WEEKLY WRAP: Precursor avalanche, best of 2009

Posted by · 6:57 pm · December 18th, 2009

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt LockerKris wrapped up 2009 with his take on the year’s best films, also offering his own preferred nominees and winners in a range of categories. (I’ll chime in next week.)

“Up in the Air” led this year’s pack of Golden Globe nominees.

It also joined “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” at the head of the pack in the SAG nominations — while missing out in their top race.

“The Hurt Locker” emerged as this year’s critics’ favorite, earning top honors from a host of groups, including the two biggest: the NYFCC and the LAFCA.

It also landed on the American Film Institute’s list of 2009’s best, along with some more surprising inclusions.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association unveiled its newly expanded nominations, with “Inglourious Basterds” and “Nine” atop the pile.

Over on the other side of the world, “The White Ribbon” took top honors at the European Film Awards.

If you’re struggling to keep up, we’ve gathered all the season’s precursors to date here.

Amid this influx of precursors, this week’s The Long Shot column considered how to adjust one’s personal horses over the season.

We interviewed “Bright Star” helmer Jane Campion, as well as the “Crazy Heart” pairing of Robert Duvall and Scott Cooper.

Our Tech Support interviews series continued as we chatted to the below-the-line talent of “Up in the Air.”

“The Princess and the Frog” topped the box-office charts, though it’s only keeping the seat warm for “Avatar”‘s arrival.

With 63 contenders announced for the Best Original Song Oscar, we spotlighted another “Crazy Heart” tune and a pair of tracks from “An Education.”

Our Great Performances series continued: 2005 is the year.

Looking ahead to next year, “Shutter Island” and Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” were confirmed for the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.

As always, Anne and Kris put a bow on a busy week’s events in Oscar Talk.




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  • 1 12-18-2009 at 7:12 pm

    tim said...

    By winning both LA and NY, Hurt Locker just lost the Oscar.

    Best Picture: Up in the Air
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
    Best Actor: George Clooney
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
    Best Supporting Actress: Monique
    Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
    Original Screenplay: Inglorious Basterds

    Another blah year.

  • 2 12-18-2009 at 7:14 pm

    Dylan said...

    What’s the count for Animated Film winners? If I’m not mistaken, Fox has won more than Up. That’s certainly surprising and at the same time delightful.

  • 3 12-18-2009 at 9:09 pm

    Me. said...

    “Avatar” could win Best Picture. I saw it today. It was breathtaking.

  • 4 12-19-2009 at 6:35 pm

    Alex said...

    Here is a great article in support of Melanie Laurent:

    http://movie-critics.ew.com/2009/12/19/the-wrong-actress-from-basterds/

    She definitely deserves a nomination.

  • 5 12-25-2009 at 10:32 am

    Big Braveheart said...

    Tom Hardy was brilliant in Bronson and deserves
    some Oscar recognition surely for his devotion to his role!!

  • 6 12-01-2012 at 9:59 pm

    Golu said...

    Beautifully expressed. I agree wloelheartedhy. Peter Hunt was indeed a brilliant filmmaker (his work on THE IPCRESS FILE is impeccable his commentary on the dvd with director Sidney J. Furie, an informative pleasure.) While there is a rather good hand-to-hand fight between Caine and a henchman in IPCRESS a really masterful one is the barfight-shootout in RAIDERS. The chase in THE ROCK is indeed an abysmal piece of filmmaking. A more recent example is the mess known as THE DARK KNIGHT which was inexplicably a megahit surpassing BATMAN BEGINS in popularity and boxoffice (God knows why BEGINS was quite good while KNIGHT had some of the worst, most incomprehensible action photography and editing EVER. It also totally wasted the talents of two of our greatest actors, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman their supporting characters carried over from BEGINS were given NOTHING to do in KNIGHT! To have these two guys for a film and not do ANYTHING with them! Sheeesh!!!!) I look forward to whatever Bogdanovich and/or Tarantino do next now those guys are FILMMAKERS.