WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Avatar’ awe, ‘Bones’ defense, original songs

Posted by · 7:36 pm · December 11th, 2009

AvatarA little movie called “Avatar” premiered. This week’s Oscar Talk tucked into the film.

As “The Lovely Bones” faces a frosty critical welcome, this week’s Off the Carpet column went to bat for the film.

We interviewed a quartet of young actors making strides this year: Abbie Cornish, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Foster and Bryce Dallas Howard.

In The Long Shot, we examined the animation race — and stood up for under-the-radar contender “Mary & Max.”

After previewing tracks in contention from U2 and Dr. John, Tech Support tackled the Best Original Song race for the first time.

Speaking of matters musical, we got a taste of Hans Zimmer’s score for “Sherlock Holmes.”

“The Blind Side” finally rose to the top of the box office — though “The Princess and the Frog” looks set to unseat it.

The Washington D.C. critics dished out awards to “Up in the Air,” Kathryn Bigelow and Carey Mulligan.

Mulligan continued her streak at the British Independent Film Awards, though “Moon” and “Fish Tank” were the big winners.

We spoke to the directors of Oscar-shortlisted doc “Valentino: The Last Emperor” (Matt Tyrnauer) and foreign hopeful “Terribly Happy” (Henrik Ruben Genz).

Though “Avatar” seems to have the Oscar sewn up, 15 titles were shortlisted in the Best Visual Effects race.

Finally, our Great Performances series continued with a return to 2004.

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  • 1 12-11-2009 at 7:45 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Excellent week, besides the death of Lovely Bones

  • 2 12-11-2009 at 7:53 pm

    Andrew said...

    Can someone please tell me why there is no Oscar campaign for Cornish or Bright Star in general?? It will be overlooked in the major categories which is unfortunate.

  • 3 12-11-2009 at 10:03 pm

    tintin said...

    So, the lovely bones is really death??

  • 4 12-12-2009 at 5:21 am

    Jim T said...

    Ebert LOVED Avatar! I am really afraid about what our theater’s here in Athens can do with this movie. I hope it will not be an inferior experience than that Americans will get.

  • 5 12-12-2009 at 7:48 am

    m1 said...

    I don’t think The Lovely Bones has died. I just think that it won’t get the attention it should have. But we’ll know the truth when it hits wide release.

  • 6 12-12-2009 at 8:04 am

    JJ said...

    Well, I’m encouraged by the positive reviews TLB has garnered.

    I think more people in the Academy will like it vs. the critics.

    And both Ronan & Tucci have already gotten some nominations, here & there.

    The built-in filmmakers (editors, cin, art, cost, sound, etc.) are well-liked in the industry.

    Alllllll that said, I sense that the beginning of the end could be near since TLB did not receive any recognition in the FX longlist.

    I mean, not nominated, I get it. But not in the Top 15? That is very telling. And it could be a sign of a trend in other longlists.

  • 7 12-12-2009 at 9:31 am

    ninja said...

    Invictus opened soft, TLB has disappointing PTA in limited release, Avatar tracking increasing.

  • 8 12-12-2009 at 4:17 pm

    Smurf news said...

    Bad or mixed reviews coming in for AVATAR. Chicago Tribune calls it “cheesy” and “waterlogged” fantasy van art. Entertainment weekly says it is lacking in heart and that the characters could stand having “1 or 2 more dimensions.” A “techno dream fantasy”
    that is unmoving with a story that is merely “serviceable.”