WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts.

Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is.

Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.”

Speaking of which, Kris reported on the current eligibility status of Carter Burwell’s score (still up in the air).

Guy launched a new column humbly asking for consideration of quality work from the first half of the year, beginning with stand-out supporting actresses.

“Winter’s Bone” led the way with the Indie Spirit nominations…

…the day after winning two Gotham Awards, including Best Film, on the east coast.

Also revelead this week were the seemingly arbitrary International Press Academy’s Satellite Award Nominations.

The Producers Guild of America announced nominees for documentary features.

Gerard took another dive into the Best Visual Effects race, wrapping up his in-depth looks at the crafts fields.

And in a similar vein, we offered up an exclusive look at the production design of “Black Swan.”

Chad’s Life Without Oscar series continued with a look at 1995 and 1996.

Kris attended Fox’s annual holiday shindig and gathered some quick sound bytes from talent on hand.

His Off the Carpet column previewed the awards madness set to unfold in the coming weeks.

He also went on record for the first time with a list of winner predictions (not to be taken too seriously yet, mind you).

AMPAS narrowed the live action and animated short categories to 10 films each.

Kris offered a rebuttal to Robert Duvall’s recent Kubrick-bashing in the form of some insightful commentary from actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a preview of his lengthy sit-down with the “Inception” and “Shutter Island” star.

In more somber news, we said goodbye to director Irvin Kershner and actor Leslie Nielsen.

And finally, Kris and Anne summed up the week’s goings on in Oscar Talk, joined by indieWIRE’s Peter Knegt.

[Photo: Paramount Pictures]

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  • 1 12-03-2010 at 2:38 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    i think its about time for 127 hours to fall out of many categories, it just hasnt played or lived up to the hype.

  • 2 12-03-2010 at 3:47 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I would have agreed with you five minutes ago, AmericanRequiem, except Scott Feinberg’s guest reviewer (and AMPAS member) “Deep Vote” wrote a gushing review of the film today.

    Personally, I usually disagree with Deep Vote’s opinions, but now I wonder if other Academy members share his enthusiasm for the film.

  • 3 12-03-2010 at 3:53 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    I even see it making the top 10 a stretch now. Not to mention director. It is a turnoff to many audiences because of thhe arm cutting and in my opinion, which may be a bit in the minority, it just isnt that great a movie..

  • 4 12-03-2010 at 6:12 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I want to see The Tree of Life trailer again. It was transcendent. Felt like I was not even in the theater that I was out of space and time.

    If this is Deakin’s year then at the 2012 Oscars, Emmanuel Lubezki will be gracing the podium.

  • 5 12-03-2010 at 6:56 pm

    El Duderino said...

    I just saw the trailer for The Beaver. Holy shit Gibson looks good in it. I can’t help but think that if the incident hadn’t happened and it had been released this year, he would be getting some major recognition.