OSCAR TALK: Ep. 55 — Special Edition! — Oscars postmortem

Posted by · 1:03 pm · February 28th, 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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Indie Spirits, HBO and Weinstein party down on Oscar eve

Posted by · 11:06 am · February 27th, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind.  The Indie Spirits was a lovely affair, though they really need to figure out the show aspect because it kind of fell apart this year.  I didn’t see it on television so maybe it was edited into shape, but in the room, it just felt like chaos. I […]

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Big night for ‘Black Swan’ at Spirit Awards

Posted by · 5:28 pm · February 26th, 2011

Kris was on the scene at the Independent Spirit Awards today, and will, I’m sure, have some first-hand commentary to add later. For now, let me lead the cheers for “Black Swan,” which finally had its moment in the sun this awards season. Two years after its sort-of-sibling “The Wrestler” nabbed the top prize, the surprise […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

• The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts. • Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is. • Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 43 — NBR, Gothams and Spirits, ‘True Grit’ and Franco and Hathaway as Oscar hosts with special guest Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:01 am · December 3rd, 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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12/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s campaign, Portman’s weight loss and unused Ledger footage

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 1st, 2010

• Rumors fly concerning Heath Ledger’s Joker making an appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” via unused footage from “The Dark Knight.” (Not gonna happen.) [Stuff.co.nz] • Does Natalie Portman’s “Black Swan” weight loss mean Oscar gold? [Movieline] • David Poland sits down with “Get Low” screenwriters Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell. [The Hot […]

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‘Winter’s Bone’ leads Indie Spirits with 7 nods

Posted by · 10:37 am · November 30th, 2010

Well, quelle surprise. I’ve been saying for months now that Debra Granik’s solemn Ozark thriller is — even more so than the sunnier, starrier “The Kids Are All Right” — this year’s annointed indie cause in the Oscar race, and this only cements that belief. The film’s impressive showing this morning, coming on the heels […]

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Live stream of the Indie Spirit nominations announcement

Posted by · 8:03 am · November 30th, 2010

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11/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Sit-down with Swinton, ‘Megamind’ using social gaming, Elise on ‘For Colored Girls’

Posted by · 8:16 am · November 4th, 2010

• Pete Hammond talks “I Am Love” with dark horse Best Actress contender Tilda Swinton. [Deadline] • How DreamWorks Animation is using social gaming to boost “Megamind.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Meet the characters of “Morning Glory.” [MakingOf]

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Emotions run high at the Indie Spirits

Posted by · 8:49 am · March 6th, 2010

Last night’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was quite the touching affair, I have to say.  Early in the evening, tears were shed by Scott Cooper and Geoffrey Fletcher on stage as they accepted awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay respectively.  As Cooper and Fletcher are two of the gentlemen I’ve gotten to […]

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‘Precious’ takes five at Spirit Awards

Posted by · 11:43 pm · March 5th, 2010

Predictable to the very last, the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards honored the most Oscar-favored contender in almost every category they could. (Including a Best Foreign Film win for “An Education.”) Kris might have some first-hand perspective later; in the meantime, check out the winners at The Circuit.

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Indie Spirits on the way

Posted by · 3:03 pm · March 5th, 2010

I’m heading down to L.A. Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles this evening for the Independent Spirit Awards. The nominations are here if you want a refresher. I’m not the best at predicting these awards, but I imagine “Precious” will have a pretty good night. If you’re watching the show and want an […]

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“Chevalier…”

Posted by · 11:38 am · February 15th, 2010

The film is history across the pond, but having just seen Jared Hess’s “Gentlemen Broncos” in the Generation strand of the Berlinale, I feel obliged to briefly counter the thoroughly undeserved critical and commercial kicking the film received back in fall 2009. Because I’m astonished to find Hess’s creatively chaotic stew of literature, movies-within-movies and […]

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Eddie Izzard to host Independent Spirit Awards

Posted by · 11:08 am · January 25th, 2010

The press release, in part: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, is pleased to announce that acclaimed comedian Eddie Izzard will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Izzard’s tangential, absurd, bizarre, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for […]

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Proof that the Oscar season is an echo-chamber

Posted by · 8:12 am · January 4th, 2010

I Tweeted about this yesterday, so if you read it there, sorry for the redundancy.  I just felt like expanding on the thought and offering it up for your comment here. Last year when the Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced, a little film that few outside of the Toronto and Venice film festivals had […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: NBR winners, Spirit nods and Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 8:18 pm · December 4th, 2009

• The National Board of Review offered the season’s first major precursors, with “Up in the Air” sitting pretty. • The Independent Spirit Award nominations were topped by “Precious” and, more surprisingly, “The Last Station.” • Indie award rivals the Gotham Awards, meanwhile, crowned “The Hurt Locker” as the year’s best. • Fresh off his […]

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12/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 2nd, 2009

• Edna Gundersen talks to Sir Paul McCartney about his musical addition to Kirk Jones’s “Everybody’s Fine.” [USA Today] • In praise of the opening sequence of Michael Mann’s “Ali.” [The Auteurs Notebook] • Pete Hammond reports from Monday night’s premiere of “Up in the Air.” [Notes on a Season]

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‘Precious’ and ‘Last Station’ lead Spirit nominees

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 1st, 2009

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone to “Precious” landed atop the list of Independent Spirit Award nominations this morning. Lee Daniels’ indie smash earned 5 mentions including Best Feature, Director and Actress, and looks like the one to beat in every category where it features. Fewer people, however, might have expected Michael Hoffman’s […]

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