Césars for Polanski, ‘Gods,’ ‘Illusionist’… and Fincher

Posted by · 4:35 pm · February 25th, 2011

When the nominations for the César Awards — known in glib terms as the French Oscars — were announced last month, I wrote that I anticipated a tight race between Roman Polanski’s widely acclaimed Euro thriller “The Ghost Writer” and Xavier Beauvois’s lofty Cannes prizewinner “Of Gods and Men,” with the latter just winning out. […]

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Record box office for Oscar shorts

Posted by · 1:51 pm · April 2nd, 2010

Early in my Oscar-watching days, long before the advent of YouTube or VOD, the short film awards represented little more than a chance to get ahead in the Oscar pool by sheer guesswork. With no means of viewing the nominees, and the field of awards coverage considerably less comprehensive than it is today, you’d do […]

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3/8 Oscarweb Round-up (Oscar hangover edition)

Posted by · 8:15 am · March 8th, 2010

• Melissa Silverstein with a personal reflection on those four words: “the time has come.” [Women & Hollywood] • Anne Thompson gets a nice soundbite from “Logorama” director Nicolas Schmerkin backstage: “It took longer than ‘Avatar.’  It took more directors than ‘Avatar.’” [Thompson on Hollywood] • Paola Singer sits down with Best Foreign Language Film […]

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2/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:29 am · February 19th, 2010

• Steve Pond talks to Ludovic Houplain, director of animated short nominee “Logorama,” which is looking more and more likely to pull an upset over Nick Park and Aardman. [The Odds] • The 15 best Oscarcast moments. [Entertainment Weekly] • Melena Ryzik reports from the New York celebration of “Food Inc.” [The Carpetbagger]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Animated)

Posted by · 9:17 am · February 4th, 2010

This is one of the few times the animated short category doesn’t have an American in the bunch.  One of the big snubs, in fact, was probably Pixar’s “Partly Cloudy.” So I wouldn’t bank on any domestic bias this time around. The animated short films feature a wide array of creative prowess, but it almost […]

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AMPAS announces shortlisted animated shorts

Posted by · 8:26 pm · November 20th, 2009

Via press release: • “The Cat Piano,” Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation) • “French Roast,” Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films) • “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O’Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films) • “The Kinematograph,” Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image) • “The Lady and […]

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