9/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Pond picks Payne, Von Trier steps in it further, Waxman knocks ‘Warrior’ strategy

Posted by · 8:59 am · September 8th, 2011

Steve Pond lays it all out for “The Descendants” winning Best Picture, trying to make good on his two-year streak (though at least he had seen the other two before making those calls). [The Odds]

At Telluride, meanwhile, Sasha Stone laid down a cool 20-spot on Viola Davis taking Best Actress. (I’m a witness.) [Awards Daily]

That Cannes hole just wasn’t deep enough for Lars Von Trier. [Hollywood Reporter]

The 20 best New York films of all time. [Time Out New York]

Dean Napolitano reports from Monday’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” press conference in Venice. [Speakeasy]

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” adds a star bigger than Leonardo DiCaprio. [Huffington Post]

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton talk “Warrior.” [Making Of]

Sharon Waxman, meanwhile, thinks Lionsgate is being soft on the awards campaign, charging that, “in the hands of Harvey Weinstein, [the film] would sail into a Best Picture nomination.” Patience, Sharon. It’s September. [WaxWord]

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  • 1 9-08-2011 at 9:35 am

    Max said...

    I realize this is just a “round-up,” but surely there could be a little context regarding Von Trier. His comments, after reading the story, were quite benign.

    Give the man a break.

  • 2 9-08-2011 at 9:36 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I love Von Trier. And I don’t care about the Nazi comments. But it’s not inaccurate to say he is digging his hole deeper by continuing to circle this controversy. It’s not about my reaction, it’s about other peoples’ reaction.

  • 3 9-08-2011 at 11:30 am

    Gautam said...

    Amitabh Bachchan is definitely a much bigger star than Leo ( though I’m a great fan of Leo too .. but thts the truth) .. Infact BBC in 2000 voted him to be “Greatest Star of stage or screen of the Millennium” … CNN named among “25 greatest actors of all time” .. TIME also honored him with a similar title … he was avoiding Hollywood consciously till now .. though I think this time his personal friendly relations with Baz has worked !!

  • 4 9-08-2011 at 11:48 am

    red_wine said...

    Its all very nice to be respectful and all but give me a break, Bachan a bigger/more famous star than Dicaprio? Yeah right.

    And I don’t care a shit about what Von Trier says or how the media treats him, the man is a really great director and one of the most vital voices in cinema today. I couldn’t be more excited for Melancholia if I tried, my most anticipated movie bar none. And if the recent US trailer is any indication, it will be a knockout.

  • 5 9-08-2011 at 11:51 am

    Gautam said...

    @ red_wine
    Do a simple exercise Mr.Red Wine … go to wikipedia and type Amitabh Bachchan .. you will realise the enormity of this star .. dont forget to check the international recognition he has received till date .. surprise waiting for u .. gud luck :)

  • 6 9-08-2011 at 11:53 am

    Gautam said...


    well for vryone’s help …

  • 7 9-08-2011 at 11:54 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    red_wine: Don’t be so Ameri-centric. There are other countries in the world, with MANY more people than we have here. I think you’re showing some ignorance, my friend.

  • 8 9-08-2011 at 12:02 pm

    red_wine said...

    Oh what do I know about other countries and foreign films.

  • 9 9-08-2011 at 12:06 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    1.2 billion in India versus 300 million here is a good start. ;)

  • 10 9-08-2011 at 12:08 pm

    red_wine said...

    Tinker with your website a bit and see where my IP catches from.

  • 11 9-08-2011 at 12:15 pm

    Gautam said...

    To add further some of the stats ..
    1500 movies produced every year in around 15 different languages in India … compared to 500 every year within Hollywood I guess ..
    3.5 billion global viewership of Bollywood movies .. in comparison to 2.5 billion for Hollywood (source:TIME)
    Inspite of all these… Indian movies are way behind in terms of generation of revenues due to very cheap pricing of tickets ( $0.01 to $2)

  • 12 9-08-2011 at 12:18 pm

    Gautam said...

    *correction: $0.1-$2

  • 13 9-08-2011 at 1:16 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Give the man a break.”

    Give me a break, Max. Clearly, the comments about Von Trier are on the same level as his own. And there is nothing “benign” about what he said.

  • 14 9-08-2011 at 1:21 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ok, so red is in India. So why doesn’t he/she get that DiCaprio’s star isn’t as big as a Bollywood legend? Confusing, but anyway, Ameri-centric comment nevertheless retracted.

  • 15 9-08-2011 at 1:22 pm

    Maxim said...

    Whatever they may think of Von Trier’s filmmaking abilities, it never ceases to amaze me that all the same people who jump to defend him are so blind to the effect of the comments that put him in the hot water in the first place. That’s pretty heavy stuff there. I find it perfectly ok for him to be called on it. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take the consequences.

