Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 3:52 pm · December 1st, 2010

You know the drill.  We’ll obviously be addressing “True Grit,” so no need to ask anything about that.  PLEASE LIMIT IT TO ONE QUESTION, and steer clear of specifics we’ve already covered.  The fresher the better.  Go!

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  • 1 12-01-2010 at 4:06 pm

    DylanS said...

    Do you believe that Franco’s selection as Host will affect his nomination and winning possibilities in a positive or negitave way? as I don’t believe a major acting nominee has ever hosted in the same year

  • 2 12-01-2010 at 4:09 pm

    Nelson said...

    If there were still only 5 nominees for Best Picture, what would be the 5 films that are the most likely nominees?

  • 3 12-01-2010 at 4:16 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    I’ve been asking this for a while now. Now that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is out, do you think that Alexandre Desplat will be nominated for both that and his score for “The King’s Speech”? I understand that “The King’s Speech” is in general Oscar territory, but Desplat’s score for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is arguably better. Your thoughts?

  • 4 12-01-2010 at 4:23 pm

    Joe I said...

    I just saw “How to Train Your Dragon” and absolutely loved it, particularly the score. I know that it has little chance in the Animated Feature category against Toy Story 3, but do you think it has any chance in the Best Original Score category, and what do you think is its toughest competition in that category?

  • 5 12-01-2010 at 4:27 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Also, FYI, we’ll certainly be discussing the hosts, too.

  • 6 12-01-2010 at 4:33 pm

    Danny King said...

    After reading the general reactions to The Fighter and The King’s Speech – as well as your write-up of True Grit – it appears that the Oscar race this year is involving more “populist-type cinema.” Do you think this is because of the ten Best Picture nominees, or just because filmmakers, such as the Coens, may feel at some point in their career that they just want to take a step back and create a more simple, popular piece of art?

    Looking at your predicted nominees right now, with titles such as Inception, The Town, The Social Network, etc., there really appears to be more wide-release type films in the bunch compared to years past with five nominees. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this, and if you think current filmmakers are being affected by it.

    Then again, it could just be coincidental timing, because with the ten Best Pic nominees last year, the Coens still snuck in with a very obscure film.

  • 7 12-01-2010 at 4:33 pm

    starbucks10172 said...

    Assuming that Boyle, Fincher, and Hooper are locks, what are the last 2 Directing spots looking like to you?

  • 8 12-01-2010 at 4:39 pm

    Parrill said...

    What do you do when everyone is talking about movies that you can’t see for another 3-4 weeks?

  • 9 12-01-2010 at 4:47 pm

    Patrick said...

    How much money does Secretariat have to make before it re-enters the Best Picture Discussion?

  • 10 12-01-2010 at 4:51 pm

    Georgia said...

    Will any of the critic’s groups choose something unexpected for their Best Film of the Year: edgier fare, artsier fare, or those love it/hate it films?

    Perhaps Black Swan, Never Let Me Go, White Materials, Somewhere, Ghost Writer, Hereafter etc.?

  • 11 12-01-2010 at 4:56 pm

    Authorized said...

    I noticed that the Best Picture nominations last year were evenly spread throughout the distribuors with only Sony having two in the race under different banners. I wondee if you think this will become a trend and that most studios will get one horse in the race?

  • 12 12-01-2010 at 5:01 pm

    Andrej said...

    Regarding the recently announced Satellite Awards nominations, there were some surprises like Mark Ruffalo, Helena Bonham Carter, Black Swan, Another Year not making it; Inception leading the nominations thanks to a strong presence in the tech fields; Scott Pilgrim getting an extra life, etc.

    Do you think these nominations are sure indicators of things to come, or they’re just an isolated event since they have infinite nominees for each category?

  • 13 12-01-2010 at 5:05 pm

    Roy said...

    How much attention do you feel academy members really pay to precedent in terms of winning and losing Oscars? Many who are picking Firth for actor cite how close he seemingly came last year, while others mention how a win for the Coens/Bridges is comparitively unlikely due to recent wins. How much of a factor is this precedent, particularly if it’s recent?

  • 14 12-01-2010 at 5:09 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    While I feel both Winter’s Bone and J-Law’s performance are a bit overrated, I don’t feel enough attention has been paid to John Hawkes. I think he was the best part of the movie and would like to know how you and Anne feel about both his performance and his chances for a nomination. Now I hate texting, but I just typed all that on my iPhone while stuck in my wife’s car, so I really hope you find time to answer this. Thanks.

