WEEKLY WRAP: Guild onslaught, Postlethwaite passes, more best of 2010

Posted by · 7:15 pm · January 7th, 2011

The Producers’ Guild of America surprised no one with their list of nominees.

The Writers’ Guild, however, threw a few curveballs (aided by assorted ineligibilities), while the USC Scripter Awards surprised some with one of their selections.

In sadder news, we said goodbye to esteemed British character actor Pete Postlethwaite.

After a few weeks of deliberation, Guy picked his best and worst films of 2010.

Continuing this week’s guild run, both the Cinema Audio Society and the Art Directors’ Guild weighed in with their nominees.

Speaking of techs, the Academy announced a rather tight bakeoff list for the eventual Best Visual Effects nominees.

This week’s Off the Carpet column suggested that, despite its precursor dominance, “The Social Network” is far from the only film in the race.

As buzz for “True Grit” grows, we contemplated the category confusion around young Hailee Steinfeld — could she get promoted from supporting to lead? Scott Rudin spoke up in favor of a supporting campaign.

The Steinfeld case was hotly debated by Anne and Kris, among other conversation points, in this week’s episode of Oscar Talk.

We caught up with “Another Year” star Lesley Manville. an actress arguably getting less than her due in this year’s race.

She is, however, one of the names highlighted in this year’s BAFTA longlists — the Brit awards body also announced their five foreign-language nominees.

Also on our interview docket: the somewhat unheralded craftsmen behind “The Social Network.”

We learned whose face will be greeting us bright and early on 25 January to announce the Oscar noms — her name is Mo’Nique.

Our First-Half FYC series continued spotlighting award-worthy individuals from early 2010, this time in the Best Director category.

Now in the home stretch, Chad’s Life Without Oscar column selected two more outstanding titles that weren’t on the Academy’s radar.

Looking past the Oscars, Robert De Niro was named the president of this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury.

We learned that James Franco, not content with a likely Best Actor nom and an Oscar hosting gig, is taking on Faulkner and McCarthy behind the camera.

In box office news, “Little Fockers” held the top spot, but it’s “True Grit” that continues to surprise.

[Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures]

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  • 1 1-08-2011 at 10:42 am

    Graysmith said...

    May we please have a Cinejabber thread, kind sirs?

  • 2 1-08-2011 at 11:10 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    MAN that’s annoying…