OSCAR TALK: Ep. 53 — BAFTA fallout, foreign language and animated short races, Banksy in L.A.

Posted by · 8:00 am · February 18th, 2011

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar’s stage and we’re here to address it all as it unfolds.

We’ve got another 10 days left in the 2010-2011 awards season, not that anyone’s counting. That means three more episodes of Oscar Talk and Anne and I will exit stage right, but for now, there is still, as always, plenty to chew on. Let’s see what’s on the docket today…

The BAFTA Awards went down last weekend. We discuss whether it means something or whether it’s just a blip on the season’s radar.

We focus on a couple of categories this week, starting with the Best Foreign Language Film race. Having seen each of the nominees, we both give our personal takes and our expectations for the Oscars.

Also discussed this week: the animated short films. It’s always a tough chore to pick what will resonate with these categories but we give it a try.

Banksy is in Los Angeles this week, making his presence known and keeping people talking about “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Worth discussing.

This weekend brings the ACE and CAS awards, so we offer some quick anticipatory thoughts on those.

And finally, reader questions. We address queries concerning Facebook’s potential influence on the race, how we’d improve the show and what it means to “campaign” for an Oscar.

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  • 1 2-18-2011 at 10:50 pm

    red_wine said...

    I agree with qwiggles. The moment he is describing is devastating. Sure the 3 children were mentally undeveloped (I wont use the word retards) but they were the victims and as such had a modicum of audience sympathy.

    The scene were the eldest smashes her jaw brought tears to my eyes because she just wanted to be free, just wanted to escape after she had got a taste of the outside world.

    @Glenn, you could hardly call Dogtooth cliched. Its one of the most original films to come out in some time. There is nothing like it that we have seen.

    Kris & Anne, I do think its unfortunate to criticize the selection of such a critically lauded film that does go to dark places but is extremely worthy too. I think its a great selection. Far more than the French film Of Gods And Men which is good but nothing that we haven’t seen before.

  • 2 2-18-2011 at 11:08 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hans: A lot of those wins at BAFTA were reflected by American guilds, after all.

  • 3 2-18-2011 at 11:36 pm

    Hans said...

    Kris: You mean for Slumdog? True. But like Anne said, I really don’t see TKS being a below-the-line sweeping beast. Slumdog and The Hurt Locker had strong showings at both the BAFTA techs and tech guilds (BFCA as a tech precursor is still unreliable), and unless TKS picks up a win or two this weekend (which is perfectly within the realm of possibility), then I think the tech races are still conceivably open for the love to be spread below-the-line (and by spread, I personally mean “all go to Inception,” but I digress).

  • 4 2-18-2011 at 11:37 pm

    Hans said...

    (One can never have too many parentheses!)

  • 5 2-19-2011 at 1:03 am

    karol said...

    @Kevin: give me your bank account please, so i will send you some money and you will be finally able to go to school and learn to read with understanding the thing & also to buy a ticket to your home where hopefully someone will teach you good behavior:)

  • 6 2-19-2011 at 4:53 am

    Glenn said...

    red_wine, I’m not saying the film’s themes or message is cliched, I’m saying it’s methods are cliched.

  • 7 2-19-2011 at 10:49 am

    Rashad said...

    The Village is a near masterpiece

  • 8 2-19-2011 at 11:41 am

    James D. said...

    You two may not like it, but to criticize the committee for helping it get on the nomination list is absurd. It is one of the five most critically praised foreign films of the last year, and by that measure, it should be on such a list, yours and Anne’s feelings be damned. I hated Black Swan, but it is one of the ten most critically praised films of the year, so its placement makes sense.

  • 9 2-19-2011 at 12:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “You two may not like it, but to criticize the committee for helping it get on the nomination list is absurd.”

    No, it’s not. Because it wasn’t the committee that put it there, it was a secondary committee that serves as a safety net. If it was A Prophet they had saved last year, my #3 film of the year, I’d still feel the same way (and it’s very possible that film was saved, too). Regardless of how you feel about the film, it’s about a process being bullshit. Try to understand what we’re arguing here.

  • 10 2-19-2011 at 2:26 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The arguing is a good thing for the podcasts, but Anne definitely schooled you here.

  • 11 2-19-2011 at 4:48 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    I don’t know that I personally agree with Kris and Anne on the committee after seeing a lot of the best world cinema lose out. However, I don’t know that being one of the most acclaimed films by critics should make a movie a contender for industry awards.

    It’s very much worth taking into consideration, but there’s something dispiriting about having industry just honoring critics’ fave movies. I wasn’t enamoured of “Blind Side” for sure, but it’s not a bad thing for industry to deviate a bit from critics. We do benefit from varying perspectives.

  • 12 2-21-2011 at 11:06 am

    Maxim said...

    “You two may not like it, but to criticize the committee for helping it get on the nomination list is absurd. It is one of the five most critically praised foreign films of the last year, and by that measure, it should be on such a list, yours and Anne’s feelings be damned. I hated Black Swan, but it is one of the ten most critically praised films of the year, so its placement makes sense.”

    One of the dumbest things I’ve read on here. Period. What is it with all this conformist bs on here? Should a person not have an opinion anymore just because it’s different?

    Not everyone is Armond White, you know and there is nothing “unfortunate” about critisizing a committee for being a questionable propostion in the first place and for picking a film one really believe not to be worthy.

    And James D, you may find it hard to believe but there are other critically acclaimed foreign films this year. You are making it sound like they “saved” the only films that got great reviews.

    And Karol, for someone who tries to display a deep understanding of what it means to appreciate a film and posess a broadness of views your come as narrowminded individual. Listening to you, it’s like there’s no point in releasing films outside of their places of origin anyway, since people won’t be able to understand it.

    Have you ever even been to US?

  • 13 2-21-2011 at 4:25 pm

    daveylow said...

    I agree that In a Better World is a wonderful film and deserves to win. And it would be great to see a woman director win an Oscar.

    I have to say that I was very disappointed with Of Gods and Men and I don’t think it deserved to be nominated. It almost put me to sleep, though it was well acted.

    I am curious that the South African film didn’t get nominated because I’ve heard such good things about it.

    As far as the song category goes, I still don’t know why the song from Burlesque sung by Cher wasn’t nominated. Talk about a missed opportunity for fun on the Oscars.

    As long as Debbie Allen isn’t choreographing for the show, I’m happy.

    And yes, Anne is right, they avoided having “weirdos” sing the songs this year. Or Beyonce singing them all.

    I do hope Desplat wins this year for score, even if it isn’t his best. They never gave an Oscar to Morricone and then had to give him a special Oscar to make up for it.