  • 15 12-01-2010 at 5:29 pm

    ThinWhiteDuke said...

    Why was a film like “The Tourist” starring Depp (3 time Nominee), Jolie (2 time Nominee and former winner) and directed by von Donnersmarck, who’s film won best Foreign Oscar in 2007, never even mentioned as a potential Oscar factor at any point in the process? I don’t expect it to be of that level, but things like “Mourning Glory” and “Love and Other Drugs ” got discussed a ton. What made them more likely to make an Oscar splash than “The Tourist”? Has anyone seen it?

  • 16 12-01-2010 at 5:38 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I second ThinWhiteDuke’s comment. What IS the word on ‘The Tourist’?

    Everything about the movie/it’s release date/filmmakers/cast screams Oscar “potential”.

  • 17 12-01-2010 at 5:47 pm

    Graysmith said...

    How do you feel about The Illusionist’s odds for a Best Animated Feature Film nomination now that Tangled has been released to glowing reviews and boffo box office? I always figured the branch would want to nominate an artsy film along with the more commercial ones, but at the same time it’s hard to ignore the success of Tangled. Or could Tangled edge out How To Train Your Dragon instead?

  • 18 12-01-2010 at 5:55 pm

    Chuck said...

    What about the Musical/Comedy categories at the Globes? Could you also clarify the placement (Drama vs. Comedy) on films that might straddle the line?

  • 19 12-01-2010 at 6:11 pm

    Mr. Bernsey said...

    In your review, Kris, you wrote that “True Grit” surprisingly lacks a very notable Coen brothers touch, thus functioning more as a traditional Western. Do you think this will negatively affect the critical response to the film? If not, does this give it a better chance to succeed at the Oscars?

  • 20 12-01-2010 at 6:18 pm

    Loyal said...

    Graysmith I thought about asking that question as well but then I did a bit of research on the history of the Best Animated film category when 3 films were nominated.

    2001 – Shrek, Monsters Inc, Jimmy Neutron
    2003 – Brother Bear, Finding Nemo, Triplets of Belleville
    2004 – Shrek 2, The Incredibles, Shark Tale
    2005 – Wallace and Gromit, Corpse Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle
    2006 – Happy Feet, Cars, Monster House
    2007 – Surf’s Up, Ratatouille, Persepolis
    2008 – Bolt, WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda

    Only in 2003 and 2007 did voters go out of their way to nominate a small foreign artsy film in a field of three. That certainly doesn’t bode well in a year with three critically acclaimed and extremely successful films.

  • 21 12-01-2010 at 6:31 pm

    Anita said...

    The folks at Oscar Poker seem a lot more actively optimistic about The Social Network’s chances of a Best Picture win than you or Anne. Is it just wishful thinking on my part that the selection of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts is signifying something? Out with the old, in with the new? Like Jesse Eisenberg pulling a major upset with not only a nomination, but a win? I could not be a bigger fan of Colin Firth’s, but there would be something so extraordinary about seeing the Academy reward someone under 30 for the truly mesmerizing performance given by Eisenberg. Only Adrien Brody has done it before and, brilliant as that performance was, there was nothing youthful about it.

  • 22 12-01-2010 at 6:31 pm

    Brad said...

    When you guys have the time; is there any favorite television you watch and what are some of your favorite shows? Anything new this year you’d like to get recognized by HFPA and SAG?

  • 23 12-01-2010 at 6:36 pm

    Kyle T. said...

    Why is there a lack of buzz around Ben Affleck’s performance in The Town? With it being a potential Best Picture nominee, and one his strongest performances yet, is there a chance he could sneak in instead of Gosling, Eisenberg or Duvall?

  • 24 12-01-2010 at 6:40 pm

    Raffi said...

    This is just a technical question but do you guys know if the Black Swan score is going to be disqualified because of the use of Tchaikovsky’s work?

    It was just nominated under original score for the golden satellites, but that’s the golden satellites. =P

  • 25 12-01-2010 at 6:58 pm

    Chris said...

    Do you think “Burlesque” has a shot in some categories, maybe even a nod for Cher in Supporting Actress? If a film like “Nine” can get in, don’t you think it’s possible that “Burlesque” could?

  • 26 12-01-2010 at 7:04 pm

    kel said...

