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Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 8:54 am · September 15th, 2011

You know the drill. Fire off your queries and we’ll try to address a few. Keep in mind we’ll surely be talking plenty about Toronto so try to be specific otherwise. And since we didn’t get to any last week due to the rushed session, feel free to re-post something you really want addressed. If things pan out, this will likely be the last Oscar Talk under this roof. But we’re 60 episodes deep and we’ll keep going strong at HitFix, so don’t you worry.




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  • 1 9-15-2011 at 8:55 am

    Kidman said...

    Talking about directors, if Stephen Daldry gets a fourth nomination in four film, what do you think it will mean? What do you think this record would mean?

    I love Daldry’s work but I got the feeling he has always been considered as only ”good” by cinephiles.

  • 2 9-15-2011 at 9:03 am

    Michael Dalton said...

    With the Best Actor category seeming to be incredibly crowded this year, with Clooney, Dicaprio, Dujardin, Oldman and Pitt being the current favourites, which performance do you think could sneak in and land a surprise nomination and at whose expense? Levitt? Fassbender? Shannon?

  • 3 9-15-2011 at 9:08 am

    Chris said...

    Have either of you seen the sizzle reel of “Dragon Tattoo” and, if so, what are your thoughts?

  • 4 9-15-2011 at 9:08 am

    Will said...

    First of all congratulations on your big news!

    Now my question:
    After TIFF what do you think of Glenn Close’s and Janet McTeer’s Oscar chances ?
    Also Christopher Plummer is enjoying fantastic year first Beginners and now with Barrymore plus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has yet to open. Do you think his overall work this year + overdue status would help his case in finally getting that Oscar in supporting for Beginners?

    Thank you in advance!

  • 5 9-15-2011 at 9:14 am

    George said...

    What genre films do you think have the best shot of breaking into the top 10? It seems like they’re often dismissed as being “outside the Academy’s wheelhouse,” too violent, etc. and yet 2009 saw a BP nomination for District 9 and 2010 got Black Swan (and the The Town). To me, Drive seems like something that should easily break into the top 10.

  • 6 9-15-2011 at 9:15 am

    Jon said...

    I heard Melancholia played at Toronto. How was the response to the film there? Do you think Kirsten Dunst can find her way back into the race post-Cannes?

  • 7 9-15-2011 at 9:18 am

    Danny said...

    What about Vera Farmiga? Is there any talk about her performance in Higher Ground? Does her assured directing of strong ensemble performances in any way enhance the chances that her own performance may receive some recognition? Or has the movie quietly come and gone?

  • 8 9-15-2011 at 9:19 am

    Dickie Greenleaf said...

    We all have grown to expect Streep will be great in everything, and now that Close has been seen and liked/admired, do you think Viola Davis has what it takes to pull off a win?

  • 9 9-15-2011 at 9:20 am

    Joe said...

    Just a repost of my last question: I’m very curious what you think will be able to break out of this summer’s strong slate of documentaries and get a nomination. “Project Nim” and “Tabloid” seem like they have the most buzz, but “Senna” and especially “The Interrupters” were my personal favorites.

  • 10 9-15-2011 at 9:25 am

    Daniel said...

    Does Hardy really have a chance at a “Warrior” nod? With Warrior’s lackluster box office performance, does this movie even have a chance anymore? Also, I’m curious as to how you see “Drive” playing out in the Oscar race this year. Brooks for supporting actor?

  • 11 9-15-2011 at 9:30 am

    Bia said...

    Since Martha Marcy May Marlene has managed to sustain its buzz since January, how do Elizabeth Olsen’s chances look for being the Jennifer Lawrence of 2011?

  • 12 9-15-2011 at 9:50 am

    guest said...

    How come many of you guys predicting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a major awards player? A reportedly graphic and hard R-rated thriller that is also a remake of a fairly respected and broadly seen Swedish film from 2009.

    Fincher factor? Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for the film, but I never understood the award angle here.

    Have a good one.

  • 13 9-15-2011 at 9:52 am

    Bryan said...

    I read a little article about DiCaprio, saying his performance in “J. Edgar” was amazing from people that had seen it. What have you heard about his performance? and what do you think about Clint Eastwood’s track record with his actors winning the Oscar. I would also be interested in what director has garnered the most acting wins with his/her cast?

  • 14 9-15-2011 at 9:53 am

    Andrej said...

    Do you think Attack the Block has a shot at anything this year, or it’s overlapping too much with Super 8? Sasha Stone’s considering it a possible-ish candidate for Best Picture in a District 9 kind of way and I’d like to hear your thoughts on this movie and its chances.

  • 15 9-15-2011 at 10:08 am

    Mark said...

    Is Viola Davis or Meryl Streep now the favorite to win best actress?

  • 16 9-15-2011 at 10:16 am

    Joseph W said...

    Saw The Artist at Toronto and thought why isn’t there buzz for Berenice Bejo in supporting actress? Do you think the popularity of the film could sweep her into a nomination as well?

    My two favourites of the fest (that I saw) were Shame and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Not Academy type films at all. Do you think they could get lead nods for their stars with enough critical push?

    People seem to think if Jessica Chastain gets a nod for her year-long work, it would be for The Help? What about The Tree of Life?

  • 17 9-15-2011 at 10:31 am

    kel said...

