LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1951 and 1952

Posted by · 2:45 pm · June 16th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. So sorry to have neglected this column for two weeks but life got in the way. A life without Oscar, you could even say. 1951 saw some major shakeups in Oscar-land, with producers taking the Best Picture award rather than the studio for the first time […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guild awards, pre-nomination jitters

Posted by · 7:17 am · January 30th, 2010

• In the biggest upset of the season so far, “The Hurt Locker” came up trumps at the PGA Awards. • “Inglourious Basterds” took the top prize at the SAG Awards, which also gave another boost to Sandra Bullock. • With Oscar nominations out next week, we listed some of the greatest nominee fields in […]

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That face

Posted by · 9:04 am · January 23rd, 2010

I have nothing to add to the reams of commentary on the sad passing of Jean Simmons, only to say that she has, eerily, been on my mind recently. A few months ago, I saw her rather touching final performance in “Shadows in the Sun,” a small British film written by a friend and former […]

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