January 10th, 201108
Full list at Variety:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Iron Man 2
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
December 24th, 2010092010 may come down to four great films for me. After all is said and done, I think these four films are the ones I will watch over and over again. We will still be counting down the year's ten best. But for now, I'll offer up what I consider to be my personal favorites of the year.
Inception - The most memorable and remarkable...
December 7th, 201008
Among today's new releases on Blu-ray and DVD are three mindbenders from masters Christopher Nolan, Guillermo del Toro and David Cronenberg. Inception, Cronos and Videodrome are especially noteworthy additions in high-def because of the cinematography of Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth), and Mark...
November 4th, 201002
2010 is, to my mind, one of the best years for film in memory - the main reason for this is that you have such a fine class of directors, from both major studios and independents, female and male. There are a handful of writer/directors whose vision was realized, whether the original concept was "bankable" or not. This was a year...
November 2nd, 201002
I was answering a comment by one of the readers and I realized I stumbled onto something. It seems to me that there are two types of Oscar winning Best Pictures. Those that are entertaining and those that are groundbreaking. In the past several years, groundbreaking cinema (by Oscar's standards, not cinephiles') has taken the...
October 18th, 201003
The Oscar race is often like getting to the theater early enough to get a great seat. If you're not a somebody, you have to get there early to stake your claim, even if it means waiting around a while before the show starts. If you're a Very Important Person it doesn't matter what time you get there; a seat is already waiting for...
October 9th, 201005
It is always around this time that we feel like we're trying to find the door in the dark.
There are some knowns and unknowns, opinions and facts. The Oscar race is always evolving. It is not static, but fluid. Publicists must head into it like Marines whose objective is to improvise, adapt and overcome. In their way are a few...
September 23rd, 201003
As we enter the second year with ten Best Picture slots, you have to wonder how wide will Oscar open its legs this year to let the right ones in?
Apologies in advance for that opening sentence. Let's start this again. It seems to me that ten Best Picture slots can still mean a great many possibilities. They didn't crack five...
September 19th, 201003Their total box office might not be the highest, but I just learned on Twitter that Inception and How to Train Your Dragon are the only two films of 2010 to spend ten weeks on the top ten box office chart. That's a fairly significant bit of news. Repeat viewings, word of mouth and buzz are keeping them afloat. Not a bad record for...
September 7th, 201002You know how it goes: sight unseen best picture predictions seem unavoidable, although I have been detecting an ever-so-subtle shift in attitudes. For instance, Anne Thompson and Erik Childress will only predict films that have been seen on their respective sites. I have always tried to do the same (it makes no sense to predict movies...
September 6th, 201000
No solid release date yet, but hard to imagine Warner Bros won't want to have the Inception DVD and blu-ray available in time for Christmas -- and in time for Academy members who want to upgrade from their bare-bones screeners. (The Dark Knight theatrical release, July 18, '08; DVD release Dec 9. Inception theatrical release, July...
August 26th, 201005
Indiewire's Peter Knegt takes a look back at the last few months and rolls the dice. ¬†His conclusion?
He then runs down his safe bets, reasonable maybes and dark horses. He's spot on, for the most part, and does a nice job summing things up. I too think that, at this point, Christopher Nolan seems like the strongest...
Tyson from Nolanfans.com has a question for AD readers regarding Inception's Oscar chances.
There are a lot of questions and concerns about Inception's chances in the awards season and whether...BEST PICTURE
Erik Childress over at Cinematical has done the brave thing and decided to rank the current Best Pic contenders. This isn't a practice we recommend because there is just no way to tell what films...BEST PICTURE
How do we start talking about Roman Polanski? His most recent film, The Ghost Writer, was upstaged and rendered obsolete the moment he was captured and held under house arrest in Switzerland. ...Box Office