Another barrier broken?

Posted by · 6:12 am · March 3rd, 2011

Amid the barrage of critical brickbats tossed at Sunday night’s Oscar show — plus the widespread dissatisfaction with certain winners — I didn’t see much mention made of this particular milestone, but it strikes me as worthy of note, particularly a year after Kathryn Bigelow’s history-making Best Director win. I’m happy to say that one […]

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An open letter to James Franco

Posted by · 4:32 pm · February 28th, 2011

Dear James, So you don’t think much of the Academy. That’s okay. A lot of us don’t. And after the outcome of last night’s awards — in which capping an inevitable Best Picture Oscar for the safe, stolid stylings of “The King’s Speech” with that extraneous Best Director win for a worried-looking Tom Hooper was […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 55 — Special Edition! — Oscars postmortem

Posted by · 1:03 pm · February 28th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Sun came up

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 28th, 2011

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have put it more concisely during his presentation of the Best Picture category last night.  To paraphrase, he noted that whichever films did not happen to win Best Picture this year would join the ranks of numerous classics of the medium. Was it preemptive damage control?  I hope not.  Why be apologetic?  […]

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2/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aftermath

Posted by · 8:29 am · February 28th, 2011

• Drew McWeeney writes a lot of words explaining why he doesn’t watch the Oscars. [Motion/Captured] • Nikki Finke reminds who the “In Memoriam” sequence passed over. [Deadline] • Oscar ≠ A-List. [The Wrap]

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‘King’s Speech’ wins four Oscars, including Best Picture…

Posted by · 9:06 pm · February 27th, 2011

…and the sun will still rise tomorrow.  Full list of the winners at The Circuit.  We’ll be back tomorrow to put a bow on the season.  Feel free to carry over conversation from the open thread here.

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83rd Academy Awards open thread

Posted by · 1:07 pm · February 27th, 2011

Alright, I’m ducking out of here for the night.  Feel free to use this space to discuss the show, the winners, whatever strikes you.  The red carpet starts up in about two hours.  I don’t think there will be too much strain on the server, but if things get sluggish, have patience with us. If […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Twas the week before Oscar

Posted by · 7:00 pm · February 25th, 2011

• We made you wait for it this year, but finally: Kris’s Top 10 Shots of 2010, parts one and two. • This week’s Off the Carpet column surveyed where the season has brought us thus far, and began tying the loose ends… • …culminating later in Kris’s final Oscar predictions of the 2010 season. […]

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Rundown of awards presentations

Posted by · 8:28 am · February 25th, 2011

From Deadline (thanks to PaulH): 1. Art Direction (Tom Hanks) 2. Cinematography (ditto) 3. Supporting Actress (?) 4. Animated Feature (Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis) 5. Animated Short Film (ditto)

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The model for this year’s acting presentations?

Posted by · 5:41 pm · February 23rd, 2011

I mentioned yesterday that the multi-presenter format used for the acting awards in the last two Oscar ceremonies is being scrapped this year. However, while we’re doing away with the five-way individual tributes, producer Bruce Cohen claimed they were adopting an idea from the “1970 Oscars” that would ensure every nominee gets duly celebrated. Looking […]

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2/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Leo speaks again on Adgate, hosts speak out on show, Burwell on ‘Grit’ score

Posted by · 8:14 am · February 23rd, 2011

• Melissa Leo tells a different story on Adgate: She was doing what Parmount told her to do. [Daily Beast] • Telecast hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway in their first interview on the upcoming festivities. [Hollywood Reporter] • Meanwhile, Tom Sherak tells Susan Wloszczyna we’ll like the style of the show. [USA Today]

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Training continues

Posted by · 10:34 am · February 22nd, 2011

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Oscarcast loses montages and acting tributes

Posted by · 9:13 am · February 22nd, 2011

Forgive me if this news, from the Hollywood Reporter, is a couple of days old — I’m still catching up on Oscar-related nuggets I missed while I was in Berlin. But I was so pleased by these details relating to Sunday’s telecast that I had to share them. I’m on the record as saying I […]

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2/16 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Oscars invade Grand Central, details on Oscarcast opening number, Gurus’ final picks

Posted by · 9:54 am · February 16th, 2011

• Wes Anderson talks editing “Black Swan” with Andrew Weisblum. [Awards Campaign] • Oscars invade New York’s Grand Central terminal. [Oscars.org] • Mandi Bierly gets a few Oscarcast details on the Franco-Hathaway chemistry and the opening number. [Inside Movies]

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2/11 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco couldn’t care less, love letter to Annette Bening, Hammond polls voters

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 11th, 2011

• James Franco: “If it’s the worst show in the history of the Oscars, who cares?”  I love this guy. [Screening Room] • David Poland on how the Academy is missing a golden opportunity by essentially banning Banksy from the ceremony.  Not that Banksy would even humor his suggestions, but still. [The Hot Blog] • […]

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Should be good. Should be great. (Should be over soon.)

Posted by · 3:53 pm · February 10th, 2011

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Oscar’s class of 2010

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 8th, 2011

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Best Original Song performances are back

Posted by · 9:31 am · February 4th, 2011

The Academy’s Twitter feed just noted the following: You heard it 1st: Best Song performances are back for 83rd #Oscars! Gwyneth Paltrow set to sing…more on the way. To which I say: Great.  It was grossly disrespectful, I thought, to suddenly jerk them from the telecast last year (and if you heard some of the […]

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