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The Case For: David O. Russell

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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 nominations.  That is a significant achievement, especially considering in the early days of Oscar there were many back to back directing nominees….

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

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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, Leo and Marty, to name a few.  The first tribute gala for the fest this year was David O. Russell, who…

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Best Director: Lost and Found in America

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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. Literally, accidentally, deliberately. They struggle to find a way home, each hoping to be found again.

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DGA Nominees!

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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

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

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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 history. With the public effectively taken out of the equation, the race is now decided mostly by…

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

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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 script, or her lines, until the day of shooting.  She says it’s worked well for her so far, helping her to react more…

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

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

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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 hearts, pictures of Lawrence held carefully in their hands as they waited to get a look at the real live Katniss.  My third…

David O. Russell and his Ghetto Film School

David O. Russell and his Ghetto Film School

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Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

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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 is known is that Django Unchained and Lincoln are two views of the same moment in our history.  Both are satisfying…

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

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

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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, winning for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo), and went on to gross $129 million worldwide. Russell followed the success of The Fighter with the…