Could Baldwin be a sure thing for ‘It’s Complicated?’

Posted by · 5:41 pm · November 20th, 2009

Since I made my first Oscar nomination predictions in early June, I’ve had a weird hunch about Nancy Meyers’s “It’s Complicated” being something of a surprise package in the race. Now while I’ve known all along that Best Picture and Best Actress nods for the film were in the extreme wild-card class of prediction, a […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Reflections, early predix, animated contenders

Posted by · 4:32 am · November 14th, 2009

• Kris boldly offered some early winner predictions … I (and you) followed. • AMPAS unveiled the official list of 20 animated feature contenders, guaranteeing five eventual nominees. • This week’s Off the Carpet column picked through the leading Best Supporting Actor contenders. • In The Long Shot, we reflected on a handful of the […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 10 — The four to be seen, animated features, supporting categories and Tyson’s LAX punch-out

Posted by · 10:26 am · November 13th, 2009

Welcome to Oscar Talk, your weekly kudocast featuring yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood. On the docket today: • Anne and I discuss the four perceived Oscar heavies that have yet to unveil — “Avatar,” “Invictus,” “The Lovely Bones” and “Nine” — and what being last out of the gate means […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting gentlemen

Posted by · 9:10 am · November 9th, 2009

In recent weeks we’ve been covering the performance categories in this space.  With little else of tangible interest, what else can we possibly discuss?  It’s as good a time as any to take note of what we have on our hands.  Be sure to check out our looks at Best Actor, Best Actress and Best […]

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Comment of the day

Posted by · 6:36 pm · October 24th, 2009

Supporting actor is where old-men-who-are-gonna-die-soon go to win Oscars. Isn’t that universally known? –Glenn in our discussion following Helen Mirren’s Rome fest victory.

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WEEKLY WRAP: Foreign contenders and underdogs

Posted by · 6:18 pm · October 2nd, 2009

• The deadline for Best Foreign Language Film entries passed, as Israel and Italy bucked conventional wisdom with their selections. • Among the better-received contenders, however, were major festival prizewinners from Australia and Greece. A full list of submissions here. • As the smaller studios beef up their Oscar prospects, this week’s Off the Carpet […]

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Supporting actors, step forward

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 1st, 2009

A while back, certain folks were (rather unfairly) dredging up the routine annual complaint about the supposed scarcity of viable Best Actress contenders. Dave Karger, however, has located the real weak spot of this year’s awards race, and it concerns the opposite sex for a change: where, he asks, are the Best Supporting Actor standouts? […]

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POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Posted by · 3:40 pm · February 15th, 2009

I think we all know how this will turn out, so a Sunday is as good a day as any.  Let us know in the sidebar poll.

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RIP/FYC

Posted by · 3:56 pm · February 6th, 2009

The New York Times put it to David Carr, a.k.a. The Carpetbagger, to write a feature in today’s paper about the tight-rope walk of campaigning for a deceased actor (Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight”), and it’s rather clear from the quotes that no one from Warner Bros. was willing to go on the record.  […]

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Curiously human

Posted by · 7:11 am · February 5th, 2009

I expect the late Heath Ledger to win the Oscar for best supporting actor for “The Dark Knight,” but I’m not choosing his performance as the “most elevating” out of sympathy. It was elevating for an entirely separate reason: He transformed the character of the Joker, who we thought we knew so well, into a […]

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Celebrating Heath’s accomplishment

Posted by · 9:42 am · January 7th, 2009

When Johnny Depp first read the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, there was nothing in the script to suggest the performance he would eventually give. That bizarre manner of speaking, sounding slightly stoned, the crazy off-kilter walk, and the way he moved his arms, all but flailing them about. That was an actor’s artistry, plain […]

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Honored

Posted by · 12:01 pm · December 9th, 2008

Every year I contribute to the Eye on the Oscars features issues at Variety, something I started long before my short-lived blogging stint at the trade last year.  We always come up with a list of contenders for each category to profile as the season pushes forward and sometimes the nature of longer leads makes […]

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FYC brilliance

Posted by · 10:46 am · December 9th, 2008

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That ‘Tropic Thunder’ ad

Posted by · 1:23 am · December 7th, 2008

A few of you guys have expressed some general enthusiasm for the “Tropic Thunder” FYC ad for Robert Downey Jr. at the top of the site here.  I agree, I think it’s a stroke of genius.  Well, FYI, I was at a party in honor of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tonight (at the […]

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Campaigning posthumously for Oscar…where’s the beef?

Posted by · 2:40 pm · December 6th, 2008

I read this Rachel Abramowitz story concerning the pitfalls of campaigning for a posthumous Oscar nomination on behalf of Heath Ledger twice.  Packed with anonymous sources (until 42 West’s Cynthia Swartz pops up at the end with some insight on hawking Massimo Troisi 13 years ago), it really is a brick-wall story.  Nothing gleaned, nothing […]

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‘Ballast,’ ‘River,’ ‘Rachel’ lead the Indie Spirit nods

Posted by · 11:26 am · December 2nd, 2008

I’m late to the table on today’s Independent Spirit Award nominations because I’ve been toiling away on the latest Oscar column (which should be up shortly).  Obviously, Sony Pictures Classics dominated the scene but I’m glad to see that this year’s crop is more “independent” than in years past. One nomination that stuck out to […]

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11/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:55 am · November 30th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers muses on the Best Supporting Actor contest. [Film Experience] • Tom O’Neil ventures a tenuous (to me, at least) theory about gay roles and the Oscars. [Gold Derby] • Despite his fandom, Jeff Wells has some reservations about “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • A study of Hollywood’s ongoing fascination with the Holocaust. […]

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POLL: Is Heath Ledger a lock to win Best Supporting Actor?

Posted by · 1:40 pm · November 24th, 2008

We really need a new poll this week.  That “Wrestler” query has run its course (the majority of you thinking, no, the film won’t suplex its way into the Best Picture line-up). This week, inspired by Guy’s post below, I figured we’d ask a question that has been on everyone’s mind for a few months […]

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