Oscar Voting for Dummies – The Screenplays

It seems to me that there are some categories where voters will have likely seen most of the nominees. How hard is it, for example, to see all five of the Best Director contenders? Likely you’ve seen them: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Nebraska, The Wolf of...
Posted On 19 Feb 2014

Writers Guild Nominations

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features Her, Written by Spike Jonze;...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

WGA Preview and Predictions

The WGA will announce their nominees tomorrow morning. Usually this happen around 10am. The rules for inclusion at the WGA awards usually exclude many of the year’s best scripts – and thus, can sometimes render the WGA awards not useful come Oscar time. Kris Tapley...
Posted On 02 Jan 2014

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

Two years ago, A Separation took Asghar Farhadi from being an acclaimed filmmaker in his native Iran, to a renowned figure in global cinema. The film won dozens of awards worldwide, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in addition to Farhadi being nominated for...

Kill Your Darlings, The Best Movie No One is Talking About

I caught a screening of Kill Your Darlings last night as was surprised to find a film that had been written off by most of us who blog about the Oscars. The film received some good notices by critics but nowhere near enough to make it stand out amid the more buzzed about films...
Posted On 19 Oct 2013

Enough Said Scores Box Office, Enters Oscar race for Screenplay

Indiewire writes of Enough Said’s box office: $240,000 in 4 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $60,000 Though not unheralded, this new comedy from Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give,” “Friends With Money”) was not expected to open among the top...
Posted On 22 Sep 2013

Lake Bell’s Writing Earns Notice, Naked Bod Doesn’t Hurt

Lake Bell’s new film, In a World, has been getting mostly good notices – a rave from the NY Times’ AO Scott, and pretty good reviews from other critics. But what seems to have gotten her more attention is the nude cover on New York Magazine: Sex is maybe the...
Posted On 11 Aug 2013

Mud Opens Today — High Praise from LA, NY and Wall St. Journal

The two things that ought to be remembered come Oscar time are probably the standout writing of Jeff Nichols as an American original, and the performance of Matthew McConaughey. The New York Times’ AO Scott makes it a “Critic’s Pick,” writing: The central...
Posted On 26 Apr 2013

Poll for Original Screenplay

After the cut you can think outside the Oscar box and choose from among the top 25 Original Screenplays of 2012.
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

WGA Preview

On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the...
Posted On 30 Dec 2012