Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 3:57 pm · September 1st, 2011

Sorry once again for getting this up late. Start reminding me if it’s not up by Wednesday night! But anyway, we’ll be recording the podcast in a half hour or so for publication tomorrow. We’ll be joined by Guy in Venice and perhaps Anne’s Venice correspondent, David Gritten. Rifle off any questions you might have for us, though consider aiming plenty Venice’s way, since Anne and I haven’t dug in here in Telluride yet.

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  • 1 9-01-2011 at 4:06 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    What are the chances of ‘Ides of March’ making the BP line-up given the mixed to positive reaction since premiering at Venice? Does Foster stand a chance at a supporting nom for ‘Carnage’? Is Kate Winslet doomed? (I know you can’t talk about ‘Contagion’ just yet, but I figured ‘Carnage’ would have provided her with the meatier role between the two, and given the not-so impressive reviews of her performance, will this be a Winslet-less Oscar season??!) Did the Weinstein company pick up ‘W.E’ without actually seeing the film? Also, how do you guys feel on Jessica Chastain earning a supporting nod this year (i.e. ‘Take Shelter’)? Will she just have a great coming out party or is there a chance of her picking up any Oscar heat?

    Looking forward to another Oscar Talk!

  • 2 9-01-2011 at 4:08 pm

    JCS said...

    Any films at Telluride that you think will properly take off into the Oscar stratosphere?

  • 3 9-01-2011 at 4:08 pm

    will said...

    I really just want to hear more about W.E. It sounds a little bit jaw dropping.

  • 4 9-01-2011 at 4:10 pm

    Kyle T. said...

    Young Adult is perhaps my most anticipated film of the Oscar season. Is there a possibility that the studio’s strategic decision to keep the film (and/or Reitman) off of the festival circuit could backfire, particularly with the strength of the lineups for Venice/Toronto etc?

  • 5 9-01-2011 at 4:11 pm

    Gabriel said...

    Any updates yet on whether Wettest County will be released this year? After the W.E. reception, and with Iron Lady, Marilyn, and Coriolanus seeming more like performance pics, is The Artist Harvey’s only big play?

  • 6 9-01-2011 at 4:15 pm

    JFK said...

    I haven’t read much about W.E., since I saw it a while back, but I was impressed with Andrea Riseborough’s performance regardless of the rest of the film. I’d like to hear if there was any word that singled her out.

  • 7 9-01-2011 at 4:15 pm

    Eckhard said...

    If Keira Knightley gets nominated will it be in supporting or in lead?

  • 8 9-01-2011 at 4:17 pm

    Adam said...

    What film has the most to gain in terms of this year’s Oscar race by good word of mouth out of the festivals? I’m thinking along the lines of Black Swan last year, which had a good festival showing that helped propel it to Oscar success despite most people thinking it was not in the Academy’s wheelhouse.

  • 9 9-01-2011 at 4:19 pm

    Drew said...

    Every year the different studios and Oscar campaign managers try to think of a path that will lead their particular prized pony to the Promised land, so to speak. Whether it’s starting at the festivals, or just building buzz based on reviews and critics notices, or just trying to go wide and make some money, there’s always a plan in place.

    We’ve also seen both plans backfire and succeed in equal measure. (Up in the Air peaking too early in ’09 or the big prestige films like Nine or The Lovely Bones being saved till late and failing to catch any fire)

    Do you think there’s a right way or wrong way to go about it? Do you think some films need the festivals to get started, or do you think some should just go wide? (Of course, I’m talking about films that already have distribution)

  • 10 9-01-2011 at 4:24 pm

    Kevin said...

    Will Like Crazy be able to pick up Oscar Steam through the festival circuit? Or would it be better to have box office success for a small film like this?

  • 11 9-01-2011 at 4:24 pm

    Samuel said...

    I just want to second Kyle T.’s question about Young Adult. And make it more general as well, what’s the deal? Very little buzz about it. Very little anything about it, at least from what i’ve seen. But for me it’s my most anticipated film – Reitman is 3 for 3 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t work out why there’s not that much buzz about. Your thoughts?

  • 12 9-01-2011 at 4:24 pm

    Andrej said...

    How likely are the nomination possibilities for the younger actors this year with Ezra Miller and Hunter McCracken, and the rest from Tree of Life, Super 8, Hugo, Harry Potter 7P2 etc?

  • 13 9-01-2011 at 4:25 pm

    m1 said...

    Could Rooney Mara potentially be moved to supporting a la Hailee Steinfeld? I’ve read the book and she’s actually not that much of a lead.

  • 14 9-01-2011 at 4:26 pm

    Bia said...

    I guess this will be for Guy:

    I’ll echo JFK and wonder whether Andrea Riseborough is worthy of of the hype…is she still in the running for an Oscar supporting nom, after the mixed reviews for W.E.?

  • 15 9-01-2011 at 4:31 pm

    med said...

    Why is The Iron Lady and J. Edgar skipping the festivals? Will they both just premiere in their December opening dates?

  • 16 9-01-2011 at 4:31 pm

    Steve G said...

    Do you think Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower will get any awards traction? The film is on release in the US but seems to have slipped under most people’s radar.

  • 17 9-01-2011 at 4:33 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I finally got around to watching it so I’m curious… Any news on if Mel Gibson will be given any push or campaign for his role in The Beaver? I remember people lauding his part in the film.

  • 18 9-01-2011 at 4:52 pm

    Evan said...

    It seems like the fortunes have grown dim for several films who were considered possible Best Picture nominees. Forget nominations: how many (and which, if you care to venture a guess) pictures could actually *win* BP?

    Which films are the biggest wildcards at this point?

  • 19 9-01-2011 at 4:55 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks as always guys. Just wrapped up.