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Oscarwatch: Andy Serkis – A Motion Capture Ape is Among the Performances of the Year

Oscarwatch: Andy Serkis – A Motion Capture Ape is Among the Performances of the Year

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We’re counting down the best performances of the year here at Awards Daily (we’ll also do that with Picture and Director, hopefully). We’re starting with number 5 of our top five and it has to go to Andy Serkis for his mo-cap, or performance-capture ape Caeser in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Sure, it defies all definitions of what acting is supposed to be but somehow, by god,…

OscarWatch – Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

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If you came of age in the 1980s, you lived through a time when American actresses did not depend on conventional, youthful good looks, or hotness, to get on the A list.  The good parts went to those who took the craft seriously.  A lot has changed since then.  If you look at the Best Actress race of the 1970s, 1980s and even into the 1990s, the Best Actress race…

Oscarwatch: On Genre Movies

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Since there aren’t five Best Picture nominees to be had this year, although the rapid about-face the Academy did from last year to this leads me to believe that they will go back to five in the near future, we have a very strange way of going about finding the Best Picture nominees.  We are looking mostly at number 1 choices.  A movie can’t be nominated for Best Picture unless…

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Oscars 2010: Slipping Through Cracks

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While Academy members are receiving and filling out their ballots, around the same time, beginning December 30, SAG voters will decide on their final winners. Many of the acting races feel wide open. We assume Best Actor will be Colin Firth, at last, winning for not just his entire career but for his extraordinary work in the very popular film, The King’s Speech. But Jesse Eisenberg could upset in what…

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True Oscar Hysteria Officially Launched

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October takes me by surprise every year. I think that things are cruising along at a manageable level and then, wham! October brings Oscar season proper and with it, the good, the bad and the ugly. It didn’t take long for word from last night’s Academy screening of The Social Network to hit the web. The reports varied slightly but somehow the same cast of characters showed up – the…

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OscarWatch – Will the Rainbow be Enuf for Tyler Perry?

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The Huffington Post has a piece by Scott Mendelson wondering about Tyler Perry’s upcoming For Colored Girls and its Oscar potential. The film is based on the 1975 play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Anyone who ever went to acting school is quite familiar with this play as it’s a popular choice for monologues. “Oscar potential” refers only to the possibility that the…

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OscarWatch: Michelle Williams in Meek’s Cutoff

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By the time 2010 comes to an ambling close, Michelle Williams will have two very good performances under her belt. Blue Valentine, and Meek’s Cutoff. Obsessed with Film, underwhelmed by the film but impressed by Williams writes: Michelle Williams, who is working with the director for a second time, is absolutely, show-stealingly brilliant in her role as one of the travelers. Her face able to register a look of resentment…

Oscarwatch: Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella in All Good Things

Oscarwatch: Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella in All Good Things

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Magnolia Films will release All Good Things some time this December, putting it right in the thick of things for Oscar season. ¬†The film is directed by Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) and also stars Kirsten Dunst. ¬†It’s quite fun going down this particular rabbit hole, due to the mysterious nature of Robert Durst (Gosling, presumably). ¬†While he was never convicted of any murder, he certainly seems to have committed…

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First Look – Sean Penn as Cheyenne

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Freshly posted at Oh No They Didn’t. ¬†They also provide an IMDb summary:

Danny Boyle wants 127 Hours to challenge the audience

Danny Boyle wants 127 Hours to challenge the audience

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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 have been green-lit without the fortified clout the Academy can confer. The advantage we got with the [Slumdog Millionaire] success we had was that you…