9/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s Oscar hopes, Brolin’s peculiar suggestions, flurry of Toronto purchases

Posted by · 9:39 am · September 20th, 2010

Tom O’Neil wrangles up perspectives on Justin Timberlake’s Oscar potential for “The Social Network.” [Gold Derby]

Steven Zeitchik sits down with “Catfish” directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. [Los Angeles Times]

Debating the ethics of movie spoilage on a user-generated web encyclopedia might be the very definition of futility, but the Gray Lady gives it a shot. [New York Times]

Claudia Puig chats up Anthony Hopkins and his latest outing, Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” [USA Today]

Josh Brolin, meanwhile, wanted to jazz up his character in the film with some Dr. Strangelove-like spice (in an item reported from the film’s press notes). [Movieline]

David Poland continues his “Never Let Me Go” love-gasm.  After talking to just about everyone involves, he goes back to the Mark Romanek well, this time joined by author Kazuo Ishiguro. [Movie City News]

Back at Toronto, a flurry of sales closed out the fest, the most significant of which was probably Focus picking up Mike Mills’s “Beginners.”  You’ll recall Anne mentioned it as a potential awards play for Christopher Plummer in this weekend’s podcast. [Deadline]

And Justin Chang and Peter Debruge wrap up the fest by addressing the trends of its 35th annual year. [Variety]




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  • 1 9-20-2010 at 9:52 am

    caro said...

    i blame Fincher for 2 things:Kristen Steward(even if she’s well casted in “runaways”) and to give legitimacy as actor to Timberlake

  • 2 9-20-2010 at 11:03 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    It would appear that Timberlake has given legitimacy as an actor to Timberlake … by being quite good. How dare he?

    And Stewart impressed in “The Safety of Objects” before “Panic Room,” by the way. So blame Rose Troche, if you must. Or we could not blame anyone, and accept that she, too, has talent.

    (PS. The past tense of “cast” is still “cast.”)

  • 3 9-20-2010 at 11:04 am

    Sean C. said...

    We’ve known that Timberlake was a talented comedian for a while, so I suppose him being a credible actor is a logical progression.

  • 4 9-20-2010 at 12:10 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I still think he was quite good in Alpha Dog.

  • 5 9-20-2010 at 12:30 pm

    James D. said...

    What is bad about Kristen Stewart?

  • 6 9-20-2010 at 12:43 pm

    RyanT said...

    I’d sooner blame Stephanie Meyer for giving us the dead weight character that is Bella Swan than blame Kristen Stewart. She has been good in other movies not about vampires.

    As for Timberlake, he deserves his Emmy Award for hosting SNL and seems to be more than just a pretty face who can carry a tune.

  • 7 9-20-2010 at 2:30 pm

    SJG said...

    I find Kristin Stewart painfully unwatchable in everything I’ve ever seen her in, but I’ve always been genuinely surprised at Justin Timberlake’s talent. He’s not “one of the greats” by any shot, and I can’t imagine he’s going to get any serious Oscar consideration for “The Social Network” (or anything else, not for a long while), but he’s a thoroughly competent actor.

  • 8 9-20-2010 at 2:42 pm

    caro said...

    sorry but in France, we haven’t the same idea about Timberlake’s acting and Stewart’s acting!

  • 9 9-20-2010 at 2:49 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Hosting SNL doesn’t make you a better if not good actor…

    Timberlake is just as dorky in person so i don’t think he’s acting there…

  • 10 9-20-2010 at 3:32 pm

    Ali E. said...

    Something completely off-topic…

    Kris, I believe you should consider Secretariat as a highly probable Art Direction nominee at the next update of the column. Thomas Sanders is a respected guy who never won and the film will be pushed hard in general. I don’t believe it will get in the top categories. Not just yet. But such a big American period piece is bound to get a nod for its sets, imo…

  • 11 9-20-2010 at 4:19 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’ve never not considered it highly, to be honest. Certainly after seeing the film I thought he was formidable but I want to see if it out and out tanks with critics first (which it could, or they could give it a pass).

  • 12 9-20-2010 at 4:22 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “But such a big American period piece is bound to get a nod for its sets, imo…”

    The 1970s isn’t exactly that branch’s favorite period. But the film is at #7 on the Art Direction contenders chart, so of course it’s being considered.