OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly […]

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On the “danger” of Andy Serkis

Posted by · 6:42 pm · August 13th, 2011

I suppose some might put it down to the fact that I didn’t find the film as spirit-lifting as many critics did, but I have a hard time signing the blogosphere’s imaginary petition for Andy Serkis to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” It’s not that I […]

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Serkis addendum

Posted by · 1:47 pm · August 4th, 2011

Thanks to reader Micah for pointing me to this NPR interview with Andy Serkis, which offers a nice nugget to dovetail with this morning’s post about Oscar-worthiness and the potential for a Special Achievement Award for the actor’s work in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Here is his take on awards hub-bub around […]

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Forget Best Supporting Actor — it’s time to honor Andy Serkis’ “Special Achievement”

Posted by · 11:14 am · August 4th, 2011

There has been a lot of talk this week about Andy Serkis’ stirring performance-capture portrayal of ape rebellion leader Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” In many quarters, writers are calling for consideration in the Best Supporting Actor category. It’s a song and dance Serkis and those of us who follow the […]

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COMIC-CON: Fox brings ‘Apes’ and Andrew Niccol’s new vision of the future

Posted by · 5:43 pm · July 21st, 2011

After all the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” riff-raff cleared the drain this morning (sorry), I finally made it to Hall H in the afternoon, for 20th Century Fox’s panel. The slate of films previewed included Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” and Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” I figure I’ll start […]

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FIRST-HALF FYC: Best Actor

Posted by · 1:57 pm · December 21st, 2010

After a sidestep into the writing races last week, we return to the performance categories in our rundown of notable work from the first half of the year’s release slate. And so we land upon the category that perhaps needs this feature most of all: where the Best Actress conversation still includes some names from […]

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‘Fish Tank’ tops at Evening Standard awards

Posted by · 1:52 pm · February 8th, 2010

Voted on by a handful of London critics (including IC friend Tim Robey), the Evening Standard Film Awards aren’t the glitiziest of honors, but they always make admirably singular choices. Celebrating the best in British film and talent, they often highlight names and titles below the radar of even the British Independent Film Awards. As […]

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Mark Harris on Zoe Saldana and performance capture

Posted by · 9:24 am · January 27th, 2010

Perhaps I missed it, but I’m surprised there hasn’t been more online conversation about EW writer Mark Harris’s recent critical essay on “Avatar” and performance capture technology.As one would expect from the author of “Pictures at a Revolution,” it’s a thoughtful piece, but one that should stir up considerable dissent. He begins by slamming James […]

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‘Education,’ ‘Hurt,’ ‘Avatar’ lead BAFTA nominations

Posted by · 12:00 am · January 21st, 2010

For once, my predictions weren’t too shoddy … though the field-beating haul I anticipated for “An Education” didn’t quite pan out. Instead, Lone Scherfig’s film ties for the lead with Oscar frontrunners “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker,” all three films securing eight nominations. “An Education” still looks like the one to beat here, though it’s […]

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1/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · January 4th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells passes along an aside concerning Walter Kirn’s original ending to “Up in the Air” and a lingering thread in Jason Reitman’s film.  Frankly, I think it would have made it even better. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Sasha Stone previews tomorrow’s Scripter nominations announcement.  I’d say her predictions are spot-on. [Awards Daily] • Best […]

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12/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:33 am · December 15th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers goes back to the well with some updated Oscar predictions. [The Film Experience] • Charles McGrath writes up the upcoming “Revolutionary Road” release. [New York Times] • Philip French remembers a bleak year in cinema. [The Guardian] • Similarly, John Horn notes the box office success of some challenging films this holiday […]

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