The Great Performances: 2002

Posted by · 9:45 am · November 27th, 2009

2002 was probably one of the greatest years for performance excellence in film history, from leading actor right through all the supporting players. They could have easily nominated 10 actors in each of the four acting categories, and still missed some. Though Adrien Brody won the Oscar for “The Pianist,” which was a huge shock, […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Mickey Rourke puts a bow on the fest

Posted by · 1:02 am · February 1st, 2009

Mickey Rourke landed in Santa Barbara tonight to accept the final award of the festival, the American Riviera Award.  The on-stage Q&A/career retrospective was moderated by Pete Hammond and presented a swift trip through the actor’s portfolio of impressive performances, making me want to revisit films like “Rumble Fish” and “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” […]

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Cimino and Oscar

Posted by · 1:27 pm · June 3rd, 2008

Lots of talk about deserving (and undeserving) directors in the Oscar chatting this week. Let’s take it to specifics with one race that stood out to a few commenters. It seemed in the spring of 1979, following the Oscar ceremony, there was a sense in the industry that if the Academy could have taken back […]

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