OFF THE CARPET: Game over, man

Posted by · 9:54 am · January 31st, 2011

It’s not really a question anymore, is it? I submit that, quite possibly, it never was.  Unfortunately, the shrieking in some quarters this year, under cover of “fighting the good fight,” has led to a mocking at the very notion that any film other than the critics’ champion could win the Oscar for Best Picture.  […]

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Predict the DGA winner

Posted by · 2:56 pm · January 28th, 2011

I nearly forgot tomorrow brings the DGA awards.  I thought they were next weekend.  Anyway, I guess this can be your place to offer up predictions.  I’ll say this, though.  I don’t think David Fincher has this in the bag.  At all.  Ballots were due in today, by the way, which means the Oscar nominations […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 48 — Armond White vs. Darren Aronofsky, guilds speaking up, ‘True Grit’ box office, awards show/party weekend on the way, supporting actress wide open

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 14th, 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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DGA announces documentary nominees

Posted by · 11:11 am · January 12th, 2011

Two days after revealing their feature film nominees, the Directors’ Guild of America has named their five selections in the documentary category. It’s a list that mostly lends credence to the presumed Oscar frontrunners, with one notable exception: Chinese director Lixin Fan, whose lavishly acclaimed debut “Last Train Home” was left off the Academy’s 15-title […]

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Updates to The Circuit

Posted by · 11:00 am · January 12th, 2011

A few things.  First, I don’t think I ever pointed out the Vancouver critics’ picks.  The DGA announced nominees for documentary filmmaking and Tyler Perry owned the NAACP Image Award nominations.

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Russell, Hooper make DGA slate

Posted by · 9:24 am · January 10th, 2011

And it is as it should have been expected.  The question now is, will it match Oscar’s five 100%? It’s worth noting that “True Grit” is a late bloomer and the DGA have had ballots since late November.  If they went in early, and seeing as you can’t send screeners to the membership, it’s possible […]

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Predict the DGA nominees

Posted by · 9:43 am · January 7th, 2011

Monday the guild circuit continues — at the start of what will be a very busy week — as the Directors Guild of America (DGA) unveils its list of nominees. The age-old rule of thumb has been that this is perhaps the most consistently foreshadowing precursor, as the five DGA nominees tend to have a […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 46 — The “frontrunner,” guilds on the way, latter-year releases, Portman preggers and a Happy New Year!

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 31st, 2010

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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‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘The Cove’ win with DGA

Posted by · 11:43 pm · January 30th, 2010

I don’t want to be presumptuous and say something like, “It’s time to call this thing,” but it’s difficult to argue with the two biggest guild crowns ON TOP OF the critical sentiment “The Hurt Locker” is dragging into phase two. Kathryn Bigelow has won the DGA award for her work on the film, becoming […]

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Thoughts on DGA?

Posted by · 7:16 pm · January 29th, 2010

I have none, really.  If I’m pressed for a prediction, I think James Cameron is going to pull off what will be perceived as an upset for reasons mentioned in today’s Oscar Talk and a number of weeks back when I said J.J. Abrams was a threat for a nod (and I’ve come to find […]

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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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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 17 — Guilds, Scripters and ‘Hurt Locker’ running strong

Posted by · 10:09 am · January 8th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. There have been a few major announcements this week, so let’s dig in. We wander a bit this time, but on the docket today: • The Producers Guild of America went largely populist with its list of feature […]

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DGA on the way

Posted by · 8:51 am · January 6th, 2010

Tomorrow the Directors Guild of America will chime in with its list of nominees for the 2009-2010 film awards season.  Long considered to be the best “predictor” of the Oscar game (as in, the DGA winner typically wins the Oscar for Best Director, and Best Director often matches up with Best Picture), this guild’s shenanigans […]

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Norman Jewison to receive career award from DGA

Posted by · 5:51 pm · December 1st, 2009

Wow, what’s with all the big announcements today? Space yourselves out, folks. Anyway, this is one bit of news I’m very happy to pass on. 83 year-old filmmaker and producer Norman Jewison has been named the next recipient of the Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will accept the honor at the DGA’s […]

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Hackford takes over as DGA president

Posted by · 11:08 am · July 27th, 2009

Congratulations to Taylor Hackford, who was elected this weekend as president of the Directors Guild of America. He takes over from Michael Apted, who has held the position since 2003. Hackford ran unopposed after being nominated by Steven Soderbergh — who in turn retains his vice-president position. Here’s Hackford’s statement, via Variety: This Guild has […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ stays happy, Bale gets angry

Posted by · 6:00 pm · February 6th, 2009

A slower news week, this, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t find plenty to discuss. Here’s what was on our (and your) minds: • In the week’s biggest precursor news, Danny Boyle won the Directors’ Guild Award. Hollywood is still reeling from the shock. • Oh, and “Slumdog Millionaire” nabbed the USC Scripter award too. […]

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Here’s a question…

Posted by · 3:57 pm · February 1st, 2009

Okay, so I’m a bit slow on the uptake, but this just occurred to me today, after Ari Folman’s semi-surprising win at last night’s DGA awards. So I ask you: Why was “Waltz With Bashir” eligible for the DGA, but “WALL-E” wasn’t? Anybody?

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Wow, ‘Man on Wire’ lost something…

Posted by · 6:06 am · February 1st, 2009

… as “Waltz With Bashir” helmer Ari Folman beat James Marsh in the Documentary category at the DGA Awards. Not that it means anything really in the grand scheme of things but, y’know, interesting. (I’d say it seals up “Bashir”‘s probable victory in the foreign-language race, but if there’s one Oscar category that’s resistant to […]

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