    Do you think that it is possible for Tom Hanks to make an Oscar comeback this year after a 11-year Oscar hiatus?

    He may be in contention for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It will surely be a Directing nominee, as filmmaker Stephen Daldry has gone 3/3 in his career.

  • 18 9-15-2011 at 10:36 am

    No H Jon said...

    We know that the academy tends to prefer “loud and in-your face performances (IE Daniel Day-Lewis, Heath Ledger, Jennifer Hudson..) but they have also recognized some intriguingly subtle performances in the past (Jodie Foster, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Alan Arkin)

    Which type of performance do you prefer and which performance type contributes to a better legacy for the Oscars?

  • 19 9-15-2011 at 10:40 am

    Bill_the_Bear said...

    I’m also interested in the Documentary (Feature) category, and in particular…why has there been so little talk about a nomination for “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams?” It’s the best documentary I’ve seen this year.

  • 20 9-15-2011 at 10:59 am

    Bryce H. said...

    Re-posted from last week:

    This is NOT a Dragon Tattoo question as I believe the film’s chances have been covered already, this is more a general question about non-Oscar bait material.

    I will make two assumptions before posing this question: 1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a critical success (let’s say its Metascore is somewhere between mid-70s to, at the highest, 90 and a Tomatometer of 80-100). 2) It’s a box office success.
    Critical acclaim and box office success – not a huge stretch of the imagination.

    Has there ever been a critically-acclaimed, box office hit based on well-loved source material released in late December by an Oscar-nominated director* – and an Oscar winning crew in the music, editing, and writing categories – that many have predicted for awards success only to NOT receive any* Academy attention?

    *Especially one recently (objectively) snubbed for an Oscar
    **I say “any” because I don’t see GwtDT predicted anywhere

    (Oh, and a film with the potential for a breakout performance from a new actress in a very showy role.)

    The topic interests me because while I understand your argument about GwtDT not being Oscar material, I also think that the awards season and the Academy has changed a lot since Se7en and Fight Club. But if you have a precedent for this thinking I’d love to know what it is.

  • 21 9-15-2011 at 11:35 am

    rafael said...

    In your Anonymous review you said that the cinematography of Anna Foerster might be regarded as a tipping point of what you can do with digital. Do you think she can get a nomination because of that and are there any female best cinematography winners?

  • 22 9-15-2011 at 11:54 am

    Ryan Sartor said...

    Why do you think The New York Film Festival was not able to secure a huge debut like they did last year with The Social Network? And what does this mean for the relevance of the NYFF in the future?

  • 23 9-15-2011 at 11:55 am

    Authorized said...

    I notice you don’t have Alexander Payne on your current projections for Best Director despite raves for The Descendants. Do you think the Academy views him as a top writer but only a solid director?

  • 24 9-15-2011 at 12:29 pm

    Sam Marziale said...

    Given the fact that the press has seen most of the awards hopefuls for the year (except for about 10 big titles), what do you think, based on what you’ve seen, will end up being the critical darling of the year (i.e. win a majority of the critic association prizes)? Do you think it’ll still be The Tree of Life by the end of the year or do you think The Descendants will fill that slot the way Sideways did in 2004? Do you really foresee any of the remaining unseen titles filling that slot? I know War Horse, J. Edgar, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close definitely look like Oscar contenders, but do you think any of those will ultimately be critical darlings?

  • 25 9-15-2011 at 1:05 pm

    Jack said...

    Can SPC push A Separation to get wider nominations the way movies like City of God have done by surprise in the past?

  • 26 9-15-2011 at 1:06 pm

    Joey said...

    Has there been a general concensus of Butter? I recently read Lisa Schwartzbaum’s small take on Entertainment Weekly’s website, and she said it was rather smug.

  • 27 9-15-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Oscar chances for ‘Take This Waltz’?

  • 28 9-15-2011 at 1:34 pm

    Rashad said...

    What sci-fi films from 2000-2008 do you feel would have gotten in in the post-10-sci-fi-accepted climate?

  • 29 9-15-2011 at 1:40 pm

    brace said...

    Is there a film that could be a surprise entry in this years awards season that nobody sees as a contender but it might become?At this point two years ago nobody was talking about Crazy Heart and The Blind Side.

  • 30 9-15-2011 at 1:47 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I remember that question, Rashad. Not going to answer it and here’s why: it’s better if it’s not something we’d have to really dig in and maybe research. I can do that, but Anne doesn’t know the questions until we’re recording and it would be a bunch of dead air, “Hm, let’s see, what came out in that frame,” etc.

    Just FYI.

  • 31 9-15-2011 at 3:40 pm

    Evan said...

    I’ll echo Dana’s question and the question about docs. Is Into the Abyss going to come out in time?

  • 32 9-15-2011 at 3:40 pm

    Fitz said...

    What are the odds of John Hawkes being nominated again after last year’s Winter’s Bone? Will his previous nomination hurt him?

    Thanks.

  • 33 9-15-2011 at 3:45 pm

    m1 said...

    Could Rooney Mara be campaigned in supporting a la Hailee Steinfeld?

  • 34 9-15-2011 at 3:45 pm

    TheyCallMeMrTits said...

    Which movie do you feel better captures that feeling of change in the 1960s: Richard Lester’s ‘Help!’ or The Help?

  • 35 9-15-2011 at 3:45 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks again guys!