9/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Madonna in Toronto, SPC’s would-be ‘Shame’ plan, Clooney overexposed?

Posted by · 9:12 am · September 13th, 2011

Michael Cieply reports from the “W.E.” press conference in Toronto, where Madonna is doing slightly better than she did over in Venice. [Arts Beat]

Speaking of Toronto, Tilda Swinton keeps hitting the press rounds at the fest. [Speakeasy]

Pete Hammond hears that Sony Classics wanted to lay the groundwork for a Michael Fassbender win next year in “Shame” (had they acquired it) by pushing “A Dangerous Method” ahead of it this year. I’m not sure that would have worked out. [Deadline]

Steve Pond finds George Clooney over-exposed at the fest, cracks on the poor guy’s one-liners. [The Wrap]

Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage remember Cliff Robertson. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Gavin O’Connor wanted the ending of “Warrior” to be a surprise. [MTV Movies Blog]

With “Shame” in mind, Sasha Stone remembers back to sex and Oscar. [Awards Daily]

[Photo: Hollywood Reporter]




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  • 1 9-13-2011 at 9:57 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    SPC does realize that Daniel Day Lewis is playing Abraham Lincoln next year right? I would take my chances this year.

  • 2 9-13-2011 at 10:10 am

    Mike_M said...

    I think Fox Searchlight has a decent chance to to at least keep Fassbender in the conversation and maybe a nom. I know they had more time and it was a an easier sell (though still tough), but they did a great job with Black Swan which was sexual, thriller, “horror” movie and got Portman the Oscar. Lucky for Fassbender he has other roles this year where he performed well (as expected), so that should help.

  • 3 9-13-2011 at 11:17 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Matthew: I’ll bet you a steak dinner Day Lewis doesn’t win.

  • 4 9-13-2011 at 12:13 pm

    evelyn garver said...

    Mr. Lodge, is your prediction about DDL because it would be a third Best Actor win or do you lack confidence in the film?

  • 5 9-13-2011 at 12:51 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    If I bet DDL v the field I would need odds. So if DDL wins I get a steak dinner and if the field wins you get Subway or Chipotle.

  • 6 9-13-2011 at 1:04 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I am happy with Chipotle. **virtual handshake**

  • 7 9-13-2011 at 1:15 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    It’s on.

  • 8 9-13-2011 at 2:03 pm

    /3rtfull said...

    You’re both wrong. Sally Field bests Meryl Streep to a 3rd Oscar on her 3rd nomination!

  • 9 9-13-2011 at 2:32 pm

    Bryce H. said...

    Wait…so why won’t Day-Lewis win?

  • 10 9-13-2011 at 2:47 pm

    SJG said...

    Even if DDL or Fields deserves a win, I suspect they won’t get one because the Academy seems to be strangely averse to awarding performances in Spielberg films. I don’t quite understand why.

    I actually can’t stand DDL though so I’m hoping he won’t win.

  • 11 9-13-2011 at 4:19 pm

    Maxim said...

    Guy, you are not even that great at predicting outcomes in a year where you’ve seen the films, so why don’t you by yourself a dinner instead? Or, you know, get Anne to do it?

    And SJG, I think that AMPAS will JUMP at an opportunity to award an actor in a Spielberg film. The narrative is great. You’ll see. Just like War Horse is the most underexpected acting showcase of the year.

    Don’t bet against Spielberg, the most consitently successful force in the history of movies.

  • 12 9-13-2011 at 4:20 pm

    Maxim said...

    Please pardon the fancy spelling above.

  • 13 9-13-2011 at 4:33 pm

    /3rtfull said...

    No actor has won for a performance in a Spielberg film. Lincoln is his best bet if this pattern is to break.

  • 14 9-13-2011 at 5:40 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Meanwhile I don’t even think they have begun shooting that film yet.

  • 15 9-13-2011 at 9:47 pm

    John-Paul said...

    I think it’s kind of absurd to be talking about NEXT year’s Oscar prospects when we haven’t even officially begun the awards season this year, but I personally believe that Day-Lewis has more against him than one might think. For one, yes, he is already a two-time winner, and his most recent win was only 4 years ago (or I guess 5 years ago, by the time Lincoln comes out). Secondly, I think that his reputation as the most respected actor in the world creates almost impossible expectations for this performance. Not that I doubt he could pull it off, because I’m sure he will, but if he’s going to be a candidate for the win, he’s going to have to do something with the role that can elevate his status even higher, and at this point, I don’t even know what it would take to do that, given how much respect he already has. In other words, I think people could easily react by saying, “Yeah, he’s amazing in the movie, but what did you expect? It’s Daniel Day-Lewis.” And that would create less incentive to actually give him a third Oscar for being predictably great. See Meryl Streep for proof of this condition. He’d have to REALLY stun people with this in order to win, and it wouldn’t hurt if the movie ends up being amazing as well.

  • 16 9-13-2011 at 11:57 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    John-Paul: Of course it’s absurd, though I agree with your reasoning in theory. I’m just amused that some people are getting so hot under the collar about an idle bit of banter between me and Matthew.

  • 17 9-14-2011 at 10:50 am

    Christiane said...

    I’m not knowledgeable about movie distribution deals (nor the business of oscars) and whatnot, but seems to me like SPC is slightly pissed that Fassbender’s chances with Shame undermine their own marketing campaign for him in Dangerous Method.

    Guy, Kris, (or anyone who knows), had SPC bought distribution rights for the american market much sooner than fall season, would they have the rights to delay the first public screening of the movie at any time they would deem more strategically appropriate? If so, the conversation would be surely different. Because as it now stands, I don’t deem it smart to let Fassbender/Mulligan/McQueen win acclaim -and awards- left and right, only to let the movie dormant on their shelf for a year, solely for better Oscar chances.

    I’m sure the movie’s collaborators probably never even gave a thought about these award prospects in the first place, but if it is now in the realm of possibilities…why not shoot for the stars?

  • 18 9-14-2011 at 11:29 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Guy, I commend your excellent taste in food. Chipotle > Subway

  • 19 9-15-2011 at 3:21 am

    Jennifer said...

    Having now seen SHAME, which I loved very much, I have to say would be amazed if Fassbender got a nom (let alone a Best Picture or a Best Director nomination) even with Fox Searchlight behind the film. Not that he isn’t good, of course he’s good, but in my opinion this is so not an Academy film on so many levels. I could be wrong of course!

  • 20 9-15-2011 at 5:48 am

    ninja said...

    Well,I certianly hope DDL won`t win his third because I want Hugh Jackman to win his first for Les Miserables.