1/12 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Toy Story’ wins Golden Tomato, inside the NSFC vote, Firth loses his voice

Posted by · 8:01 am · January 12th, 2011

“Toy Story 3” edges past “How to Train Your Dragon” and “The Social Network” to take this year’s Golden Tomato Award. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Louis Virtel, meanwhile, wants to know why “Oscar zealots” aren’t fighting for the film’s Best Picture chances.  Uh, hello? [Movieline]

Sex and ballet slippers: the themes of “Black Swan.” [Film School Rejects]

Michael Wilmington offers an inside look at this year’s National Society of Film Critics vote. [Movie City News]

Jada Yuan reports from a New York luncheon for “The King’s Speech,” where, in the midst of a “Find Your Voice” campaign,actor Colin Firth lost his. [Vulture]

Patrick Goldstein on this year’s real Oscar Cinderella story: the film’s screenwriter, David Seidler. [The Big Picture]

Melena Ryzik talks method acting with “The Fighter” star Melissa Leo. [The Carpetbagger]

“Animal Kingdom” star Jacki Weaver on the Oscar circuit, campaign couture and going Hollywood. [Movieline]

Matt Damon breaks down his “True Grit” costume (including facial hair). [Speakeasy]

[Photo: Walt Disney Pictures]

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  • 1 1-12-2011 at 8:14 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh, Jacki, we’re all rooting for you!

  • 2 1-12-2011 at 8:39 am

    Maxim said...

    ~cue the music~

    You Say Tomato and I say Burf-ato (©, 2011)
    You Say Toy Story and I say “You’ll be sorry”
    Tomato, Burf-ato
    Raspberry’s more like it
    Let’s call the whole thing a sham!

    ~Ducks from tomatoes and runs out holding a copy of “Cobra Verde” under his chin~

  • 3 1-12-2011 at 8:46 am

    Michael said...

    I can totally see why and how Toy Story 3 received that level of praise from critics but I don’t quite understand why How To Train Your Dragon was even that close. Maybe it was because it was released so early in the year and the critics were anxious to praise something (since the first half of last year was pretty quiet on good movies) but I really don’t think that movie holds up as well after a second viewing (I just watched it with my family over the holidays after I had seen it in theaters when it came out – they were not impressed and I didn’t like it as much after the second viewing.) I know for me when I initially see a film I can sometimes go crazy over it and give it a 4 star review, but when I revisit it 6 months/1 year/or more later I find that it can slip in my mind and not hold up as well (and the opposite is also capable of happening.) I really question if all of the critics that originally gave HTTYD such good reviews would stand by that review now after all the other animated films have come out later in the year (TS3, Tangles, The Illusionist, etc.)

  • 4 1-12-2011 at 8:50 am

    Michael said...

    @ Maxim

    ~throws tomato at Maxim’s face causing him to drop Cobra Verde from his chin. Picks up Cobra Verde to watch as a double feature with Fitzcarraldo, pondering why Herzog does not rule the universe. ;^P

  • 5 1-12-2011 at 8:54 am

    Maxim said...

    Michael, you missed, litterally and figuratevely*. You can have Cobra Verde, one of the worst films ever made, barf and prolonged waist up shots of tribal girls and all.

    *I already DUCKED.

    P.S. Too late, we already know how you *really* feel about TS3.

  • 6 1-12-2011 at 8:55 am

    forts said...

    Hasn’t Pixar won that award 3 years straight now?… You may not think they make the best movies but you have to agree that they make films that everyone on the planet can enjoy

  • 7 1-12-2011 at 8:58 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    How to Train Your Dragon, most overrated movie of 2010. I am so pulling for Tangled, The Illusionist, Despicable Me and My Dog Tulip. Any two of these plus Toy Story 3 for the Animated Feature slate, and I’ll be a happy camper.

  • 8 1-12-2011 at 9:01 am

    Maxim said...

