POLL: Who gets the fifth supporting actress slot?

Posted by · 11:22 am · January 18th, 2011

One of the interesting things about this morning’s BAFTA announcement is that it scattered the already fluid Best Supporting Actress category to the winds.  Nominations for Barbara Hershey, Miranda Richardson and Lesley Manville put them in the hunt with contenders like Mila Kunis and Jacki Weaver for what appears to be an up-for-grabs fifth slot. […]

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Inevitable list of WGA ineligibilities surfaces

Posted by · 7:42 pm · December 28th, 2010

Steve Pond is on the news today that a number of this year’s screenplays will be ineligible for WGA consideration (and therefore should be kept in mind when nominations are revealed next week). First and foremost, we all know Pixar films never fall under WGA signatory regulations, so Michael Arndt’s work on “Toy Story 3” […]

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If I had a ballot

Posted by · 8:56 am · December 15th, 2010

The year is winding down.  Today, as part of the week’s on-going year-in-review specials, I’m offering up my annual “if I had a ballot” post. In years past I’ve tended to defer to studio campaigns for category placement, but this year I figured, “Screw it.”  After all, if I actually had a ballot I could […]

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Likability: the best films of 2010

Posted by · 11:51 am · December 13th, 2010

I don’t quite know how to peg 2010. On one hand it has felt like a weak year. On the other hand, I’ve enjoyed quite a few films. Maybe the story lies in that sentence: “enjoyed.” There were precious few films that really rocked me, but plenty that were a nice enough experience. If you […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Song

Posted by · 12:15 pm · December 9th, 2010

I guess I’ve been pretty hard on the Best Original Song category this year. It’s not like any given year tends to have a deluge of impressive fodder up for consideration or anything, but on the whole, outside of a concentration of contenders that have a fighting chance at recognition, it just seems to be […]

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12/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Hickenlooper’s photo diary, the race’s generation gap and the ‘My Dog Tulip’ Oscar campaign

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 2nd, 2010

• Anne Thompson has George Hickenlooper’s “Casino Jack” photo diary. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Patrick Goldstein writes up the “My Dog Tulip” Oscar campaign. [The Big Picture] • Vincent Cassel on “Black Swan,” movie overkill and the politics of selling out. [Movieline]

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11/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen talks ‘Somewhere’ with Coppola, ‘Country Strong’ a drama, no love for Herzog

Posted by · 8:45 am · November 22nd, 2010

• Joel Coen shows up at an east coast screening of “Somewhere” to conduct a Q&A with Sofia Coppola. [Inside Movies] • Tom O’Neill reports that the HFPA has classified “Country Strong” as a drama. [Gold Derby] • Our own Guy Lodge reacts to the recently released (and apparently unauthorized) “Winnie” trailer. [The Guardian]

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11/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Heyman talks ‘Harry,’ Reynolds named sexiest man, Protozoa inks a Fox deal

Posted by · 8:49 am · November 19th, 2010

• How did you know you were in love?  Enter a “How Do You Know” contest to win a San Francisco trip with your story. [Yahoo!] • John Lopez talks “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” with producer David Heyman. [Little Gold Men] • Ryan Reynolds is crowned 2010’s sexiest man alive. [People]

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11/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘True Grit’ setting profiled, ‘Buried’ vs. ‘127 Hours,’ Aronofsky’s were-swan film

Posted by · 9:11 am · November 18th, 2010

• Jennifer Boulden writes a singular piece on Fort Smith, Arkansas, her home and the setting of “True Grit.” [Awards Daily] • Jeffrey M. Anderson stumps for “Buried” over “127 Hours.” [Cinematical] • The HFPA gets grabby over a revenue dispute with Dick Clark Productions, vis a vis the Golden Globe awards telecast. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Sussing out the HFPA’s comedy/musical field

Posted by · 2:47 pm · November 16th, 2010

In the latest Gurus o’ Gold survey, David Poland asked us all to contribute the usual rankings for Best Picture, added in the supporting actor and supporting actress categories, then popped the question regarding the Golden Globes comedy/musical category.  It’s interesting to get perspective on the latter this (relatively) early in the season. A couple […]

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US ‘Made in Dagenham’ poster ups the drama

Posted by · 11:02 am · November 16th, 2010

Well, this is interesting. The newly unveiled US poster for cheery true-life Britpic “Made in Dagenham” points to a tactical turnabout as politically suggestive as its red-to-blue color shift — one that suggests Sony Pictures Classics still harbor serious awards hopes for this 1960s-set underdog story. An initial one-sheet was based directly on the jolly […]

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‘Dagenham’ producer protests ‘R’ rating

Posted by · 7:01 am · November 10th, 2010

The delicate folks at the MPAA have come in for a right old bollocking in the past few weeks, and deservedly so. First came the furore over the baffling ‘NC-17’ rating they awarded “Blue Valentine” — a lemon of a situation that Harvey Weinstein, to judge from the steamy poster unveiled yesterday, has decided to […]

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‘King’s Speech’ leads BIFA nods, ‘Another Year’ snubbed

Posted by · 6:48 am · November 1st, 2010

Mike Leigh has long bemoaned the fact that he gets more respect from American awards bodies than those in his homeland. He received further proof of that this morning, as his broadly acclaimed new feature, “Another Year,” was snubbed in the top category at the British Independent Film Awards in favor of, among others, Matthew […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Leading men, Halloween horror, comic contenders

Posted by · 8:02 am · October 31st, 2010

• This week’s Off the Carpet column took a roll call of this year’s Best Actor contenders. • Meanwhile, we interviewed one of the strongest of those contenders, “127 Hours” star James Franco. • With “The King’s Speech,” “Another Year” and “Made in Dagenham” all in the hunt, The Long Shot mused on Britain’s back-and-forth […]

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10/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: O’Barry biopic on the way, stumping for Bell in ‘Exorcism,’ Reznor talks ‘Network’ synth

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 29th, 2010

• Across the pond, Deborah Orr on a 15 rating due to harmless swearing weighing down an uplifting film like “Made in Dagenham.” [The Guardian] • A feature biopic is in the works about “The Cove” activist Ric O’Barry. [Deadline] • The deadline for animated feature submission nears. [Oscars.org]

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THE LONG SHOT: British reserve

Posted by · 8:07 pm · October 28th, 2010

“The British are coming!” crowed screenwriter Colin Welland from the Oscar stage in 1982, hoisting aloft his just-awarded awarded statuette for “Chariots of Fire” – and anticipating one of the bigger upsets in the history of the Best Picture race, as the modest British sports drama upended Warren Beatty’s grand political epic “Reds.” His rallying […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Costume Design — Volume II

Posted by · 9:49 am · October 22nd, 2010

Glitz and glamor.  Period prestige.  Newbie talent and old favorites.  How is the race for Best Costume Design shaping up this year? In my opinion, Jenny Beavan is leading the way at this point in time. Beavan earned six nominations in the 1980s and 1990s for her work on Merchant-Ivory films, winning for “A Room […]

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‘Made in Dagenham’ trailer

Posted by · 8:48 am · October 22nd, 2010

I was high on Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham” just before the film bowed at Toronto last month.  I still see Miranda Richardson and Sally Hawkins as formidable in their categories but I’ll be anxious to see if the film is as big a crowd-pleaser as I suspect it is. A new trailer hit yesterday […]

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