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 bestowing several awards each on In the Loop, Precious and A Single Man .
Ensemble Cast –...
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 history, and there have been quite a few films that have won Best Picture without winning the DGA....
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 that stereotypes the African American community. The NY Times posted an op-ed about it recently:
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.¬† Changing the date changes the pattern of the way the Academy chooses its winners because...
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 provocation, and are particularly amused by the keening of the Oscar press because she hasn‚Äôt...
News from In Contention’s The Circuit:
Best Motion Picture
‚ÄúThe Blind Side‚Äù
‚ÄúMichael Jackson‚Äôs This Is It‚Äù
‚ÄúThe Princess and the Frog‚Äù
Scott Sanders, ‚ÄúBlack Dynamite‚Äù
F. Gary Gray, ‚ÄúLaw Abiding Citizen‚Äù
George Tillman Jr., ‚ÄúNotorious‚Äù
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 Single Man, A Serious Man found their stride. But where Bright Star, Creation and countless...
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 author
Terri Tatchell, screenwriter
An Education – Sony Pictures Classics
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 script that is clearly more popular than the source material - Slumdog Millionaire is one....
The BBC’s movie reporter, Tom Brook, chooses five of the year’s best (video):
5. District 9
1. Up in the Air
And Kris Tapley at In Contention says 2009 is the best year of filmmaking the decade has seen.