Tom O’Neil Switches Prediction to DiCaprio for Wolf over McConoughey

In one corner, mighty Paramount’s $100 million movie with one of the world’s biggest stars and one of the most exciting films of the year.  In the other corner, the tiny Dallas Buyers Club which got made on a wing and a prayer, so lacking in funds they couldn’t...
Posted On 12 Feb 2014

Best Director: The Case for Steve McQueen

[The Case For is an annual series - we're starting with Best Director  this is not an advertorial] Someone on Twitter asked me recently why I so strongly believed that Best Director needed to be tied to Best Picture.  After all, she argued, they really are two separate things....
Posted On 12 Feb 2014

Wolf of Wall Street Ratchets Up Oscar Campaigning to Catch Last Minute Swing

Get used to hearing this phrase – as Oscar ballots go out.  Many of the contenders have already done their campaign sweeps but Wolf of Wall Street is pulling out the stops, with Leonardo and Marty making appearances all over town.  The latest, a retrospective of their works...
Posted On 11 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: All Eyes on the BAFTA

In a way, Oscars 2013 could be summed up by “Kicking the Best Picture can down the road.” We keep looking to a new voting body to decide what the best picture of 2013 will be. Here’s a quick rundown so far of the majors. Toronto–Audience award goes to 12...
Posted On 11 Feb 2014

A Week Before Ballots are Sent Out, are the Lead Acting Frontrunners Locked?

I posted about this a few days back but it’s worth diving into again since the debates have begun to bubble up on social media.  Can any of the four acting slots be upset? And if so, which? My first thought is no.  They are locked down as any have been in recent years....
Posted On 10 Feb 2014

John Ridley Wins Scripter for 12 Years a Slave

John Ridley brought some of Solomon Northup’s descendants as he accepted his awards, choking back tears. He thanked honoree Robert Towne, “without you I would not be here.” He beat the writers of Philomena, Captain Phillips, The Spectacular Now, and What Maisy...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

Gravity, Her, Gatsby win Art Directors Guild Awards

Winners: Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Film – K.K. Barrett – Her Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film – Andy Nicholson – Gravity Excellence in Production Design for a Period Film – Catherine Martin – The Great...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

BAFTA Member Hits 12 Years, Calls American Hustle his Favorite Film

It must be Oscar ballot time!  Remember what I told you, Oscar watchers.  The film that usually wins King’s Speech style is the one that people say they love while saying another (bad) movie will win. Happens every year. “Lincoln is so boring it has to win. But I...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: The Eddie Keeps the Race Wide Open – Enter Captain Phillips

Last night in the Arlington theater I sat next to the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. We were talking Best Picture. “Virtually any movie can win,” he said. “In the era of the preferential ballot we have no idea how the votes will go down.” With...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

Captain Philips, American Hustle win ACE Eddie Awards

Best Edited Feature Drama Captain Philips, Christopher Rouse Best Edited Feature Comedy/Musical American Hustle Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten Best Edited Animated Feature Frozen, Jeff Draheim Best Edited Documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Douglas...
Posted On 07 Feb 2014