OSCAR GUIDE: Best Directing

Posted by · 9:36 am · February 25th, 2011

Coming down to the wire, the race for Best Directing remains a very close one. Earlier in the year the prevailing wisdom was that a split could be in the cards, with the Oscar-bait frontrunner more likely to win Best Picture and the zeitgeisty competition likely to see its talented helmer finally noticed. Then things […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Posted by · 10:05 am · February 7th, 2011

This year’s race for Best Adapted Screenplay has seemingly been the most predictable of the year. One script has dominated the precursor circuit and the name behind that script is as worthy as ever given his contributions to the medium over the years. I’m not particularly a fan of this slate. One script is an […]

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1/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Puig hearts Bardem, eclectic slate of tune nominees, Bettany’s ‘Speech’ regret

Posted by · 8:51 am · January 28th, 2011

• Claudia Puig writes a love letter to “Biutiful” star (and Best Actor nominee) Javier Bardem. [USA Today] • Geoff Boucher and Rebecca Keegan note the eclectic flair of this year’s Best Original Score nominees. (More on those later). [The Envelope] • The Coen brothers: the cartographers of cinema. [The Guardian]

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25+ years, 15 films, 50 actors, 96 characters

Posted by · 9:12 am · January 24th, 2011

Over at HelloMuller (via /Film), UK graphic artist Tom Muller has put together an info graphic detailing the Coen brothers’ acting stable over the years.  A diversion, but fun.  Check out the ful image after the jump.

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The Coens’ ‘True Grit’ a “truly religious movie”

Posted by · 9:16 am · December 30th, 2010

I gave the Coens’ “True Grit” another look last night with the family.  Hailee Steinfeld’s commanding presence alongside a scenery-chewing Jeff Bridges was as striking as ever.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say my biggest Oscar wish this year is that the Academy’s acting branch sees the performance for what it is: a leading […]

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12/24 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen mustache history, year’s most overlooked, Cronenweth on ‘Social’

Posted by · 6:12 am · December 24th, 2010

• The 15 greatest mustaches in Coen brothers history. [Vulture] • The Gurus o’ Gold get their last licks in before the new year. [Movie City News] • Betsy Sharkey writes up the 10 most overlooked films of 2010, and yes, it’s a valid point to put the nearly $300 million worldwide grosser “Shutter Island” […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Network’ sweep, Globes outrage, best of 2010

Posted by · 7:27 pm · December 17th, 2010

• Kris listed his 10 favorite films of 2010 in black-and-white, later adding his dream Oscar ballot and winners list. • The critics’ award beat turned into a “Social Network” landslide, as New York, Los Angeles, Boston and many, many other groups lined up behind the film. • Away from the critics’ circuit, Team Fincher […]

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The Coens’ no-frills ‘True Grit’ hearkens to western heyday

Posted by · 10:00 am · December 1st, 2010

I’ve seen the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” twice now, and it’s not because the film is some “Inception”-like, mind-bending narrative maze. Quite the opposite, actually. I saddled up to it a second time yesterday morning because I wasn’t quite anticipating what I got the first time around and I wanted to consider it further knowing […]

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POLL: What is your favorite Coen brothers film?

Posted by · 8:20 am · November 29th, 2010

This is borderline lazy filler and distraction for the time being as the old poll was uber stale, but it’s worth it to put a query like this out there since the Coens will be fodder for plenty of column inches by week’s end. But it’s worth pointing out that the brothers are more prolific […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ screenwriter, director and star Ben Affleck

Posted by · 2:14 pm · November 10th, 2010

Actor — and as of late, filmmaker — Ben Affleck makes his way to a cozy corner of Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar hotel restaurant. He’s coming from a “Dad’s event” at his daughter’s school, he says, propping his feet up on a nearby chair. Currently shooting Terrence Malick’s latest film in Oklahoma, the multi-hyphenate […]

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Carter Burwell on musical inspiration for ‘True Grit’

Posted by · 6:06 am · April 21st, 2010

Amid his coverage of the Nashville Film Festival, Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience served up a nice little nugget on composer Carter Burwell, the subject of a much-deserved individual tribute at the fest. Naturally, there was much emphasis on his ongoing collaboration with the Brothers Coen, which will continue this year with “True Grit.” […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Posted by · 11:54 am · March 5th, 2010

Best Original Screenplay: 2009’s most difficult category to predict. Why? Certainly not because of each contender’s merits (when does that ever come into play with the Academy). No, this field is a hair-puller because you have a vibrant, likable personality up against the Best Picture frontrunner, always a recipe for a close race (and, sometimes, […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The crafts of ‘A Serious Man’

Posted by · 1:26 pm · January 14th, 2010

The Coen brothers’ latest film “A Serious Man” opens with a quote from French Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki (better known as Rashi):  “Accept with simplicity everything that happens to you.” It’s obviously quite applicable to the themes of fatalism and inevitability strewn throughout the film.  But that word, “simple,” also comes up over and over again […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Terribly Happy’ director Henrik Ruben Genz

Posted by · 4:10 pm · December 11th, 2009

Two striking films in this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race probe the theme of moral drift, both individual and communal, bred in a rural European community – the very opposite of what Hillary Clinton meant by “It takes a village.” One of them, Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” you’ve probably heard of. The […]

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Do the Coens have their eyes set on a singing cowboy?

Posted by · 3:53 pm · December 2nd, 2009

A few hours ago I sat down with T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham to talk about the songs from “Crazy Heart.” I’ll be cooking up that piece as the introductory installment of our Tech Support interview series with below-the-line and craft personnel tomorrow, but Burnett mentioned something that totally caught my attention about a […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Original players

Posted by · 2:44 pm · November 16th, 2009

When I had the unmitigated gall last week to project a set of winners for this year’s Oscar race, I was a bit startled at how easy Mark Boal’s script for “The Hurt Locker” slid into the Best Original Screenplay slot.  Looking over the landscape of contenders in the category, it’s a little obvious why […]

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Cormac McCarthy on adaptation and ‘The Road’

Posted by · 8:54 am · November 13th, 2009

As much as John Hillcoat’s filmization of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” didn’t work for me, I think it remains one title that could spring a surprise or two this awards season. Though the film has some high-profile detractors including Todd McCarthy and Roger Ebert, many have been profoundly affected by the film, while its prestigious […]

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