TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part two

Posted by · 8:40 am · February 25th, 2011

Yesterday we began our final look at the 10 crafts categories.  Check out part one here.  Today, the conclusion.  Meanwhile, you can find my final predictions in all categories here. Best Music (Original Score) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, despite their atypical approach to film music composition, are very much contenders in this race. Having […]

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‘Dragon,’ ‘King’s Speech,’ ‘TRON’ win with film music critics

Posted by · 1:25 pm · February 24th, 2011

Check out the full list of winners at The Circuit.

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Music (Original Score)

Posted by · 10:39 am · February 16th, 2011

Recently the International Film Music Critics Association were the last critics group to offer their (specialized) thoughts on the 2010 film year. The announcement made for an interesting counter to the year in score awardage. And the eventual nominees for Best Original Score reflected, if nothing else, a continued break with tradition. The music branch […]

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Desplat leads International Film Music Critics nods

Posted by · 10:18 am · February 11th, 2011

Alexandre Desplat has enjoyed a brilliant career in U.S. features as of late (on the back of immense talent, naturally).  2010 was a grand year for the composer as he, once again, balanced scoring duties on a number of notable films. Today, the final announcement from the critics awards circuit has landed in the form […]

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Clean sweep for ‘Dragon’ at Annie Awards

Posted by · 5:20 am · February 6th, 2011

(Sorry we’re a bit late getting to this — Kris had more exciting plans for the evening and I like to sleep sometimes.) It’s a shame one can’t talk about “How to Train Your Dragon”‘s success at the Annie Awards without dragging politics into it. There are those of us who think it legitimately deserves […]

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2/3 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Animated feature speculation, Cameron says Nolan was robbed, ‘Network’ doc online

Posted by · 9:25 am · February 3rd, 2011

• Carolyn Giardina floats the possibility of “How to Train Your Dragon” beating “Toy Story 3” for Best Animated Feature with nothing but those (not unexpected) Visual Effects Society wins to justify it. [The Race] • James Cameron thinks Christopher Nolan should have been nominated for Best Director this year. [Hollywood Reporter] • Steve Pond […]

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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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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Animated Feature Film

Posted by · 9:36 am · January 27th, 2011

The animated feature field unfortunately fell one film short of the required 16 eligible contenders to expand the category to five nominees this year. As a result of this bewildering and arbitrary “rule,” some great work was left off the list in this, a pretty decent year for animation in general. Nevertheless, the animators proved […]

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My dream Oscar ballot, part two

Posted by · 12:35 pm · January 23rd, 2011

Yesterday, I began my very far-fetched (and in some cases, frankly impossible) wishlist for Tuesday’s Oscar nominations with my favorite achievements in the technical categories. Today, I offer up my picks in the top races, and I don’t mind telling you things got pretty agonizing in some categories. “Why can’t I have 15 nominees for […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part one

Posted by · 8:57 am · January 20th, 2011

It seems hard to believe that it’s been more than six months since I wrote this year’s introductory Tech Support column ( a dissection of the art direction race). Much has changed since then, naturally, as we are less than a week away from the big day when we find out the nominees for the […]

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FIRST-HALF FYC: Best Picture

Posted by · 7:07 pm · January 19th, 2011

For the past eight weeks, I’ve been spotlighting nomination-worthy names,  in all major Ocar categories, from the first half of the US release calendar. Today, we close out the series with an alternative January-to-June Best Picture 10, though it comes a week after ballots closed — timing was never my strong suit. A look at […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon’ contest winner(s)!

Posted by · 5:19 am · January 6th, 2011

First a big thank you to everyone who participated in Monday’s “How to Train Your Dragon” haiku contest. Moving right along here on clearing out my office of the season’s swag! There were a number of great entries, but I ultimately settled on Rob T.’s eloquent stab: Human and dragon– Pray tell, who is the […]

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CONTEST: Win the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ score and coffee table book

Posted by · 10:45 am · January 3rd, 2011

More to give away this week as we’ve got something for the animation fans.  Up for grabs: Tracey Miller-Zarneke and Cressida Cowell’s lovely coffee table book “The Art of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’” and a copy of John Powell’s beautiful beloved original score for the film. I think I’ll steal shamelessly from Sasha Stone […]

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Predict the PGA nominees

Posted by · 10:06 am · January 3rd, 2011

Tomorrow the guild circuit launches with the WGA (separate post coming) and PGA nominations.  The critics’ circuit was well and good but this is where crossover memberships begin to give us a tangible view of how the race will fill out. Last year the PGA (Producers Guild of America) piggy-backed the Academy’s plan to expand […]

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12/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Duke or Dude?, Jonsi’s music video, Karger sticks with his ‘King’s Speech’ guns

Posted by · 10:25 am · December 28th, 2010

• The Duke or The Dude?  Which Rooster has more true grit? [Entertainment Weekly] • Russ Fischer has the music video for Jonsi’s “Sticks & Stones” from “How to Train Your Dragon.” [/Film] • Brendon Connelly runs down all of the “Toy Story 3” ads so far featuring the “Not since…” campaign. [Bleeding Cool]

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If I had a ballot

Posted by · 8:56 am · December 15th, 2010

The year is winding down.  Today, as part of the week’s on-going year-in-review specials, I’m offering up my annual “if I had a ballot” post. In years past I’ve tended to defer to studio campaigns for category placement, but this year I figured, “Screw it.”  After all, if I actually had a ballot I could […]

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FIRST HALF FYC: Best Screenplay (Original and Adapted)

Posted by · 1:17 pm · December 14th, 2010

For the third episode in our new Oscar-season feature, we take a recess from the acting races and look instead to the screenplays that roped the actors in to begin with. If you’re new to the feature (or even if you aren’t), the game is simple: railing against awards voters’ usual bias towards late-year releases, […]

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Likability: the best films of 2010

Posted by · 11:51 am · December 13th, 2010

I don’t quite know how to peg 2010. On one hand it has felt like a weak year. On the other hand, I’ve enjoyed quite a few films. Maybe the story lies in that sentence: “enjoyed.” There were precious few films that really rocked me, but plenty that were a nice enough experience. If you […]

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