The State of the Race: The Directors, Masters of the Craft

It’s funny how little our view of the Oscar landscape has changed since Cannes in May. Was a time when the heat of Cannes came too early to impact the Oscar race. But that has changed as the course seems to be charted much earlier than at any previous time in Oscar’s eight-decade...
Posted On 13 Nov 2013

Famous Directors on this Year’s Oscar Contenders

This Variety spread is pretty great, I must say. In addiction to Ben Affleck on Nicole Holofcener. Here is a sampling: Peter Bogdanovich on Alexander Payne: “You’ll probably think I’m old-fashioned,” John Ford said to me, “but black-and-white is real photography.” On...
Posted On 13 Nov 2013

Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks Launch into the Oscar race

Robert Sherman, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Bradley Whitford, photo by Richard Segal Saving Mr. Banks is a force to be reckoned with at this year’s Oscars, make no mistake about it. Sure to touch the heart of many, voters and moviegoers alike, it is exactly the kind of film...
Posted On 08 Nov 2013

Sunny Hollywood Afternoon, Where All Was Not Lost

Oscar season means Oscar parties. Usually you need a star or two in attendance to bring out the journalists because there are only a few who will turn up for the free food and drink alone, and even fewer who do it for their jobs. I myself tend to feel awkward at such gatherings,...
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

The State of the Race: Best Director – Scorsese Clears the Room

Watch the spankin’ new trailer here. It’s unlikely that 2013, despite the slate of exceptionally good films, will equal last year’s collective box office take. Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Les Miserables were all...
Posted On 29 Oct 2013