OSCAR TALK: Ep. 10 — The four to be seen, animated features, supporting categories and Tyson’s LAX punch-out

Posted by · 10:26 am · November 13th, 2009

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk, your weekly kudocast featuring yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood.

On the docket today:

Anne and I discuss the four perceived Oscar heavies that have yet to unveil — “Avatar,” “Invictus,” “The Lovely Bones” and “Nine” — and what being last out of the gate means vis a vis echo chamber buzz.

Spinning off of that, we dig into the “Avatar” budget story of the week.

With the list of qualifying animated features official, we take a brief survey of the category once more with thoughts on potential nominees.

With Movie City News’s Gurus o’ Gold chart collecting supporting category predictions, Anne and I take the opportunity to profile those two categories.

And Anne breaks down the impromptu Mike Tyson bout that went down at LAX Wednesday and whether it could hurt James Toback’s documentary feature on the fighter.

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  • 1 11-13-2009 at 11:23 am

    M.Harris said...

    Wow Kris! A soft spot for Roland Emerick. *laugh* Na just kidding.

    I actually dig his dire depictions of the end of the world.Even though the his films are not the best.

    He’s a true FX junkie.

  • 2 11-13-2009 at 11:35 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    About the whole Jude Law thing, I don’t think he’ll be able to get in unless Downey does, and that’s looking like a slim-to-none chance right now

  • 3 11-13-2009 at 12:10 pm

    mike said...

    smh at Kris dissing Tyson. i have a feeling after Amy Taubin went on her feminist rant that has made a lot people really politically correct on Tyson.

    I didnt even know about her rant until i saw James Toback interview with David Poland, 1st time i ever seen the guy speak, Toback is a heck of a communicator.

  • 4 11-13-2009 at 12:47 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    With Fantastic Mr. Fox standing at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes (7.5 rating) and an 88 on Metacritic (same as Up, but with half as many reviews so far), I’m having a really hard time imagining it not making the cut at the Oscars. Yes, it’s the animation branch deciding, not the critics or the audience, and I don’t know whether or not they would be snobby about Wes Anderson not being one of them, but I would certainly like to think that if the movie is on the level that the critical response so far is suggesting that it will make the cut.

    Tim Burton was nominated for Corpse Bride, and while he certainly has a far closer relationship to animation having written and produced The Nightmare Before Christmas and his early career as an animator, he certainly hasn’t dedicated his career to animation either.. and I don’t really have any recollection of the animation branch having a reputation for being snobby like the cinematographers.

  • 5 11-13-2009 at 3:04 pm

    daveylow said...

    Fantastic Mr. Fox has gotten almost universal acclaim. Even people who didn’t like Anderson’s last two movies love this film. If the Academy ignores it, that would be stunning; unless the film is a box-office flop, I think the film is going to nominated. Perhaps for adapted screenplay and art direction as well. A.O. Scott even pointed out the Desplat score.

  • 6 11-14-2009 at 6:51 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    You know what else had wide acclaim? “Waltz With Bashir.” And look how that turned out.

    The animated branch is a law unto themselves.

  • 7 11-15-2009 at 8:45 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I can imagine Fantastic Mr. Fox missing out of they still only nominate three films, but with five? Waltz with Bashir would’ve made the cut then too.

    On an unrelated note, I may be in the extreme minority here but I didn’t find Waltz with Bashir to be that great. The animation in particular was really weak, which I would account to the animation branch not nominating it. They don’t just award based on plot and overall quality after all, the animation itself, the craft, counts too.