Mary Tyler Moore to be feted by SAG

Posted by · 10:43 am · September 8th, 2011

The press release, in part: Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade – the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some […]

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Updates to The Circuit

Posted by · 12:38 am · February 23rd, 2011

I’ve been a bit sluggish in getting recent guild news out there.  I think I’m already closing up shop in my mind.  Nevertheless, the Motion Picture Sound Editors and Costume Designers Guild have announced winners this week.  The latter infuriatingly keeps things a guessing game in that Oscar field.

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Tribute to Michael Kahn

Posted by · 5:46 pm · February 21st, 2011

I wasn’t able to make it to the ACE Eddies this weekend, and the main reason I was bummed about that, if I’m honest, was a tribute to editing legend Michael Kahn.  The tribute reel really hit the right spot and now it’s available to watch.  Check it out below and relive the magic.

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‘True Grit’ wins CAS

Posted by · 11:07 pm · February 19th, 2011

The second industry organization of the night has announced, and as a tip of the hat to the SoundWorks Collection (which reported the news via Twitter), I figured I’d offer up their custom profile of the film. I knew there was some complaining about the “Inception” mix in the sound community, but I don’t know […]

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‘Social,’ ‘Alice’ win ACE awards

Posted by · 9:31 pm · February 19th, 2011

Alright, so I should have gone with what I said was the safe bet for the ACE drama Eddie.  Rather than making history by awarding a film not nominated for the editing Oscar and giving it to the truly deserving contender, “Inception,” the editors decided to rethink it and go with “The Social Network” instead.  […]

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Predict the weekend in societies

Posted by · 6:00 pm · February 17th, 2011

Anne and I will be briefly previewing the American Cinema Editors and Cinema Audio Society awards in tomorrow’s Oscar Talk, and maybe a little Motion Picture Sound Editors thrown in to boot.  All three will be announcing winners this weekend, while members of the Costume Designers Guild will put a bow on the guild season […]

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Pfister takes the ASC award for ‘Inception’

Posted by · 10:54 pm · February 13th, 2011

I’ve been on the road most of the day, but happy news for Wally Pfister, who won the ASC award for “Inception.” I wouldn’t look to the Society for much in the way of prognostication.  They’ve already seized the opportunity to award Roger Deakins, after all — twice.  And had I thought about it, I […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 52 — Nominees Luncheon, Bening vs. Portman to a photo finish, WGA and Scripter awards, Melissa Leo’s personal campaign, BAFTA preview with Guy Lodge

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 11th, 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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ACE announces career achievement award recipients

Posted by · 10:53 am · February 7th, 2011

The press release: American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honor veteran editors Michael Brown, A.C.E. and Michael Kahn, A.C.E. with the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Career Achievement Award at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards on February 19, 2011 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Lifetime Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose […]

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2/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: The country turns to a flawed ‘Grit’ hero, will win/won’t win, Lanthimos talks ‘Dogtooth’

Posted by · 8:58 am · February 7th, 2011

• “Why, in troubled times, does America turn to a hard-drinking, half-blind US marshal?” [The Guardian] • Bob Verini takes the pro/con route on each Best Picture hopeful. [Variety] • Larry Rohter chats with “Dogtooth” director (and unlikely Oscar nominee) Yorgos Lanthimos. [The Carpetbagger]

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WGA awards ‘Inception,’ ‘Social Network’

Posted by · 7:18 pm · February 5th, 2011

I’ve been a bit tied up this afternoon and haven’t gotten to this yet, but indeed, the WGA has awarded “Inception” and “The Social Network” with its screenplay honors this year.  Color me a little surprised by the original screenplay win for Christopher Nolan, but Aaron Sorkin had a pretty clear ride to this win, […]

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Predict the WGA and Scripter winners

Posted by · 4:57 pm · February 4th, 2011

This weekend brings a couple of screenwriting competitions: the WGA Awards and the USC Scripter Award ceremony.  I might as well give you some space to predict. My bet on WGA is “The Kids Are All Right” for original, but it does seem like an open race.  I consider it the spoiler possibility for Oscar, […]

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‘Inception,’ ‘Dragon’ reign at VES awards

Posted by · 10:42 pm · February 1st, 2011

Four for “Inception,” three for “How to Train Your Dragon” (which beat out “Toy Story 3” every step of the way).  “Hereafter,” meanwhile, took the supporting effects award. Key quote from Christopher Nolan, who received the inaugural Visionary Award: I know visual effects people pride themselves on doing the impossible.  I’d just like to encourage […]

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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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Updates to The Circuit

Posted by · 9:21 am · January 20th, 2011

Today “Black Swan” and “Inception” maintained their uniquely perfect guild status (having been cited by every single guild and society) by nailing down nominations in the contemporary category from the Costume Designers Guild. Every frontrunning possibility was chalked up, so the task is still pretty daunting to predict how that will go with Oscar.  That […]

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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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ACE springs for Best Picture frontrunners

Posted by · 5:50 am · January 14th, 2011

Guy rightly noted yesterday a seemingly “whatever” coagulation of the guild awards circuit into “easy-to-recall season staples.” If you were hoping the American Cinema Editors (ACE) would put an end to that, keep dreaming. Of course, ACE historically skews as populist and inside-the-box as the DGA set, which is why the two are often coupled […]

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