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Talking Best Supporting Actor

For another in our ongoing series, Thelma Adams, Susan Wloszczyna and I discuss the preliminary stage of the Best Supporting Actor race. It could and will likely shift, but how I believed it is standing right now is: Jonah Hill…

OscarWatch – Best Actor

Best Actor this year feels to be more of the hopeful variety, less dark, more optimistic and heroic.  This is certainly true of the category's frontrunner of the moment, George Clooney, who takes things to a different level with his…

Ryan Gosling in George Clooney's Ides of March

The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to…

Clooney, Heslov – The Ides of March

Set pics have emerged for the SAG ensemble-friendly new Clooney pic (he directs and co-writes with Grant Heslov -- Good Night, Good Luck collab) at ComingSoon (taken from the Oxford Press, Ohio). It is based on a play by Beau Willimon.…

The American, featurette

Continuing to showcase The American as a vintage spy thriller, this featurette maintains the same gloss of prestige that we've seen carried through from the retro poster design. Even the timbre of the narration reminds me of the…

Oscar Watch: The Actors

We did the ladies, now it's time to focus on the men. With Get Low opening today with decent enough reviews -- we have to look at the Best Actor race, and whether a vet like Robert Duvall, who gives a well reviewed performance, can…

The American, trailer

Thanks to Kevin Klawitter for the tip. I wanted to read this book before the movie debuted, thinking it would be fun mindless summer thriller. Turns out it's based on a more literary source than I expected -- A Very Private Gentleman…

First Look: George Clooney in The American

Focus Features just posted this shot of George Clooney running and shooting and looking tense for The American (a Fall release) directed by Anton Corbijn (Control). ¬†The director has a blog - I don't know how this slipped under my…

NY Times’ Oscar Spread

Thanks to Daveylow for the heads up - the New York Times has a whole section on the Oscars, it turns out. Manohla Dargis wrote up The Hurt Locker (below), AO Scott takes on Where the Wild Things Are, Stephen Holden takes on The…

The State of the Race: To Serve Man

Soldiers. A serious man. A great leader. A man up in the air. 2009 is, once again, the Year of the Man. Precious and An Education are two that aren't. Ordinary women rarely take up much screen time. Nonetheless, Oscars 2009 is…