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8/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Help’ detractors racist?, Stoll on Hemingway, ‘Dangerous Method’ buzz

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:20 am · August 29th, 2011

Welcome to the new season…

“‘The Help’ isn’t racist. It’s critics are.” [The New Republic]

Pete Hammond takes note of indies looking to make Oscar plays this year. [Deadline]

Steve Pond talks to “Midnight in Paris” star Corey Stoll. [The Odds]

Sasha Stone considers female drivers in the awards hunt this year. [Awards Daily]

David Poland says the Academy hosting decision is down to two names, and one, naturally, is Billy Crystal. [Twitter]

Jeffrey Wells gets a tip from someone who’s seen David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” and calls it “great, brilliant, precise and lucid…among all Cronenberg’s films the one it’s closest to is Dead Ringers.” [Hollywood Elsewhere]

Matt Bericol investigates MMA training for the stars of “Warrior.” [Men's Journal]

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]




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8 responses so far

  • 1 8-29-2011 at 8:38 am

    Zack said...

    I hope the other name is not Anne Hathaway. Like, literally, the absence of Anne Hathaway given physical form.

  • 2 8-29-2011 at 9:36 am

    Maxim said...

    ” David Poland says the Academy hosting decision is down to two names, and one, naturally, is Billy Crystal. ”

    I think he meant Wally Pfister ;) .

  • 3 8-29-2011 at 10:22 am

    tyrant said...

    As much as I loved Corey, if anyone should be nominated from Midnight In Paris, it should be Owen. His performance was effortless, his timing perfect, and he didn’t try to mimic Woody. Best Allen ‘avatar’ yet.

  • 4 8-29-2011 at 11:08 am

    Liz said...

    How critics and audiences respond to the hysteria in Dangerous Method will be crunch point, me-thinks. Spielran was literally bat-s**t crazy in real life.

    “Her hospital records note that the ‘patient laughs and cries in a strangely mixed, compulsive manner. Masses of tics; she rotates her head jerkily, sticks out her tongue, twitches her legs… Cannot stand people or noise.’ The notes are written by a newly qualified Dr Jung. He diagnosed her ‘hysteric’.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/8718211/Jung-Love-Sabina-Spielrein-a-forgotten-pioneer-of-psychoanalysis.html

    I dont doubt that Cronenberg has remained true to this but doesnt mean it wont be painful to sit through. Knightleys’ detractors will have a field day!

  • 5 8-29-2011 at 12:27 pm

    Casey Fiore said...

    A Dangerous Method has been my ‘most awaited’ all year and I was actually a bit disconcerted by what I thought was a pretty conservative trailer. The Dead Ringers comparison is exactly what I wanted to hear.

  • 6 8-29-2011 at 2:57 pm

    Brett Buckalew said...

    tyrant,

    I worry that the effortlessness of Owen’s performance is precisely why it might get snubbed by voting bodies who overemphasize a performance’s degree of difficulty. But hopefully people will ask themselves who else could’ve pulled off the right mix of childlike glee and undertow of melancholy as well as Wilson did and realize that no one else could’ve. I still think he’ll score a Golden Globe nod, as well as a SAG Ensemble nomination alongside his co-stars.

  • 7 8-29-2011 at 4:01 pm

    DylanS said...

    _Updated predictions_

    Best Picture-
    “The Tree of Life”
    “A Dangerous Method”
    “Moneyball”
    “The Ides of March”
    “War Horse”
    “The Artist”
    “Midnight in Paris”
    “J. Edgar”

    Best Director-
    Terrence Malick “The Tree of Life”
    David Cronenberg “A Dangerous Method”
    Clint Eastwood “J. Edgar”
    George Clooney “The Ides of March”
    Steven Spielberg “War Horse”

    Best Actor-
    Jean Dujardin “The Artist”
    Ryan Gosling “The Ides of March”
    Leonardo DiCaprio “J. Edgar”
    Gary Olman “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
    Viggo Mortensen “A Dangerous Method”

    Best Actress-
    Meryl Streep “The Iron Lady”
    Michelle Williams “My Week with Marlyn”
    Rooney Mara “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    Charlize Theron “Young Adult”
    Glenn Close “Albert Nobbs”

    Best Supporting Actor-
    Christopher Plummer “Beginners”
    Philip Seymour-Hoffman “Moneyball”
    Tom Hardy “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
    Kenneth Branagh “My Week with Marlyn”
    Michael Fassbender “A Dangerous Method”

    Best Supporting Actress-
    Jessica Chastain “The Help”
    Vanessa Redgrave “Coralinous”
    Evan Rachel-Wood “The Ides of March”
    Chloe Moretz “Hugo”
    Keira Knightley “A Dangerous Method”

    Best Adapted Screenplay-
    “Moneyball”
    “A Dangerous Method”
    “The Ides of March”
    “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
    “The Descendants”

    Best Original Screenplay-
    “The Artist”
    “Young Adult”
    “The Tree of Life”
    “J. Edgar”
    “Midnight in Paris”

    Best Editing-
    “The Tree of Life”
    “The Artist”
    “J. Edgar”
    “The Ides of March”
    “War Horse”

    Best Cinematography-
    “Hugo”
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”
    “The Artist”
    “War Horse”
    “Water for Elephants”

    Best Art Direction-
    “Hugo”
    “J. Edgar”
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”
    “The Artist”
    “War Horse”

    Best Costume Design-
    “Hugo”
    “A Dangerous Method”
    “Captain America: The First Avenger”
    “The Artist”
    “Jane Eyre”

    Best Sound Editing-
    “The Adventures of Tintin”
    “Cowboys and Aliens”
    “Super 8’
    “War Horse”
    “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

    Best Sound Mixing-
    “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    “Super 8”
    “War Horse”
    “The Tree of Life”

    Best Score-
    “The Artist”
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
    “The Ides of March”
    “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    “War Horse”

    Best Makeup-
    “Captain America: The First Avenger”
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
    “J. Edgar”

    Best Visual Effects-
    “Super 8”
    “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
    “Captain America: The First Avenger”
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
    “The Tree of Life”

    Best Animated Feature
    “Rango”
    “Cars 2”
    “The Adventures of Tintin”
    “Happy Feet 2”

  • 8 8-29-2011 at 4:03 pm

    DylanS said...

    Just realized that I somehow left “The Tree of Life” out of Cinematography. That was a total accident, and would easily swap it with “Water for Elephants”