Toronto Film Critics Network with Banksy, Uncle Boonmee

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...

Winter’s Bone wins Torino Film Festival – Update

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....

Lesley Manville, One of the Best in Any Category

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...
Posted On 21 Nov 2010

Like a Hurricane: The Actresses Own 2010

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...
Posted On 14 Nov 2010

Too Young to Win?

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,...
Posted On 27 Oct 2010

Jennifer Lawrence is named Palm Springs Festival’s Rising Star

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...

A Look at Best Actress

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...
Posted On 20 Oct 2010

2010 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations

Debra Granik’s 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...
Posted On 18 Oct 2010

Mattie and Ree: Girl Teens Taking Charge

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...
Posted On 05 Oct 2010

Top Ten Breakout Names of Oscars 2010

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...
Posted On 03 Oct 2010