OFF THE CARPET: Sun came up

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 28th, 2011

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have put it more concisely during his presentation of the Best Picture category last night.  To paraphrase, he noted that whichever films did not happen to win Best Picture this year would join the ranks of numerous classics of the medium. Was it preemptive damage control?  I hope not.  Why be apologetic?  […]

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The five categories giving me hell

Posted by · 3:48 pm · February 25th, 2011

With a little over 48 hours until the big night, I find myself in an uncommon state of disarray — my crammed Oscar weekend “To Do” list includes viewing all 15 short nominees in order to make an informed dart-throw of a prediction (stickler that I am, I held out for a theatrical screening), preparing […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Documentary (Feature)

Posted by · 7:24 am · February 18th, 2011

It has been noted what a solid year of documentary filmmaking 2010 was. It was well-reflected in the Academy’s initial narrowing of the feature field to 15 contenders and is certainly evident in the ultimate quintet of nominees, each of them informative and bold in their own ways. Still, it came as quite a shock […]

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Someone’s campaigning for Banksy

Posted by · 11:34 am · February 1st, 2011

Following its semi-surprise Oscar nomination last week, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” has received a nifty publicity boost from this prominent Banksy-honoring mural (pictured right, and in more detail after the jump) that went up recently in Los Angeles. Although some were quick to assume it’s the work of the man himself, all signs point […]

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Tom Hooper wins DGA Award

Posted by · 10:43 pm · January 29th, 2011

Even after “The King’s Speech” surprised at the Producers’ Guild Awards and took a dozen Oscar nominations, I held on to the notion that critical favorite “The Social Network,” a film more in line with the Academy’s recent choices, would emerge victorious on Oscar night. However, Kris called it right. When the former film’s comparatively inexperienced […]

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A look at Oscar’s 15 documentary feature hopefuls

Posted by · 9:08 am · January 19th, 2011

While Guy has been surveying the foreign field, I’ve been diving in elsewhere. It has been considered a banner year for documentary filmmaking. So naturally, the Best Documentary Feature race has been an interesting one to watch since the season’s early days.  Two months ago the Academy announced 15 finalists (whittling it down from 101 […]

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DGA announces documentary nominees

Posted by · 11:11 am · January 12th, 2011

Two days after revealing their feature film nominees, the Directors’ Guild of America has named their five selections in the documentary category. It’s a list that mostly lends credence to the presumed Oscar frontrunners, with one notable exception: Chinese director Lixin Fan, whose lavishly acclaimed debut “Last Train Home” was left off the Academy’s 15-title […]

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January winner predictions

Posted by · 8:27 am · January 11th, 2011

After taking a stab at winner predictions early last month, it seemed now would be a good time to re-assess.  Only three adjustments, though — for Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.  I’ll try my hand at another set post-nominations. Best Picture: “The Social Network” Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network” […]

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PGA nominates the expected

Posted by · 7:09 am · January 4th, 2011

Look to your right, at Kris’s current Best Picture predictions. Now look at the list of 10 films just nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top award. Ready for a quick game of Spot the Difference? It’ll be very quick — there are none. (Kris’s hopes yesterday for one wild-card nod were in vain.) […]

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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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Predict the LA and NY critics’ awards

Posted by · 7:58 am · December 11th, 2010

Tomorrow brings out the big guns in the critics’ awards derby, as the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Circle unveil their picks, with the New York Film Critics’ Circle following on Monday. (I believe the less prestigious but often interesting New York Online crix are announcing tomorrow too.) I offered some thoughts on the significance of […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 44 — The top 10 films of 2010 (x2)

Posted by · 12:30 pm · December 10th, 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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PGA nominates documentaries

Posted by · 9:22 am · December 3rd, 2010

Via press release, the nominees are: “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” “Earth Made of Glass” “Inside Job” “Smash His Camera” “The Tillman Story” “Waiting for Superman”

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December winner predictions

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 1st, 2010

I haven’t bothered taking a stab at predicting this year’s Oscar winners yet.  Now seems like the right time, given that everything has been seen (save for two Sony entries with comedy stylings that look to be commercial enterprises more than awards plays). I’m long on the record as thinking “The King’s Speech” is the […]

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11/26 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: The hairy task of ‘Tangled,’ Britain’s Oscar potential, Julianne Moore a best bet?

Posted by · 8:42 am · November 26th, 2010

• Steve Pond chats with “Casino Jack” star Kevin Spacey. [The Odds] • Rebecca Keegan writes up the hairy task of creating Rapunzel in “Tangled.” [24 Frames] • Marc Lee thinks it’s looking up for Britain at the Oscars this year. [Daily Telegraph]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Weinstein takes the gloves off, Hollywood mourns its own, doc and animated fields shortlisted

Posted by · 11:10 am · November 20th, 2010

• The Academy honored legends Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow at the annual Governors Awards. • Kris attended a Summit Entertainment holiday party, chatting with the talent in attendance. • Disney revealed a clever plan geared toward presenting “Toy Story 3” as a legitimate Best Picture contender. • The Weinstein […]

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15 films shortlisted for documentary feature Oscar

Posted by · 1:04 pm · November 18th, 2010

Cue the annual outcry over what titles didn’t make it — judging from the Twitter reaction, this year’s most-mourned snubee is the Chinese critical darling “Last Train Home.” (I’d join the pitchfork-wielders, but I haven’t had an opportunity to see the film yet.) More surprising, however, is the omission of such widely fancied contenders as […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Inside Job’ director Charles Ferguson

Posted by · 2:12 pm · November 16th, 2010

I’m getting to that point where the interviews are stacking up and there’s precious little time to transcribe and write them up.  It pains me to resort to audio for these purposes as I enjoy writing them out and giving a narrative interpretation of a persona, but sometimes one’s hand is forced. This morning I […]

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