  • 16 9-08-2011 at 1:24 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I perfectly get and understand why he’s in hot water. And it’s silly for him to keep digging. But just speaking personally, I couldn’t care less about the actual comments. So the whole thing is kind of annoying.

  • 17 9-08-2011 at 1:42 pm

    Gautam said...

    @ Kris
    Is Mr.red from India .. whoaaa .. and he can’t spell Bachchan … to be in India and pretend Leo is bigger star….all I can say ..a bliss of ignorance :)

  • 18 9-08-2011 at 1:52 pm

    Andrej said...

    While the Lars thing at Cannes was blown out of proportion and into outer space, the fact the guy keeps dragging it annoys me to no end. Melancholia’s already been denied distribution here in my country after his remarks, and nothing he’s saying now will help getting it any sooner!

    This kind of selfdefense isn’t just pointless, but also harmful. Just give me Melancholia and keep your nazi fetish to yourself.

  • 19 9-08-2011 at 2:19 pm

    ninja said...

    Thrilled that Big B is added to The Great Gatsby”. Hollywood should utlize Bollywood stars more but not stupid Aishwarya who really can`t act and is so friggin fake. Or that ugh yuck blech nepotism demon Kareena. Big B, SRK, Salman, Hrithik… Bollywood men trump Bollywood chicks any day.

  • 20 9-08-2011 at 5:03 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Hahahaha “or that ugh yuck blech nepotism demon”- that might be the funniest description I have read in a long time. Thank you Ninja, for that laugh.

    Bachchan’s son is also the real deal. I never imagined Wolfsheim being an Indian man, but I trust that it will be a wonderful addition to a film that I already have extremely high hopes for. Who played him in the Redford version?

  • 21 9-08-2011 at 5:10 pm

    Max said...


    Here’s Von Trier’s most recent statement:

    “There was a point to this whole thing. I think history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere, and there are a lot of things that can be suddenly set free, and the mechanics behind this setting-free is something we really should really investigate, and the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it.”

    Controversial, perhaps. “Benign,” however, seems like an apt description. What exactly do you object to.

    Kris, I get it. I would, however, like for the media (or at the very least this site) to point out how silly this “controversy” is. Instead I get sensational headlines and markedly uncharitable interpretations from sites like THR.

  • 22 9-08-2011 at 7:50 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I thought by being funny with the “hole isn’t big enough” comment was doing that. Guess not.

  • 23 9-08-2011 at 8:17 pm

    John G said...

    Very surprised at the Big B casting. Has he ever appeared in an American film before? Also, will Luhrmann’s version be set in the 1920s, or will it be an update? Will the character’s name remain the same? Strange to cast an Indian actor in a role so archetypally Jewish, especially if it’s set in an era before Asian immigrants generally appeared here. They may be going the route of Vincent Chase and Martin Scorsese’s Gatsby.

    Amitabh Bachchan is absolutely a bigger star than DiCaprio; Bollywood has millions more fans. The films are usually of very poor quality however.

  • 24 9-08-2011 at 9:32 pm

    Gautam said...

    @ John G
    well… Bollywood films are not of poor quality but rather of different quality … they are more about celebrating life than artistic values …
    Had it been of poor quality Baz himself won’t have got inspired to make Moulin Rouge .. or for that matter u urself agree tht they have million more fans … how’s tht possible unless ppl prefer poor quality films over higher quality .. so I guess tht explains itself !!

  • 25 9-09-2011 at 7:27 am

    John G said...

    @ Gautam
    I’ve lived internationally and understand the appeal of Bollywood. I’ve seen some of the films and saw the names all over the tabloids, and it can be good fun. But most Indian people who are exposed to both Bollywood and American films regard Bollywood as something of a guilty pleasure. Even SRK himself said that the reason he never tried to crossover to America was because he doesn’t believe he’s a talented enough actor to be successful here.

  • 26 9-09-2011 at 7:39 am

    Gautam said...

    @ John G
    As far as artisitc quality goes … European films are better than even American ones … so it ends up on how do you look at movies .. Indians hardly consider it as a form of art … rather they feel its entertainment … some directors have tried going into euro-zone .. but those movies have done miserably bad among masses …
    Call it guilty pleasure or celebration of life or life itself .. thts hw movies in India are made (mostly)…
    SRK will tell anything to media ppl…. he likes playing around with them .. he’s even said .. he was never gud to come into movies its all by grace of God .. that he’s here …. and he doesn’t know hw to act …

  • 27 9-09-2011 at 7:42 am

    Gautam said...

    I also feel American way is the right way to go … equal mix of “guilty pleasure” and “artistic” movies … and not like the Indian way ..whr majority fall into the former .. and also not like the European whr majority falls under later …