    I am not anti-Pixar and won’t argue against any of their previous wins. And I’d be foolish to deny its populairty. I just think that all of them went to superior films and only wish Wall-E could have been BP nom bound instead, even in the year of five.

    But much like I won’t argue with Cars not getting best Animated Film I don’t think that Toy Story 3 represents the best in animation this year nor do I think it deserves a BP nom.

  • 9 1-12-2011 at 9:18 am

    Michael said...

    @ Maxim – I do really love Toy Story 3 a lot, although I actually prefer Tangled. I am dying to see The Illusionist but must wait for it to come out near me. Just curious – what do you think represents the best in animation this year?

  • 10 1-12-2011 at 9:43 am

    Maxim said...

    Michael, I appologize that I cannot answer your question directly as I haven’t seen “The Illusionist”, “Idiots and Angels” or “My Dog Tulip” and thus cannot have an educated opionon on the year’s entire crop.

    I’d say that How To Train Your Dragon is a better film. Same goes for Tangled though I’d alsoreadily admit my dislike of “Toy Story 3” is absolute rather than relative.

    I also promise to stop taking digs at it on here. I realize that it can get tiresome.

  • 11 1-12-2011 at 10:53 am

    twc said...

    thank you so much for featuring the article on Toy Story 3 from movieline. I’ve been wondering the same thing! Go TS3

  • 12 1-12-2011 at 11:13 am

    Ky said...


  • 13 1-12-2011 at 11:22 am

    Michael said...

    no worries, Maxim, I certainly do not take offense at your opinion about Toy Story 3. I was just curious b/c if you have seen something you thought was better then I wanted to make it my top priority to see it as well. I had forgotten about My Dog Tulip and honestly did not even know about Idiots and Angels so I thank you for pointing those out – I will be adding those to my want to see list along with The Illusionist.

    This year was just not as interesting a year for animation, especially after last year that had A Town Called Panic, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ponyo, and Up (amongst others). I think 2011 will see the end of Pixar’s streak b/c I just can’t imagine the sequel to Cars winning the gold (but who knows?) For next year (or maybe later) I am really curious to know about the new Studio Ghibli film, as well as the new Ari Folman movie w/ Robin Wright. I also wonder what is to become of the near-completed Satoshi Kon film. I am sure there are other animated films that will also be really amazing, so I hope the medium continues to excel much further than it did this past year.

  • 14 1-12-2011 at 11:44 am

    Maxim said...

    Thansk Michael. By the way, I am very impressed by your list of films, both recent and upcoming ones. I am also glad you liked Ponyo, especially since many have dismissed as a subpar effort. And speaking of Ghibli I’m really excited about Isao Takahata’s return to directing.

    Last I’ve heard of Kon’s “Dreaming Machine” it was going to be finished by one if its animation directors. I also seem to recall reading that the film was not very far along in production, mostly owning to Kon’s condition so it’s hard to say how much of Kon’s imprint it will have. I am just happy that the film will be finished and could provide another reason to look back and talk about his work.

    By the way, I’m very intriqued about Folman’s “Futurological Congress” too and your mention of Robin Wright prompted me to look up new information about the film. Wow, I didn’t even realize they released footage from the film. That looks very, um, unusual. Bashiry but not the direction I was expecting.

  • 15 1-12-2011 at 12:46 pm

    Michael said...

    Thanks Maxim. And I agree, Ponyo was under-appreciated in 2009 (although it isn’t one of Miyazaki’s best efforts, it was certainly more interesting than, say, The Princess and The Frog.) I was also unaware of the specific status of Kon’s new film at the time of his passing, and I do admit I was being wishful when I previously mentioned it being near-completed. I am glad they are still working on it and I am sure that it will still be excellent, even if it won’t be fully his creation.

    And, yeah, I saw that clip of “Futurological Congress” a while back and was definitely intrigued – who knows when it will be coming out (since it isn’t even listed on IMDb at all!)

  • 16 1-12-2011 at 11:34 pm

    Glenn said...

    Pixar won’t win next year with “Cars 2”, surely.