9/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · September 1st, 2010

Thomas Gladysz on the rarity of giving an Honorary Oscar to a film historian, in this case, 2010 honoree Kevin Brownlow. [The Huffington Post]

Roger Ebert sprinkles four stars on “The American,” which opens today. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Gregory Ellwood makes 10 predictions about the 2010-2011 Oscar season. [Awards Campaign]

Michael Douglas declares he will beat the cancer that has invaded his throat. [People]

Scott Feinberg points to, in my view, flimsy reasons not to hang your hat on a likely Best Picture nomination for what will be the highest grossing, most critically acclaimed film of the year.  “The 10” changes everything… [ScottFeinberg.com]

Peter Knegt points out 10 things the fall festivals should tell us about the awards season. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: Focus Features]

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  • 1 9-01-2010 at 11:51 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    I wish Mr. Douglas the best.

  • 2 9-01-2010 at 12:04 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    I’ll be seeing The American tonight. Can’t wait, it looks like a slow, beautiful burn.

    Sidenote, I noticed you removed Nolan from the Best Director section. I know you’ve been sensing that the film itself could be left out of Best Picture, but the consensus I’ve been getting is that people almost unanimously admire Nolan’s directorial work on the film.

  • 3 9-01-2010 at 12:12 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    Yeah, wtf Romanek? That strikes me as silly at best, extremely biased against Inception at worst. People love Inception, even if you don’t.

  • 4 9-01-2010 at 12:18 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I love Inception. AMPAS members: not as much. The online geek press is not the end all of a film’s perception. And let’s face it: The Dark Knight did better with critics and audiences and couldn’t get in. It would have with 10, which is why Inception is still in my Best Pic predictions, but unless the season lays an egg, I think keeping Nolan out makes sense. After all, they didn’t increase THAT category to 10, now did they.

    I don’t know why Romanek is “silly at best,” though, since I imagine you haven’t seen the film. Neither have I, of course, but I’ve talked to some who have and I’m not making any such strong proclamations. It’s just a pre-festival overview.

  • 5 9-01-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Michael Douglas on Letterman was heartbreaking. “How about a hug?” – Douglas to Letterman. Damn.

    Get well, and if he’s got one role left in him, make it Liberace, no?

  • 6 9-01-2010 at 1:24 pm

    Kevin K said...

    I suppose that makes sense. We’ll just have to see how the field and the season as a whole plays out. Nolan could get a lot of critics notices, but right now it’s all pure speculation until late October methinks. Your reasoning does make sense though. I’m not sure I see David o’Russell getting nominated, as the buzz I’ve been hearing on The Fighter is mostly for Bale and Whalberg.

  • 7 9-01-2010 at 1:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “…right now it’s all pure speculation until late October methinks…”

    I fully agree, and I wish the readers who get all up in arms would understand that I do. The season is about ebbing and flowing.

  • 8 9-01-2010 at 1:45 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    For Colored Girls officially switched to Nov. 5

  • 9 9-01-2010 at 1:45 pm

    Kevin K said...

    Absolutely. I won’t really get to see any awards films until Austin Film Fest in October, so until we’ve all seen the films in question and critics awards start pouring in, there’s really no way to know who or what will stick around. Early September last year no one thought The Hurt Locker could maintain buzz and that either Precious or Up in the Air would sweep the awards. Look how that turned out. As we’ve always maintained, no one really knows anything, just have to go with your gut.

  • 10 9-01-2010 at 2:40 pm

    Josh said...

    The Feinberg article is baffling (about as much as the majority of comments agreeing) for a lot of reasons.

    First, as you point out, the reasons are very flimsy. Why is it that only two third installments in a franchise have been nominated for Best Picture? Isn’t that because, true or otherwise, most third installments are perceived as being, you know, crappy?

    Second, the animation bias is what it is, but if Up gets a Best Picture nod, it’s hard to see the highest-grossing, most critically acclaimed movie of the year (potentially Disney’s highest-grossing film ever, worldwide) not getting in with 10 nominees.

    And third, the old-people syndrome isn’t exactly quantifiable. Couldn’t it be argued (about as weakly, I grant you) that Tom Hanks is a) widely beloved in Hollywood, b) a high-profile Academy member, and c) the lead of Toy Story 3, so the nomination is in the cards?

    The article would be different, of course, if Feinberg was arguing if it would win or not (Inception and Toy Story 3 are my top two films of the year so far, and even if both get nominated, I will be shocked if either wins).

  • 11 9-01-2010 at 2:42 pm

    Josh said...

    And that was a lot longer than I’d thought it was going to be; sorry for the length of the comment.

  • 12 9-01-2010 at 3:43 pm

    Fitz said...

    Sadly enough I don’t see Inception or Toy Story 3 making a splash. Other genre films like Shutter Island and Black Swan have poor chances as well.

    I am however willing to go out on a limb and say David Fincher will win the Oscar for Best Director this year.

  • 13 9-01-2010 at 4:59 pm

    Maxim said...

    I was very underwhelmed by Toy Story 3 and speaking frankly don’t think it’s anywhere close Best Picture material qualitywise. Whether it does get nominated is another story entirely. I’d support Wall-E. TS3 not so much.

  • 14 9-01-2010 at 8:57 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    Just got back from The American. LOVED it. I knew I would like it but I never really expected to find it so compelling, beautiful, and tragic. I need to check out Control, as I’ve never seen it. But I have to say, Clooney was fantastic, if uncharacteristically subtle and subdued. One of the finest films of the year by a long shot. Every frame was like a painting. I will definitely be seeing it again, if for no other reason than to just watch the film in awe of the sheer beauty on display. But there’s a lot of spiritual, philosophical, and intellectual stuff to chew on, plenty to merit a repeat viewing IMO.

  • 15 9-02-2010 at 3:25 pm

    SJG said...

    I’m not convinced that TS3 is of Best Picture quality, but it’s clearly going to be nominated, and I wouldn’t be all that shocked to see it win, frankly. Kind of too bad, though, that the first real animated film contender for BP is considerably less deserving than many that couldn’t even make it into the field for the past several years.