & Delaware Inside Job The Oath Public Speaking Sweetgrass Best Ensemble Performance: The Kids Are All Right Life During Wartime Please…

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Mattie and Ree: Girl Teens Taking Charge

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It’s a good thing that 2010 is bringing to the big screen positive role models for teen girls in at least two films. As the mother of a 12 year-old, this gives me hope that teenagers don’t just have truly shallow vessels out there to look to for guidance. In the same year we have “16 and Pregnant” on MTV, we also have Winter’s Bone and True Grit. I can’t…

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Top Ten Breakout Names of Oscars 2010

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Every year the Oscars have the ability to wave the magic wand over a fresh young ingenue, an exciting debut director, or a brilliant new writer. Some of these newcomers light up the season for a moment of glory and then are never heard from again. The lucky ones move on to successful careers in the business, launched with the priceless boost of an Oscar victory. There is no doubt…