2/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: HFPA counter-sues, Moore wants more ‘9/11’ money, how Harvey got his groove back

Posted by · 8:04 am · February 8th, 2011

• David Poland talks “In a Better World” with the film’s director, Susanne Bier. [The Hot Blog] • The HFPA counter-sues it’s former publicist. [The Wrap] • Michael Moore is suing Harvey Weinstein for “Fahrenheit 9/11” profits. [TMZ]

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Frontrunners stay strong at the Golden Globes

Posted by · 4:01 pm · January 16th, 2011

Zzzzz…huh?, wha?  Oh… First and foremost, I have to note Ricky Gervais’s work as emcee. Last year’s stint was a bit stale, I thought, but this year the gloves were off. Way off. Which, for whatever reason, I was okay with tonight. The difference between Gervais and Armond White, though, if you want to go […]

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Predict the Golden Globe winners

Posted by · 7:56 am · January 14th, 2011

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are tonight a 6pm.  I have generally refrained from predicting those awards since becoming a BFCA member four years ago, but I think we can all take an educated guess as to which way the wind will blow this evening. Sunday, the Golden Globes keep the party going as 90 […]

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1/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Weinstein on the “Oscar movie,” HFPA sued, more bad ‘Social’ breath

Posted by · 5:46 am · January 14th, 2011

• Former Golden Globes publicist Michael Russell sues the HFPA two days before its biggest night leveling a boatload of accusations. [The Wrap] • Harvey Weinstein himself admits that the stereotype of the classic “Oscar movie” is probably gone. [The Carpetbagger] • Still beating David Fincher up over “The Social Network”‘s bad breath. [Slate]

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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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12/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Angie’s potential embarrassment, best perfs destined to be snubbed, top 10s

Posted by · 8:47 am · December 20th, 2010

• PR experts tell Kim Masters that critical pans of “The Tourist” could make Angelina Jolie’s support for her Golden Globe nomination in the form of attending the ceremony “potentially embarrassing.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Guy Adams, meanwhile, takes aim at the HFPA’s susceptibility to bribery this year. [The Independent] • The 25 best performances from […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 45 — Critics’ pick their frontrunner, HFPA speaks up with doosies, the guild circuit kicks off and the week of The Dude

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 17th, 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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12/17 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Plea for Bardem, Swank’s potential parlay, HFPA and SAG by the numbers

Posted by · 8:50 am · December 17th, 2010

• Scott Feinberg digs in to some exhaustive research on HFPA and SAG nominations history to help you navigate what it all means. [ScottFeinberg.com] • Steve Pond is begging someone to step up to the plate and recognize what an amazing performance Javier Bardem gives in “Biutiful,” and in so doing, NOMINATE HIM. [The Odds] […]

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12/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: HFPA’s “unsavory business practices,” Elswit talks ‘Town,’ the Zen of ‘TRON’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 13th, 2010

• Golden Globes PR chief slams HFPA for “unsavory business practices.” [The Wrap] • David Heuring chats with “The Town” cinematographer Robert Elswit. [Variety] • Oscar marketing smackdown: “127 Hours” and “Buried.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

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11/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen talks ‘Somewhere’ with Coppola, ‘Country Strong’ a drama, no love for Herzog

Posted by · 8:45 am · November 22nd, 2010

• Joel Coen shows up at an east coast screening of “Somewhere” to conduct a Q&A with Sofia Coppola. [Inside Movies] • Tom O’Neill reports that the HFPA has classified “Country Strong” as a drama. [Gold Derby] • Our own Guy Lodge reacts to the recently released (and apparently unauthorized) “Winnie” trailer. [The Guardian]

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11/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘True Grit’ setting profiled, ‘Buried’ vs. ‘127 Hours,’ Aronofsky’s were-swan film

Posted by · 9:11 am · November 18th, 2010

• Jennifer Boulden writes a singular piece on Fort Smith, Arkansas, her home and the setting of “True Grit.” [Awards Daily] • Jeffrey M. Anderson stumps for “Buried” over “127 Hours.” [Cinematical] • The HFPA gets grabby over a revenue dispute with Dick Clark Productions, vis a vis the Golden Globe awards telecast. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Sussing out the HFPA’s comedy/musical field

Posted by · 2:47 pm · November 16th, 2010

In the latest Gurus o’ Gold survey, David Poland asked us all to contribute the usual rankings for Best Picture, added in the supporting actor and supporting actress categories, then popped the question regarding the Golden Globes comedy/musical category.  It’s interesting to get perspective on the latter this (relatively) early in the season. A couple […]

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BFCA/HFPA on the way

Posted by · 10:36 am · January 14th, 2010

This weekend the first two major televised awards shows will hit and the race will begin to take a certain shape.  Though to be quite honest, I’m beginning to get the sense that each of these major precursors will go different ways.  At the end of the day, I think we could be looking at […]

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‘Up in the Air’ leads with six Golden Globe nominations

Posted by · 7:02 am · December 15th, 2009

Apologies for the lateness getting these up.  I decided to sleep in and I’m sure Guy had better things to do.  These, as ever, are schmoozed and bought and paid for, as usual.  You don’t need to look much further than Clint Eastwood’s nomination (when his film couldn’t get into the Best Picture line-up) for […]

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OFF THE CARPET: From the horse’s mouth

Posted by · 7:47 am · January 12th, 2009

The last two weeks have been a leaf blower to the debris an awards season can accumulate.  Individuals with some real say in the ultimate Oscar picture have finally gone on the record, painting a rather clear picture of the industry’s favorite films of 2008. But before diving into the realities of the various guild […]

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HFPA goes its own way, ‘Milk’ snubbed, ‘Button,’ ‘Frost’ and ‘Doubt’ lead with five noms each

Posted by · 5:15 am · December 11th, 2008

Best nominations of the morning: Tom Cruise, Best Supporting Actor in “Tropic Thunder” and James Franco, Best Actor, “Pineapple Express.”  I’m also happy to see some love for Rebecca Hall.  Nice. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as they tend to do, went their own way this morning with a list of nominations that will certainly […]

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Almost there

Posted by · 10:52 pm · March 26th, 2008

Robert De Niro’s “The Good Shepherd” has been running on HBO this month. I stopped flipping to watch some of it this evening, kind of caught up in the brief year-ago nostalgia, but mostly transfixed with a film that is so close, yet so far. I remember when I first saw the film at the […]

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