‘Black Swan,’ ‘King’s Speech’ lead BAFTA longlists

Posted by · 6:38 am · January 7th, 2011

I’ve never really been sure why BAFTA bothers to announce this stage in their voting process — the 15 names in each category from which the final nominees will be plucked — unless it’s to reveal the extraordinarily narrow range of titles they’re willing to consider for awards in any one field. (Ellen Page for […]

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Category justice or precarious situation for Steinfeld?

Posted by · 12:28 pm · January 3rd, 2011

All season long the question from countless readers was, “Why do you have Hailee Steinfeld listed as a supporting actress contender?  Her character is the lead of ‘True Grit.’”  Indeed.  But I knew where Paramount was going to campaign the performance, and I expected a number of critics groups to follow that notion like sheep […]

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THE LONG SHOT: A new year wishlist

Posted by · 6:55 pm · December 30th, 2010

[Guy’s updated predictions here.] Okay, I won’t lie to you: I initially conceived this column in my head last week as a Christmas Eve wishlist, but then got too busy mulling wine and Christmas shopping in Dublin snowdrifts to actually write it. So a New Year’s Eve wishlist it is, then. Under either name, with […]

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12/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s Harvard honor, ‘Kids’ and the “steak eaters,” HFPA/Clark tension

Posted by · 9:39 am · December 29th, 2010

• Golden Globes tension as Dick Clark and HFPA fued over contract. [The Wrap] • Justin Timberlake gets a prestigious Harvard award. [Pop Eater] • Anne Thompson on the obstacles her #2 film of the year, “The Kids Are All Right,” will face with the “steak eaters.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

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12/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: 248 films up for Oscar, Franco’s reps cautioned against hosting, Gibney’s top 10

Posted by · 6:32 am · December 21st, 2010

• The Academy announces 248 feature films eligible for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. [Oscars.org] • James Franco’s reps advised him against hosting the Oscars (naturally). [Awards Campaign] • Mike Fleming, meanwhile, chats with Franco’s co-host (and “Love & Other Drugs” star) Anne Hathaway, [Deadline]

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INTERVIEW: ‘True Grit’ writers, producers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen

Posted by · 5:41 pm · December 17th, 2010

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have evolved into the quintessential American filmmakers of our time since charging onto the indie scene over 25 years ago. It was a trajectory hinted at in early depictions of Prohibition-era gangsterism (“Miller’s Crossing”), post-war Capitalism (“The Hudsucker Proxy”), Midwestern slice-of-life peculiarity (“Fargo”) and epic folk land adventurism (“O Brother, […]

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12/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: critics’ awards scoop and outrage, the year in posters, Steinfeld’s ‘Grit’

Posted by · 8:19 am · December 14th, 2010

• Tim Appelo gets the inside scoop of yesterday’s NYFCC vote. [The Race] • David Poland, meanwhile, is outraged that critics so far, in their dwindling numbers, have failed to resonate by missing the fertile ground between obscure and obvious. [The Hot Blog] • Jenelle Riley sits down with “True Grit” young’un Hailee Steinfeld. [Backstage]

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The Coens’ no-frills ‘True Grit’ hearkens to western heyday

Posted by · 10:00 am · December 1st, 2010

I’ve seen the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” twice now, and it’s not because the film is some “Inception”-like, mind-bending narrative maze. Quite the opposite, actually. I saddled up to it a second time yesterday morning because I wasn’t quite anticipating what I got the first time around and I wanted to consider it further knowing […]

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EW chats with ‘True Grit’ star Hailee Steinfeld

Posted by · 10:56 am · November 2nd, 2010

Part of the magazine’s young actors round table:

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THE LONG SHOT: Categorical denial

Posted by · 7:25 pm · October 20th, 2010

Wild-eyed, table-banging outbursts — sometimes of enthusiasm, more often of outrage — are an essential part of the floor show at any Oscar viewing party, but I’ve rarely seen one more unhinged than a friend’s reaction to Angelina Jolie’s (widely expected) Best Supporting Actress victory at the 1999 ceremony. “Who the hell was she supporting?” […]

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10/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Steinfeld’s ‘Grit,’ Zuckerberg on accuracy of ‘Social Network,’ Poland’s barbs for de Abreu

Posted by · 9:37 am · October 19th, 2010

• Anthony Breznican chats briefly with “True Grit” star Hailee Steinfeld. [USA Today] • Sasha Stone on seat-seeking and saving in the grand theater of Oscar season. [Awards Daily] • Mark Zuckberg says the framing device for “The Social Network” is inaccurate.  He just likes building things, okay? [Thompson on Hollywood]

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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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‘True Grit’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 2:30 pm · September 27th, 2010

Well, they held out on us for long enough, but we have finally been afforded a glimpse of the year’s last major awards hopeful. It’s short, sweet and pleasingly oblique — but you only need watch the first few seconds to know we’re in for something a bit more substantial than the creaky 1969 oater […]

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