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