BERLIN: Getting started, ‘Yelling to the Sky’

Posted by · 6:07 pm · February 12th, 2011

Well, it didn’t take long for me to break my promise of daily festival reports. In the unlikely event that you were eagerly awaiting for my first Berlinale dispatch yesterday, I can only apologize: it’s hard to review films you haven’t seen. A domino-like series of misfortunes conspired to make my first day of planned […]

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Off to the Berlinale

Posted by · 7:50 pm · February 10th, 2011

In a couple of hours, I’m jumping on a crack-of-dawn flight to one of the coolest cities on earth for a week at the Berlin International Film Festival — or, to use the name that rolls more luxuriously off the tongue, the Berlinale. I probably should have mentioned this earlier and posted some sort of […]

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First Berlinale selections revealed, ‘True Grit’ to open fest

Posted by · 3:43 am · December 15th, 2010

Of all the festivals I attended this year, Berlin was perhaps the one with the most covert significance. At the time, it seemed critics were foraging for scraps amid a dismal competition lineup and a confusingly scattered selection of sidebars — and yet so many of the films I caught there (and some that I […]

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AMPAS welcomes 135 new members

Posted by · 4:12 pm · June 25th, 2010

Well, we already knew Jeremy Renner had got the nod. And no surprise that many of his fellow acting nominees from this year’s Oscar race — Christoph Waltz, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick among them — have now been granted Academy membership. (Lest you think that the invitation automatically follows a nomination, […]

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Emotions run high at the Indie Spirits

Posted by · 8:49 am · March 6th, 2010

Last night’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was quite the touching affair, I have to say.  Early in the evening, tears were shed by Scott Cooper and Geoffrey Fletcher on stage as they accepted awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay respectively.  As Cooper and Fletcher are two of the gentlemen I’ve gotten to […]

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Siding with Sidibe

Posted by · 9:41 am · March 1st, 2010

Any discussion of this year’s Best Actress category can get so heated, so quickly, I almost hesitate to point you to this, but Nick Davis’s meticulous review of the five nominees is too good not to recommend. No critic I know analyzes performance with quite such consideration and generosity. Here’s his case for why Gabourey […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Actress

Posted by · 10:22 am · February 24th, 2010

This year’s Best Actress race is easily the most debated of the major categories. Though one can’t help but wonder why that is, as the writing has seemingly been on the wall for a number of weeks now, stretching back to before the nominations were announced. It was also one of the easiest fields to […]

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People’s “most beautiful” list to feature Gabourey Sidibe

Posted by · 5:11 pm · February 16th, 2010

When People Magazine’s annual issue dedicated to the “100 Most Beautiful People” hits stands in May, you can expect at least one of the year’s Oscar contenders for Best Actress to make an appearance: Gabourey Sidibe. The special issue, which charted a list of 50 up until 2006, is dedicated to spotlighting the most beautiful […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Four Vanguards and a Virtuoso

Posted by · 8:52 am · February 13th, 2010

“Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe couldn’t be here last weekend for the Virtuosos presentation, which recognized her, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Blunt and Michael Stuhlbarg, so she was in town this evening as part of the Vanguard presentation.  Stanley Tucci, meanwhile, couldn’t be here this week to accept his Vanguard prize, so he was here […]

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Vulture’s Wide World of Oscar

Posted by · 9:09 am · February 10th, 2010

This…is brilliant.  And hilarious.  I missed Vulture’s introductory installment of a new PR-joshing video series called “Wide World of Oscar” when it gauged how Gabourey Sidibe scored for her campaign on Jimmy Fallon.  But I’m all caught up with the latest, a look at James Cameron’s appearance on Oprah’s couch. “Scouring the screen to bring […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Now what?

Posted by · 4:59 pm · February 4th, 2010

A whole 31 days ahead of the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, the race already feels like it’s winding down. Of the precursors, only BAFTA and the lesser guilds (sorry, WGA, but you brought irrelevance upon yourself) lie in wait to distract us from a month of wafty speculation and idle editorializing. Trust me, you’re going […]

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The nominees react

Posted by · 8:08 am · February 2nd, 2010

Throughout the morning and early afternoon we took statements from or hopped on the phone with 44 of today’s Oscar nominees.  Their reactions… Maggie Gyllenhaal, supporting actress, “Crazy Heart”: The thing is, you know, I’m so proud of the movie and I always have been, more proud of it than any of the work I’ve […]

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SAG on the way

Posted by · 3:57 pm · January 20th, 2010

Saturday night the Screen Actors Guild Awards will go down, televised on TNT, and I can’t really believe the race is THIS sewn up.  Right down the line, most are calling it for Bridges, Streep, Waltz and Mo’Nique.  There are some differences of opinion on the ensemble performance category, but for the most part, those […]

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Paramount and Lionsgate do it up pre-Globes

Posted by · 10:04 am · January 17th, 2010

There will be a number of post-Golden Globes parties tonight — Summit, Warner Bros., Fox, Weinstein, etc. — but a pair of studios did it up Saturday night in honor of their nominees. First at the Chateau Marmont, Paramount toasted its stable with a star-studded, paparazzi-snapping affair.  Actually, it wasn’t the least bit comfortable.  Talk […]

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Iowa critics spring for ‘Up in the Air,’ ‘Crazy Heart’

Posted by · 10:30 am · January 14th, 2010

Best Picture “Up in the Air” Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Best Actor Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart” Best Actress Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious” Check out the rest at The Circuit.

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1/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:23 am · January 13th, 2010

• Nathaniel Rogers wraps up his “top 100 of the decade” series with a pair of unconventional musicals taking the top two spots. [The Film Experience] • Melena Ryzik chats with “Crazy Heart” star Maggie Gyllenhaal. [The Carpetbagger] • Why Quentin Tarantino wants to be the next Howard Hawks. [The Guardian]

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African-American critics’ group splits after voting scandal

Posted by · 5:59 am · January 11th, 2010

You may well disagree, but I’ve never really understood the point of awards bodies that define themselves along racial lines. Perhaps I’m missing the point, but when an African-American critic like Armond White is head of the NYFCC, or a film like “Precious” is receiving mainstream awards attention, the existence of a group like the […]

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“Dull, dull, dull”

Posted by · 10:42 am · December 29th, 2009

As is usually the case when British outlets offer Oscar analysis, there are few fresh insights to be found in Jeremy Kay’s assessment of the current race in today’s Guardian. Well, there is his unusual offhand assertion that “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Star Trek” are locked-in Best Picture nominees, with “Julie & Julia” and “The […]

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