Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 11:25 am · July 7th, 2011

Anne and I will be recording Oscar Talk this evening for publication tomorrow. I failed to solicit queries last time for our post-Cannes installment, though I imagine we covered whatever you were curious about. But let’s see if there are any burning questions here at the mid-way point of the year. Ask as many as you want. I suppose it’s time to get this conversation going.




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  • 1 7-07-2011 at 11:29 am

    Julian Stark said...

    Does Kirsten Dunst’s win at Cannes still mean anything in the scheme of the awards season now that Glenn Close and Meryl Streep have picked up even more buzz?

  • 2 7-07-2011 at 11:29 am

    Conrado said...

    I guess this question isn’t relevant at all, but I always wondered what happened with the Makeup category in 2002, why did only Frida and Time Macine get nominated?

  • 3 7-07-2011 at 11:30 am

    Conrado said...

    What do you think will it take for Polanski’s “Carnage” to get some Oscar recognition

  • 4 7-07-2011 at 11:33 am

    Tim Luisi said...

    With the enthusiastic reviews from the trades and the goodwill built up from the industry over the past 10 years, do you think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has any shot at some major recognition this year?

  • 5 7-07-2011 at 11:39 am

    Doctor said...

    I was just curious as to what you guys think of the Best Animated Feature race this year, especially with Cars 2’s middling critical reception. Looking at the year ahead, I don’t think anything could top Rango, although I couldn’t see it winning in previous years with such stiff competition like How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and some of Pixar’s greatest.

  • 6 7-07-2011 at 11:45 am

    Sam C. said...

    Just speculation and prognostication, but what much Oscar buzzed-about film do you think will ultimately falter come awards season and what film could everyone be underestimating?

  • 7 7-07-2011 at 11:59 am

    matt said...

    Which, if any, first half of the year actors stand a legitimate chance of being nominated?Owens, Cotillard, Pitt, Plummer, Wasikowska, etc…

  • 8 7-07-2011 at 12:01 pm

    James said...

    Do the new Academy rules for Best Picture help or hurt the category? Will movies benefit from this?

  • 9 7-07-2011 at 12:02 pm

    Drew said...

    Does likeability have to be factor in deciding the winners of the acting categories. Because It seems like a man doesn’t have to worry about it the way a woman does. I ask this partly because some questions have been raised about Streeps chances this year while playing a relativley unlikeable historical figure. And yet quite a few male performers have been awardsed for playing anatagonists or unsympathetic characters (Christoph Waltz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Heath Ledger etc.) Even a character like the one in Monster needed some level of sympathy.

  • 10 7-07-2011 at 12:03 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    Should people be placing their bets on Clooney for “The Descendants” or “The Ides of March”? The latter sounds like a better play to me.

  • 11 7-07-2011 at 12:05 pm

    Gabriel said...

    Is The Wettest County getting released this year or not? Seems like Harvey’s already announced his ’11 slate, with tons of Dec. releases, and Wettest County was nowhere to be seen. Seems like it might be pushed back to next December, a la Gangs of New York in ’01. And speaking of Scorsese, thoughts on Hugo’s chances?

  • 12 7-07-2011 at 12:06 pm

    JCS said...

    Apart from Midnight in Paris and Tree of Life, do you think any Best Picture nominees have been released as of yet?

  • 13 7-07-2011 at 12:12 pm

    Joey said...

    Take a stab at a Best Picture winner. Go!

  • 14 7-07-2011 at 12:19 pm

    Michael Dalton said...

    Do you think that there will be any wins for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two? With early critical response being positive and the amount of money it is bound to make, do you think that it could get some recognition in the technical categories such as art direction?

  • 15 7-07-2011 at 12:30 pm

    mikhael said...

    Do you think Carnage and A Dangerous Method will play big? And will Alexander Payne and Cameron Crowe can make a comeback or just settle with screenplay (their specialty area) nods?

  • 16 7-07-2011 at 12:31 pm

    Chris said...

    What have been your favorite films of the summer so far?

  • 17 7-07-2011 at 12:35 pm

    Chris said...

    With the success of “Midnight in Paris”, is it possible Woody Allen could sneak in for Best Director?

  • 18 7-07-2011 at 12:45 pm

    red_wine said...

    Talk about The Artist’s foreignness and how it might impact its chances with the Academy. I’m talking about the big categories, director, writing, best actor – all foreign names, including everything below the line.

    And could a campaign be mustered up for Binoche in Certified Copy? She’s beyond outstanding if that counts and the movie is mostly in English.

  • 19 7-07-2011 at 12:45 pm

    Andrej said...

    With the sudden change of rules for the Best Picture category, what do you think about the nomination possibilities of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II? Last year it was widely thought that with the Top 10 system, it could easily get a nod based on the franchise’s success (but as long as it kept the quality control going on, and early reviews seem to point so).

    Have things changed so much for it to happen or not?

  • 20 7-07-2011 at 12:54 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I can’t find it in me to prognosticate on films that no one has seen and half of which do not even have trailers yet.

