OFF THE CARPET: Heading into the home stretch

Posted by · 11:48 am · February 21st, 2011

I’m watching CNN’s report of the on-going situation in Libya as I write these comparably pointless words. The “real world” seems so unique, so foreign after having our head in the awards season clouds since September. Now, six months in, victory lane is a mere six days away. And man, it’s been a marathon. So […]

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1/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Portman milestones, Best Director not equal to Best Picture, Sony goes iTunes, too

Posted by · 8:03 am · January 20th, 2011

• Eight milestones in the evolution of Natalie Portman. [Movieline] • Carolyn Giardana notes a rare Best Visual Effects nomination for an animated film at the BAFTAs. [Hollywood Reporter] • Nathaniel Rogers argues against the notion that Best Director must equal Best Picture. [The Film Experience]

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FIRST-HALF FYC: Best Director

Posted by · 3:59 pm · January 4th, 2011

With precisely three weeks to go until Oscar nomination morning, we continue to flag up worthy work from 2010’s first half, much of it lost (or, indeed, never present) amid the crush of more recent awards contenders. You know the January-to-June drill by now: beyond that, we can get as far-fetched as we like. I […]

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THR’s directors round table

Posted by · 6:57 am · December 21st, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter sure kicked up some controversy with that writers round table last month. This one featuring directors of the season has been making the rounds so I thought I’d post it up:

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The rehabilitation of David O. Russell

Posted by · 5:40 pm · December 13th, 2010

As “The Social Network” continues to steamroll its way through the season’s first act, and antsy analysts begin to look elsewhere for a bit of conflict in the race, I find myself wondering what kind of sneak attack David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” might yet launch in the Best Picture field. The film, which goes […]

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12/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘The Fighter’ moves in, Sturgess taks ‘The Way Back,’ Timberlake gets serious

Posted by · 8:10 am · December 10th, 2010

• Elle Fanning: the next Golden Child. [New York Times Magazine] • Pete Hammond joins the flavor of the week: “The Fighter” is insinuating itself into the Best Picture race in a big way. [Deadline] • Anne Thompson chats with “The Way Back” star Jim Sturgess. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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12/6 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Truth behind ‘Speech,’ Mara on ‘Tattoo’ remake and a new breed of film director

Posted by · 8:07 am · December 6th, 2010

• The real story behind ‘The King’s Speech.’ [Speakeasy] • John Lopex has exclusive video on the making of “Black Swan”‘s production of “Swan Lake.” [Little Gold Men] • How “The Long Walk” became “The Way Back.” [BBC]

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THE LONG SHOT: When you’re strange

Posted by · 8:05 pm · November 24th, 2010

(Updated predictions available here.) I shan’t often find room for Gaspar Noé’s name in a space ostensibly dedicated to the Oscar race, so bear with me if this seems an unlikely opening gambit, but inspiration for this week’s column began with a conversation about his fluorescent, drug-addled ghost story “Enter the Void.” A friend had […]

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Cholodenko: Hollywood “lopsided” against female directors

Posted by · 5:41 pm · October 4th, 2010

In Oscar-watching, causes can be seasonal things: there’s no guarantee that what the industry and the media jointly declare a crucial issue one year will last to the next. In 1991, “Beauty and the Beast” earned applause for breaking the animation ceiling in Best Picture, but it took 18 years (and a format change) for […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Directing

Posted by · 10:50 am · March 3rd, 2010

This year’s Best Director category has stirred a media frenzy for featuring, along with Best Picture, a face-to-face duel frequently dubbed “the battle of the exes.” Unfortunately the desire to tout that headline has clouded the discussion of the films, their merits and the actual accomplishments of those at the helm. But who cares about […]

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How relevant is Kathryn Bigelow’s gender?

Posted by · 6:45 am · January 8th, 2010

After yesterday’s DGA announcement, there was a number of comments (some ecstatic, some more cynical) made about its demographic makeup of the nominees being more diverse than usual. Where most years see white men fill every space on the ballot, this year features both a female and a black contender (a gay man, at that) […]

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Could female directors hit Oscar paydirt this year?

Posted by · 4:31 am · May 30th, 2009

Only the greenest of awards-watchers needs reminding of the following statistic: a mere three women have been nominated for Best Director in the 81-year history of the Academy Awards. It’s long been an embarrassing state of affairs — never more so than in the late 80s and early 90s, when in three out of six […]

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POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST DIRECTOR

Posted by · 7:59 am · February 18th, 2009

Closing in…tell us in the sidebar poll.

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2/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:17 am · February 7th, 2009

• Rochona Majumdar and Satyam Khanna discuss the “Slumdog Millionaire” controversy. [NPR] • Kim Voynar spotlights the Best Director category. [Movie City News] • David Poland spends 30 minutes with “WALL-E” writer and director Andrew Stanton. [The Hot Blog] • Five Oscar night surprises Mark Lisanti would like to see. [Little Gold Men] • Searchlight […]

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All eyes on left field

Posted by · 11:15 am · January 21st, 2009

The nominations announcement is, oh, 18 hours away (yeah, we count minutes at this stage).  Even though I’m well on the record as being a prognosticative pussy this year, I can’t shake the feeling that we’re in for our share of surprises.  I doubt I’m alone. You can go back over Oscar history and write […]

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DGA discrepancies with AMPAS are not uncommon

Posted by · 9:39 am · January 9th, 2009

The announcement of this year’s DGA nominees has left the sense that the races for Best Picture and Best Director are over.  Not so.  While the guild and Academy line up most of the time, and have a decent track record with the directing branch, we must not forget the years that proved otherwise.  This […]

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Could Woody Allen be a surprise Best Director nominee?

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 15th, 2008

In 1994, Woody Allen’s masterful “Bullets Over Broadway” was not really on anyone’s charts as a potential Oscar nominee. A very funny film about a playwright who enlists a gangster to help him bring life and reality to his play, it was one of Allen’s best works with hysterically funny performances from John Cusack, the […]

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Is ‘Gomorrah’ this year’s ‘City of God’?

Posted by · 6:02 pm · November 12th, 2008

Since May, based on nothing but a gut feeling following the film’s Cannes reception, I’ve been predicting that Matteo Garrone’s astonishing “Gomorrah” would score nominations for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing — in addition to a Best Foreign Language Film nod. (Garrone has recently slipped from my Best Director predictions, but he’s still […]

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