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Lessons in Oscar Watching: Every David Needs a Goliath

Lessons in Oscar Watching: Every David Needs a Goliath

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As I was thumbing through the headlines and tweets about Ben Affleck, the DGA and Steven Spielberg I suddenly realized — after 14 years of observing the Oscar race — that in order to have a David you need a Goliath.  Though Lincoln was an incredibly difficult film to get made, though even Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg had trouble getting it made, even though they budgeted to keep it…

Spielberg the Clear Favorite to Win best Director, American People Say

Spielberg the Clear Favorite to Win best Director, American People Say

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I guess Americans are about to get a big shock to see that Spielberg isn’t the favorite to win the DGA on Saturday.  Everyone and their brother over at Gold Derby and elsewhere have Ben Affleck to win the DGA, continuing the Argo sweep to Driving Miss Daisy its way towards a Best Picture win. Nonetheless, we can pretend for a little while longer that Spielberg will still be rewarded…

Steven Spielberg Named Filmmaker of the Year by the Editors Society

Steven Spielberg Named Filmmaker of the Year by the Editors Society

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Last year’s recipient, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, which also won editing. However, Argo is expected to win the Eddie. Michael Kahn himself has received the Golden Eddie. Award winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd…

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19th Annual SAG Awards spread the wealth; Lincoln leads with two wins

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THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens – “LINCOLN” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine…

Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley

Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley

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One of the more irritating boils on the ass of this year’s Oscar season is that the moment has afforded the opportunity for all Lincoln haters, critics, truthers to the light of day. Some of the criticisms have been floating around for decades and just now bubble back to the surface. Some of the criticisms are absurd. Those criticisms come flailing at the film Lincoln like so many angry fists…

The NY Post and Jeff Wells Continue their Lincoln Take-down

The NY Post and Jeff Wells Continue their Lincoln Take-down

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How do you know you’re up for Best Picture in 2012? A journalist at the New York Post so fears Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln winning Best Picture that he has to write an op-ed that smears President Lincoln 150 years after his assassination.  It’s really no wonder, though, since this is how he interprets the film: Torture in the Civil War Does “Zero Dark Thirty” condone torture? Some think it does, but…

History Envisioned, Revisited

History Envisioned, Revisited

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As President Obama readies for his second inaugural (he’s officially been sworn in but the ceremony is Monday, January 21) it’s hard not to think of President Lincoln’s. Lincoln gave his second inaugural speech on March 5, 1865. He was shot on April 14, 1865. President Obama will give his speech on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. King was shot on April 4, 1968. Why all of this maudlin attention…

Lincoln Featurette

Lincoln Featurette

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For anyone interested in the making of the movie, here is a featurette – might I note how Daniel Day-Lewis just keeps getting better looking. That is just unfair in an unholy manner.

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Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

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We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly a whole year, that the narrative we have planned out tends to want prominence in our minds even when the stats are against it. In the 14 years I’ve been covering this race it always comes to this point in the year where we start to drag out the freak years, the one-offs, the anomalies…

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The Audacity of a Film About Ideas: the Case for Lincoln

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln I was ten years old when Jaws was released in theaters. It’s…