Greece makes foreign Oscar shortlist, France snubbed

Posted by · 9:42 am · January 19th, 2011

“Dogtooth.” That’s the title an every Oscar pundit’s lips right now, as Greece’s critically beloved but super-outré submission — which includes inter-sibling sex and feline homicide in its curious bag of tricks — stunned pretty much everyone by showing up on the nine-title shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. I can hardly believe […]

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Predicting the foreign-language Oscar shortlist

Posted by · 5:25 pm · January 18th, 2011

Tomorrow, we get the last of the Academy’s crucial pre-nomination shortlists, as the list of 65 entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is slashed to just nine titles, from which the eventual nominees will be announced in a week’s time. Predicting these nine is a vague and mostly thankless task, but I am […]

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Your winner predictions

Posted by · 4:58 am · January 12th, 2011

As I did last year when Kris posted his pre-nomination winner predictions, I tallied up your responses to see how our readers currently view the race. And either you’re blind disciples of Kris or, far more likely, we’re in for one surprise-free season, as your collective predictions match his in every category but two — […]

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January winner predictions

Posted by · 8:27 am · January 11th, 2011

After taking a stab at winner predictions early last month, it seemed now would be a good time to re-assess.  Only three adjustments, though — for Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.  I’ll try my hand at another set post-nominations. Best Picture: “The Social Network” Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network” […]

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December winner predictions

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 1st, 2010

I haven’t bothered taking a stab at predicting this year’s Oscar winners yet.  Now seems like the right time, given that everything has been seen (save for two Sony entries with comedy stylings that look to be commercial enterprises more than awards plays). I’m long on the record as thinking “The King’s Speech” is the […]

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Foreign Oscar update

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 4th, 2010

I neglected to mention this over a busy weekend, but the deadline for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions passed on Friday. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have all the contenders set in stone, however — we’re still waiting on the official list from the Academy, which always features a couple of latecomers and a […]

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‘Life, Above All,’ ‘Uncle Boonmee’ enter Oscar race

Posted by · 12:54 pm · September 13th, 2010

I lost track of the foreign-language Oscar submissions while I was away in Venice, so the entry of my own favored horse into the race seems like a good occasion to catch up. If you kept up with my Cannes coverage, you might remember that I made a slightly off-center prediction while reviewing the South […]

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Keep an eye on it

Posted by · 9:35 am · July 13th, 2010

Writing from Cannes in May, I broke form to issue my only concrete Oscar prediction of the year: that Oliver Schmitz’s South African AIDS-crisis drama “Life, Above All” (then competing in the Un Certain Regard strand) will be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar next year, and could even win. “Is it that […]

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CANNES: Starfish and coffee

Posted by · 5:36 am · May 24th, 2010

“Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye,” you might have thought (or even sang, in gravelly Leonard Cohen tones) after my rushed response to yesterday’s Cannes winners. But having recharged overnight with a hearty curry and a good 13 hours’ sleep, it’s time to properly put a bow on Cannes 2010. Perhaps it was quite […]

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CANNES: ‘Life, Above All,’ ‘Tender Son,’ ‘Cameraman’

Posted by · 7:03 pm · May 21st, 2010

“It is finished so soon?” asked the chipper French festival volunteer manning the theater doors as I slunk out of Hong Sangsoo’s “Hahaha” just before 11pm. No, I explained — it had a good hour left to go. “Is it that boring?” he asked. No, I explained — it wasn’t that boring. Modestly boring. Sweetly […]

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