Danny Boyle wants 127 Hours to challenge the audience

One of the best things about winning an Oscar is the new-found strategic power a filmmaker has at his disposal when he’s shooting from the hilltop. From that high ground stronghold, Danny Boyle took his certified prestige to leverage an unlikely project that might never...
Posted On 17 Aug 2010

“The Nose Knows” – Hathaway a Lock?

Update: turns out that Mr. Wells did not base his prediction on the trailer, as described below (and than god for that, right?) but a reaction from a “trusted research screening informant.” We alll get loopy on the subject of Oscar potential. ¬†Trust me, I know this...
Posted On 13 Aug 2010

Oscar Watch: The Actors

We did the ladies, now it’s time to focus on the men. With Get Low opening today with decent enough reviews — we have to look at the Best Actor race, and whether a vet like Robert Duvall, who gives a well reviewed performance, can make it for the long haul. Unlike the...
Posted On 30 Jul 2010

Oscar Watch on Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong

Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein wonders if this Gwyneth Paltrow role will bring her a second Oscar. Listen to the single Paltrow released: This bit of news and info from CMT.com: In May, Paltrow told MTV News, “I had to learn how to play guitar, and I took...
Posted On 28 Jul 2010

Oscar Watch on Russell Brand in Arthur

Russell Brand is currently filming the remake of Arthur with Jennifer Garner.  Dudley Moore was nominated, deservedly so, for his performance as the drunken millionaire back in 1981, starring alongside Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud, who won for his performance as...
Posted On 27 Jul 2010

Oscar Watch on Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren in The Debt

Vulture points us to this brand new trailer of the John Madden film, “In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the...
Posted On 21 Jul 2010

Oscar Watch on: James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Two things. ¬†The first, I shamelessly stole this off of Scott Feinberg’s latest projections on his newly launched scottfeinberg.com for Oscar (which I find silly since most of these movies haven’t been seen so what’s the point, really? I like the site, though,...
Posted On 17 Jul 2010

Oscar Watch on Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo

Welcome to the Rileys features three really great performances, so says the buzz coming out of Sundance. Kristen Stewart is supposed to be particularly good as the 16 year-old stripper. This MTV review says Stewart is “utterly fearless in “Welcome to the...
Posted On 08 Jul 2010

The Hitchcock Lead: Leonardo DiCaprio

I don’t know how long it’s going to take for the film criticism community, and/or the Oscar voters or SAG to realize just what a great actor Leonardo DiCaprio really is. ¬†I feel safe in saying that 2010 will be one of his best years, with two stellar performances in...
Posted On 04 Jul 2010

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

All These Wonderful Things’ AJ Schnack makes a pretty good case that it is very likely that the five Oscar docs are already “out there.” ¬†Says Schnack: In the past five years, only one film – last year’s¬†THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL...
Posted On 29 Jun 2010