Secretariat: Not Really A Long Shot Pick

NY Post’s Lou Lumenik writes the following, vis-a-vis Seabiscuit and Secretariat: In my¬†morning-line piece on next year’s Oscars published in March, I named “Secretariat” as a long-shot pick, reasoning that Disney’s Oct. 8 release could very well...
Posted On 10 Jun 2010

Top 20 Most Overdue for Oscar – The Actors

Dangerous Liaisons – starring three overdue actors, directed by one overdue director. Winning an Oscar is usually a combination of factors at play. ¬†It doesn’t have to do with the specific performance so much as it has to do with timing – not just individual...
Posted On 09 Jun 2010

Protesting the Lack of Female Directors at Cannes

I didn’t find out about this petition until a few days ago, but Steve Pond at The Wrap covered it. ¬†They have a Facebook group, which reads: To: The Organisers of the Cannes Film Festival As people who care about and are interested in films we must protest the lack of...
Posted On 23 May 2010

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Let’s get down to it, shall we? There wasn’t a No Country for Old Men at Cannes this year, at least not as far as I could tell. For one thing, the best films there weren’t in the English language, except for Mike Leigh’s Another Year, a surefire Best...
Posted On 21 May 2010

The Cinematographers of Summer

Three of last year’s nominees for Best Cinematography came from movies released during the summer months. The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Four, if you count the Cannes premiere of The White Ribbon. Since 2009 was the first case...
Posted On 04 May 2010

Secretariat First Look

Stitchkingdom has posted some first looks pics of Diane Lane and John Malkovich in Secretariat. Malkovich is one of the most overdue actors for an Oscar that I can think of. I’ve come to appreciate his versatility more and more after re-watching a few of his best roles,...
Posted On 27 Apr 2010

Oscar Potential? First Look at the Slate

First image from Betty Anne Waters, a movie that seems to have Oscar written all over it. From Collider. Ryan’s picks first: Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go This far out from peak season, it’s easy to overlook titles blipping distantly on the...
Posted On 13 Mar 2010

Wide Open Best Picture Race

As I was glancing over the films that are slated for this year, it occurs to me that, despite our complaining about it, the ten nominees thing DOES make room to honor films that don’t fit the “Oscar movie” template. When you have movies like The Blind Side,...
Posted On 10 Mar 2010