The Hurt Locker wins Chlotrudis prize

Last night the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film added one more top honor to The Hurt Locker’s tally, naming it best picture of the year. In keeping with their eclectic reputation, the Boston-based group chose Hirokazu Koreeda, Still Walking, as best director, while...

The State of the Race – the Shifting Winds

If Avatar wins the Best Picture Oscar, it will be the first film to do so without having won the DGA, the PGA and without having ever even been nominated for the SAG ensemble. True, history for the PGA is relatively short, ditto the SAG ensemble. The DGA has a much longer...
Posted On 10 Feb 2010

Charges of Racism, Anti-Semitism Make the Rounds

Two stories won’t go away. The first are the occasional but passionate articles about Precious, whether it’s a movie for the white community to feel better about themselves (“see the black people can find their way out of the ghetto), and/or it’s a movie...
Posted On 09 Feb 2010

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

Two big differences this year will ultimately affect the outcome of the race. The first is that there were ten Best Pic nominees.¬† The second is that they moved the Oscars back to March, not quite late March like they used to be – but at least they’re in March.¬†...
Posted On 06 Feb 2010

Mo’Nique Has it in Perspective

I love it when someone cuts through the bullshit. The NY Times’ David Carr talks to Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels about the hype surrounding her so-called no-shows: Mo‚ÄôNique and Mr. Daniels are a pair, cracking each other up into near helpless laughter at the smallest...
Posted On 09 Jan 2010

Precious, The Blind Side, Invictus get NAACP Nods

News from In Contention’s The Circuit: Best Motion Picture ‚ÄúThe Blind Side‚Äù ‚ÄúInvictus‚Äù ‚ÄúMichael Jackson‚Äôs This Is It‚Äù ‚ÄúPrecious‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Princess and the Frog‚Äù Best Director Scott Sanders, ‚ÄúBlack Dynamite‚Äù F. Gary Gray, ‚ÄúLaw Abiding Citizen‚Äù...
Posted On 06 Jan 2010

The State of the Race: Stumble and Stride

Oscar season starts with the movies. Ideally, those movies are released throughout the year and are then honored at year’s end with a plethora of awards, with the Oscars being the end of the race. We’ve been through the film festivals, where Up in the Air, Precious, A...
Posted On 06 Jan 2010

The USC Scripter Nominations!

District 9!!! (I apologize to the person whom I said this didn’t qualify – you were right, I was wrong) Crazy Heart – Fox Searchlight Pictures Scott Cooper, screenwriter Thomas Cobb, author District 9 – Tri-Star Pictures Neill Blomkamp, screenwriter and...
Posted On 05 Jan 2010

Scripter Preview

Tuesday, along with the Producers Guild, the USC Scripter will announce its nominees. The Scripter, in theory, honors both the original literary work and the adaptation. Ideally, both move along in harmony as truly great original works. However, I have seen the Scripter award a...
Posted On 03 Jan 2010

BBC’s Tom Brook’s Top Five

The BBC’s movie reporter, Tom Brook, chooses five of the year’s best (video): 5. District 9 4. Lebanon 3. Precious 2. Avatar 1. Up in the Air And Kris Tapley at In Contention says 2009 is the best year of filmmaking the decade has seen.
Posted On 31 Dec 2009