OSCAR TALK: Ep. 36 — London fest, ‘Carlos,’ foreign film race, NC-17 for ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘All Good Things’ and more with special guests Guy Lodge and Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:00 am · October 15th, 2010

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your 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 en route to Oscar’s stage and we’re here to address it all as it unfolds.

This week we’re happy to be joined by In Contention’s own Guy Lodge and indieWIRE‘s Peter Knegt, both calling from London where the London Film Festival has just kicked off. Plenty to chew on with four voices on the mic so let’s see what’s on the docket…

With Guy and Peter in London it’s a good time to offer up a preview of sorts for this year’s fest. The opening night film was “Never Let Me Go” (meeting a cool response similar to what it received Stateside), but both are enjoying playing a bit of catch-up on this title and that.

Guy, Anne and I caught up with Olivier Assayas’s “Carlos” recently — the five and a half hour cut, not the shortened theatrical version. We all admire it on different levels.

The Best Foreign Language Film submissions list landed this week with 65 countries represented. Guy has seen a number of these already (I tend to hold off until later in the year). He, Peter and Anne talk about what they’ve seen and what trajectory the category could take in a lengthy discussion.

Something all four of us have seen is Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine,” which was slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA this week. We discuss the implications and fairness of the decision.

Speaking of Ryan Gosling, Anne and I caught up with Andrew Jarecki’s “All Good Things” earlier in the week, and it was a train wreck by both our measures. Talk on that.

And once again, listener questions. This week we field queries concerning “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” documentary features aimed at the Best Picture category, “Black Swan”’s Oscar potential and Lesley Manville’s lead actress campaign for “Another Year.”

Have a listen to the new podcast below (with The Clash leading the way, naturally). If the file cuts off for you at any time, remember you can click the download link to save it directly or play from the source. (It can be tougher to mix with four, so if there are slight sound issues, apologies.) And as always, remember to subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.

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  • 1 10-17-2010 at 2:02 am

    Kevin said...

    @Kris: How long was the podcast? I downloaded it and it cuts off after around 20 minutes.

    I’ve also had the same issue with episodes 30, 31, 32. Is anyone else having the same issue?

  • 2 10-17-2010 at 6:03 am

    Katie said...

    Loved the 4 way.

    I’ve been listening since #1, and I was fearing the change but really enjoyed the input of other commentators.

    Great podcast.

  • 3 10-17-2010 at 9:06 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Kevin: I’ve heard this before. First, are you using Internet Explorer? I know it works just fine on Firefox and Safari.

    Second, try clicking the download link to direct to the full file rather than playing via the player.

  • 4 10-17-2010 at 4:36 pm

    daveylow said...

    Thanks so much for another good installment of Oscar talk. I saw the Bier film in Toronto and I hope it gets a nomination. It’s a strong film with two very good child acting performances and an interesting subplot with a doctor working in Africa. A much better choice than Of Gods and Men, which I thought was in some ways too tasteful and slow. I hope you four catch it soon.

    I have to add my enthusiasm for Blue Valentine. I don’t know why the Weinstein Company is waiting until the end of the year to release it. Out of the 30 movies I watched in Toronto, it really stayed with me. A true labor of love.
    And it’s so rare to watch an accomplished adult film about love and its dissolution.

  • 5 10-17-2010 at 4:41 pm

    daveylow said...

    I need to add something about Natalie Portman.
    She gives a terrific performance in Love and Other Impossible Pursuits and it’s a shame that film was never released. I think if that film were shown, there would be no question of her being nominated for Black Swan.

    I don’t feel Another Year is just about the Leslie Manville character. I felt it was about the ensemble. Because she’s the friend of the main couple, I think it would make sense for her to be in supporting where she could win.

    I guess I’m alone in not thinking Bening was all that great in The Kids Are All Right but then I thought that film was highly overrated. She’s probably the favorite to win but I don’t think she deserves to.

  • 6 10-17-2010 at 4:44 pm

    daveylow said...

    Now that I’ve read all the comments I have to say I did not find Guy’s voice creepy at all.

  • 7 10-17-2010 at 4:45 pm

    James H. said...

    Knegt sounded like an adorably anxious teenager. I’d seen his photo a few times and that’s honestly exactly how I’d suspected he’d sound. How old is he, anyway?

    That aside, I loved this edition and the foursome should definitely be semi-regular.

  • 8 10-17-2010 at 9:06 pm

    rosengje said...

    I was really bothered by Anne’s dismissive attitude toward Derek Cianfrance’s reluctance to edit “Blue Valentine” down to what the MPAA deems acceptable. By all other accounts, the film’s use of sexuality is extremely tasteful and truthful to the material. And all of her repeated claims that the MPAA has consistently granted “this type of film” (whatever that means) an NC-17 rather than an R were noticeably presented without any examples to back them up. I have often felt like Anne tries to couch her opinions in terms of what the Academy’s preferences are or what this monolith of voters would like, but it just seemed to stick out more this time. As several commenters have noted with the enjoyable, more purely filmic, discussion of Carlos, there is a time to discuss a film on its own merits rather than what would most appeal to the Academy. This seemed like one of those opportunities. At least to me.

  • 9 10-17-2010 at 10:09 pm

    Everett said...

    Jim Broadbent should have been nominated for Harry Potter. That was one of the best performances of the last few years.

    But beyond that…what else has Harry Potter deserved that it hasn’t got? Which other actors deserved to get in? David Thewlis…maybe. Alan Rickman does not deserve to be nominated, as he’s been boring, monotonous, and low energy in a role that Tim Roth would have knocked out of the part. People who keep suggesting this are really just responding to the character and not the performance at all.

    The truth is, this series was done all wrong. These never should have been action movies, or blockbusters. We’ll hopefully get a low key miniseries on the BBC that focuses on the characters with less recognizable actors and a much smaller budget. Six or so episodes a series, one series for each book. The Warner Brothers series is just about making money.

  • 10 10-18-2010 at 10:13 pm

    Kevin said...

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you Kris.
    I’m using Google Chrome – are you aware of the compatibility issues with this browser?

    “Second, try clicking the download link to direct to the full file rather than playing via the player.”

    By this comment, do you mean right-clicking on the word “download” and saving the file? When I click the download link, it opens a player (in a separate window). Then, I’ve been right-clicking the player and saving the file. Sometimes the entire file has downloaded and other times it’s been cut off.

    Sorry to get all technical on you and everything – I just love these podcasts so much! From what I was able to listen to, the four-way format worked a treat. I say, more four-ways in future! And more Guy too – his voice is lovely to listen to!

  • 11 10-19-2010 at 12:46 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Actually either method should work, but if not, I don’t know what the issue is. Tried iTunes?

  • 12 10-19-2010 at 12:49 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Just tried it on Google Chrome (on a Mac). Seems to work. Puzzling.

  • 13 10-25-2010 at 7:43 pm

    Jason said...

    I’m pretty bummed that All Good Things didn’t turn out to be better. How was Kirsten Dunst’s performance? After hearing from everyone who has seen a screening, they said that she was amazing. What do you think?