12/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Angie’s potential embarrassment, best perfs destined to be snubbed, top 10s

Posted by · 8:47 am · December 20th, 2010

PR experts tell Kim Masters that critical pans of “The Tourist” could make Angelina Jolie’s support for her Golden Globe nomination in the form of attending the ceremony “potentially embarrassing.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Guy Adams, meanwhile, takes aim at the HFPA’s susceptibility to bribery this year. [The Independent]

The 25 best performances from 2010 that won’t win Oscars. [Vulture]

Todd Gilchrist sits down with “The Fighter” star Amy Adams. [Cinematical]

Steve Pond talks with Nev Schulman, he of “Catfish” fame. [The Odds]

Sasha Stone covers pretty much the same terrain I did in Friday’s Oscar Talk by positing an Academy shift in the years since “Crash” won Best Picture.  Great article, though. [Awards Daily]

Gabe Toro dips his toe in Oscar analysis re: “True Grit” and (I think) gets it wrong (especially vis a vis HFPA, which DID see the film, but didn’t care for it). [The Playlist]

Collecting the top 10s so far. [Movie City News]

[Photo: Columbia Pictures]




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  • 1 12-20-2010 at 8:50 am

    Rashad said...

    So it wasn’t embarrassing for the cast of Nine to show up last year?

  • 2 12-20-2010 at 8:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Nine didn’t bomb with critics nearly as bad.

  • 3 12-20-2010 at 9:00 am

    Maxim said...

    I firmly believe that holding up “Crash” as a potential harbinger of changes in Academy’s make-up/tastes is a foolish thing.

    “Crash” is a movie that could have just as easily won a decade ago. I wouldn’t necessarily read to much into it.

    In all honesty, a not-that unrecent win for “A Beautiful Mind” would signal that the academy really hasn’t changed that much.

  • 4 12-20-2010 at 9:00 am

    P. said...

    Did the pundits and the critics also felt embarrassing when she was robbed of a nomination for A Migthy Heart?

  • 5 12-20-2010 at 9:01 am

    Maxim said...

    “Nine didn’t bomb with critics nearly as bad.”

    A bomb is still a bomb, no?

  • 6 12-20-2010 at 9:02 am

    red_wine said...

    Nine is a disaster on every front, an embarrassment if ever there was one. I haven’t yet seen Tourist so can’t comment but it would have to be really awful to be Nine level awful. The Razzies snubbed that movie for real.

  • 7 12-20-2010 at 9:07 am

    Maxim said...

    The biggest problem with Nine are its songs, which are of uncommonly poor quality. That’s a very big factor in a production of this type. I believe that Roger Ebert has said something similar, actually.

    Really, as much as I consider Chicago to be overrated, I won’t deny that the lyrics and music of that musical were inifinitely superior. So there were always going to be limits to how good the film would be.

  • 8 12-20-2010 at 9:13 am

    JJ1 said...

    I liked ‘Nine’. And watching the director’s commentary on the dvd helped me appreciate it more; and smooth over my disappointment(s) with it.

  • 9 12-20-2010 at 9:16 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: I think you’re getting your wires crossed a bit. Crash was, indeed, a traditional Oscar winner. From The Departed on, however, winners have been atypical.

  • 10 12-20-2010 at 9:39 am

    Maxim said...

    Kris, the reason I brought up “Crash” is because others like Sasha have frequintly used it as the first sign of change, which it seems we both agree with. So I’d say my wires are pretty straight.

    As for the rest, considering the competition they had, I would not call the winners that atypical either. That’s my personal opinion. In fact I would argue that “Return of the King” is a far less “traditional” winner then “Slumdog Millionaire” (for my money, the most quintessential Academy pick of the decade) or “No Country”.

    “The Departed” does stand out a bit from the pack but can also be explained away without too much trouble. There has’t been Avatar, Sin City or Twilight type winners. Know what I mean. None of THAT kind of winners.

    I dunno, I just don’t see it.

  • 11 12-20-2010 at 9:41 am

    Maxim said...

    “which it seems we both agree with.”

    That should read ” which it seems we both agree with it is NOT.”

  • 12 12-20-2010 at 9:42 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I made my points on this very clear on last week’s podcast.

    And, by the way, I’ve been talking about a change in tide being hinted at since the 2003 win (that was nevertheless expected) for ROTK.

    So basically you’re arguing with me with my own points (re: Slumdog being a potential indication that a shift hasn’t really settled, Crash being more traditional and therefore The Departed being where things began to really look a different direction, etc.)

  • 13 12-20-2010 at 10:13 am

    Ligaya said...

    So the Hollywood Reporter assigns a piece on whether Angelina Jolie should show up at the GG, maybe make up an excuse so the HPFA isn’t angered or embarrassed. The Tourist is all on Jolie’s shoulder’s, Depp and von Donnersmarck don’t have anything to do with it. The article says it makes sense for Depp to go because of his 2nd nomination for Alice in Wonderland; and his 10 GG noms and 1 win make him an “HPFA darling” over Jolie’s 6 noms and 3 wins.

    Oh, wait. THR’s editor-in-chief Janice Min was tabloid Us Weekly’s editor-in-chief. Her bread and butter from 2005 until becoming THR’s EIC was the “Brangelina triangle” – so assignment of all blame on Angelina Jolie totally makes sense.

    Never mind Jolie’s professional responsibility to support her co-actors, director, producers – especially Graham King who’s also producing her Bosnian film, and the movie by showing up. Never mind the financial boost the GG visibility will give The Tourist on PPV, DVD, Blu-ray.

    Never mind that Jolie doesn’t cut and run.

    Jolie is professional, she makes her own decisions based on her own criteria – not anyone else’s. If they happen to match, fine.

  • 14 12-20-2010 at 10:33 am

    Maxim said...

    Good point, Ligaya. Very good point.

  • 15 12-20-2010 at 11:02 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I can’t say I think there’s anything embarrassing about an actor supporting their movie, however unsuccessful it is. It’s part of the job.

  • 16 12-20-2010 at 1:00 pm

    Rashad said...

    The Tourist isn’t that bad. It’s just average

  • 17 12-20-2010 at 3:06 pm

    Katie said...

    Okay, what’s up with all the “Nine” hate? “Nine” was crappy, but not THAT bad!

    C’mon now, remember the Marion Cotillard dance number (Take It All)?

  • 18 12-20-2010 at 8:45 pm

    Token Black Girl said...

    Ligaya, right on. Right on!

  • 19 12-21-2010 at 5:02 am

    ninja said...

    Vulture can suck it. No Leo in Shutter Island/Inception but so much love for that DtD garbage Centurion? They have no credibility whatsoever thought Hardy mention is nice.