OSCAR TALK: Ep. 30 — Reporting from Telluride and Venice

Posted by · 11:41 am · September 3rd, 2010

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In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, a one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change on route to Oscar’s stage and we’re here to address it all as it unfolds.

Today we’re chatting from the Telluride and Venice festivals respectively. The former is just gearing up while the latter has bowed a number of films already (I’m sure you’ve caught Guy’s coverage). So Anne has more to say about the movies today than I do, but this is what’s on the docket…

The week’s buzz has been dominated by Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” which debuted at Venice Wednesday. Anne discusses her thoughts and still has reservations on awards prospects, given the material.

Anne also caught Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” which she thought was incredibly straight-forward and to the film’s detriment, as well as Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” which sounds like a feast for fans of the filmmaker.

I run through the Telluride line-up with some must-sees and catch-ups on the list, nothing you haven’t read here already but some further pondering on my part.

I can’t help myself. I had to talk about Claudia Cardinale and last night’s outdoor screening of “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

Which segues us to Anne’s thoughts on “Machete,” which she says borrows plenty from Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. And she had a blast with it.

With awards surveys ready to pick up, we talk about the task of picking 15 films for David Poland’s Gurus o’ Gold. Should that include Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” which was announced today for a November release?

Next week I should have more to say about these films, but for now, have a listen to the new podcast below. I kicked it off with a rather obvious music cue. There may be some audio issues due to internet/construction/air conditioning, but it’s not too bad. There is some meandering, talking festival experiences, a bit looser than normal.

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  • 1 9-03-2010 at 11:51 am

    tony rock said...

    Just noticed you traded Nolan for Mark Romanek? Okay…and why would Nolan be the one who’s booted, hm? Sorry, but I just dont see Never Let Me Go being showy enough for the Academy to nominate Romanek, much less even Mike Leigh, despite how much they may like him.

  • 2 9-03-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Bryan C. said...

    Hi Kris, I picked up some wild rumors over at The Playlist about a ‘Tree of Life’ screening this weekend at Telluride. They claim that Brad Pitt is already there. Is there any truth to that? Did you hear anything?

    Here’s the link:

  • 3 9-03-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    The showiest director can often be the one booted. Just ask Baz Luhrmann.

  • 4 9-03-2010 at 12:49 pm

    Dooby said...

    I agree that for Black Swan to have awards success it needs to have continued critical and also arthouse appeal further in the season. But if it continues to recieve such rave notices I think it might end up being a big contender!
    Guy & Anne what do you think are the chance of it winning the Golden Lion and also have you guys been hearing the rumours that ‘The Tourist’ is the suprise film in Venice?

  • 5 9-03-2010 at 12:58 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I know what the surprise film is. I won’t disrespect the festival by revealing it, but it’s not The Tourist. (Nor is it The Tree of Life, for any people who were still hoping.)

  • 6 9-03-2010 at 1:01 pm

    Andrew M said...

    When Anne says “hazard” 127 Hours and The Social Network, does she mean she is putting them at the top or at the bottom. 127 Hours I understand putting at the bottom, but The Social Network?

  • 7 9-03-2010 at 1:02 pm

    Ivan said...

    If Tree of Life get an october release, Brad Pitt will be a lock for a best supporting actor nomination.

  • 8 9-03-2010 at 1:30 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Because…. ?

    That film is a lock for precisely nothing, not least because we still don’t know what the hell it is.

  • 9 9-03-2010 at 1:39 pm

    jiveturkey said...

    Andrew M- She said she’d hazard The Social Network based on the early response, which was overwhelmingly positive, so I would think that means she’s putting at or around the top.

  • 10 9-03-2010 at 1:53 pm

    jiveturkey said...

    Also, I think the surprise film is Devil.


  • 11 9-03-2010 at 2:07 pm

    Danielle said...


    Did you see Never Let Me Go this morning? :)

  • 12 9-03-2010 at 3:44 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No, Danielle, it’s tonight. I mis-typed yesterday.

    There are two “surprise films” by the way.

  • 13 9-03-2010 at 4:03 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Jiveturkey- That’s what I thought, but she mentioned 127 Hours, a film I’m excited about but not sure about awards.

    Kris-Tree of Life, most likely no, but I’m throwing it out there.
    Black Swan
    Does 127 hours count since you already mentioned it?

  • 14 9-03-2010 at 6:27 pm

    Drew said...

    “Sexy R-rated lesbian sex.” Anne you just made my night.

    Great podcast. I have become addicted to these things.

  • 15 9-03-2010 at 7:17 pm

    jiveturkey said...

    Not to be nitpicky, put Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself(2009) received a “fresh”, albeit barely, 60% on RT, so has been well-reviewed once.

  • 16 9-03-2010 at 7:17 pm

    jiveturkey said...

    edit- but, not put.