The Case For: David O. Russell

In the third installment of our series looking at the Best Director category to make the best case for each one, we’re looking at David O. Russell, who makes Oscar history as the first director with back to back Best Picture and Director nominations to earn four acting...
Posted On 22 Feb 2014

David O. Russell is Outstanding Director of the Year at the SBIFF

It is that time of year again for the Santa Barbara International Film Fest, on the heels of the Palm Springs Fest, where many of the Oscar contenders were in attendance.  Those selected to be part of this year’s fest here in lovely SB include Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett,...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Best Director: Lost and Found in America

Variations on a theme running through this year’s strongest five films in the Best Director category — Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street — all spring from the notion that the main character, or characters, are lost....
Posted On 19 Jan 2014

DGA Nominees!

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips David O. Russell, American Hustle Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Posted On 07 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: The Directors, Masters of the Craft

It’s funny how little our view of the Oscar landscape has changed since Cannes in May. Was a time when the heat of Cannes came too early to impact the Oscar race. But that has changed as the course seems to be charted much earlier than at any previous time in Oscar’s eight-decade...
Posted On 13 Nov 2013

Picture of the Day: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Together yet again

This time for David O. Russell’s new movie (aka Valerie Perrine and Roy Scheider).  And Amy Adams and Christian Bale too.  Some photos come from JustJared.  Jennifer Lawrence is shown in these pics reading what looks like a script, though she famously does not look at the...
Posted On 02 Apr 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Performer of the Year at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

It was quite the event last night at the Arlington theater up State Street in Santa Barbara to fete Best Actress frontrunner, and Silver Linings Playbook star, Jennifer Lawrence.  The street was lined with young fans of Lawrence, pink cheeked young girls their pupils the shape of...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

This year, Best Director seems to be pairing up in interesting ways. Tarantino has launched into the race in a spectacular 11th hour surge. Whether this means he will, in fact, steal the last director’s slot from Tom Hooper or David O. Russell is still not known. But what...
Posted On 20 Dec 2012

David O. Russell on Silver Linings, His Son and “Good, Humble Work.”

After a six-year absence from both arthouses and multiplexes, filmmaker David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) returned in 2010 with The Fighter. The family/boxing drama received seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director,...