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Sigourney Weaver Cries Sexism, or Something

Sigourney Weaver Cries Sexism, or Something

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The other story coming out of the “Jim Cameron goes to the Amazon and paints his face in protest” was that Sigourney Weaver made a really comment about this year’s Oscar race. When asked why Jim Cameron didn’t win the Oscar, she said: “Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason,” Weaver told Brazilian news site Folha Online over the weekend. “He should have taken home that…

The Hurt Locker wins Chlotrudis prize

The Hurt Locker wins Chlotrudis prize

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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 – In the Loop Production Design – A Single Man Cinematography…

The Fallout – The Rumblings

The Fallout – The Rumblings

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My friend called me yesterday after finally seeing The Hurt Locker. Most of the adults I know in my world hadn’t even heard of the film, let alone seen it. They’d had heard of it mostly in terms of “Cameron’s ex-wife was competing with him in the awards race.” My friend said, “I finally figured it out. I finally figured out why The Hurt Locker keeps winning everything even though…

Spit n’ Rub: Final Oscar Predictions

Spit n’ Rub: Final Oscar Predictions

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Don’t forget to enter our Oscar pool over at Awards Picks! And our Predictions contest. And our Predict the Oscars WRONG contest. As Kris Tapley wrote over at In Contention, I feel like this could be an off year for me too. ¬†I figure, it suddenly became unpredictable once two things were set in motion. ¬†The first was the Chartier email seemed to give voters a reason not to pick…

Last Minute Words from Smart People

Last Minute Words from Smart People

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Illustration by Joe Zeff Design Two articles caught my eye this morning. ¬†One is Erik Childress’ final Oscar predictions. ¬†And the other is Joe Morgenstern’s piece for the Wall Street Journal about Avatar and The Hurt Locker. ¬†I think Morgenstern writes of these two films very well — high praise for both in their unique ways. Both of these pieces have helped me come to a better understanding of this…

The Blockbuster vs. The Long Tail – AO Scott Sums Things Up

The Blockbuster vs. The Long Tail – AO Scott Sums Things Up

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The Oscars find themselves locked in a battle for the near and immediate future of Hollywood. Coming out of the last ten years we were lulled into a false sense of security, that independent cinema WAS the future of Hollywood. Think again. Money has never seemed as important to the film industry as it does this year. Here is AO Scott: The ‚ÄúHurt Locker‚Äù-‚ÄúAvatar‚Äù showdown is being characterized as a…

You Can’t Have it Both Ways, Fellas

You Can’t Have it Both Ways, Fellas

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So now, as if public humiliation and a strict Academy reprimand wasn’t enough, now The Hurt Locker team is being sued for supposedly copying things that happened in real life in Iraq. Let me get this straight – the first attempt to dismantle the film by the military came from those who said it was an inaccurate depiction – a fiction story. Now, they’re being sued for the opposite. So…

Renner, Just Happy to Be Here

Renner, Just Happy to Be Here

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In his first scene as Sgt. William James in Kathryn Bigelow‚Äôs much acclaimed The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner is sitting on his bed with a cigarette in hand listening to loud heavy metal music. Like the music he listens to, James is stimulated by danger all around him. ¬†As an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) specialist in the Iraq War, James has a swagger in his step and calm and cool…

Jack Matthews Drops Out of Basterds’ Camp

Jack Matthews Drops Out of Basterds’ Camp

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For a while there, it looked like a few people thought Inglourious Basterds would be the film to beat. Jack Matthews was one of those out front. But he has had a change of heart. This, in the wake of Basterds not making a major show in the guilds probably. It has won a Sound Effects Editing Award, a Critics Choice for Screenplay and a SAG ensemble win. Avatar has…

The State of the Race – A Few Questions Remain

The State of the Race – A Few Questions Remain

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more cut-throat Oscar season, nor a more demeaning one all the way around. I don’t know if the ten Best Picture slots opened it up to more wild campaigning, or if the sheer amount of Oscar blogs and websites contributed to the mess by providing outlets for the campaigning like never before, or whether it was a deer taking the lead while the…