TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part one

Posted by · 10:35 am · February 24th, 2011

So this is it. Over the last seven-plus months here at Tech Support, we have tried to illuminate and analyze the craft races as they unfolded. On Sunday, the winners will be revealed, ushering some new faces into Oscar’s club.  And indeed, I expect the vast majority of the winners to make their first trip […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The makeup of ‘Barney’s Version,’ ‘The Way Back’ and ‘The Wolfman’

Posted by · 11:21 am · February 10th, 2011

As we have noted a number of times, the makeup branch is one of the Academy’s most independently minded. While many people have criticized them in the past for bestowing the moniker “Oscar nominee” on many mediocre (or worse) films, the makeup artists clearly seem to take the work into account regardless of perceived film […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Makeup

Posted by · 8:15 am · February 4th, 2011

The makeup branch of the Academy has often been criticized for making “Oscar nominees” of artistically dubious films. But I submit that it’s one of the bravest and noblest branches, sticking properly by the point of their task: to single out the greatest achievement in their field, no matter the other factors. This year’s line-up […]

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1/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: French indignation, talking threads with costumers, Portman’s extended laugh

Posted by · 8:17 am · January 21st, 2011

• The French lose their marbles not just over the exclusion of “Of Gods and Men” from this year’s foreign film shortlist, but the INCLUSION of Algeria’s “Outside the Law.” [The Carpetbagger] • Elizabeth Snead talks to a number of costumers on this year’s awards circuit [Deadline] • Is this Banksy? [Cinematical]

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Five things I learned from the Golden Globes

Posted by · 5:37 pm · January 17th, 2011

Appropriately enough for the occasion, I watched last night’s Golden Globe awards in a celebratory alcoholic fog (the night having coincided with a friend’s birthday) so thick it took most of today to sleep it off — hence the apologetically late posting. My memory of the evening’s finer details is therefore about as clear as, […]

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1/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: No dice for Winklevi, Alice Ward fights for her life, Weaver keeps making the rounds

Posted by · 8:07 am · January 13th, 2011

• Away from Oscar and in real life, Micky Ward’s mother is in a hospital fighting for her life… [Boston Globe] • …while the Winklevi lose their Facebook settlement appeal. [Paid Content] • Is “The King’s Speech” royalist propaganda? [The Guardian]

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AMPAS narrows makeup category to seven

Posted by · 3:34 pm · January 10th, 2011

I’ve been noting for a while now that “Barney’s Version” could be a sleeper in the Best Makeup category due to some impressive aging.  The film joins six others today as a bake-off finalist.  The only film missing that I’m currently predicting is “Shutter Island,” so replace that with “The Way Back” (which I was […]

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12/3 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Black Swan’ costumes, Tarantino roasted, ‘Harry Potter’ tries for Oscar one more time

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 3rd, 2010

• David Poland writes up the history of Oscar coverage. [Movie City News] • Costume designs from Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” [Daily Telegraph] • Paula Schwartz reports from the Friars Club Roast of Quentin Tarantino. [The Carpetbagger]

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OFF THE CARPET: Leading men in the spotlight

Posted by · 10:14 am · October 25th, 2010

About a year ago I took to examining the 2009 Best Actor race.  The frontrunners for five slots seemed to be, in order, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen and Robert De Niro. A day later press members received their first invites to “Crazy Heart” screenings and were notified […]

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10/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Eisenberg could bump Damon, Pike’s break-out year, assessing Best Actor

Posted by · 8:30 am · October 14th, 2010

• Nathaniel Rogers gets delightfully painstaking with Oscar trivia, notes that, should Jesse Eisenberg be nominated for Best Actor, he’ll boot Matt Damon from the list of top 10 youngest nominees in the category. [The Film Experience] • Speaking of which, Damon has the directing bug and continues to bone up on the ins and […]

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AFI Fest announces centerpiece galas, ‘King’s Speech’ tribute

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 13th, 2010

Already announced, this year’s AFI Fest will be bookended by “Love & Other Drugs” and “Black Swan.” Today, more news.  The press release, in part: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi today announced its Centerpiece Galas, featuring ABEL (DIR Diego Luna), BARNEY’S VERSION (DIR Richard J. Lewis), BLUE VALENTINE (DIR Derek Cianfrance), CASINO JACK (DIR […]

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TIFF: ‘Barney’s Version’ returns home, raves for Giamatti

Posted by · 6:22 am · September 13th, 2010

Last night’s North American premiere of “Barney’s Version” in Toronto was something of a homecoming for the Canadian production — it was, of course, first unveiled on Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where its soft-centered middlebrow appeal rather stood out against the more rigorous auteurism of its fellow Competition titles. If Richard J. Lewis’s […]

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Underdog ‘Dagenham’ may have the AMPAS touch

Posted by · 12:30 pm · September 11th, 2010

In Friday’s Oscar Talk, Anne and I pondered the Oscar potential of Sony Pictures Classics’ typically robust stable of contenders.  So far the best bet to have already hit theaters is Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low,” which could be a below-the-line play as well as a Best Actor possibility for Robert Duvall. Films from Rodrigo Garcia, […]

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VENICE: Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ wins Golden Lion

Posted by · 11:27 am · September 11th, 2010

Festival jury president Quentin Tarantino announced that Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” was the unanimous choice for Venice’s top honor. The full list of festival winners (with commentary to follow later): Golden Lion (Best Film): “Somewhere” (review) Silver Lion (Best Director): Alex de la Iglesia, “A Sad Trumpet Ballad” (review) Special Jury Prize: “Essential Killing” (review) Coppa […]

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VENICE: Jury duty – award predictions and preferences

Posted by · 11:51 am · September 10th, 2010

The Venice Competition lineup officially wrapped today with one of its lightest and most mainstream selections, “Barney’s Version” (reviewed this morning). With only the out-of-competition closing film “The Tempest” left to screen before I head back to London tomorrow evening, allow me a moment to sift through the runners and riders for the festival prizes […]

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9/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · September 10th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells, meanwhile, re-posts his thoughts on James Solomon’s screenplay. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Pete Hammond reports extensively from Wednesday’s “Tangled” event on the Disney lot. [Deadline] • Tim Gray on Venice’s unique role in film history. [Variety]

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SHORT TAKE: “Barney’s Version” (***)

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 10th, 2010

Venice Film Festival Too few film reviews open with the wisdom of Feargal Sharkey, so it brings me great pleasure to begin this one by saying that a good heart these days is, indeed, hard to find. That’s the chief conclusion to be taken from not just the narrative but the execution of “Barney’s Version,” […]

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Sony Classics acquires ‘Barney’s Version’

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 8th, 2010

An awards contender for Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman?  We’ll see.  The press release, in part: Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to BARNEY’S VERSION from producer Robert Lantos (EASTERN PROMISES, BEING JULIA, SUNSHINE). BARNEY’S VERSION is directed by Richard J. Lewis and based upon Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic […]

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