Does ‘Frozen River’ have one more trick up its sleeve?

Posted by · 2:09 pm · February 11th, 2009

On Monday’s edition of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” reporter Nate DiMeo spotlights the “Cinderella story” of Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River,” which turned up a rather surprising original screenplay nomination two-and-a-half weeks ago. Originating out of Sundance in early 2008, the film is one of a handful that can be “very high quality, but not very […]

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2/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:52 am · February 10th, 2009

• At least Ron Rosenbaum kind of gets it.  Though he apparently thinks he’s the only one a bit miffed at the redemption angle.  Do some more Googling, Ron. [Slate] • Joining the “Reader” bash, Noah Forrest pleads with the Academy not to hand the Oscar to Kate Winslet. [Movie City News] • Jeff Wells […]

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CONTEST: Win a Blu-ray copy of ‘Frozen River’

Posted by · 11:47 am · February 9th, 2009

We haven’t had a contest in a while but with Melissa Leo and Courtney Hunt nabbing nominations for “Frozen River” two weeks ago, and with the Blu-ray/DVD release set for tomorrow, it seems a good time to give a copy to one savvy trivia hound. Yeah, a trivia question.  I know.  I’m running out of […]

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Best Original Screenplay: The case for ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 10:36 am · February 4th, 2009

I think it was some smart person on Nat Rogers’ most recent podcast who remarked that if you really want to get a picture of what was going on cinematically in any given year, you’d be better off bypassing Oscar’s Best Picture category and heading straight for the Best Original Screenplay nominees – a category […]

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“How many Oscar bloggers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”

Posted by · 11:03 am · January 8th, 2009

When David Carr makes that crack at around the 1:50 mark in this recent Carpetbagger video, surrounded by Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells, I literally choked on my pecans with laughter.  I then proceeded to laugh further at Wells’s attempt at debunking “The Dark Knight”‘s Oscar hopes because of its “interminable […]

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‘Milk,’ ‘Happy’ win big with NYFCC

Posted by · 9:03 am · December 10th, 2008

The Best Picture victory for “Milk” is going to be the lede for most people as far as today’s New York Film Critics Circle awards is concerned, but the bigger story is “Happy-Go-Lucky,” which finds itself right back in the thick of the Oscar conversation. The group handed Mike Leigh and Sally Hawkins honors for […]

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‘Frozen River’ continues its run at Gothams

Posted by · 1:43 am · December 3rd, 2008

“Frozen River” is really turning into one of the surprise packages of this admittedly young awards season. Just yesterday it had a superb showing in yesterday’s Independent Spirit nominations, where it beat the more hotly fancied likes of “The Visitor” to a Best Picture nomination, only two days after landing an unexpected nod in the […]

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