11/5 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Boyle on ‘127 Hours’ faintings, best in animated villainy, lead actresses must suffer

Posted by · 8:46 am · November 5th, 2010

Steve Pond gets Danny Boyle’s thoughts on this rash of faintings at screenings of “127 Hours.” [The Odds]

Sasha Stone calls 2010 (so far) one of the best years for film in recent history. [Awards Daily]

“Megamind” gets Josh Wigler thinking about the best animated villains of all time. [MTV Movies Blog]

Marc Lee on the best of Mike Leigh. [Daily Telegraph]

David Poland runs down a stacked Best Actor field. [Movie City News]

Ditto Pete Hammond. [Deadline]

Jeffrey Wells, meanwhile, sings Rachel McAdams’s praises in “Morning Glory” and notes that the performance is doomed for Oscar because of lack of suffering. [Hollywood Elsewhere]

Cinema Eye announces nonfiction film nominees for 2011 honors. [Cinema Eye Honors]

[Photo: Walt Disney Pictures]

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  • 1 11-05-2010 at 9:36 am

    James D. said...

    I can’t agree at all with the idea that 2010 has been a good year. Then again, the films I am likely to love (Somewhere, Black Swan, Another Year) have not crossed my radar, so maybe it is not fair to judge. Of the films Sasha mentions, I either have not seen them, did not love them, or they have not come out yet.

    2007 is still the best year in a long time for me. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, There Will Be Blood, I’m Not There, No Country for Old Men, The Diving Bell and Butterfly is a hard batch to top.

  • 2 11-05-2010 at 9:38 am

    James D. said...

    Also, I am young enough for The Lion King to have been released when I was in the prime demographic. Scar was a little too effeminate, but the hyenas were terrifying.

  • 3 11-05-2010 at 9:43 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Well, I guess we should take Sasha’s word for it, since she feels life more than us young people and is better than everyone else.

  • 4 11-05-2010 at 9:44 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 5 11-05-2010 at 9:59 am

    Frank Lee said...

    I hope Sasha is right. I live in a backwater and won’t see most of these films until they are on DVD. But it doesn’t bode well that the first movie mentioned was “Inception.”

  • 6 11-05-2010 at 10:10 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s a pretty solid year. IMO.

  • 7 11-05-2010 at 11:06 am

    Maxim said...

    I may sound cinical but I don’t believe Sasha’s words are anything more than a very roundabout way of promoting “Shutter Island”. I know how these things work. Especially since she can get with using vague phrases like “recent memory”. If I was a betting man I’d bet she’s referring to every year after ’06. And that’s just not true.

    There were some very good movies and things will only get better, but it was one of the quietest summers I can remember. Through the same point 08 and 09 would both beat this solid year in my opinion.

    But then again, the year I consider to be the best of the decade filmwise – 2002, rarely ever gets mentioned. It’s all pretty subjective.

  • 8 11-05-2010 at 11:17 am

    Maxim said...

    That is to say that Sasha may well be right, if only because I haven’t seen as much as she did.

    “Scar was a little too effeminate, but the hyenas were terrifying.”

    Hyenas were pretty terrifying to me too but Scar was downright hateful. I found his whole demeanor to be abosutely wicked. Best 90s Disney film for me.

  • 9 11-05-2010 at 11:23 am

    Michael said...

    I think this year has been great at the movies, just not very consistent. It was a very back-loaded year, which isn’t a bad thing as long as good flicks are being released. I’d prefer things to be more evenly spaced, but that is not how things are done so I just have to deal with it. I only wish movies took less time to be released on a wider scale. I know it is expensive to release a film in theaters, but I can’t help but be jealous that certain films only ever get releases in LA and NY, or aren’t released in theaters (or on DVD) elsewhere for many months after. I still haven’t seen Cyrus or Life During Wartime (which never made it to a theater near me) and I have no idea when I will actually get to see White Material, Blue Valentine, Another Year, Biutiful, Rabbit Hole, Tabloid, etc. – although I am positive almost all of them will be released eventually where I live, I might have to wait until February or March and by that point the excitement has long since died down. It’s just a bummer but, oh well, sorry for that rant, back to positive thoughts!

  • 10 11-05-2010 at 11:47 am

    Al said...

    Honest John from Pinocchio should be on that list.

  • 11 11-05-2010 at 5:51 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    solid year my ass. That’s an insane pronouncement. 2009 and 2007 were great years for film. This? no. Especially a tremendously bad year for American indie films.