12/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 18th, 2009

(from left) Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper in The HangoverAnne Thompson reports that there is no “official” costume designer on “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” so anyone holding out longshot hope for its Oscar chances in that field can go ahead and focus elsewhere. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Melena Ryzik gets Ivan Reitman to admit “The Hangover” would be on his top 10 list. [The Carpetbagger]

Dave Karger chats with “Nine” star Penelope Cruz, who could be on her way to back-to-back supporting actress nominations. [Oscar Watch]

Andrea Mineo sits down with “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” director Terry Gilliam. [CNN]

David Poland spotlights the power of “Avatar”‘s story. [The Hot Blog]

Gregory Ellwood says “Up in the Air” is perilously holding on to its Oscar frontrunner status. [Awards Campaign]

Cole Abaius gets some face time with “The Messenger” star Ben Foster. [Film School Rejects]




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  • 1 12-18-2009 at 8:56 am

    McGuff said...

    Don’t know if anyone else saw that Bodog released their odds for the Golden Globes and Oscars (linked from my handle). As an active gambler, I have your handy-dandy guide to making money betting on the Oscar Best Picture race:

    Put $100 on Up in the Air (to win 300).

    Put $90 on The Hurt Locker (to win 315).

    Put $50 on Avatar (to win 350).

    If any of these three films wins, you collect either $60, $75 or $110. And let’s be honest, there isn’t another film that’s going to win this race.

    Now looking at the Golden Globe nods, I definitely like Ms. Bigelow paying out at 7-4 in the Best Director race. It’s the best bet on the board, I think. I don’t like laying odds for UITA for Best Drama, and I’m just not sure that Firth is likely enough to top Clooney or Bridges to take his tempting 5-1 odds. I have no feeling on the Best Actress race.

    I do think, however, that Nine could suffer a defeat in comedy/musical. I wouldn’t mind putting $50 on each of the other four, which would guarantee you $25 (if It’s Complicated wins), $50 (if Hangover or Julie and Julia wins) or $150 (if 500 Days wins).

    Or, do nothing. Because gambling is illegal.

  • 2 12-18-2009 at 9:30 am

    aspect ratio said...

    Similarly, anyone holding out hope that Where the Wild Things Are will get a costume design nomination should know that Casey Storm didn’t design or make the creature costumes, Jim Henson’s Workshop did and they are credited under visual effects.

  • 3 12-18-2009 at 9:51 am

    Jake D said...

    I love how the Ellwood article essentially assumes there are nine locked-in nominees – he calls Up “the quiet nominee no one talks about.” Wtf? What is it nominated for? An animated Golden Globe? Assuming Nine or Up (or even Invictus) are in for sure is dangerous at this point. Nothing is going to accurately emulate the voting system AMPAS uses until the real thing.

  • 4 12-18-2009 at 10:01 am

    Rob said...

    “Dave Karger chats with “Nine” star Penelope Cruz, who could be on her way to back-to-back supporting actress nominations”

    I wonder if she’ll be the first actress ever to get back-to-back supporting actress nominations for playing THE EXACT SAME PART.

  • 5 12-18-2009 at 10:22 am

    Ryan said...

    Jake D, Up has appeared in almost every Top Ten lists there is or at least as much as other “frontrunners” and it recently won a Best Picture (and Direction) in Detroit.

    And when the announcement of the expansion of the Best Picture category to ten nominees, other than everyone thinking about The Dark Knight, everyone else was thinking about “finally, Pixar can make it in!” It’s as if people think Pixar is overdue for a Best Pic nod similar to how a lot of people feel about Winslet or Meryl winning.

  • 6 12-18-2009 at 10:28 am

    JJ said...

    Is there ANY word on ‘Up’ possibly NOT getting in to BP? Evidence? etc.

  • 7 12-18-2009 at 12:10 pm

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    If “Up” is nominated for Best Picture then I would love to see what happens if they think, “Well, it’s nominated for Best Picture and that’s reward enough – let’s give Animated Feature to something else”.

    That sort of thinking has never made sense to me. It’s nominated for Best Picture and none of the other animated films were? Therefore it should automatically win Animated Feature.

    I wasn’t as in love with it as most people were – it lost me with the talking dogs and Christopher Plummer’s character appearing to be younger than Ed Asner’s, even though he’s probably thirty years older – so if it missed out on a Best Picture nomination I would be completely fine with it.

  • 8 12-18-2009 at 2:39 pm

    Jake D said...

    Wall-E was in tons of Top 10’s and didn’t make it. I’d say Wall-E was probably doing even better in the precursors – like winning LAFCA. I’m not saying Up isn’t going to make it, but assuming that it’s going to get the votes when there’s no precedent for it (except for the Beauty and the Beast nom) is dangerous. This is a completely new game and there -are- going to be surprises on nomination day. And Up getting left out is -completely- a possibility.

  • 9 12-18-2009 at 2:41 pm

    Jake D said...

    And JJ- why does there need to be evidence against it getting it? AMPAS doesn’t vote against movies. All it needs is for enough people to forget about it/not think it’s BP worthy, which – IMO, it’s not.