Lincoln has taken the lead over at Gold Derby. I joined Tom O’Neil for a podcast last night. We thought it would be more fun than it turned out to be. We’re very very serious. Not a lot of cackling. Have a listen.
And p.s. we’ve been updating our Oscar Podcast here in case you want to listen to the latest.
Living in Cinema’s Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I have rekindled our threeway podcast formerly known as Moviegasm. But we’re in transition and trying to find a name. We don’t have a name we like – we liked that one but thought it was too much of an exclamation point and not enough of a dot dot dot.
Our podcast is going to be in depth discussion of film with a bit on the Oscar race at the beginning. Check out our latest here where the topics were Compliance and Side by Side. The itunes link is here.
We are currently TAKING QUESTIONS so feel free to submit them in the comments section and we’ll attempt to answer some tomorrow night when we record.
In case you hadn’t heard, I was the guest on AwardCircuit’s Power Hour this week. We discussed the Best Actress and supporting actress race. Also, you can hear me weekly on the Oscar Poker podcast with Jeff Wells and Phil Contrino. This week’s guest was Variety’s Jeff Schneider.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel has decided to put the Anne vs. Amy dynamic up to his readers up for discussion. Both actresses continually turn in brilliance performances. They both surprise at every turn. Hathaway, to my mind, takes bigger risks (and therefore can sometimes fail harder), while Adams is more consistently good. Check it out.
Yesterday, Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com and I met up with Tom O’Neil at the historic Sunset Tower hotel in Hollywood to talk about the new Gold Derby. Most people already know that Gold Derby has predictions from Oscar peeps, but you probably didn’t know that you can create a user account, friend other Derbyites and share your predictions? You can also bet your own predictions with a numbers thingy that I don’t really understand and will fail miserably at but that shouldn’t stop you, smart readers. If I were you, I’d head on over to Gold Derby as set up your own user account so your predictions can be recorded and counted. And if you do, friend me!
And if you’re curious how the new Gold Derby works, Tom has made a video that explains it. I’ve embedded it after the jump, along with some photos.
Meanwhile, if you’re curious about our podcast, it starts with Jeff, Phil and I tossing stuff around, box office, The Ides of March and then it heads on over to the Sunset Tower where we chit chat with Tom.
Have a listen!
[alert]Please note: Jeff and I get Doc Short way wrong. We’re talking about Killing in the Name – about the terrorist bombing at a wedding, but the film that won was Strangers No More – which is about a school for war-torn children — big mistake, ours. Apologies. [/alert]
Phil Contrino from boxoffice.com, Jeff Wells and I do our Oscar Poker podcast from last night’s show. Most of it is about the show itself, and we drift off into various other conversations. Have a listen. It’s not just a funeral wake — we’re actually quite chipper. Well, I am anyway.
We’ve just uploaded Oscar Poker, Episode 20. Jeff and I are joined by Boxoffice.com’s Phil Contrino as we dig our way out of what will be called from here on out “The King’s Speech debacle.” We have a bit of fun just chit-chatting and kind of run down the nominees towards the end of the podcast. Enjoy. At your own risk.
We are going to be getting our Moviegasm podcasts up and running soon — we had to take a break for a variety of reasons. Jeff Wells, Phil Contrino and I recorded this podcast yesterday morning, post-Golden Globes. The BAFTA nods hadn’t yet come out, so we can’t/don’t go there. It is a snapshot of what we were thinking yesterday. Hope you enjoy it. Or, if you don’t enjoy it, you can at least tolerate it.
The latest Oscar Poker for you. It does contain a spoiler but I do mark it this time with a vocal cue. It’s mostly spoiler-free, though. We discuss Rabbit Hole, True Grit, and talk briefly at the end about a few potential Oscar grabs for 2011.
Jeffrey Wells, Phil Contrino and I do our best to battle the bad weather and our being in different locations. None of the usual technical things to work with, but we made due. I was just coming off of a terrible stomach bug, so all in all, it was just one of those crazy things. But it came out okay in the end.
Three Way Moviegasm this week tackles Oscar years 1969 and 1970. Midnight Cowboy and Patton were the two big Best Pic winners, but it was also the eve of the 1970s, Oscar’s best decade until now, or certainly one of them.
And Jeff Wells, Marshall Fine (Hollywood & Fine and Huffington Post), Phil Contrino (Boxoffice.com) talk a bit about the murder of Ronni Chasen, The King’s Speech being a formidable contender, and many other things. Listen now.
[NOTE: Please be advised that there are specific scene spoilers about Black Swan in the Oscar Poker podcast, so anyone who’d like to avoid them should be ready to skip past min. 44:00 – 48:00.]
The Moviegasm podcast is spoiler-free this week.]
Later today or tonight, our Moveiegasm podcast will go up. But here is the 8th episode of Oscar Poker. Jeff Wells, Phil Contrino, Scott Feinberg and I discuss many things. Our podcasts, both of them, keep going up in length of time.¬† But there isn’t any point in cutting in. If you get bored, just stop listening. We talk the sex in Tilda Swinton’s I Am Love as being more explicit than the sex in Blue Valentine (hence the head-scratcher about the MPAA rating). Jeff and Scott talk about how much they both loved The Fighter and why they feel it is definitely one of the ten Best Picture contenders of the year (I still haven’t seen it because I am the Queen of Lame). They compare it to The Town. Phil Contrino and I are both fans of The Town and feel it is also deserving of Best Pic consideration. We touch a bit on Christian Bale’s performance, though, and whether we think he can still win the thing, even with his reputation. So, give it a listen if you care to.
For your listening pleasure. BoxOffice.com‘s Phil Contrino joins Hollywood-Elsewhere.com‘s Jeff Wells and me with our special guest this week, Tom O’Neil who talks about reviving Gold Derby. We discuss a little bit more about Morning Glory as Jeff tries to find a quiet place to podcast from the Waldorf Astoria, and then we dive right in to the Best Director race.
Our 6th episode of Oscar Poker is up on itunes and ready to roll. In this podcast, Jeff Wells and I discuss his participation at the Rally for Sanity, this week’s box office with Phil Contrino, a bit on the best picture injustices over the years and why we think these choices were made at the time, and then Jeff gives a review of sorts for Rachel McAdams’ upcoming Morning Glory, which is, he says, a lot better than early word led us to believe. We also pay tribute to George Hickenlooper. Have a listen either on itunes, where you can also subscribe, or here.
We spend about an hour and twelve minutes on this one. We’re joined by Boxoffice.com’s Phil Contrino who catches us up on the trends and then wonders about 127 Hours, and whether people might be curious about “the scene” enough to drive the box office. Moviegasm will be up later on tonight. Remember to subscribe on itunes if you like it.
Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com and I discuss the major acting categories, running through Best Actor, Best Actress, and the supporting categories.
The podcast went on longer than expected, an hour and twenty minutes. But we had a lot of material to cover. Give it a listen if you’re so inclined.
Episode 3 of Oscar Poker has gone up. You can subscribe to it on itunes by going here. It would be better if I actually put a sentence together in a decent fashion. I probably should just never speak out loud.
At any rate, in this podcast, we talk about box office a bit, Blue Valentine, Hereafter, the Hampton’s Film Fest…Check it out if you dare.
SPOILER WARNING for Blue Valentine