    So, what are your top five of the first half?

  • 21 7-07-2011 at 12:54 pm

    eurocheese said...

    Kris, I noticed Malick didn’t make your Director list. If the film gets in, shouldn’t we assume Malick will return in the category? I could actually see him taking Picture/Director on a huge wave of critical approval, much like The Hurt Locker did.

  • 22 7-07-2011 at 12:55 pm

    Andrej said...

    Also…

    If War Horse is your early prediction for Best Picture (as it looks like it has everything going on for it), do you have an alternative, and why you do/don’t?

  • 23 7-07-2011 at 12:58 pm

    Chris said...

    Now that we are several months removed from last seasons Awards coverage. What are you thoughts on it, and what did you learn from it for this upcoming award season?

  • 24 7-07-2011 at 1:01 pm

    red_wine said...

    Also if I may ask a second question…

    Is The King’s Speech reputation permanently in the gutter (much like The Reader) or might there be a re-evaluation somewhere down the road to acknowledge that what a superb film it actually is?

  • 25 7-07-2011 at 1:02 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not going to do any serious consideration of potential winners outside of that list of not-so-serious “predictions” Monday, guys. Sorry.

  • 26 7-07-2011 at 1:06 pm

    James said...

    You think this is Dicaprio’s year?

  • 27 7-07-2011 at 1:28 pm

    Eckhard said...

    Has Keira Knightley any chance of winning against Glenn Close and/or Meryl Streep?

  • 28 7-07-2011 at 2:07 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Do you think that the new Best Pictures rule (nominations being anywhere from 5-10) will extend to the other categories?

    I would think that more nominees means more potential for an upset; which is something that the Oscars has needed for a while (I think) … surprises.

  • 29 7-07-2011 at 2:17 pm

    Juan said...

    Are there any chances that films released early in the year, specifically Win Win or Jane Eyre will be able to hang on for any nominations come January?

  • 30 7-07-2011 at 2:32 pm

    Kirby said...

    What are the chances of Michelle Williams being nominated for Best Actress (“My Week With Marilyn”)? I would think that would be one of the obvious choices- given the iconic role, William’s excellent track record, and TWC backing this film… let us reexamine this category- especially the inclusion of Charlize Theron!

  • 31 7-07-2011 at 2:37 pm

    Kirby said...

    Also, is Carnage not opening to be in the running for Oscar’s ’12? I would think with such a strong ensemble cast, a somewhat original/strange premise, and a respected director behind the camera, this film would play well with the Academy.

    What about Armie Hammer for Best Supporting Actor? Seems like a given as well.

    (my questions are based on your list Oscar predictions list…)

  • 32 7-07-2011 at 3:02 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Does Anne, like Kris, think “The Tree of Life” and “Midnight in Paris” have a chance of getting Best Picture nominations? (You can probably infer that I don’t. The 5% threshold sounds high to me.)

  • 33 7-07-2011 at 3:07 pm

    m1 said...

    Which contenders are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • 34 7-07-2011 at 3:18 pm

    Chris said...

    What films are you and Anne anticipating seeing most in the coming season?

  • 35 7-07-2011 at 3:30 pm

    Tom said...

    Kris, do you or Anne think it would be better if only a specific branch of the Academy voted for the winner in their branch, like BAFTA does?

    This would maybe result in more surprises and more credibility in the winners. For example, how many actors know about sound mixing and vice versa.

  • 36 7-07-2011 at 3:35 pm

    Maxim said...

    Why is it that “Tintin” and “Mars Needs Moms” are “LIKELY INELIGIBLE” but “Happy Feet 2” (as well as the likes of “Hop” and “Smurfs” aren’t)?

    Why not be consistent and if you are going to be using those types of criterias why not identify all suspects? Why not label *all* motion capture projects as such? It seems only fair.

  • 37 7-07-2011 at 3:41 pm

    Chris said...

    The last Potter movie is coming out and although all the films (except for the 3rd and 6th) were pretty terrible, there has been lots of talk about the series as a whole getting shunned by the Academy.

    Usually the oscar attention the films get are technical – but this time I’m hearing buzz about Alan Rickman’s performance. He’s never been nominated before and maybe he’s old enough to get a sympathy nod for best supporting?

    I know it’s a long shot but it might be a way to give Potter something for it’s great UK veteran ensemble cast while also tossing one of England’s best, most underrated actors a nomination finally.

  • 38 7-07-2011 at 4:21 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: Why would you ask a question I’ve already answered directly to you specifically? Let’s recap:

    1) Happy Feet appears, best I can tell, to use motion capture for dance sequences mainly, not the entire film.

    2) The original won the Oscar even when the bias against motion capture was already well established (see “The Polar Express” not even managing a nomination).

    3) I freely admit maybe it could be ruled out, if perhaps I’m wrong about the extent of motion capture, but it certainly seems, based on the above, to be in a better position than the films I’ve listed as “likely ineligible.”

    Broken record, man.

    Anyway, thanks everyone for the questions. Recording shortly.