WEEKLY WRAP: BAFTA ‘Speech’ sweep, ASC upset, Berlinale coverage

Posted by · 8:54 pm · February 18th, 2011

• To the surprise of precisely no one, hometown favorite “The King’s Speech” reigned supreme at the BAFTAs. • Before you go basing your Oscar predictions on the BAFTA outcome, Kris pointed out a crucial caveat. • “Inception” added another guild award to its mantel, as Wally Pfister beat Roger Deakins to the American Society […]

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Pfister takes the ASC award for ‘Inception’

Posted by · 10:54 pm · February 13th, 2011

I’ve been on the road most of the day, but happy news for Wally Pfister, who won the ASC award for “Inception.” I wouldn’t look to the Society for much in the way of prognostication.  They’ve already seized the opportunity to award Roger Deakins, after all — twice.  And had I thought about it, I […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Jawellnofine

Posted by · 10:10 am · January 13th, 2011

(Updated Oscar predictions here.) It’s six years this month since I left Johannesburg for the sodden streets of London, so it could just be that I’m in a commemorative mood, but the endlessly useful South African idiom “jawellnofine” (mostly redundant translation: “yes… well… no… fine”) has been on my mind rather a lot this week. It’s […]

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‘King’s Speech,’ ‘Social Network’ among ASC nominees

Posted by · 6:06 pm · January 10th, 2011

Well, I was expecting this to drop tomorrow, but the ASC nominees have been announced (catch them at The Circuit), and there are a couple of surprises. Okay, well, Jeff Cronenweth getting in for “The Social Network” isn’t a complete surprise, as I mentioned this morning we should watch out for him here.  But Danny […]

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Predict the ASC nominees

Posted by · 9:32 am · January 10th, 2011

Now that the DGA has spoken, something to pass the time.  Tomorrow the crafts guilds continue to roll out the season as the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) offers its picks for the best work behind the camera in 2010.  This is perhaps my favorite of the below-the-line categories, so I thought I’d offer up […]

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Lifetime Achievement Awards for Deakins and Freeman

Posted by · 1:14 pm · October 11th, 2010

A pair to report.  First up, Morgan Freeman gets the AFI tribute treatment this year.  I wonder if we’ll get some quality discussion of his work with David Fincher on “Se7en.” The press release, in part: Morgan Freeman has been selected by the  American Film Institute’s (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 39th AFI […]

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‘The White Ribbon’ wins the ASC award

Posted by · 10:12 pm · February 27th, 2010

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2/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:59 am · February 23rd, 2010

• Peter Knegt chats with Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner. [indieWIRE] • Oscar party kits, anyone? With bingo! [Oscars.org] • “The Messenger” writers and Oscar nominees Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon on their process. [MTV Movies Blog]

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WEEKLY WRAP: BFCA awards, Guilds triple, Rohmer passes

Posted by · 5:47 am · January 16th, 2010

• As you’ve just heard, “The Hurt Locker” emerged triumphant at the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards. • Earlier this week, Éric Rohmer, sly giant of New Wave intellectualism, passed away at the age of 89. • That same day, “Avatar,” “The Hangover” and “Star Trek” were among the films nominated by the WGA. • The […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 18 — WGA, ACE, ASC, parties, awards shows on the way…uh, we forget anything?

Posted by · 9:46 am · January 15th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. After a busy week of guild announcements and circuit parties, not to mention plenty of industry news from NBC to Disney and anything in between, Anne and I are beat. And we’re moving into a busy weekend of […]

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ASC nominees

Posted by · 12:18 pm · January 11th, 2010

“Avatar” continues its guild steamroll with a mention from the ASC today, a mention I frankly didn’t think the film would get.  Then again, the guild is typically kind to digital photography where AMPAS is not (examples are “Collateral” and “Apocalypto”), so I wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk in this category for Oscar.  Then […]

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ASC on the way

Posted by · 5:06 pm · January 8th, 2010

Along with the WGA, the American Society of Cinematographers will also be announcing nominees Monday.  Guesses as to which way they’ll go? I’d say the safest bet is Robert Richardson and his work on “Inglourious Basterds.” He often gets his due from the guild (eight nominations) even when he doesn’t from the Academy (five nominations). […]

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Caleb Deschanel to be feted by ASC

Posted by · 1:53 pm · November 2nd, 2009

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced that veteran lenser Caleb Deschanel will receive the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Recent recipients have included Jack N. Green, Stephen H. Burum and Allen Daviau. Deschanel won the ASC award for Best Cinematography in 2000 for his work on Roland Emmerich’s “The Patriot.” He has been […]

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OFF THE CARPET: From the horse’s mouth

Posted by · 7:47 am · January 12th, 2009

The last two weeks have been a leaf blower to the debris an awards season can accumulate.  Individuals with some real say in the ultimate Oscar picture have finally gone on the record, painting a rather clear picture of the industry’s favorite films of 2008. But before diving into the realities of the various guild […]

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ASC nominees

Posted by · 8:58 am · January 7th, 2009

The American Society of Cinematographers have announced their annual list of nominees, which are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Claudio Miranda) “The Dark Knight” (Wally Pfister) “The Reader” (Roger Deakins and Chris Menges) “Revolutionary Road” (Roger Deakins) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Anthony Dod Mantle) I’m pleasantly surprised by the “Reader” inclusion.  Though I didn’t care for […]

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