2/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Remembering 1939, Finke talks to Pascal, Marion Cotillard in ‘The Dark Knight Rises?’

Posted by · 9:28 am · February 14th, 2011

• Patrick Goldstein remembers 1939: “When 10 great Oscar nominees really meant 10 great nominees.” [The Big Picture] • Nikki Finke talks to Sony honcho Amy Pascal in the wake of “The Social Network”‘s post-season stall. [Deadline] • Marnie Hanel chats with “127 Hours” production designer Suttirat Larlarb, with sketches to boot. [Little Gold Men]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Supporting Actor

Posted by · 8:59 am · February 8th, 2011

Very few of the 20 actors nominated for Oscars this year (if any) feel like egregious calls. As usual, the lead actor race is the most impressive, but the Best Supporting Actor slate isn’t too shabby, either. Each performance is masterful in its own way, and each serves its respective narrative to the fullest. Two […]

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‘King’s Speech’ leads Globe nods, ‘True Grit’ shut out

Posted by · 4:53 am · December 14th, 2010

True to form, the Golden Globe nominations are a buffet of the good, the bad and the unconscionably hideous — with perhaps a touch more emphasis than usual on the third of those this year. I refer, of course, to those largely mortifying Comedy/Musical races, where HFPA voters solved the lack of obvious contenders this […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Holiday cheer and seasonal grousing

Posted by · 11:24 pm · November 26th, 2010

• Calmed by the holiday spirit, this week’s Off the Carpet column took stock of the season, and gave thanks where appropriate. • The Long Shot looked at the number of one-time rebel auteurs in this year’s Oscar race, and wondered if awards glory comes at the expense of creative edge. • Life Without Oscar […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 42 — ‘The Way Back’ woes, Sturgess and Renner make the rounds, Best Actress race (kind of) taking shape and ‘The King’s Speech’ opens

Posted by · 12:57 pm · November 26th, 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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INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ actor Jeremy Renner

Posted by · 8:41 am · November 24th, 2010

Warner Bros. has been looking for any and every opportunity to get Jeremy Renner and his well-liked supporting performance in Ben Affleck’s “The Town” out there as Oscar season begins to take hold. Yesterday he was making the press rounds just as screener copies of the film were hitting voters’ doorsteps. The last time I […]

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But is it?

Posted by · 9:07 am · September 21st, 2010

I’m not sure how I missed the memo, but in the past 48 hours, “The Town” apparently became an Oscar contender and nobody told me. You may recall that when I posted my updated predictions on Sunday, I actually found room for Ben Affleck’s popular sophomore feature in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. I thought […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Town” (***)

Posted by · 5:29 am · September 8th, 2010

Venice Film Festival Many actors-turned-directors use their outings behind the camera to express something of themselves that they feel hasn’t been enabled by the filmmakers they’ve worked with thus far: personal passions or preoccupations, social or political responsibilities, alternative thespian workout plans or simply a craven desire for awards they haven’t been able to win […]

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COMIC-CON: Ruffalo and Renner a go for ‘Avengers’

Posted by · 7:48 pm · July 24th, 2010

I’ll get to today’s Marvel’s “Avengers” presentation later tonight, but the news worth conveying is that Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand to be confirmed as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk and Hawkeye, respectively.  The announcement was made by Robert Downey Jr., who was here with Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and director Joss […]

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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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Jeremy Renner joins the club

Posted by · 5:40 am · June 14th, 2010

Every June, bloggers like to pick over the list of newly invited AMPAS members, seeing which recent nominees or long-serving industry stalwarts have been deemed good enough to vote for the Oscars. This year’s crop has yet to be announced, but at least one invitee has been named: Jeremy Renner. Thanks to Steve Pond for […]

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Ranking the categories

Posted by · 5:51 am · March 7th, 2010

Ah, Oscar lists — the gift that keeps giving. I’m not going to ape Kris’s impressive ranking of all the nominated features: we’d have the same #1, for starters, and we’re agreeing on far too many things these days. So here’s something else to play with. I’ve had a number of emails asking me how […]

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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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NY Mag dissects Jeremy Renner’s campaign

Posted by · 12:45 pm · February 23rd, 2010

Via Vulture’s Wide World of Oscar feature:

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2/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:59 am · February 23rd, 2010

• Peter Knegt chats with Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner. [indieWIRE] • Oscar party kits, anyone? With bingo! [Oscars.org] • “The Messenger” writers and Oscar nominees Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon on their process. [MTV Movies Blog]

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2/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:57 am · February 16th, 2010

• The same old “keep your speech short” story we get every year.  This time mentioning the backstage “thank you” cam.  [Reuters] • Pete Hammond chimes in from the ACE Eddie Awards, including some fiery comments from Mark Boal vis a vis Harvey Weinstein’s bold claims as of late. [Notes on a Season] • Donna […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Actor

Posted by · 10:07 am · February 10th, 2010

The Best Actor category solidified pretty early on this year. I imagine the eventual line-up had slid into place as early as November, and after the Screen Actors Guild made things more official, the predictable race unfolded from there. What we have now is a typical mixture of seasoned veterans, solid industry players and newcomers […]

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2/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:39 am · February 3rd, 2010

• Is it really an honor just to be nominated? [CNN] • Nathaniel Rogers notes that, despite the 10, we still ended up with a typical Oscar mixture of “a mix of message movies, epics, dramas and war films.” [The Film Experience] • Of Apparition’s dueling period pieces, Anne Thompson wonders what went wrong for […]

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