    How did you get into/find yourself in the blogosphere? How did you get your start?

  • 27 12-01-2010 at 7:04 pm

    BulgingThrobbingShroom said...

    Considering Academy’s tastes in this category and the timing of this intallment, do you think it is possible for the latest Harry Potter film to upset Inception in the best Visual Effects category?

  • 28 12-01-2010 at 7:12 pm

    eurocheese said...

    I’ve seen a number of people predict a Best Picture/Best Director split between The King’s Speech and The Social Network. Doesn’t a split happen more often when people are expecting a film to take both prizes (Brokeback Mountain, Chicago, Saving Private Ryan) rather than when two films are competing and the Director is locked in (The Departed, The Hurt Locker)?

  • 29 12-01-2010 at 7:40 pm

    Akim said...

    What do you think of Halle Berry’s Oscar chances for Frankie & Alice?

  • 30 12-01-2010 at 8:27 pm

    Derek said...

    What’s going on with Blue Valentine? The movie — particularly Ryan Gosling’s performance — was largely snubbed by the Spirit Awards. Michelle Williams was the single nom. What does this do for the film’s awards chances going forward?

  • 31 12-01-2010 at 8:33 pm

    Adam said...

    I wouldn’t mind you guys tackling the screenplay categories. We know Sorkin’s pretty much a lock for adapted, but is original up for grabs or is it The King’s Speech to lose? Who are the other contenders for noms in those categories?

  • 32 12-01-2010 at 9:10 pm

    James C said...

    Do you think Inception has editing in the bag? No question. Seems like the list other possible choices have a strong shot even if their not necessarily getting Picture. I though the editing in The Social Network was a large part to the film’s success.

  • 33 12-01-2010 at 9:22 pm

    MJS said...

    Is Winter’s Bone stealing The Kids Are Alright’s “indie success story” thunder?

  • 34 12-01-2010 at 10:27 pm

    Michael Dalton said...

    The supporting actress category seems rather open at this point. Who do you two think is the front runner at this point?

  • 35 12-02-2010 at 5:10 am

    Graysmith said...


    I dare say all three nominees in 2005 were of the kind of smaller, artsy kind though. Wallace & Gromit and Corpse Bride were no doubt more commercially viable than The Illusionist is, but none of the three films were the kind of Hollywood blockbusters a la Pixar, Dreamworks and Disney.

    I do see what you’re saying though.. I guess we’ll see how it pans out.

  • 36 12-02-2010 at 5:59 am

    JJ1 said...

    Kris, on the critics. Anne so often says, “well, the critics will bring them around”. This always puzzles me.

    Don’t actors – not critics – nominate the actors? What do they care about critics? Many fine actors have given good performances in awful movies and got nominated (where the critics didn’t bring them around ever).

    i.e., last year, Penelope Cruz in Nine. Yeah the movie had crazy promotion, but it did poorly with critics, made little at the box office, and many pegged Cotillard as best in show for supporting (stupid campaign). Globes, BFCA went for Cruz, but the actors didn’t have to — and they did.

    They didn’t care what the critics said. Does Anne (or anyone else) mean that critics can bring the actors to life, or does she/they mean the movie itself, or both?

    Can’t wait for the podcast :)

  • 37 12-02-2010 at 6:25 am

    Mike_M said...

    Can you give us more info about the Tree of Life trailer you saw at the Fox party last night… your tweet doesnt give us enough. I am sure the film will be a topic for next year’s Oscar’s so why not jump on the train a bit early?

  • 38 12-02-2010 at 6:53 am

    Joe7827 said...

    A couple of questions from a few weeks ago: can you see any one-nomination Best Picture nominees? And are there any contenders that you think can jump back in the race with a strong Globes showing (which you could say “The Reader” did), particularly the comedies?

  • 39 12-02-2010 at 7:49 am

    Gautam said...

    What chance does A.R.Rahman have in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song .. Out of the two which one do you think he has a better chance with ..

  • 40 12-02-2010 at 8:03 am

    Silencio said...

    I don’t know if this is even comment worthy, but WTF:


  • 41 12-02-2010 at 8:13 am

    Maxim said...

    Do you think “How Do You Know” has a shot at the best original screenplay category?

  • 42 12-02-2010 at 8:14 am

    Maxim said...

    *talking about a nomination

  • 43 12-02-2010 at 9:48 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks again, guys. Capping it there.