WEEKLY WRAP: Festival pick-ups, the season’s fetes and the PGA’s 10

Posted by · 8:12 pm · September 25th, 2009

Robert Duvall in Get LowWe wrapped up Toronto as Lee Daniels’s “Precious” took the festival’s audience award, putting it on a solid track for Oscar.

We got a look at the first trailer for “Harry Brown,” which may or may not be an awards film for actor Michael Caine.  John, you’ll recall, isn’t feeling it.

We saw ‘Meatball’ dominance at the box office in this weekend’s Sunday Cents column.

This week’s Off the Carpet column kicked off our weekly Oscar coverage with a call for perspective on the perceived Best Picture frontrunners, while a new weekly column from across the pond — The Long Shot — introduces a different perspective mid-week.

Also part of our season kickoff, this week’s installment of The Lists offered thoughts on the 10 best Best Picture winners of all time.

Sony Pictures Classics was busy this week, picking up Venice’s Golden Lion winner “Lebanon” and Toronto favorite “Get Low.”

But hold your horses on the latter, as we learned the studio swiftly planned a 2010 release for Aaron Schneider’s film.

In other pick-up news, Newmarket Films nabbed Toronto’s opening night film “Creation.”

With Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” hit theaters, we asked you what you thought of Matt Damon’s Oscar chances.

This week’s Tech Support column primed the pump as the season takes a deep breath.

With season tributes falling into place, we learned of honors to be handed out by the Hollywood film fest and Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Speaking of festivals, AFI announced its opening night gala: “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

And we learned that Ben Stiller was instrumental in getting “The Cove” screened at the Tokyo fest.

Some delightful distractions were in store, such as a behind-the-scenes look at Rob Marshall’s “Nine” and a promo trailer for the “Where the Wild Things Are” video game.

And buried underneath all of that, the PGA announced plans to feature a 10 nominee slate this year.




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