Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 1:07 am · November 12th, 2010

Better late than never.  Maybe this can fill up with enough interesting queries before tomorrow morning’s recording session.  Have at it.

→ 37 Comments Tags: | Filed in: Daily

37 responses so far

  • 1 11-12-2010 at 1:13 am

    Chris said...

    With Gwyneth Paltrow on the CMA’s sparking talk about best original song, which songs do you think will make the cut this year? What about best original score too?

  • 2 11-12-2010 at 1:34 am

    Michael said...

    Who will be first to win a best director oscar: PT Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Andrew Dominik or Alfonso Cuaron? Will any?

  • 3 11-12-2010 at 1:44 am

    Brady said...

    First off, of the long shot best picture candidates like How To Train Your Dragon, The Town, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, etc. which do you think has the best chance?

    And speaking of the Town: it’s not really getting any other awards buzz besides a dark horse best picture nomination. Do you think with the 10 we will see a best picture nominee with just the lone nomination? Could The Town be it?

  • 4 11-12-2010 at 2:07 am

    Anna said...

    Do think there could be a film that very few are currently predicting to be a major Oscar contender but somehow ends up surprising?

  • 5 11-12-2010 at 2:34 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Why isn’t Fair Game (more) in the conversation?

  • 6 11-12-2010 at 2:45 am

    Dennis said...

    What do you think is more relevant when it comes to winning an Oscar? The performance itself, or the narrative of the contender? For example, Annette Bening has this “overdue” narrative due to her three previous nominations. Many think she has an advantage over Portman due to this. Basically, what I am asking is do you think most Academy members vote based solely on the performance, or do they let other factors influence their decision? I admit it’s a thin line: Bridges wasn’t my choice last year, but if I were a voter I would have likely given him the win because he’s been around for so long, and it was, at the very least, a good performance.

  • 7 11-12-2010 at 2:50 am

    Alex (in Movieland) said...


    Is Helena Bonham Carter the front-runner to win Best Supporting Actress? I think that the younger voters like her because she’s funny, unconventional at times, likeable & married to Tim Burton. And the older voters will enjoy the performance because she’s playing a serious historical figure in a BP frontrunner.

  • 8 11-12-2010 at 3:45 am

    Markku said...

    So, The Fighter: Picture and Director possible? Is Bale good enough to win? Leo or Adams or both for Supporting Actress? And is Wahlberg finished as acontender (given his unenthusiastic reviews)?

  • 9 11-12-2010 at 4:43 am

    amanda said...

    Have you heard anything about “How do you know”? yeah I know the trailer is bad, but other than that.

  • 10 11-12-2010 at 5:08 am

    A said...

    What movie/performance is going to surprise us all in the coming months by shooting to the top of the Oscar buzzmeter a la “Crazy Heart” and Jeff Bridges last season?

  • 11 11-12-2010 at 5:09 am

    Larry said...

    I believe Shirley Booth is the only person to win an Oscar for Best Actress while in her 50s. Is this going to be a factor working against Annette Bening?

  • 12 11-12-2010 at 5:16 am

    Jason said...

    Hey Kris!

    Do you see any case for Nicole Kidman emerging as a late/surprise front runner in the Best Actress category?

    Particularly if Julianne Moore sneaks into the race and splits votes with Annette Bening, and general support for Black Swan (in the non-actress races) remains tepid?

    Do you think there’s a chance that her performance is still flying under the radar, because Rabbit Hole hasn’t attracted enough eyeballs yet?

    Or is she firmly in the ‘happy to get another nomination’ category?

  • 13 11-12-2010 at 5:19 am

    MZ said...

    Does Tangled have the potential to upset Toy Story 3 in the Animated Race? Would be one of the biggest stories if it happened. But I think its possible, voters might think Toy Story has been rewarded with a BP nomination, and also want to break Pixar’s stranglehold on the animated category wins….thoughts?

  • 14 11-12-2010 at 5:25 am

    Loyal said...

    It seems that a consensus has already formed on 9 of the 10 BP eventual nominees (127 Hours, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and The Way Back).

    Assuming that there really is only spot remaining, which film would you most want or expect to be nominated? And is there room for a surprise in that 10th spot?

  • 15 11-12-2010 at 5:37 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    Kris, this isn’t a question, but I just saw something this morning that really shook me to my core in two minutes. It’s the new trailer for “Battle: Los Angeles”, and before you tell me it’s not your cup of tea, let me say that it’s the best trailer that I have seen all year long! Check it out. It’s phenomenal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORb3zC8z94w

  • 16 11-12-2010 at 5:56 am

    Andrej said...

    I don’t know if you’ve already shared your thoughts on this, but what’s your opinion on the somewhat lenghty speeches given at the Oscars by fellow actors and friends to each one of the acting nominees?

    Personally, I think that while they can be nice and honest speeches, they go on for far too long for what it’s a fairly predictable award. I’d say bring the clips back already for all categories.

  • 17 11-12-2010 at 6:04 am

    JJ1 said...

    Has the ship come and gone completely for Colored Girls; meaning no noms for the supp. actresses?

    Also, how do you see the Best Supp. Actor race?

