POLL: Who gets the fifth supporting actress slot?

Posted by · 11:22 am · January 18th, 2011

One of the interesting things about this morning’s BAFTA announcement is that it scattered the already fluid Best Supporting Actress category to the winds.  Nominations for Barbara Hershey, Miranda Richardson and Lesley Manville put them in the hunt with contenders like Mila Kunis and Jacki Weaver for what appears to be an up-for-grabs fifth slot. […]

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‘King’s Speech’ leads BAFTA list with 14 nods

Posted by · 11:53 pm · January 17th, 2011

If you’ve been with us for a couple of years, you’ll know that the BAFTA nominations infuriate me on an annual basis. However, my therapist recently advised me that I need to heal my relationship with BAFTA through forgiveness, so I’ll lead with few the things that pleased me about this morning’s announcement. For one […]

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‘Black Swan,’ ‘King’s Speech’ lead BAFTA longlists

Posted by · 6:38 am · January 7th, 2011

I’ve never really been sure why BAFTA bothers to announce this stage in their voting process — the 15 names in each category from which the final nominees will be plucked — unless it’s to reveal the extraordinarily narrow range of titles they’re willing to consider for awards in any one field. (Ellen Page for […]

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Updates to The Circuit

Posted by · 9:56 am · January 3rd, 2011

A few pre-guild honors trickling in. Kansas City goes for “The Social Network” and “Inception” in a big way, while the Dublin set offers a fresh perspective.  Also, Barbara Hershey finally got some more love, this tim from the Central Ohio critics, while the Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of winnerzzzz…

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11/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘True Grit’ setting profiled, ‘Buried’ vs. ‘127 Hours,’ Aronofsky’s were-swan film

Posted by · 9:11 am · November 18th, 2010

• Jennifer Boulden writes a singular piece on Fort Smith, Arkansas, her home and the setting of “True Grit.” [Awards Daily] • Jeffrey M. Anderson stumps for “Buried” over “127 Hours.” [Cinematical] • The HFPA gets grabby over a revenue dispute with Dick Clark Productions, vis a vis the Golden Globe awards telecast. [Entertainment Weekly]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1987 and 1988

Posted by · 3:21 pm · November 3rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. So sorry for the hiatus with this column but I took a break last week to focus on the top 10 horror films list and am a day late this week because I was stuck shooting all day yesterday. I’m sure you’ve all been missing it […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Can the ladies get some support?

Posted by · 9:05 am · October 11th, 2010

A number of people wanted Anne and I to discuss the seemingly thin Best Supporting Actress category on the podcast Friday, but we didn’t get to it. So it seemed an opportune time to dedicate this space to the discussion. One should keep in mind that the race is still in its early days. This […]

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REVIEW: “Black Swan” (****)

Posted by · 6:18 am · September 1st, 2010

Venice Film Festival It’s the juvenilization of the term “fairy tale” that has led many people to associate them inextricably with happy endings. At their most literary, fairy tales can be moral and often very unhappy narratives of yearning, obsession and eventual redemption, even if it comes with rather a large sacrifice attached; Hans Christian […]

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‘Black Swan’ trailer

Posted by · 3:38 pm · August 17th, 2010

There are two films I’m most looking forward to in 2010: the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” The trailer for the latter has just hit the web courtesy of Apple and it looks like an absolute stunner.  I’m hearing, awards wise, that it’s probably more of a Best Actress play for […]

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The Great Performances: 1996

Posted by · 10:15 am · October 16th, 2009

1996 was an odd year, a year when the independent cinema dominated the weak product emerging out of Hollywood. I am going to confess right off the top of this article (as I have numerous times before) that I was not a fan of “The English Patient,” which for me remains one of the most […]

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