OSCAR TALK: Ep. 39 — ‘Megamind,’ ‘The Way Back,’ Oscar’s actress contenders and more

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 5th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Supporting ladies gather, London opens, Hardy goes to Gotham

Posted by · 8:28 pm · October 15th, 2010

• Off the Carpet picked out the likeliest runners in a highly malleable Best Supporting Actress race. • We checked in on the Best Animated Feature race, where it seems we may be looking at a three-nominee field after all. • Away from the awards beat, the week’s big news was the casting of Tom […]

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Gray and Elise the pick of ‘For Colored Girls?’

Posted by · 5:30 pm · October 15th, 2010

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” has been a question mark on our Oscar lists for some time, but even those pessimistic about the film itself can see potential in the film’s vast, and formidable, female ensemble — if there is to be any kind of awards play for the film, it’ll be the actors who […]

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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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Why we should be watching Kristin Scott Thomas

Posted by · 5:55 pm · October 7th, 2010

Hey, did you know I’m something of a Kristin Scott Thomas fan? If you didn’t, chances are you only just met me. Welcome. The precis version is that I think she’s one of the few great contemporary actresses currently working on career-peak form, and in two languages to boot. The non-precis version — well, dig […]

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Jacki Weaver gets a T-shirt (and, it seems, a campaign)

Posted by · 1:33 pm · September 30th, 2010

Fans of David Michod’s “Animal Kingdom” have been holding out hope for a campaign and maybe even a potential underdog nomination for Jacki Weaver, whose supporting performance in the film has been one of the high marks of the year thus far.  And given how thin that field continues to appear, it’s worth it to […]

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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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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 […]

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Oh, have you heard about Mo’Nique?

Posted by · 9:31 am · January 27th, 2010

Yes, more of this.  But for the most part, this Vanity Fair/Little Gold Men piece from Mark Olsen on the season of Mo’Nique is spot on.  It reflects everything that is refreshing about her non-campaign campaign and, in quoting awards nut Tom O’Neil and unbalanced Mo’Nique basher Jeffrey Wells, it addresses the people she’s driven […]

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Mo’Nique: “The performance is done.”

Posted by · 11:45 am · January 8th, 2010

It’s interesting that David Carr’s interview with Mo’Nique in today’s New York Times appears on the main page of the paper’s website — there isn’t much more to say about her, shall we say, passive campaign for “Precious,” but it’s clearly become one of the dominant stories of the awards season. Not that she needs […]

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s campaign shifts gears to supporting

Posted by · 2:54 pm · December 18th, 2009

Speaking of “Crazy Heart,” I’ve been told that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s campaign for the film has been (smartly) shifted from lead actress to supporting actress.  One can only expect that the original (in my opinion, false) perspective that the lead actress field was “weak” had something to do with the original placement.  But I’ve always been […]

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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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A soupçon of Cruz in ‘Nine’

Posted by · 9:08 am · November 13th, 2009

Thanks to AwardsDaily for pointing out this tiniest of glimpses of Penélope Cruz singing and dancing her perfectly formed butt off in “Nine.” With such a cluttered field, I’d been leaning towards the idea of none of the actresses from the film’s formidable ensemble making the Best Supporting Actress cut, but this hints at the […]

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Anna Kendrick: the year’s up-start

Posted by · 9:44 am · November 3rd, 2009

Last week’s Off the Carpet column charting this year’s Best Supporting Actress contenders would have been remiss to ignore Anna Kendrick, whose spark-plug turn in Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” is likely on its way to an Oscar nomination, perhaps even opposite co-star Vera Farmiga in the same category. Gregory Ellwood over at HitFix […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting ladies

Posted by · 9:37 am · October 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago in this space I took a dedicated look at the lead actress category.  With little in the way of actual development (this season is curiously divided on the timeline as we’ve got maybe another month before more major titles begin screening), I figured it would be a good idea to keep […]

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POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Posted by · 11:20 am · February 14th, 2009

Moving into the acting categories, tell us in the sidebar poll.

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Sorry, Josh

Posted by · 8:18 am · February 14th, 2009

I like Josh Brolin a great deal, and I particularly like his performance in “Milk” — a courageous display of against-type delicacy and ambiguity that would be a worthy winner of Best Supporting Actor honours in most years. Unfortunately for him, most years don’t have the perfect storm of industry sentiment, audience popularity and landmark […]

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Is Amy Adams a threat after all?

Posted by · 8:43 am · February 11th, 2009

Tariq Khan thinks so. Tom O’Neil reports that the Fox News pundit is predicting a major upset by the “Doubt” star, largely on the basis of what he perceives as “soft support” for frontrunner Penelope Cruz. Before you dismiss his ideas completely, it’s worth pointing out that his track record is pretty strong — he […]

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