11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · November 11th, 2009

UpSteven Zeitchik plays things from the other side of the coin, says a high Best Picture profile for “Up” could cause the film in the animated feature category. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jeffrey Wells takes aim and fires heavily on “Precious.” [Hollywood Elsewhere]

The People’s Choice Award nominations are here.  I KNOW you care.  So go ahead and vote. [PeoplesChoice.com]

Warren Beatty to be honored by Art Directors Guild. [Variety]

Dave Karger takes note of double-dip hopefuls (and real-life pals) George Clooney and Matt Damon. [Oscar Watch]

Scott Feinberg painstakingly traces Oscar’s connections in the Twitterverse. [And the Winner Is…]

Kyle Buchanan defends the “’excess is best’ raison d’êtr” of “Precious,” “A Serious Man” and “Inglourious Basterds.” [Movieline]

Anne Thompson chimes in with thoughts and quotes on the Academy’s screening season. [Thompson on Hollywood]




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  • 1 11-11-2009 at 9:01 am

    JAB said...

    So Kris, a little off topic, but what do you really think of Sandra Bullock’s shot at Best Actress for the Blind Side?

  • 2 11-11-2009 at 9:12 am

    Zac said...

    I love how Twilight is nominated despite being a 2008 movie. I guess the PCA really wants the tween crowd to tune in!

  • 3 11-11-2009 at 9:27 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    JAB: I’ll write about it at some point. But my “feelings” are pretty evident by my predictions, I should think.

  • 4 11-11-2009 at 9:42 am

    Silencio said...

    Honestly, regarding Precious, I will need to see it to believe it’s really as powerful it is. As an African American I do wonder if Jeff is correct about part of the film’s power being derived from (perhaps latent) white guilt. Mostly what I’ve heard is that the story is great because horrible things happen to her, and somehow there’s hope at the end. That in itself isn’t particularly special. I’ll have to see if the art lives up.

  • 5 11-11-2009 at 4:37 pm

    Ben said...

    I think an interesting comparison to Zeitchik’s thoughts on Up and the Animated Feature category would be to look at how foreign language films nominated for Best Picture have done in their specialty category…

    When The Grand Illusion was nominated there was no Foreign Langauge category.

    Letters From Iwo Jima was American made, thus ineligible.

    Cries and Whispers and Il Postino weren’t nominated.

    The Emigrants was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 1970, lost, and then was nominated the next year for Best Picture of 1971.

    In all instances that a film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the same year it was nominated for Best Picture (Z, Life is Beautiful and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), all won Best Foreign Language Film.

    I don’t think a Best Picture nomination would really hurt Up’s chances much in the Animated Feature category, as it is the same individuals who nominated it for Best Picture that vote on who wins Best Animated Feature.

  • 6 11-12-2009 at 2:56 am

    Andrew said...

    Can you please update us on Bright Star’s chances??