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81st Ceremony

Slumdog Takes the Scripter

Simon Beaufoy declares his love for Jamie Lee Curtis as he accepts yet another award for Slumdog Millionaire.  Curtis was the host and did a bang up job, per the live webcast we all watched.

Slight Correction

Tom O'Neil finds two people out there who actually think someone else could win the DGA tomorrow night: Well, Gold Derby decided to pursue the point anyway and pooled predix from lots of pundits, who back Boyle by a landslide, that's true.…

The State of the Race – The Big Pull

The Reader is like the English Patient. Old age makeup, great sex scenes, World War II, Harvey Weinstein, redemption, suffering. This occurred to me today as I was contemplating who might win the Scripter. Is The Reader still coming up…

Kate Winslet Talks Oscar

Thanks to Pierre for sending this our way - Ms. Winslet talks about kids, acting and Oscar - worth a look. It's from the site, Movies.ie. They have plenty more where that came from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwjkI3iPrsc

The Scripter Awards – Who Will Win

The USC Scripter awards are being held tonight here in Los Angeles and they are doing one thing differently this year - they are announcing the winner at the actual event. The nominees are: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Iron Man The…

The Great Five

This weekend, Saturday night, the DGA Awards will honor Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Ron Howard and Gus Van Sant. There probably isn't much to write about here as Boyle has this one in the bag. He has it so much in the…

Carpetbagger Asks the Question

What if there were no such thing as ‚ÄúSlumdog Millionaire,‚Äù if it had fallen into a life of limbo, as seemed likely for a time before Warner Brothers farmed it out to Fox Searchlight? We can assume another film would be in the mix ‚Äì…

Salute to 2008’s Best Films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN_H2qdFULM One hopes that anyone who loves movies can move beyond this idea that they have to be validated by the Academy to remain in our hearts - those 6,000 people can only pick five. In looking over this…

A Look at Art Direction

Knighthawk News has an interesting article about art direction, with a bit history. Actually, the site has a lot of great columns on the history of the Academy Awards worth checking out: It used to be quite common for films to get an Art…

Oscar Nomination Contest Winners!

With 29 points (I had to correct the form, which wasn't picking up some of the points) but Mario is still the winner. Mario got all five Best Picture nominees correct. Mario Saez from Spain (email me, Mario!) Runners up (26): Frank…

Oscar talk on Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose recently had a conversation with David Denby of The New Yorker and A.O Scott of The New York Times. They discussed the recent Oscar nominations.¬† Whether you agree with them or not, it was a fascinating discussion. Someone…

Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella Official

The Academy released a statement today with the names of the producers involved with The Reader who will be credited with the Oscar should the film pick up a surprise win: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond…

It Just Needed a Few More Weeks

The Gran Torino story is really interesting. Why before the nominations dropped, a few people were talking up Gran Torino's chances. We were pretty devoted to it being The Reader if any were to upset but there were a great many who…

Newsweek’s Oscar Roundtable on YouTube

Robert Downey, Jr. and Brad Pitt crush on Mickey Rourke -- and really, it's true: he inspired a whole generation of actors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej_wvG4Q9y4 Newsweek's full story. brad pitt on googling himself on what they look…

Women, Mothers, Judgment Calls

If there is one theme that weaves through the five Best Actress nominees this year is their own judgment, how they use it and where it gets them.¬† Meryl, Angelina, Melissa, Kate, Ann. Thematically, this is a constant in the five roles,…

Milk Picks up Glaad Nod

Gee, you think? From the Hollywood Reporter: "Milk," from Focus Features, the specialty division of Universal Pictures, was included in GLAAD's outstanding film in wide release category. It will compete with Miramax's "Brideshead…

For the Record…

AD reader Roger Thomas first alerted me to the 81st Oscar poster but I mistakenly thought it was just a promo for the telecast - usually the poster is announced with a lot of pomp and circumstance. So I promised him I would give him credit…

Bella Roma Nove

Oh to be riding around in a tiny blue Italian car in Rome with Sophia Loren and Daniel Day Lewis, co-starring in Rob Marshall's Nine. ONTD has the photos:

The Changing Landscape

Anne Thompson reports that she will no longer work for Variety but she will maintain her blog there (if she's being laid off I don't understand how she keeps the blog). Thompson writes: On a recent trip to the wine country, I bought four…

No Publicity is Bad Publicity

A commenter at Jeff Wells' site mucked around with the Oscar poster and came up with these after a post by Wells that criticizes this year's Oscars as being anything but the movie of the year. The thing is, I may not agree with their…