11/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Animated short qualifiers, chatting up Sakamoto, forecasting good things for ‘Lincoln’

Posted by · 8:14 am · November 29th, 2010

Todd Gilchrist talks to the Oscar-winning composer of “The Last Emperor,” Ryûichi Sakamoto. [Cinematical]

John Lopez, like everyone else, I imagine, is already forecasting a major Oscar presence for Steve Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film. [Little Gold Men]

Exclusively revealing the 33 animated shorts qualifying for this year’s Oscar race. [Cartoon Brew]

Brian Brooks talks “The King’s Speech” with director Tom Hooper. [indieWIRE]

Amy Kaufman chats up the “Black Swan” Yin and Yang Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. [Los Angeles Times]

Steve Pond, meanwhile, wonders whether that film and “The Fighter” are “too weird for the Academy.” [The Odds]

Pete Hammond sits down with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace. [Deadline]

[Photo: Plymptoons]

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  • 1 11-29-2010 at 9:05 am

    americanrequiem said...

    theyll be an awards presence for tintin and war horse as well id guess

  • 2 11-29-2010 at 10:44 am

    Maxim said...

    They didn’t move “War Horse” to December because they needed more time to finish the movie. Enough said.

  • 3 11-29-2010 at 11:09 am

    Silencio said...

    “Or maybe, just maybe, Steven Spielberg, humbled by the immensity of the task he is at last undertaking, will reach deep inside his cavernous wells of experience and talent to produce something that will shock us moviegoers who so smugly think we know exactly what a “Steven Spielberg film” is. ”

    this is exactly what i’m hoping for.

  • 4 11-29-2010 at 12:59 pm

    Maxim said...

    I think this is an incredibly dumb (and dare I say it, ungrateful) thing to say about the Spielberg. I am talking about the rather dissmisive “just maybe” bits and others like it.

    Can we please give the man some credit here? How many people can honestly say that they got exactly what they were expecting in pretty much any movie Spielberg has made? In particular, how many can honestly say this about Munich or the much underrated and enormously moving Amistad with it’s brutal opening scene and full frontal nudity, etc?

    I was actually goint to post something earlies about that our idea of Spielberg’s Lincoln, once we get past certain images is really rather abstract.

    If there is one director working who had constanstly shifted gears it’s this man. You don’t know what a Spielberg film is. I don’t care how smug you are, I will call your BS. Not the man who did Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can the same year. It’s not just a question of range either. It’s not here he goes doing something else again. The man has genuinly different looking films even within the same genre.

    And to get back on Lincoln, it has already defined what people think it will be. It is NOT a biopic and despite us already knowing the film will only span a few years, I am willing to bet that this is going to be the primary point of conversation after the film opens. It is also, apparently not a Civil Wars epic.
    But be it through words, or through imagery an epic we will get of that I am sure.

    There is a lot we do not know. What we do know, however is that Spielberg is a right man for his film, that it is a project that took as long to get developed as it took to get it written and I do believe that, if nothing else is a reason not to excited.

    Why should Spielberg be humbled? He faced bigger directorial challenges before and done so succesfully. And do we want a fawning portrait made by someone who feels he is working on a privililedge? Of course not! The director should be excited and maybe have a healhy dose of fear but no humbled.

    And to be honest, I don’t share the view that the film should be “shocking”. It is not the right word and only the shallowest, instant gratification types would want that. Shocking is easy, always had been. I want stunning and definitive in its place.

    Hoo ah!

  • 5 11-29-2010 at 1:02 pm

    Maxim said...

    Sorry about all of the typos and punctuation errors. I’ll try to be more careful from now (that means proofreading my material before I submit it, as opposed to after).

  • 6 11-29-2010 at 4:28 pm

    James D. said...

    I hope there is a lot of Daniel Plainview in Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Lincoln. I hope he bludgeons Jefferson Davis with a bowling pin.