Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations – 12 years a Slave Leads

2014 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded) 12 Years a Slave - PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad All Is Los...
Posted On 26 Nov 2013

Interview with Bruce Dern – Making History

There are moments in Bruce Dern’s performance in Nebraska that express the regret of a life lived according to the expectation of others. Dern, a lifelong student of life and acting, doesn’t give it to you all at once. He doesn’t explode so much as he smolders. Watch him in this...
Posted On 23 Nov 2013

Ballots in the mail for SAG Awards nominations – Predictions and For Your Consideration

The SAG ballots are being sent in the mail today. Press release after the cut. The nominating committee is a much smaller group than the 100,000 who vote for the SAGs. Around 2,200 SAG members are chosen to do the nominating, otherwise studios would have the insurmountable burden...
Posted On 20 Nov 2013

In Praise of Frozen, Featuring Two of the Best Female Characters of 2013

It’s a bit early to begin making lists of the year’s best. Regarding two major films yet to be seen — American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street — I’m going to bet that the most interesting characters in those films are the male characters. I could be...
Posted On 20 Nov 2013

The State of the Race – Directors Break with Consensus

One of the more interesting questions in this year’s Oscar race is wondering what the Directors branch is going to do. Will their choices be as strange and random as last year, when only two names from the DGA also made Oscar’s list? In 2012, for the first time in...
Posted On 19 Nov 2013

The Crowded Best Actor Race Outsizes Category

2013 is one of those years when the Oscar category for Best Actor could double from five to ten without breaking a sweat. This isn’t strictly true for any of the other categories, although Foreign Language, Documentary Feature and Animated feature could fill ten slots with...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

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

Oscar and the Bechdel Test

This morning on Twitter, Ryan, Paddy, Tero and I were discussing women in film, specifically, women in film and the Best Picture race.  Ryan came to the conclusion that it’s been roughly 60 years since films dominated by women also dominated the Best Picture race. I took it...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

The Shifting Best Actress Race but Blanchett Still one to Beat

The Best Actress race might come down to five veterans. With no Jennifer Lawrence in the mix this year (girl of the moment) the actresses vying for the top spot have been around. Not only have they been acting for decades already but this year they have whole films built around...
Posted On 10 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