Michael Moore on ‘Hurt Locker’ politics

Posted by · 5:37 pm · March 8th, 2010

One of the most common lines (usually used in praise) on our newly-crowned Best Picture winner is that it’s deliberately apolitical, taking no sides in the Iraq conflict as it aims simply to present the soldier’s experience on the ground. Kathryn Bigelow herself dismissed that as something of a misconception in a recent interview with […]

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Ranking the categories

Posted by · 5:51 am · March 7th, 2010

Ah, Oscar lists — the gift that keeps giving. I’m not going to ape Kris’s impressive ranking of all the nominated features: we’d have the same #1, for starters, and we’re agreeing on far too many things these days. So here’s something else to play with. I’ve had a number of emails asking me how […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Posted by · 11:17 am · March 1st, 2010

In most cases, the adapted screenplay category of a given Oscar race is packed with Best Picture nominees or contenders. This year, however, there was a nice balance of adapted and original screenplays in the Best Picture category, and in fact, of the “top five” films that trickled down throughout the season, three were original […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Hurt Locker’ BAFTA sweep, minor fracas

Posted by · 6:06 pm · February 26th, 2010

• “The Hurt Locker” continued its cruise through the precursors, taking six awards at the BAFTAS. • The pile of guild awards grew as the writers, costume designers and sound editors all picked their winners. • In our ongoing Oscar Guide series, we broke down the lead actress, documentary feature, documentary short, original score and […]

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INTERVIEW: Armando Iannucci

Posted by · 2:58 pm · February 23rd, 2010

He may currently be basking in the glow of a surprise Oscar nomination, but when I call him up at his London home, “In the Loop” writer-director Armando Iannucci is boasting about another achievement entirely. “Our family dog just gave birth to three puppies this afternoon,” he audibly beams, our opening pleasantries barely cooled. “They’re […]

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1/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:56 am · February 18th, 2010

(Your non-Harvey-influenced round-up for the morning…) • Is Armando Iannucci planning to take the world of “In the Loop” to HBO? [CHUD] • Bill Mechanic responds to criticism over move to eliminate original song performances. [The Odds] • Actors on an actorless “Avatar.” [Los Angeles Times]

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‘Fish Tank’ tops at Evening Standard awards

Posted by · 1:52 pm · February 8th, 2010

Voted on by a handful of London critics (including IC friend Tim Robey), the Evening Standard Film Awards aren’t the glitiziest of honors, but they always make admirably singular choices. Celebrating the best in British film and talent, they often highlight names and titles below the radar of even the British Independent Film Awards. As […]

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Calling the longshots

Posted by · 5:47 pm · February 1st, 2010

So this Steve Pond piece, titled “How Oscar Could Surprise — and Scare — Us,” is what we like to call hedging our bets.  It’s a chance to address some bubble matters so that we have something to point to and say, “Look, I toldja!” (Is that officially trademarked by Nikki Finke yet?) Anyway, I […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The time is nigh

Posted by · 3:44 pm · February 1st, 2010

In so many words, this is it.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveils it’s slate of nominees bright and early tomorrow morning, and this being the first year with a 10-film Best Picture field, all eyes will be on the top category to gauge which way the wind blew on this AMPAS […]

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‘District 9,’ ‘In the Loop’ also ineligible for WGA

Posted by · 12:55 pm · January 6th, 2010

With all the WGA casualties popping up this morning I thought I’d track down the eligibility concerns of a handful of other films in the mix and, lo and behold, some other high-caliber work doesn’t make the cut with the guild. Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell’s “District 9,” for starters, is not eligible.  It was […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ keeps it going with NYFCC

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 14th, 2009

The New York Film Critics Circle decided not to announce its list of winners in real time this year, which is a shame because it has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  What we’re left with is scattered press release reveals, Twitterers scooping the group’s info as emails and phone calls […]

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First wave of LAFCA winners

Posted by · 12:39 pm · December 13th, 2009

I’ll offer some commentary when we have the full list of winners at 2.30, but for now I’ll just convey my astonishment at the competence of my predictions so far. And offer a hearty cheer for Agnes Varda. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop” Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, […]

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David Poland’s Oscar underdogs … where are the ladies?

Posted by · 1:50 pm · November 13th, 2009

For those of you bored of reading the same ever-narrowing list of names in the assorted Oscar-speculation pieces across the web, David Poland’s latest column is a slight breath of fresh air. Decrying the fact that many pundits are making ludicrous long-shot calls like “This Is It” for Best Picture, while ignoring more deserving contenders […]

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‘Fish Tank,’ ‘Moon,’ ‘Education’ lead BIFA noms, female directors rule

Posted by · 2:23 pm · October 26th, 2009

You’ve heard me natter on enough for months about how “Fish Tank” is one of the year’s best films — now you don’t have to just hear it from me anymore. Andrea Arnold’s lyrical character study of an unhappy Essex teenager (now being dubbed ‘the British “Precious”‘ by some lazy wags) leads the nominations for […]

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7/30 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:40 am · July 30th, 2009

• Jeremy Piven would like to see an “Entourage” film.  Who wouldn’t? [CNN] • Vincent Cassel refuses to court Hollywood.  Who needs it when you’ve got Monica Bellucci at home? [Daily Telegraph] • Robert Levin sits down with “In the Loop” director Armando Iannucci. [Film School Rejects]

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Rare bird

Posted by · 8:40 am · April 16th, 2009

Regular Guardian readers will know that Peter Bradshaw, the paper’s perma-grouch film critic, doesn’t dole out five-star ratings lightly — in the past half-year or so, only “The Class” has made the grade. So I’m interested to see Bradshaw going all out for “In the Loop,” a modest British political satire that had hitherto only […]

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