10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:41 am · October 6th, 2009

Tom Hardy in BronsonSteve Pond asks five important questions about the expanded Best Picture category.  #1, #3 and #5 have been covered at length in this space.  #2 is philosophical and worth considering.  #4 is a practical issue at hand, I imagine. [The Odds]

On set with the Coens directing “A Serious Man.” [MakingOf]

Nicolas Winding Refn talks “Bronson”‘s Pet Shop Boys alterna-score, among other things. [The Playlist]

Dave Karger ponders whether the animated, documentary and foreign-language subdivisions could provide a wild card Best Picture nod. [Oscar Watch]

Robert Towne and “Chinatown,” 35 years later. [The Hollywood Interview]

Scott Bowles sits down with Michael Moore to talk “Capitalism: A Love Story.” [USA Today]

Pete Hammond reports on recent screenings at the Academy. [Notes on a Season]

Tom O’Neil jumps on the Mo’Nique dogpile in the wake of Roger Friedman’s report on the actress’s bad behavior. [Gold Derby]

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  • 1 10-06-2009 at 10:33 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    #2 is sort of a loaded question because it assumes that a diverse selection is what the Academy – as a whole – really want. I’m sure that many individuals clamor for it, and a mix of films with every kind of appeal would definitely help ratings, but when it comes right down to it, AMPAS members (and probably the general moviegoing public) go for the same types of films when they think of “Oscar-worthy.”

  • 2 10-06-2009 at 2:50 pm

    Loyal said...

    I’ve wondered about #5 myself.

    The only $200m grossing films in the hunt for nominations over the next 3 years are Up (2009), Avatar (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Inception (2010), Harry Poter (2010/11), The Bear and The Bow (2011), and The Hobbit (2011?)

    I don’t think Pixar getting in every year (if it even could manage that) is enough to counter the “10 small angry movies” argument. You need 2 or 3 blockbusters getting in each year for the type of diversity I think the academy is looking for by having 10 BP noms. Unlikely IMO.