WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

Richard GereThe Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.

All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host.

The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions.

Chief among those omissions: “Precious,” prompting talk of a backlash, despite generous media exposure positioning it as the one to beat.

Meanwhile, the season saw its first prestige turkey, as “Amelia” lived up (or down, rather) to ominous advance word.

Continuing a banner year for Pixar, John Lasseter will receive the PGA’s highest career honor, the Selznick Award.

Capturing a healthy crossover audience, “Where the Wild Things Are” ruled the box office this week.

As Off the Carpet took a breather, this week’s Long Shot column reflected on the changing formula of the “Oscar movie.”

The London Film Festival continued, as we finally caught up with Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon.”

As “An Education” blooms, we considered a range of Oscar opportunities for the film, including a strong bid for Best Original Song.

Not among them: Best Visual Effects, which formed the focus of this week’s edition of Tech Support.

With no one else campaigning for Sam Rockwell in “Moon,” director Duncan Jones took matters into his own hands.

Speaking of under-the-radar performances, we chatted to “Trucker” star Michelle Monaghan.

And continued our new year-by-year series with a discussion of the most noteworthy performances of 1997.

Amid all this, however, it was the topic of  Jennifer Aniston’s thesping skills that generated the most discussion among you guys.

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