WEEKLY WRAP: BAFTAs, Berlin, pre-Oscar jitters

Posted by · 2:37 am · February 14th, 2009

Aside from two major precursors, it’s been a slow week for news — which leads to a lot of prediction second-guessing.

“Slumdog” swept at the BAFTAs, which also put new wind in Mickey Rourke’s sails. We live-blogged it here.

The “Slumdog” streak inevitably continued at the WGA Awards, where “Milk” picked up some hardware too.

This week’s Off the Carpet column was just eager to move on already.

Taking a closer look at the often inscrutable Best Documentary Short race.

Speaking of documentaries, we wondered if a win for “Man on Wire” is the foregone conclusion that people think it is.

On a similar tack, do we have a real race in the Best Foreign Language Film category?

In a bit of a blow to next week’s Oscarcast, Peter Gabriel has nixed his participation.

A survey of some of the industry’s top DPs suggests that “Slumdog” looks like the one to beat for Best Cinematography too.

Should we be mindful of a third possibility in the Best Actor race?

Perhaps another underdog, “Frozen River,” has hidden strengths in the competition.

Away from the Oscar beat, the Berlinale continued its quiet progress, with Stephen Frears’ “Chéri” possibly one to watch.

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  • 1 2-14-2009 at 7:50 am

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Now that he’s finally nominated, I think Herzog has a chance of taking it home. I mean, he’s prolific, beloved by many filmmakers, has worked with many people in the industry.

    The critics may have given Man on Wire everything they’ve got, but I think that in the Academy, Werner will have an edge over a relative unknown.

  • 2 2-14-2009 at 9:27 am

    Matthew said...

    In news that has nothing to do with this, apparently Eduardo Serra (Defiance, Blood Diamond, Girl With a Pearl Earing) has been hired has director of photography on the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed by many websites, so I guess it is mostly rumour right now.

    If it is true, man David Yates is smart about his DoPs. He had Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down) for Order of the Phoenix, and he’s got Bruno Delbonell (Amelie) for Half Blood Prince.

  • 3 2-14-2009 at 9:42 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Great DPs indeed. What a shame Idziak seemingly couldn’t express an iota of individuality on the Potter pic. For me, it could have been shot by anyone. I don’t expect Delbonnel or Serra to fare much better, but here’s hoping.