THE LISTS: Top 10 Oscar nominee fields

Posted by · 12:47 pm · January 26th, 2010

In exactly one week’s time, we’ll have a brand new list of Oscar nominations to pore over, pick apart and eventually file away in our subconscious with the other 81 editions of this annual collective. For Oscar geeks, nomination day is in many ways more exciting than the ceremony itself, celebrating a broader spectrum of […]

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The Great Performances: 2000

Posted by · 7:14 pm · November 13th, 2009

Michael Douglas was robbed. The already Oscar-christened actor gave a career-best performance in 2000 in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” but he got no love from the Academy. Worse, his performance was easily among the five best of the year and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor prize. That having been said, I […]

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Great performers at their best

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 21st, 2009

After spending some time this summer watching some excellent films on DVD, I was inspired to write this piece about the great actors’ (living, with one exception) greatest performances. Narrowing it down to one each (brutal, believe me), I think have come up with a list of actors, young and old, that represents some of […]

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Are 70s acting legends on the verge of fading away?

Posted by · 5:58 pm · March 22nd, 2009

Growing up I was a huge John Wayne fan, but I remember when the Duke started to fade, and then that shocking evening he presented the Academy Award for Best Picture to “The Deer Hunter” just a few months before his death in 1979. Perhaps because we watch these people age in front of our […]

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 6th, 2008

• Choire Sicha talks to Ellen Burstyn about “W.” and her new memoir. [Los Angeles Times] • A year later, Jeffrey Wells still very much hearts “Things We Lost in the Fire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt profiles “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet. [indieWIRE] • David Gritten corners the Coen brothers across the pond. […]

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The evolution of the actress, part one

Posted by · 5:02 pm · October 2nd, 2008

This is the first of a two-part study of legendary screen actresses through the years.  Stay tuned tomorrow for part two. We often hear about the great actors in movie history: Brando, Nicholson, Duvall, Hoffman, Hackman, Washington, Freeman and DeNiro, men who advanced the craft into an art of the highest order. But what of […]

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TORONTO: Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn talk ‘Lovely, Still’

Posted by · 11:22 am · September 9th, 2008

When Chris Cooper accepted his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2003, he pointed out that his co-star Meryl Streep had a great deal to do with his victory.  “We made great jazz together,” he said. “It’s easier when you like the person,” Martin Landau says, smiling.  “I’ve had to work with actors I could […]

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‘Lovely, Still’ clips

Posted by · 6:43 am · September 9th, 2008

Variety’s Anne Thompson has scored a few clips from Nik Fackler’s “Lovely, Still,” already generating stellar notices at the Toronto Film Festival.  Could Martin Landau and/or Ellen Burstyn become formidable acting contenders int his year’s Oscar race?

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TORONTO: ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘Blindness’

Posted by · 8:57 pm · September 7th, 2008

Finally, a great little film… I love it when a film comes out of nowhere, from an unlikely source, a new talent, old talents re-discovering their gifts, or something that just plains shocks the hell out of the audience with its audacity and brilliance. That happened to me today with the wonderful, heartbreaking love story […]

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Is there room for the old(er) guys?

Posted by · 6:02 am · September 7th, 2008

With the acting races getting more crowded by the day, it seems new contenders will need to make quite some impact to stay afloat in awards season. Nonetheless, David Poland and Tom O’Neil are beating their respective drums for a couple of veteran actors in decidedly low-key projects that have just bowed at Toronto. David […]

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