Cornish, Mulligan on cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue

Posted by · 5:30 pm · February 1st, 2010

Abbie Cornish may have received less than her due this awards season, but she at least has the consolation of gracing the cover of this year’s Vanity Fair Hollywood issue — that annual measure of the screen’s hottest up-and-comers. She’s joined by surefire nominee Carey Mulligan and teen princess Kristen Stewart, so the magazine’s canny […]

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UK critics honor ‘Up,’ Mulligan

Posted by · 2:01 am · January 29th, 2010

The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards may be the most prestigious of British critics’ honors (not saying much, admittedly), but there are critics in the rest of the country too. These regional writers have their say in the Richard Attenborough Awards, which held their fourth annual ceremony last night. Last year, the Attenboroughs stuck very […]

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1/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:33 am · January 20th, 2010

• Melena Ryzik chats with “The Last Station” star Helen Mirren. [The Carpetbagger] • On the breakthrough performances of 2009. [The Playlist] • Dave Karger tries to suss out the three slots that seem u[ for grabs at the bottom of Oscar’s 10. [Oscar Watch]

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Guessing the Globes

Posted by · 11:46 am · January 17th, 2010

Kris offered a space for Golden Globe speculation, along with his own predictions, a few days ago — but if you still have some guesses to get out of your system before the ceremony tonight, have at it here. My own predictions (along with some wild stabs in the TV races) have been up on […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: BFCA awards, Guilds triple, Rohmer passes

Posted by · 5:47 am · January 16th, 2010

• As you’ve just heard, “The Hurt Locker” emerged triumphant at the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards. • Earlier this week, Éric Rohmer, sly giant of New Wave intellectualism, passed away at the age of 89. • That same day, “Avatar,” “The Hangover” and “Star Trek” were among the films nominated by the WGA. • The […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Hollywood fights back

Posted by · 5:45 pm · January 13th, 2010

I may be looking out at my snow-caked garden as I write this, but it was in the spirit of spring-cleaning that I revised my nomination predictions this morning, ridding myself of most of the clinging personal hopes and hunches that lingered when I last updated them a month ago. It wasn’t the most drastic […]

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BAFTA Rising Star nominees

Posted by · 4:04 am · January 12th, 2010

BAFTA has just revealed the five young actors in contention for this year’s Rising Star Award, the winner of which will be determined by a public vote. Previous winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Noel Clarke. The 12-member jury charged with deciding this year’s nominees was chaired by Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ sweeps Chicago critics’ awards

Posted by · 1:43 pm · December 22nd, 2009

Sorry we’re a bit late getting round to this — as you know, Kris and I are in holiday mode this week. Anyway, while the Chicago Film Critics’ Association threw some curveballs in their nominations list, their winners stuck mostly to the status quo. When the “status quo,” however, is one of my favorite films […]

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‘Air,’ ‘Basterds,’ ‘Precious’ lead the way with SAG

Posted by · 6:01 am · December 17th, 2009

There wasn’t much in the way of a surprise with this year’s Screen Actors Guild announcement.  The nods that are least likely to translate to Oscar, if I were a betting man, are Diane Kruger’s supporting actress bid for “Inglourious Basterds” and (I guess I just have a feeling) Matt Damon, supporting for “Invictus.” The […]

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Mulligan, Ronan, Sidibe and Stuhlbarg to receive Santa Barbara fest’s Virtuoso Award

Posted by · 7:35 pm · December 13th, 2009

I’ve been at a football game all day, so thank to Guy for keeping the news flowing through here.  Meanwhile, the latest SBIFF press release, in part: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2010 Chopin Virtuosos Award to Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Avatar’ awe, ‘Bones’ defense, original songs

Posted by · 7:36 pm · December 11th, 2009

• A little movie called “Avatar” premiered. This week’s Oscar Talk tucked into the film. • As “The Lovely Bones” faces a frosty critical welcome, this week’s Off the Carpet column went to bat for the film. • We interviewed a quartet of young actors making strides this year: Abbie Cornish, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Foster […]

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Corliss declares Firth and Mo’Nique performances of the year

Posted by · 4:52 pm · December 8th, 2009

We’re currently in that month where precursors do their utmost to reduce a year’s worth of cinematic achievement to a small handful of oft-repeated names and titles. It’s understandable (if disappointing) when groups or committees compile these identikit lists — but when individuals (and serious critics at that) stick rigidly to the formula, it becomes […]

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‘Up in the Air’ wins with D.C. critics

Posted by · 6:10 pm · December 6th, 2009

Um, okay.  So the list of nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association were announced this morning.  The group’s official website notes that the winners will be announced tomorrow (so…why bother with day-before nominees?).  And now The Wrap is reporting (sans attribution — so I guess via press release) that the winners are […]

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‘Moon,’ Carey Mulligan, Tom Hardy take BIFA Awards

Posted by · 3:28 pm · December 6th, 2009

The British Independent Film Awards really spread the wealth this year, with only two films — “Moon” and “Fish Tank” — taking more than one award. In a slightly surprising result, Duncan Jones’s sci-fi debut claimed the night’s top prize, Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Debut Director honors. Meanwhile, “Fish Tank,” which […]

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‘Up in the Air’ wins big at NBR

Posted by · 11:16 am · December 3rd, 2009

The real question with today’s National Board of Review announcement wasn’t who won, but who didn’t win. A couple of ties and a list of honorees that seemed to canvas the entire crop of filmmaking product from 2009 adds something of a diluted quality to the proceedings, I must say.  Of course, it is worth […]

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10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:12 am · October 29th, 2009

• John Horn dutifully writes up the pre-release buzz of “2012.” [Los Angeles Times] • Pete Hammond on how legends Orson Welles and Tennessee Williams could figure into this year’s Oscar race. [Notes on a Season] • Years that could have used 10 Best Picture nominees. [Variety]

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‘An Education’: more than Mulligan

Posted by · 9:31 am · October 20th, 2009

At this morning’s press screening for “An Education,” which has its UK premiere at the London Film Festival tonight, I was impressed afresh by what a layered, deceptively gentle and generally terrific little picture it is. Some have complained that it’s a little too soft, a little too easy — though only its overly pat […]

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10/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:44 am · October 16th, 2009

• Nathaniel Rogers weighs in on Christopher Plummer’s upcoming whirlwind campaigns. [The Film Experience] • John Hiscock sits down with 2009’s “it” girl, Carey Mulligan. [Daily Telegraph] • Enter a contest to design the actual one-sheet for Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist.” [CHUD]

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