AMPAS welcomes 135 new members

Posted by · 4:12 pm · June 25th, 2010

Well, we already knew Jeremy Renner had got the nod. And no surprise that many of his fellow acting nominees from this year’s Oscar race — Christoph Waltz, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick among them — have now been granted Academy membership. (Lest you think that the invitation automatically follows a nomination, […]

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Interviews with the nominees

Posted by · 9:14 am · March 5th, 2010

As we head into the big weekend of this year’s hotly anticipated Academy Awards telecast, I thought I’d toss this list up once more, broken down by film. We’ve added to it a bit since the nominees were announced. And if you’d like to re-live the season so far, you can see how things have […]

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‘A Prophet’ takes nine César Awards

Posted by · 5:50 pm · February 27th, 2010

I know, I know … quelle surprise. One week after taking the BAFTA, Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” obliterated the competition at its home awards ceremony, the Césars. The foreign-language Oscar nominee took a massive nine awards, including honors for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Supporting Actor. Tahar Rahim was a double winner, in fact, […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Foreign Language Film

Posted by · 11:06 am · February 18th, 2010

The foreign Language film category has been marred in controversy for the last few years. When films like “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days” and “Persepolis” were unceremoniously nixed from the field a few years ago, a special new “executive committee” was established to have final say on the fallen, hopefully saving the committee […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festival coverage, celebrating The Dude and more

Posted by · 3:21 pm · February 14th, 2010

• This week’s installments of the Oscar Guide covered the animated feature, sound mixing, lead actor, live action short and film editing categories. • Kris toasted the career of Jeff bridges with his list of the actor’s top 10 performances (off-site). • We caught up with “Red Riding: 1974” director Julian Jarrold as well as […]

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INTERVIEW: Jacques Audiard

Posted by · 4:13 pm · February 10th, 2010

As pundits continue to posit art-versus-genre arguments around the 10 titles vying for Best Picture, the finest film to be nominated in any category at this year’s Academy Awards is to be found a little further down the list – and it’s one that would bridge the discussion rather nicely. Nominated last week for the […]

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The nominees react

Posted by · 8:08 am · February 2nd, 2010

Throughout the morning and early afternoon we took statements from or hopped on the phone with 44 of today’s Oscar nominees.  Their reactions… Maggie Gyllenhaal, supporting actress, “Crazy Heart”: The thing is, you know, I’m so proud of the movie and I always have been, more proud of it than any of the work I’ve […]

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‘A Prophet’ tops César nominations

Posted by · 7:02 am · January 23rd, 2010

What a shocker, right? In the nominations for France’s premier film awards, Jacques Audiard’s Oscar contender leads the field with a massive 13 bids. (Look out for my interview with Audiard, coming soon.) It’s nice to finally see some love for Niels Arestrup’s astonishing work in the film, but when a contemporary prison drama can […]

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‘Education,’ ‘Basterds’ lead BAFTA longlists

Posted by · 5:22 am · January 7th, 2010

Two weeks before revealing its nominations, BAFTA reveals longlists of 15 contenders in each category from which the eventual five nominees will be chosen. (Switch those numbers to five and three in the Animated Feature race.) Vague as the lists are, a couple of telling trends stand out. It’s been clear for some time that […]

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French masters vie for Louis Delluc Prize

Posted by · 2:43 pm · November 26th, 2009

While I was away in Paris earlier this week, I was reminded there of the nominations for the Louis Delluc Prize. Awarded to a single title, it is arguably the most prestigious award in French cinema, having been won by such titans as Truffaut, Renoir, Chabrol, Malle, Bresson, Cocteau, Tati … well, you get the […]

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LONDON: Another prophet

Posted by · 11:40 am · October 24th, 2009

Back in early September, which feels longer ago than it probably should, regular commenter Chris offered the following (non-Oscar-related) prediction: You need to see “A Prophet”, I saw it two days ago, and it’s such an amazing film. I don’t know if this makes any sense, but I’m predicting it to be on Guy Lodge’s […]

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France enters ‘A Prophet’ in Oscar race

Posted by · 6:45 am · September 17th, 2009

News has just come in that France has selected Jacques Audiard’s critically lauded prison drama “A Prophet” as their official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film competition. (Thanks to reader Ali for the tip.) The film was chosen by a panel including actress Jeanne Moreau, Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux and filmmakers Jean-Jacques Annaud, […]

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TELLURIDE: ‘Red Riding,’ ‘A Prophet’

Posted by · 10:46 am · September 7th, 2009

Things are winding down in Telluride.  I saw the last film I’ll see here last night (Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet”) and have a few things to square away before I hop the shuttle for Montrose and, finally, the flight back to Los Angeles. The fest has been a low key delight.  An IFC-sponsored dinner Saturday […]

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‘Prophet’ tops indieWIRE poll

Posted by · 5:53 pm · May 27th, 2009

In case you didn’t get the message while the Cannes Film Festival was running, it’s clear that Jacques Audiard’s Grand Prix champ “A Prophet” is a title we’re going to be hearing a lot this year. True to its preceived status as the critical favorite, the gritty French prison drama has been voted the fest’s […]

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Haneke lands Palme d’Or, Gainsbourg takes Best Actress

Posted by · 10:41 am · May 24th, 2009

As it turned out, the most logical on-paper prediction turned out the be the right one. After emerging as the bridesmaid from several festivals past — winning the Grand Prix in 2001, Best Director in 2005 — the venerable Austrian auteur Michael Haneke has finally won the Palme d’Or for his stark moral drama “The […]

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What will take the Palme d’Or?

Posted by · 6:21 pm · May 23rd, 2009

It’s all over bar the voting. Tomorrow, Cannes jury president Isabelle Huppert will meet with her formidable, female-dominated team of eight – including the diverse likes of Robin Wright Penn, Asia Argento, James Gray and Hanif Kureishi – to pick over the 20 Competition titles they have seen over the last fortnight and select their […]

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Sony picks up ‘Prophet’

Posted by · 10:08 am · May 22nd, 2009

Anne Thompson confirms what had already been widely anticipated: Sony Pictures Classics has bought the rights to “A Prophet,” Jacques Audiard’s brutal prison drama that is the clear critics’ darling of Cannes so far, and the current bookies’ favorite for the Palme d’Or. As mentioned last week, SPC has also acquired Michael Haneke’s “The White […]

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Teaser for Cannes favorite ‘A Prophet’

Posted by · 8:08 am · May 19th, 2009

As I mentioned earlier, Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” is the clear critical favorite of the Cannes competition to date, with some calling it the one to beat for the Palme d’Or. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, this brief teaser offers a tiny but compelling taste. I can’t say I was expecting […]

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