WEEKLY WRAP: ‘King’s Speech’ marches on

Posted by · 5:49 pm · February 4th, 2011

“The King’s Speech” continued its cruise through phase two of the season with a widely unexpected Directors’ Guild victory…

… and scooped top honors at a surprise-free Screen Actors’ Guild Awards ceremony.

Following this brace of wins, this week’s Off the Carpet column said what we were all thinking: the race is over.

Meanwhile, in his Long Shot column, Guy concluded that the royal biopic was likely the film to beat all along.

In light of this radical momentum shift, we wondered if “The Social Network” can even take screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s presumed win for granted.

Our Oscar Guide continued, reviewing the races for Original Screenplay, Animated Short, Live Action ShortDocumentary Short and Makeup.

In Tech Support, we interviewed the men behind two of this year’s less expected sound nominees, “Salt” and “Unstoppable.”

Kris brought us more reports from the Santa Barbara fest, including a tribute to Christopher Nolan and a big-name screenwriters’ panel.

With the Sundance festival wrapping up last weekend, we wondered if there’s another “Precious” or “Winter’s Bone” in this year’s crop of winners.

Probable Oscar also-rans “Inception” and “How to Train Your Dragon” had their day in the sun at the Visual Effects Society awards.

We examined the campaign adjustments being made by a range of Best Picture contenders in the second round of competition.

Looking beyond the Oscar season, the Cannes Film Festival confirmed Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” as their opening film.

Good news for Gwyneth Paltrow fans: Oscar producers announced that Best Original Song performances will be reinstated in this year’s show.

After last week’s special edition, Oscar Talk returned to its Friday slot as Kris and Anne sized up the week’s developments.

Finally, we shared a quote from a nameless Academy member that perhaps shed some light on why “The King’s Speech” turned out to be the one.

[Photo: Vanity Fair]

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  • 1 2-04-2011 at 7:18 pm

    Pete said...

    Can we get Anne Thompson into Playboy or something (People’d buy it and she could edit it herself)? Listening to those podcasts – I’d love to see her in crtochless panties or something. People would read that.

  • 2 2-04-2011 at 7:18 pm

    Pete said...

    The spelling error’s intentional – keeping it tasteful. Just like she would.

  • 3 2-04-2011 at 10:25 pm

    Drew said...

    Off-topic a little but I just read this piece over at deadline and wanted to know your thoughs on how this might effect Melissa Leo’s chances.
    If at all.

  • 4 2-04-2011 at 11:17 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Pete, either go by “Maxim” or “Pete” or “Peter” and stop trying to pass off multiple handles. Meanwhile, grow up. What’s the point of a comment like that?

  • 5 2-05-2011 at 12:01 pm

    Pete said...

    Take it at face value, Kris. Also, I really am Pete.

  • 6 2-05-2011 at 12:13 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s disrespectful and, frankly, not even all that funny. No place for it here, thanks.

  • 7 2-05-2011 at 12:15 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    The “face value” of that comment is that you’re a dick with nothing to say. If that’s what you wanted to express, well done.

  • 8 2-05-2011 at 1:45 pm

    Pete said...

    No, Guy, that’s the face value of your post. But that isn’t what that’s about either. You are just sore at me and happened to pick a very wrong time to lash out.

    At least, Kris gets it (maybe). I may have been explicit but I meant no direspect. Had I mentioned any other female in the industry being in playboy it would have been fine, most likely. That was kind of the point behind the post. That’s why I said to take it at face value. I.E. Wish everyone broadened… but anyway, I don’t want to upset anyone further.