Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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Downey, Jenkins among EW’s Entertainers of the Year

Posted by · 3:36 pm · November 13th, 2008

It’s interesting to note that, in addition to citations for the respective casts of “The Dark Knight” and “Sex and the City: The Movie,” only five film actors made EW’s recently unveiled list of the 25 Entertainers of the Year. (Six if you count their #2 pick, Tina Fey — which I don’t.) Perhaps it […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Film Editing — Volume One

Posted by · 9:20 am · November 6th, 2008

No matter how good the storyline, plot, acting, photography and other elements of a film may be, any poorly edited film will be difficult to watch, understand and enjoy.  An editor has the task of not only finding the appropriate length of a film but also putting together scenes so they flow coherently, both visually […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume One

Posted by · 10:59 am · October 30th, 2008

Swoosh.  Bang.  Grunt.  Clink.  Crash. These sorts of sounds can add a lot to a film’s mood and plot even though they are not recorded during filming and have to be created and mixed in later on. The individuals who create these effects are rewarded for their efforts in the category of Best Sound Editing.  […]

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The year’s evolving Oscar race reveals the weakest season in recent memory

Posted by · 9:12 am · October 19th, 2008

With rumors that “The Road” may be bumped to 2009, (not Harvey Weinstein’s choice of release year) and “The Soloist” already moving on, along with the rumblings that “Frost/ Nixon” does indeed lack that edge I wrote about not so long ago, one can feel the Oscar race shifting day to day. Even “Changeling,” once […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume One

Posted by · 9:45 am · October 16th, 2008

While cinematographers and film music composers may sometimes find themselves featured in the media more than many of their crafts artist colleagues, the one “tech” discipline awarded by the Academy that often brings people into the movie theaters on its own is visual effects. The category is whittled down to three nominees after the year’s […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Who we are, who we want to be

Posted by · 9:07 am · October 6th, 2008

In an election year, topical films indicate a culture making sense of itself.

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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Editing honors for ‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Iron Man’

Posted by · 4:25 am · September 24th, 2008

One of the more oddly timed awards ceremonies of the year,  the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards revealed their nominees yesterday. (Variety has a report and full list of nominations here.) Amid the awards for lesser-recognised arts like colour grading and compositing, I was interested to see that they have a Best Film Editing category. Mashing together work from […]

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Best Actor race looking tight as always — expect surprises

Posted by · 11:37 am · September 17th, 2008

The Best Actor category tends to be one of the more crowded categories come Oscar time, and 2008 looks to be no exception. To be sure, there are a handful of frontrunners as usual, but hovering behind them are another group, more than eight who could easily sneak in and nab a nomination. Last year […]

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Top 10 Downey perfs?

Posted by · 6:50 pm · September 16th, 2008

Our friend John Campea over at The Movie Blog recently posted a list of the top 10 performances Robert Downey Jr. has given us over his roller-coaster career.  A nice idea for a post given the career resurgence Downy is enjoying this year, and perhaps one more portrayal will be taken into consideration in a […]

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Breakthrough for Hawkins and Franco

Posted by · 4:41 pm · September 16th, 2008

As regular readers may know, I’ve been yammering on about a Best Actress nomination for “Happy-Go-Lucky”‘s delightful Sally Hawkins since I reviewed the film back in April. So I’m pleased to see that Hawkins will receive the Breakthrough Actress award at next month’s Hollywood Film Awards. As I said when they named their crafts honorees […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Pre-Fall Contenders

Posted by · 2:55 pm · September 11th, 2008

While this week is rightly being most noted by awards-watchers for the Toronto International Film Festival, I’m actually going to go a bit of a different route today. I will be sure to comment on the movers and shakers of TIFF next week as the dust begins to settle, however. In a couple of weeks, […]

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T.L. Stanley calls for a stop to the ‘Thunder’ madness

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 22nd, 2008

I hadn’t checked in with T.L. Stanley’s ever-entertaining blog for a while, partly because she hasn’t been dealing with that much film-related content lately. But here she offers an amusing take on the breathless awards prognostications floating round the blogosphere for decidedly non-prestige titles: Not sure what’s more off-the-wall these days: Web-fueled discussions that try […]

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In honor of the comic book film summer that was…

Posted by · 6:22 pm · August 5th, 2008

The cover of “The Invincible Iron Man” #9 with Stark duking it out with The Incredible Hulk and the cover of “Detective Comics” #583, the Dark Knight himself drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola:

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Jeff Wells says it’s Downey Jr. vs. Ledger

Posted by · 5:16 pm · July 23rd, 2008

In a review of Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder” this afternoon, Jeffrey Wells has brought the “O” word into the conversation, specifically for Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as an actor who undergoes a pigmentation makeover to play an African American in the Vietnam film-within-the-film. Here’s what he has to say: It also feels to me like […]

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What will the Bat’s Monday gross be?

Posted by · 5:11 pm · July 21st, 2008

I was just talking with someone who went to see “The Dark Knight” at a noon IMAX show today and was met with a sold out crowd. So I’m wondering, what will the Monday gross turn out to be, and how many more records are left for the Bat to claim? The 4-day total is […]

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Favreau returns

Posted by · 12:35 pm · July 10th, 2008

So according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Jon Favreau is officially directing “Iron Man 2.” While I may not have been as gung-ho for “Iron Man” as most, I’m more than glad to see him come back. The first film, to me, felt like a good movie begging for a great sequel, and I think the […]

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