Mark Harris and Tom O’Neil on the Oscar Race

Two of my favorite people in the whole world shoot the shit about Oscar season. Tom O’Neil runs Gold Derby and Mark Harris writes the Oscar column for, among other things.
Posted On 10 Nov 2013

Oscarwatch 2013 – Why the Strong Male Lead Drives Best Picture Now

This year’s Oscar race is not different from most in the last twenty years. Best Picture is driven by two major factors: Director and Actor. The strong leading man has driven the Best Picture winner for the past seven years. You have to go back to Million Dollar Baby, or I...
Posted On 28 Oct 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors

Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men...
Posted On 10 Jun 2013

Oscarwatch: Benedict Cumberbatch – Star on the Rise

Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be enjoying the perfect storm of projects right now.  His work in Sherlock is probably his best to date, though he was equally compelling (read: hot) in Parade’s End, where he played the husband mistreated by Rebecca Hall.  Reviews of both...
Posted On 07 Apr 2013

Meryl Streep, a Date with Oscar and a Test Screening

Twitter was a-flutter with reactions from a test screening of the Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts film August: Osage County.  I never trust test screenings where Oscar is concerned because they are almost always wrong. Moreover, they can sometimes set expectations too high for a film...
Posted On 19 Mar 2013

Jane Got A Gun has lost director Lynne Ramsay

Jane Got A Gun was set to begin production Monday in Sante Fe, but cast and crew found out yesterday morning that Director Lynn Ramsay would no longer be directing. The $25 million western, written by Brian Duffield and said to be one of the best Black List scripts of 2011,...
Posted On 19 Mar 2013

Steven Spielberg exits Gods and Kings; Ang Lee may take over

  (AceShowbiz) Warner Bros. Pictures is reported reaching out to recent Oscars’ Best Director winner Ang Lee to direct a biblical epic based on the Moses story called “Gods and Kings”. The studio immediately sets eyes on the 58-year-old filmmaker after...
Posted On 15 Mar 2013

Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

Working from a script by Lem Dobbs, Robert Redford directs and stars in The Company You Keep as Jim Grant, a former member of the Weather Underground who has been hiding out under an assumed identity ever since members of the group participated in a bank heist that ended in a...
Posted On 14 Mar 2013

Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival

Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby has been announced as this year’s opening night gala in Cannes, but unless Warner Bros. delays the US premiere Gatsby’s spotlight won’t be a world premiere. (LATimes) The Cannes opening slot has been an extremely fertile...
Posted On 12 Mar 2013

Guest Essay: Thomas Newman, Another Bridesmaid

By Ryan Fogarty @fogartyjones Much like his cousin Randy before him, Thomas Newman has amounted 11 Oscar nominations without a win (to be clear, Randy earned 15 Oscar nominations before winning Best Song for Monsters, Inc. in 2002.) Newman is my personal Susan Lucci. I was first...
Posted On 10 Mar 2013
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