WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

• The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts. • Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is. • Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 43 — NBR, Gothams and Spirits, ‘True Grit’ and Franco and Hathaway as Oscar hosts with special guest Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:01 am · December 3rd, 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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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Bone’ boost, category debate, LFF coverage

Posted by · 12:00 pm · October 23rd, 2010

(A day later than usual — apologies. Friday night got in the way.) • The Gotham Awards served up the first nominations of the season, with indie darling “Winter’s Bone” sitting pretty. • With “The Kids Are All Right” and “Another Year” prodding the discussion, this week’s Long Shot column ruminated on a perennial gripe […]

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Gotham tributes for Duvall, Swank, Schamus, Aronofsky

Posted by · 9:52 am · September 30th, 2010

The press release, in part: The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards™ on Monday, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: NBR winners, Spirit nods and Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 8:18 pm · December 4th, 2009

• The National Board of Review offered the season’s first major precursors, with “Up in the Air” sitting pretty. • The Independent Spirit Award nominations were topped by “Precious” and, more surprisingly, “The Last Station.” • Indie award rivals the Gotham Awards, meanwhile, crowned “The Hurt Locker” as the year’s best. • Fresh off his […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ tops at Gothams

Posted by · 10:59 pm · November 30th, 2009

I had a Q&A to moderate this evening, so forgive the lateness here (though these and the Indie Spirits, for my money, stopped being about true independent cinema long ago, so there was really no haste to begin with). Anyway, predictably, “The Hurt Locker” came out on top at tonight’s Gotham Awards.  The film won […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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10/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:56 am · October 21st, 2009

• Pete Hammond joins the speculation that yesterday’s Oscarcast producer announcement bodes well for a Jackman repeat. [Notes on a Season] • Nathaniel Rogers is awed in the presence of Tilda Swinton at the New Yorker Festival. (Where, apparently, “Michael Clayton” was never mentioned. Huh.) [Tribeca Film] • David Poland brands the Gotham Awards “meaningless” […]

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Nominees announced for 19th annual Gotham Awards

Posted by · 10:13 am · October 19th, 2009

And here…we…go! I’m on my way out the door and so I can’t fully comment on the just announced list of Gotham Award nominees (which, along with the trickling-in list of Hollywood Film Fest winners, really is making this seem like an Oscar season all of a sudden, no?)  But here they are.  A handful […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ surges, ‘River’ emerges

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 6th, 2008

Sorry it’s a day late, but here’s the week that was. Awards and nominations left, right and centre — the season is officially under way, folks: • “Slumdog Millionaire” emerged as a bona fide frontrunner, taking Best Picture at the season kickoff, the National Board of Review awards … • … only days after taking […]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:52 am · December 3rd, 2008

• Jeff Wells senses the “push back” against certain contenders, steps up to bat for “Revolutionary Road.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Yours truly chats it up podcast style with John Campea to dish on how early favorites are shaping up. [The Movie Blog] • David Poland reports on the BFCA’s newest category: Best Action Film. [The […]

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‘Frozen River’ continues its run at Gothams

Posted by · 1:43 am · December 3rd, 2008

“Frozen River” is really turning into one of the surprise packages of this admittedly young awards season. Just yesterday it had a superb showing in yesterday’s Independent Spirit nominations, where it beat the more hotly fancied likes of “The Visitor” to a Best Picture nomination, only two days after landing an unexpected nod in the […]

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Gus Van Sant to get the Gotham special treatment

Posted by · 12:09 pm · September 10th, 2008

From the press release: In recognition of his pioneering career which has helped break down the barriers between independent and mainstream film, IFP announced today that director Gus Van Sant will be presented with a Gotham Awards Tribute at the 18th Annual Gotham Awards on Tuesday, December 2nd in New York. Additionally: In recognition of […]

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