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Top 20 Most Overdue for Oscar  – The Actors

Top 20 Most Overdue for Oscar – The Actors

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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 timing, but the timing of the our collective. ¬†I say “our,” but throughout Oscar history, and even today, the Oscars have been driven by the…

Protesting the Lack of Female Directors at Cannes

Protesting the Lack of Female Directors at Cannes

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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 female directors in competition for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Women make up over half of cinema audiences and…

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

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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 Pic/Best Director/Best Screenplay/Best Actress nominee if I’ve ever seen one. Can the Best Picture ten widen to include really great foreign…

The Cinematographers of Summer

The Cinematographers of Summer

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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 in recent memory when the awards season was front-loaded so early with such superb camerawork, it can’t be called a trend. But yesterday’s beautiful new…

Secretariat First Look

Secretariat First Look

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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, including In the Line of Fire, Burn After Reading, and Dangerous Liaisons. The right role at the right time and he will…

Oscar Potential?  First Look at the Slate

Oscar Potential? First Look at the Slate

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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 OscaRadar¬Æ. I’ll fill in a few missing titles from the list posted earlier today. Oscar prospects unknown, but projects that have piqued my…

Wide Open Best Picture Race

Wide Open Best Picture Race

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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, District 9 and A Serious Man sharing the slate with Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, etc. you have wide…