OSCAR TALK: Ep. 50 — Special Edition! — Nod postmortem with Guy Lodge and Peter Knegt

Posted by · 12:18 pm · January 25th, 2011

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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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 49 — Final pre-nod discussion

Posted by · 9:00 am · January 21st, 2011

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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‘King’s Speech’ leads BAFTA list with 14 nods

Posted by · 11:53 pm · January 17th, 2011

If you’ve been with us for a couple of years, you’ll know that the BAFTA nominations infuriate me on an annual basis. However, my therapist recently advised me that I need to heal my relationship with BAFTA through forgiveness, so I’ll lead with few the things that pleased me about this morning’s announcement. For one […]

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PGA nominates the expected

Posted by · 7:09 am · January 4th, 2011

Look to your right, at Kris’s current Best Picture predictions. Now look at the list of 10 films just nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top award. Ready for a quick game of Spot the Difference? It’ll be very quick — there are none. (Kris’s hopes yesterday for one wild-card nod were in vain.) […]

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Predict the PGA nominees

Posted by · 10:06 am · January 3rd, 2011

Tomorrow the guild circuit launches with the WGA (separate post coming) and PGA nominations.  The critics’ circuit was well and good but this is where crossover memberships begin to give us a tangible view of how the race will fill out. Last year the PGA (Producers Guild of America) piggy-backed the Academy’s plan to expand […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Song

Posted by · 12:15 pm · December 9th, 2010

I guess I’ve been pretty hard on the Best Original Song category this year. It’s not like any given year tends to have a deluge of impressive fodder up for consideration or anything, but on the whole, outside of a concentration of contenders that have a fighting chance at recognition, it just seems to be […]

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‘Dragon’ dominates Annie Award nominations

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 6th, 2010

It was cute of the Annies to throw “Tangled” and “Toy Story 3” a bone in the Best Animated Feature, directing and screenplay categories this year, but the absence of Disney product in virtually every other field is clearly evidence of a reaction to the studio withdrawing from the organization earlier this summer. Credibility: out […]

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Only 15 films qualify for Oscar’s animated feature race

Posted by · 12:28 pm · November 15th, 2010

I honestly didn’t expect the list to hit so soon on the heels of my item earlier this afternoon, but hit it has.  And it actually appears that “The Dreams of Jinsha” was the other title submitted, not “Chico & Rita.” Alas, there are only 15 titles that qualified, meaning we will only see three […]

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16 animated features submitted, but what will qualify?

Posted by · 11:23 am · November 15th, 2010

The Academy will be announcing the list of qualifying films for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Oscar some time this week.  For now, we know of 16 titles that have submitted.  They are indicated on our dedicated page. There was some confusion recently over which film was the 16th submission, but I’m told it […]

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Listen to Pharrell’s ‘Despicable Me’ from ‘Despicable Me’

Posted by · 8:52 am · November 12th, 2010

This track is probably a bit of a long shot in this year’s race for Best Original Song, but, well, it’s awesome. Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams (who goes by simply “Pharrell”) contributed the original tracks to Universal’s summer animated effort “Despicable Me.” They give the film a smooth, rhythmic vibe and go a long way […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Cats’ is a dog

Posted by · 10:01 pm · August 1st, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Hey gang. Sorry this is late but I spent all morning at work and then all afternoon at the Home Depot Center watching the Galaxy get shellacked by the Chicago Fire and getting a sunburn on half my face. I’ll try to keep it short and […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Inception’ shakes ‘Salt’

Posted by · 4:15 pm · July 25th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Despite the collective nerd consciousness being zeroed in on the events happening in San Diego, there were enough nerds elsewhere to propel “Inception” to a second week at the top of the box office. Actually that’s unfair, it’s not just nerds who are seeing the movie […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Pass the ‘Salt’

Posted by · 3:36 pm · July 23rd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Laziest headline ever? It’s that kind of Friday folks. Hey boys! Anything you can do, Angelina Jolie can make look sexier and she’s here to prove it with “Salt.” Originally a vehicle for Tom Cruise, Jolie stepped in and is literally the only woman in Hollywood […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: On closer ‘Inception’

Posted by · 12:56 pm · July 18th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright, let’s talk about “Inception.” People have been salivating over this thing since before it even went into production and the marketing campaign Warner Bros. put together was pretty top notch. The director was coming off the biggest film of the decade (at that time) and […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Celebrity ‘Apprentice’

Posted by · 12:22 pm · July 16th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Hey gang, it’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” finally opens and satisfies our bloodlust for not one, but two fantasy collaborations between the Walt Disney company and Jerry Bruckheimer per summer. Perhaps only Pixar can rival their impressive streak of quality […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: WTF?

Posted by · 3:47 pm · July 11th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Forget everything I said about it being ballsy marketing your movie with a bunch of unknown, potentially scene-stealing creatures. I forget that if the creatures are at all adorable, then you automatically debut with $60 million at the box office. Seriously. What happened with “Despicable Me?” […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: I ain’t got time to bleed

Posted by · 4:27 pm · July 9th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Summer keeps puttering along and based on the reaction to Kris’s multiple posts on the subject, we’re all just biding our time until “Inception” comes out. I knew people wanted to see it, but I can’t remember the last time people were refreshing their browsers to […]

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