WEEKLY WRAP: Doc shortlist, honorary Oscars and more

Posted by · 6:38 pm · November 20th, 2009

• The shortlist of contenders for the documentary Oscar was announced, surprising many — we dug into it a little. • The season’s first Oscars were handed out, as Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis, Roger Corman and John Calley were celebrated at the Governors’ Awards. • This week’s Off the Carpet column broke down the wide-open […]

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Welcome to the club

Posted by · 4:44 am · November 15th, 2009

Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall and Gordon Willis show off the Oscars they received at last night’s Governors’ Awards. (The fourth honoree, John Calley, could not attend.) More pictures and video footage of the presentations are at the official AMPAS site here. (On a side note, one pic on the Academy site is captioned “Honorary award […]

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The Oscar show you didn’t see

Posted by · 4:22 am · November 15th, 2009

For those of us not important/famous/rich enough to have attended last night’s honorary Oscars presentation, the Governors’ Awards — tickets began at $350, apparently — Steve Pond has a comprehensive report of the proceedings, complete with pictures and some gossipy details. I’ve complained before about the Academy denying us Joe Public movie fans the chance […]

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The honorary Oscars: “A dying ritual”

Posted by · 11:43 am · November 6th, 2009

As I’ve said before, I’m dismayed by the Academy’s decision to relegate the honorary Oscar winners to a separate, untelevised ceremony, which will take place next Saturday. Even more than the inflation of the Best Picture nominees, it’s a move that betrays desperate self-doubt and compromise on the Academy’s part. Meanwhile, they only rubbed salt […]

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The Great Performances: 1996

Posted by · 10:15 am · October 16th, 2009

1996 was an odd year, a year when the independent cinema dominated the weak product emerging out of Hollywood. I am going to confess right off the top of this article (as I have numerous times before) that I was not a fan of “The English Patient,” which for me remains one of the most […]

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Bacall, Calley, Corman, Willis tapped for AMPAS Governors Awards

Posted by · 12:00 am · September 11th, 2009

The press release, in part: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-executive John Calley, and Honorary Awards to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman, and cinematographer Gordon Willis. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s […]

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Is there room for the old(er) guys?

Posted by · 6:02 am · September 7th, 2008

With the acting races getting more crowded by the day, it seems new contenders will need to make quite some impact to stay afloat in awards season. Nonetheless, David Poland and Tom O’Neil are beating their respective drums for a couple of veteran actors in decidedly low-key projects that have just bowed at Toronto. David […]

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