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Sally Field channeled grief over mother’s death into Lincoln

Sally Field channeled grief over mother’s death into Lincoln

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Sally Field was featured on ABC Evening News tonight in a story that originally aired on Valentine’s Day. Sally Field has been a beloved part of American pop culture for nearly a half-century. At 66, she has as many Best Actress Academy Awards as Meryl Streep. Pretty good for someone who began on the ABC sitcoms “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun.” “When I started in the business, I started in…

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Lincoln, Spielberg and the Seeds of Time

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“If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me.” Twice during Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a collection of glass plate photographs are featured. Lincoln’s son, 10-year-old Tad, is preoccupied with studying these photos, some of which preserve the images of African-American boys close to his own age. When President Lincoln comes upon Tad asleep by the fireplace…

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Kathleen Kennedy: Desert Island Producer

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Since the Oscar race that started with Argo in Telluride is now finishing with Argo in Hollywood I have really no choice but to quote Bob Dylan — “You just kinda wasted my precious time but don’t think twice, it’s all right.” All of the in-between that happened there? That was the stuff that dreams are made of. One of the things that happened this year and will likely be…

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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David O. Russell probably didn’t know there was a camera on him when he heard Emmanuelle Riva had just won the BAFTA. In Contention’s Kris Tapley does his annual Best Shots of the Year post.   In typically old Hollywood fashion, you can’t have a leading actress race without a feud – but Chastain calls out media instead for needing this narrative.  And it’s true, right? Admit it. Jeff Wells…

Happy Birthday to Abe Lincoln (and Charles Darwin)

Happy Birthday to Abe Lincoln (and Charles Darwin)

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“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end…

Lincoln covers Film Comment

Lincoln covers Film Comment

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Beautiful shot. Kent Jones’ article isn’t online but it’s reportedly worth the $5.95 newsstand price of admission all by itself.

Spielberg, Goodwin, and Day-Lewis on 60 Minutes: “Bringing Lincoln to Life”

Spielberg, Goodwin, and Day-Lewis on 60 Minutes: “Bringing Lincoln to Life”

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60 Minutes tonight explores the depth of detail that Spielberg and his collaborators put into recreating Lincoln’s world of 1864. Here’s the complete 12-minute segment featuring extended interviews with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Daniel Day-Lewis and Spielberg himself. Want more? Check out the 3 “web extras” after the cut.

Just a Reminder of 2012′s Best Picture Contenders

Just a Reminder of 2012′s Best Picture Contenders

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of awards season. Most people vote with their emotions, I totally get it. But someday people will look back on this year with astonishment.  And much of that will have to do with this:   And when you further add on 12 Oscar nominations for Lincoln, 10 BAFTA nominations, and 13 Critics Choice nominations – it is inexplicable – but…

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The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner

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Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, the Oscar race is over.  Argo will win Best Picture and for the win to make sense it has to take Screenplay, Editing and perhaps one other award — score? Supporting Actor? Sound? Something in me prevents me from being…

Comment from an Unlikely Source

Comment from an Unlikely Source

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Over at Hollywood-Elsewhere, Jeff Wells is working hard to convince the world that Lincoln is both an unworthy film and an unworthy Oscar contender.  The truth is, what Lincoln is transcends the Oscar race, as most great films do. It is a trap to start thinking that the votes of a general consensus equates with greatness and that not getting those votes somehow equates with failure.  This could not be…