12/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Karger ranks, Kubrickian directors and Arndy on the genius of the Pixar system

Posted by · 8:45 am · December 8th, 2010

Dave Karger takes a stab at ranking the major categories. (Rush above Bale?) [Inside Movies]

Anne Thompson talks “Toy Story 3” and the genius of the Pixar system with Michael Arndt. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Which Kubrick-compared director is the most Kubrickian? [Vulture]

Sharon Waxman chats with “Blue Valentine” star Ryan Gosling. [The Wrap]

Jenelle Riley, meanwhile, has an exclusive clip of the film. [Backstage]

In stumping for “The Social Network” one more time, Sasha Stone maintains the Oscar race are about objective quality. [Awards Daily]

Tim Appelo, Pete Hammond and Tom O’Neil on how “Inception” could benefit from Nolan guilt. [The Race]

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  • 1 12-08-2010 at 9:02 am

    Maxim said...

    “Which Kubrick-compared director is the most Kubrickian?” – Pointless. Besides, and this factoid isn’t given enough due press, Kubrick has named Spielberg as the figure he most associated with as his successor/someone whom he most appreciated. Dig more closely into the years spent developing A.I. and you’ll run across quite a few interesting facts. Cannot think of a better choice in terms of strengths of their vision, though their methods of work are certainly quite different.

    “In stumping for “The Social Network” one more time, Sasha Stone maintains the Oscar race are about objective quality.” – Watch her change her tune when (likely) Shutter Island doesn’t get BP/BD noms. That is to say that Sasha’s so-called objectivity is very subjective.

    “Tim Appelo, Pete Hammond and Tom O’Neil on how “Inception” could benefit from Nolan guilt.”

    A far more likely scenario would be that it would benefit from the expanded BP category. Dark Knight was good and all but it was just one film.

  • 2 12-08-2010 at 9:51 am

    James D. said...

    Why does someone have to be compared to Kubrick? Can’t those directors just be themselves?

  • 3 12-08-2010 at 9:54 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Clearly not!

  • 4 12-08-2010 at 10:11 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Tapley, I know this has nothing to do with this piece, but I just realized that Alexander Payne has apparently finished shooting his latest film, The Descendants (possibly as early as this Summer). Do you know anything about it or its release plans?

  • 5 12-08-2010 at 10:25 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Next year.

  • 6 12-08-2010 at 10:50 am

    Anthony B. said...

    Karger’s not the only one. I’m pretty sure Sasha Stone has Rush over Bale as well. Of course, I have yet to see either, but until then, for my money, it should be Mark Ruffalo.

  • 7 12-08-2010 at 10:54 am

    red_wine said...

    Noe – Enter The Void blows Inception to smithereens. Haneke and Noe are perhaps the 2 directors in recent times who have demonstrated that magisterial authority and mastery of craft that we associate with Kubrick.

    When Sasha Stone has finally settled on a film she think is the best of the year (2008 – TDK, 2009 – THL, 2010 – TSN) she becomes annoying single-minded where her sole purpose becomes to expound on the greatness of her chosen film, but it often comes at the expense of other films which she throws under the bus without a second thought.

  • 8 12-08-2010 at 11:10 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Enter the Void might have been good if an hour of footage was cut.

  • 9 12-08-2010 at 11:23 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I suppose part of why I love Paul Thomas Anderson’s work so much is that it is both immaculately constructed AND rife with memorable characters, wonderful dialogue, nuanced performances, and genuine emotion. I realized long ago that I’ll watch just about any movie as long as it has a good story and tells it well, and PTA continues to do that time and time again. His films aren’t perfect, but they often come close. When discussing certain acclaimed filmmakers, a phrase uttered by many goes something like, “I admire his work more than I enjoy it.” With PTA, there’s no need for distinction.

  • 10 12-08-2010 at 12:17 pm

    Michael said...

    @red_wine – I completely agree with you about Enter The Void, and I could see where people would include Noe as comparable to Kubrick. And I also don’t think a moment needed to be cut from ETV. I just bought myself for Christmas the French ultimate Edition blu-ray/DVD of Enter The Void that has the 170 min version (which is about 40 min longer than the version released in the USA) and watching that I realize that there is a certain pace and repetition that some people may not be able to handle but I found it extremely meditative and transporting (especially when watching it under another state of mind if you know what I mean…) I find Noe to have similar formal ambitions to Kubrick but overall I think he is his own beast.

  • 11 12-08-2010 at 12:35 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    I still have not seen anything by Gaspar Noe, though I intend to remedy that over the holidays. Nothing says happy holidays like a lengthy rape scene.

  • 12 12-08-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    We need a place to ask film-related questions that don’t necessarily fit into one of the recent blog entries. FOR EXAMPLE:

    I noticed that Soderbergh’s documentary on Spalding Gray is going into limited release this week or next. Does that mean it would be eligible for next year’s Best Documentary Oscar?

  • 13 12-08-2010 at 1:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I don’t think it will be, no.

    Usually Cinejabber is the best place for that. It’s weekly, sure, but I don’t know what else to do. Then again, you can always email me.

  • 14 12-08-2010 at 1:10 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    In the meantime, the round-ups are probably the best place for that actually since they’re daily.

  • 15 12-08-2010 at 4:26 pm

    Everett said...

    Rowan Atkinson should play Kubrick.

  • 16 12-10-2010 at 5:18 am

    Matt said...

    I’ve been hearing more buzz on Kirsten Dunst for All Good Things. What do you think? Maybe Best Supporting Actress nom?