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NPR Talks to John Walker, editor of 12 Years a Slave: “And we see him hanging, and doing this surreal dance with the tiptoes of his feet in the mud,” Walker says. “And we aren’t plying you with music, and we aren’t making big comments — and we’re not that close.” The physical distance allowed the filmmakers to not just show Solomon dangling from the tree in agony but also to…

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Nathaniel Rogers (Gurus of Gold pundit and otherwise brilliant human) has begun his Oscar Symposium. He kindly invited a few of us to chat along with him. Mostly we try to stay focused on the acting races. It does sort of swerve outside the lines at times. Check it out. The New York Times features screenplay excerpts from some of the year’s most vividly written screenplays. They smartly include Kill…

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Oscar Bits and Bites, December Edition

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Kris Tapley talks to Scorsese’s longtime editor, Thelma Schoomaker. Movie City News’ Laura Rooney has begun compiling the big list of the top tens. So far, it’s looking a lot like the Oscar contenders for Best Picture: Meet the real Wolf of Wall Street, “”The greed’s good to a point until it reverses on you and makes you into a monster. You know, there were times I look back at…

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Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor from the Rome Film Fest, while Scarlett Johansson takes the prize for Actress based on a voice performance. Anne Thompson attends the Governors Awards and makes a few key points about the “serious opportunities for Oscar networking.” She said that Saving Mr. Banks is “playing well” for Academy members. Likable Tom Hanks, likable Emma Thompson, you do the math. Also mentioned by Thompson, Christian Bale…

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Gravity’s tops the box office for the third consecutive week. What was that thing about women not being able to open movies? Seems to me we have a solid with Sandra Bullock.  12 Years a Slave also did very well in limited release. What was that thing about it being too brutal for people to want to see? A revival of Jesse James and the Coward Robert Ford has been…

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In his excellent Grantland piece, Wesley Morris draws an eerie parallel between Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, but more to the point, Ryan Coogler’s film. It calls to mind what is, I think, the difference between an objective film review (if there is such a thing) and a critic who gets or cares about the bigger picture. Says Morris: The reaction to the movie trumps ambivalence about how it was…

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 New Poster for the new biopic about Steve Jobs, starring Twitter pioneer Ashton Kutcher.  The tagline, “It only takes one person to start a revolution.” The New York Times lampoons the current state of Hollywood, or “Hollywood” as it chases down the deep pockets of international box office, the ever-growing hispanic audience here in the US and men, who are the primary ticket-buyers. As usual, the most outspoken player is…

Oscar Bits and Bites on Oscar Sunday

Oscar Bits and Bites on Oscar Sunday

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The goodie bag for the Oscar contenders this year is impressive. Hell, it’s worth getting an Oscar nomination just to get one: This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package of 10 personal training sessions valued at $850.  Circus lessons for the nominee’s children worth $400 are also included, as well as a $5,000 face-lift procedure, a $1,800 one-year membership to Heathrow…

Oscar Bits and Bites…Yet More

Oscar Bits and Bites…Yet More

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Oscar Podcast episode 20 with Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams — we talk about our Oscar predictions, such as they are. Vulture offers up Four Oscar tactics that work: Oscar Tactic No. 3: Act humble — even if you’re not. (Especially if you’re not.) Humility — even false humility, given the outsize egos of so many male Academy members — is essential. Says our first consultant, “I was working with…

Oscar Bits and Bites

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–>Nate Silver takes a crack at Oscar predictions by offering up the general consensus. He admits that in many categories there is just no way of knowing for sure. The only thing he doesn’t factor in in his stats is Academy history itself and relies completely, as so many now do, on precursors. This year’s Oscars will pit precursor strength against Academy history and the Academy will likely lose. –>Despite…