WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Speech’ rises, ‘Town’ hovers, foreign list

Posted by · 5:54 pm · September 24th, 2010

At Toronto, “The King’s Speech” scooped the Audience Award, recently a harbinger of Oscar success. (Days later, a trailer landed.)

This week’s Off the Carpet pondered the film’s rosy awards outlook, but also warned of the fickle nature of frontrunner status.

Guy’s seasonal Oscar column, The Long Shot, kicked off with a reminder to put the movies first. (He also tested the waters with some predictions.)

Following an unexpected display of box office muscle from “The Town,” we wondered how far it can go in the Oscar race.

With Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” looking to make its own box office charge, Kris voiced his dismay with the film.

Submissions for the foreign-language Oscar continued to roll in, with France, Denmark and Israel among the new entries. (Keep track with our ongoing submissions list.)

We picked through the list of rumored directors for the “Superman” reboot, adding a few names of our own.

An Oscar nomination for Mel Gibson in “The Beaver?” We think not.

Kris and Anne rounded up all this week’s (and last week’s) developments in our Oscar Talk podcast.

Finally, Chad continued to remind us why none of this really matters, revisiting some of the greatest un-Oscared films of the late 1970s.

[Photo: The Weinstein Company]

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6 responses so far

  • 1 9-24-2010 at 6:30 pm

    Speaking English said...

    You… speak of yourself in the third person?

  • 2 9-24-2010 at 6:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Staff. There. :)

  • 3 9-24-2010 at 6:56 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, the wrap speaks for the whole site — we try not to give it too much of an individual voice.

  • 4 9-24-2010 at 9:51 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Ah-HA! I *knew* I wasn’t the only one who thought that was odd!

  • 5 9-25-2010 at 9:31 am

    Maxim said...

    The trailer for the King’s Speech, apart from giving away what seems like a large part of the movie, really did very little for me. Maybe if I saw the movie prior to seeing the trailer… but even then, it feels a bit “small”.

  • 6 9-26-2010 at 9:31 pm

    Ben M. said...

    I agree with Kris’ take on Money Never Sleeps, Douglas was sharp but for the most part this was a real missed opportunity. The oddest thing is how despite being a sequel to one of Stone’s earlier movies, this is his first film where it didn’t feel like it was a Stone movie at all. Aside from the credits and Stone’s cameo, it felt more like an Andy Tenant movie, though it is not Stone’s worst film (I don’t seeing any movie taking that away from Alexander).

    Also, as we talk about how box office success has helped The Town’s oscar chances, it is worth noting that the film had a very solid second weekend hold despite Money Never Sleeps going after a similar audience.