2/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:37 am · February 5th, 2009

New BoyPatrick Goldstein, in a well-reasoned piece that even I — a dedicated Boss fan — can’t disagree with, says Bruce Springsteen “had to stoop to conquer” Sunday night. [The Big Picture]

Jeffrey Wells bizarrely reviews Best Live Action Short nominee “New Boy.”  Beware careless spoilers. [Hollywood Elsewhere]

Michael Cieply, reports on the on-going discussion of how to handle the Best Original Song performances, from a cost stand-point, of course. [The Carpetbagger]

David Carr, meanwhile, in addressing the Christian Bale situation, takes another swipe at “The Dark Knight.”  But he should really watch the film again and understand that the ending isn’t “unsatisfying,” but merely poorly integrated into the whole. [The Carpetbagger]

Speaking of Bale, Tom O’Neil wonders if the actor threw away his Oscar hopes for “Public Enemies” by shooting off at the mouth. [Gold Derby]

Dave Karger previews Saturday’s WGA awards.  “Milk” and “Slumdog” have it in the bag, right?  Anyone expecting an upset? [Entertainment Weekly]

Three weeks in the life of an Oscar ballot. [Little Gold Men]

David Fincher: “‘Benjamin Button’ was a semi-confection that became resonant.” [The Guardian]

Treading waters we were swimming through back when the film was set for a 2008 bow, Brad Brevet wonders if Stephen Frears’ “Chéri” is an Oscar contender.  Considering it’s Miramax’s best bet, then yeah, it probably is a contender. [Rope of Silicon]

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  • 1 2-05-2009 at 7:21 am

    Kate said...

    Ugh I’m tired of every asshole (like his fired assistant from 5 years ago suddenly turning up to sell his story to Inside Edition) weighing in on the Christian Bale thing. Whatever, it happened, let it go. It doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s a fantastic actor. There are a lot of successful assholes with short fuses in Hollywood. I don’t think his tirade will hurt his future Oscar chances.

  • 2 2-05-2009 at 8:15 pm

    D said...

    No kidding Kate. Look no further than Sean Penn for an example of a short-tempered great actor that has been able to win awards. Bale seems to loathe the awards stuff though, even more than Penn. Just look at a film like the Prestige. For some reason or another, it’s not considered “Oscar caliber” but I’ll go ahead and say that it’s the best movie of 2006 in my book. Jackman and Bale were both excellent and the story kicks ass. It got nominated for 1 Oscar, which was Wally Pfister’s Cinematography. Anyway, Bale seems to end up in these kinds of movies that are excellent but simply not considered Oscar-bait for whatever reason.

  • 3 2-05-2009 at 8:17 pm

    D said...

    Oops, just noticed that the Prestige was also nominated for Nathan Crowley’s Art Direction. But still, 2 nominations was BS for such a good movie.