    I think it’s fascinating: Bale gives – arguably, and from what I hear – the best performance of the lot in a mainstream hit; Ed Harris has the overdue factor and is the heart of ‘TWB’; and Rush has the ‘King’s Speech’ sweep factor, but has won already, etc..

    Do you see the race as btwn. those 2-3 people, and who would win of them at this juncture?

  • 18 11-12-2010 at 6:12 am

    Julian Stark said...

    Deadline reported that “For Colored Girls” would be receiving campaigns in both Actress and Supporting Actress. Do you know which actresses will be campaigned in Lead and which will be pushed in Supporting?

  • 19 11-12-2010 at 6:22 am

    w11 said...

    Of the four acting races, which do you feel will be the most likely to produce a surprise nominee come Oscar nomination morning? (Think Maggie Gyllenhaal last year popping up in Supporting Actress).

  • 20 11-12-2010 at 6:27 am

    Dean said...

    What could critics push through?

  • 21 11-12-2010 at 6:33 am

    Jon said...

    Do you think Natalie Portman could win over Anette Bening in the Best Actress race? The critic’s seem to be on her side, but is that enough?

  • 22 11-12-2010 at 6:47 am

    James said...

    So would you say Bale is as good as in? Any other oscar hopefuls for The Fighter?

  • 23 11-12-2010 at 6:51 am

    Oliver said...

    You have banners all over the in contention website angling Gemma Jones for a supporting nom for Woody’s latest, Tall Dark Stranger. Is there any chance of that happening or are they just flailing in the dark? If this is the case, what does the studio gain in mounting a pointless push?

  • 24 11-12-2010 at 7:06 am

    El Duderino said...

    This kind of adds to the questions about supporting actor. Do you think Rush is the outright front-runner? Is his performance really that good? It seems like Firth is the one who really shines in that film. Rush looks very good, but it doesn’t look like he particularly stands out. The Academy has been going for showy over the past few years, and it seems like Bale might be the one to fit that bill (unless Damon comes along and blows us away).

  • 25 11-12-2010 at 7:15 am

    Chris said...

    What are “Burlesque’s” chances in the the Best Original Song category?

  • 26 11-12-2010 at 7:33 am

    Maxim said...

    “I believe Shirley Booth is the only person to win an Oscar for Best Actress while in her 50s. Is this going to be a factor working against Annette Bening?”

    This question needs to be rephrased. “It” (meaning Shirley Booth winning the Oscar) won’t work against Bening but the age factor might.

  • 27 11-12-2010 at 7:34 am

    ann said...

    Do you think the fighter has a chance to win best picture?

  • 28 11-12-2010 at 7:35 am

    Maxim said...

    “Have you heard anything about “How do you know”? yeah I know the trailer is bad, but other than that.”

    Other than that there is nothing bad about the trailer.

    My own question is very simple: any idea when “How Do You Know and “True Grit” will be screened for critics?

  • 29 11-12-2010 at 8:04 am

    Keil Shults said...

    What exactly is going on with The Way Back at this point? Does it still have a chance to be bought by a larger studio who can market it well in time for awards season, or has it already found its home? If so, what awards/release strategy are they planning, if any? Also, let Anne know that her voice is very soothing, like the vocal version of swimming naked through a sea of poppies.

  • 30 11-12-2010 at 8:06 am

    Robert said...

    With all of the positive buzz and reviews Black Swan is getting, do you think that Natalie Portman could win for an Oscar for a role like this? I don’t remember there being a precedent for a performance like hers even being nominated, especially when I think of Mia Farrow, Catherine Devneuve, and Naomi Watts, who all played similarly tortured characters in Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion, and Mulholland Drive, respectively.

  • 31 11-12-2010 at 8:16 am

    Lucky said...

    What do you think of Supporting Actor being the category of the overdues this year? We have Bale, Ruffalo and Rockwell, who have never been nominated, and Ed Harris, who has never won. How can this help/hurt them if they’re all in the same situation?

  • 32 11-12-2010 at 8:27 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Oh yeah, if you ever use one of my questions, my name sounds like Kyle. ;-)

  • 33 11-12-2010 at 8:28 am

    Kyle said...

    Especially after her well received performance at the CMA awards this week, do you and Anne have any thoughts on the awards potential for Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong?

  • 34 11-12-2010 at 8:47 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Good point, Kyle. Jennifer Hudson proved that having a good singing voice can win you an Oscar for acting.

  • 35 11-12-2010 at 9:04 am

    Ella said...

    Would like your and Anne’s read on whether there’s still any chance that Julianne Moore or Lesley Manville will go Supporting.

  • 36 11-12-2010 at 10:26 am

    Joey said...

    I disagree that Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for having a good singing voice. She dominated an uneven movie and gave the audience someone to root for. She has a spectacular voice, but you can’t deny that her acting in “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” was gut-wrenching. No one has acted that powerfully in a movie musical in a LONG time.

    ANYWAY!!! Sorry, I was getting off topic, and I know how you hate that Kris.

    Do you know if The Kids Are All Right is losing enough steam to get bumped out of the Best Picture race? I fear that it will get knocked out for a year end release.

  • 37 11-12-2010 at 10:38 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    We just recorded. Thanks guys.

    (Though I have to ask. More on Manville and Moore? Really? REALLY?)