Record box office for Oscar shorts

Posted by · 1:51 pm · April 2nd, 2010

Early in my Oscar-watching days, long before the advent of YouTube or VOD, the short film awards represented little more than a chance to get ahead in the Oscar pool by sheer guesswork. With no means of viewing the nominees, and the field of awards coverage considerably less comprehensive than it is today, you’d do […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar nomination week

Posted by · 6:02 am · February 6th, 2010

• Did you hear? The 2009 Academy Award nominations were announced. “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” led the pack. • Days before, Kathryn Bigelow nabbed the Directors’ Guild Award — the first woman ever to do so. • Back to the Oscars, we collected reaction statements from 44 of this year’s nominees. • I rounded […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Lovely Bones’ bows, ‘New Moon’ reigns

Posted by · 4:25 pm · November 29th, 2009

• “The Lovely Bones” finally landed this week, to decidedly mixed reviews. • Kris and Anne offered their thoughts on the film (among others) in this week’s Oscar Talk. • In Off the Carpet, we combed through the Best Adapted Screenplay contenders (which now include “District 9”). • “New Moon” surprised nobody with a record-breaking […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Short Oscar hopeful ‘The Cat Piano’

Posted by · 5:30 am · November 21st, 2009

Chalk “The Cat Piano” up as a nominee pronto. Probably the win, too. EVERYONE loves that short. So says regular reader Glenn in the comment thread on the Best Animated Short Oscar shortlist. Having now watched this 8-minute Australian gem in all its noir-tinged, Nick Cave-narrated splendor, I can’t disagree. Take a look.

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily