My dream Oscar ballot, part two

Posted by · 12:35 pm · January 23rd, 2011

Yesterday, I began my very far-fetched (and in some cases, frankly impossible) wishlist for Tuesday’s Oscar nominations with my favorite achievements in the technical categories. Today, I offer up my picks in the top races, and I don’t mind telling you things got pretty agonizing in some categories. “Why can’t I have 15 nominees for […]

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My dream Oscar ballot, part one

Posted by · 1:22 pm · January 22nd, 2011

For the past two years running, I’ve celebrated Oscar Nomination Eve by assembling my own ideal (and, usually, incredibly far-fetched) ballot, so here we go again. As well as a kind of last-ditch prayer to the Oscar gods, I also look on it as a salute to the worthy contenders who haven’t a hope in […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guilds galore and season fatigue

Posted by · 7:13 pm · January 14th, 2011

• The Directors’ Guild of America presented few surprises in their award nominations, though some raised eyebrows at “True Grit”‘s omission. (Their documentary nods didn’t move the needle either.) • The American Cinema Editors’ nods matched those of the directors; the American Society of Cinematographers didn’t deviate much from the formula either. • This week’s […]

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The lost contenders of ‘For Colored Girls’

Posted by · 9:16 am · January 14th, 2011

Thanks to a crippling flu attack during the film’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it UK release, I was late in getting round to Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” — a rumored Oscar spoiler for about seven-and-a-half minutes back in the autumn, before Lionsgate got curiously tentative about publicizing it. A paucity of press screenings meant several key online voices […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Dolla billz, y’all!

Posted by · 10:15 am · November 8th, 2010

A reader comment got me thinking on box office and Oscar as the usual blockbuster and genre fare led the way in ticket sales this weekend.  It dawned on me that pickins might be extra slim when it comes to representing populist filmmaking in 2010’s Best Picture crop. Box office and finding room for ratings-friendly […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Megamind’ outsmarts ‘Due Date’

Posted by · 11:34 am · November 7th, 2010

Keep forgetting to post these.  “For Colored Girls” opened to respectable numbers, per the usual for Perry.  I never saw the film because suddenly there was a cone of silence from the studio on invites (make of that what you will) and I didn’t much feel like chasing it down. “Secretariat” is holding okay.  “Red” […]

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11/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Sit-down with Swinton, ‘Megamind’ using social gaming, Elise on ‘For Colored Girls’

Posted by · 8:16 am · November 4th, 2010

• Pete Hammond talks “I Am Love” with dark horse Best Actress contender Tilda Swinton. [Deadline] • How DreamWorks Animation is using social gaming to boost “Megamind.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Meet the characters of “Morning Glory.” [MakingOf]

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11/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Newton on ‘For Colored Girls,’ Godard’s Oscar revives controversy, ratings board drama

Posted by · 9:30 am · November 2nd, 2010

• Jean-Luc Godard’s Honorary Oscar revives controversy over the director’s supposed anti-Semitism. [New York Times] • Amy Kaufman sits down with “Love & Other Drugs” director Edward Zwick. [The Envelope] • Edward Douglas chats up “For Colored Girls” star Thandie Newton. [Coming Soon]

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10/26 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Ferrell talks ‘Megamind,’ SAG to simulcast kudocast, Coppola shoots with Kilmer

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 26th, 2010

• Drew McWeeney talks to “Megamind” star Will Ferrell. [Motion/Captured] • This year’s SAG Awards will be simulcast to all time zones at 5pm PST. [Variety] • Francis Ford Coppola has “quietly” begun shooting his next film, a thriller with Val Kilmer. [Deadline]

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‘For Colored Girls’ living portraits by Tim Palen

Posted by · 10:01 am · October 18th, 2010

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” screened last week. I haven’t heard anything. Maybe the silence is deafening? In any case, the film is set to hit theaters November 5 and has drummed up some awards buzz that is beginning to fade as of late. Off the press release wire today, Lionsgate Marketing Chief Tim Palen […]

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Gray and Elise the pick of ‘For Colored Girls?’

Posted by · 5:30 pm · October 15th, 2010

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” has been a question mark on our Oscar lists for some time, but even those pessimistic about the film itself can see potential in the film’s vast, and formidable, female ensemble — if there is to be any kind of awards play for the film, it’ll be the actors who […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Can the ladies get some support?

Posted by · 9:05 am · October 11th, 2010

A number of people wanted Anne and I to discuss the seemingly thin Best Supporting Actress category on the podcast Friday, but we didn’t get to it. So it seemed an opportune time to dedicate this space to the discussion. One should keep in mind that the race is still in its early days. This […]

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‘For Colored Girls’ poster

Posted by · 4:51 pm · October 1st, 2010

Yes, as usual when it comes to a “For Colored Girls” post, we’re all playing wait and see on Tyler Perry’s latest. Maybe it’s an awards contender (I hear Kimberly Elise gives the stand-out performance), maybe it’s not. The trailer was spiffy, and there was a set of character posters that was just as fetching. […]

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THE LONG SHOT: I’m just here for the movies

Posted by · 6:01 pm · September 22nd, 2010

“You’re the Oscar guys, aren’t you?” asked the spike-heeled PR officer upon eyeing the press badge dangling from my neck, her voice exuding the steely sweetness they teach you on the first day of public relations boot camp. It was midway through the Venice Film Festival and I was too beat — or my mouth […]

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‘For Colored Girls’ trailer

Posted by · 4:48 pm · September 14th, 2010

Ever since Lionsgate announced a November 5 release date for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” talk has circulated around an expected Oscar campaign. A set of posters dropped recently that went a long way toward showcasing the female acting talent on display. But is it a contender? Could one of these ladies (or the film […]

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Eight actresses showcased in ‘For Colored Girls’ poster set

Posted by · 9:04 am · September 10th, 2010

We’ve been wondering for a couple of weeks now whether an unexpected contender could hop into this year’s race.  Last week Lionsgate announced a November 5 release date Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” (the title of which had been officially shortened in the release from the original play’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 30 — Reporting from Telluride and Venice

Posted by · 11:41 am · September 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, a 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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Lionsgate sets Nov. release for Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’

Posted by · 8:11 am · September 3rd, 2010

The rumors were swirling around a potential fall release for Tyler Perry’s adaptation of the Ntozake Shange play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the World is Enuf.”  Today, a release dropped announcing a November 5 release.  And, perhaps predictably, the film’s title has been shortened to “For Colored Girls.” Guy pondered the […]

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