NC-17 and Oscar

When the unsurprising but disappointing news came down yesterday that, indeed, the MPAA slapped Shame with an NC-17 and not what it truly deserves — an R rating — most people were appropriately outraged.  A few shrugged and moved on to a new topic.  Worse, some...
Posted On 26 Oct 2011

The State of the Race: The Calm Before the Storm

As we contemplate where we’re going and where we’ve been it’s important to take note of how things stand right now. To my mind, there are three films that could win Best Picture if the Oscars were held today. So many movies have yet to open, some of them...
Posted On 25 Oct 2011

Oscars 2011: Announcing Best Picture – Building Suspense One Title at a Time

According to our good friend Damien Bona, the AMPAS will break with tradition this year and not show the number of pictures that will be nominated on the big board behind the announcer. The other big change is that they won’t be alphabetical, so we can’t rule out a...
Posted On 22 Oct 2011

Olsen, Spencer, Jones, and Colman – One Role, One Movie, This Year

A star is born in Elizabeth Olsen.  Although many on the fest circuit have already seen Martha Marcy May Marlene, and therefore not much is being written about her performance but it’s well worth mentioning that it’s rare to have such a spectacular debut from someone...
Posted On 21 Oct 2011

Gotham Award Nominees!

Thanks to Indiewire. Best Feature: Beginners Mike Mills, director; Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers (Focus Features) The Descendants Alexander Payne, director; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, producers (Fox Searchlight...
Posted On 20 Oct 2011

Oscar Flashback: When Oscar Falls in Love

It isn’t often that a love story wins Best Picture. By my count, loosely including films that are really about something else, like the Civil War or the sinking of an unsinkable ship, there have been only 16 winners in 83 years of Oscar history. Here’s the list. It...
Posted On 17 Oct 2011

8 Documentary Shorts on Oscar's 2011 Shortlist

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 84th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. The eight films are...
Posted On 13 Oct 2011

Best Actress Tightens the Circle – Can Olivia Colman Get In?

Stu Van Airsdale’s latest Oscar column has shifted the Best Actress contenders around a bit, with Michelle Williams coming in second to Meryl Streep.  He’s got Viola Davis coming in third, followed by Glenn Close, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron, and Elizabeth Olsen....
Posted On 13 Oct 2011

The State of the Race: Climbing the tree and finding Best Picture, branch by branch

In the circle of gal pals we’re playfully calling Oscar’s Angels, I discuss with Anne, Thelma and Susan the Best Picture race.  Eventually, it got to the undeniable truth about the Oscars: they’re won by consensus. How you get to a Best Picture nomination is...
Posted On 11 Oct 2011

Woody Harrelson Enters the Oscar Race in a Big Way with Rampart

For the first time, I’ve seen a performance that has to be considered one of the strongest contenders to win Best Actor so far this year.  George Clooney, Jean DuJardin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt all are in contention to win.  The other notable...
Posted On 08 Oct 2011