3/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:31 am · March 1st, 2010

• Geoffrey Fletcher writes up what Precious (and “Precious”) means to him. [Huffington Post] • Donna Freydkin talks to Vera Farmiga, who, by the way, has a lot of support for her nominated performance in “Up in the Air.”  (Just sayin’…) [USA Today] • Maggie Gyllenhaal offers a soundbite concerning the whirlwind campaign behind “Crazy […]

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2/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:15 am · February 25th, 2010

• Jamey Duvall catches up with Jeremy Renner and “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner. [Movie Geeks United!] • Louie Psihoyos asks what you would do with 45 seconds in the global spotlight. [Huffington Post] • Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz on four underdogs they love. [Entertainment Weekly]

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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 Supporting Actress

Posted by · 2:03 pm · February 3rd, 2010

This year’s Best Supporting Actress race made for, in many ways, one of the most wide open categories of the major nominees. While three of the contenders seemed fairly locked in place, the other two slots appeared up for grabs, and there was no shortage of deserving contenders waiting to fill out the field. Contenders […]

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The bright side

Posted by · 7:36 am · February 2nd, 2010

Well, I’ll start the good news selfishly, by noting that I didn’t entirely embarrass myself with my predictions: not counting the short categories (which I was too cowardly and uninformed to predict) I nailed 78/106, just two points behind Kris’s round tally of 80. But while I was pleased to see at least one of […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The time is nigh

Posted by · 3:44 pm · February 1st, 2010

In so many words, this is it.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveils it’s slate of nominees bright and early tomorrow morning, and this being the first year with a 10-film Best Picture field, all eyes will be on the top category to gauge which way the wind blew on this AMPAS […]

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OFF THE CARPET: All Globed out

Posted by · 11:13 am · January 18th, 2010

As it turned out, the only celebration I made it to last night was Fox’s Globes after-party at Craft in Century City.  Given that “Avatar” and “Crazy Heart” were two of three films to win more than one Globe (the other being Pixar’s “Up”), it kind of felt like the place to be. The early […]

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1/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:23 am · January 13th, 2010

• Nathaniel Rogers wraps up his “top 100 of the decade” series with a pair of unconventional musicals taking the top two spots. [The Film Experience] • Melena Ryzik chats with “Crazy Heart” star Maggie Gyllenhaal. [The Carpetbagger] • Why Quentin Tarantino wants to be the next Howard Hawks. [The Guardian]

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s campaign shifts gears to supporting

Posted by · 2:54 pm · December 18th, 2009

Speaking of “Crazy Heart,” I’ve been told that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s campaign for the film has been (smartly) shifted from lead actress to supporting actress.  One can only expect that the original (in my opinion, false) perspective that the lead actress field was “weak” had something to do with the original placement.  But I’ve always been […]

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INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 11:36 am · December 1st, 2009

For actor Jeff Bridges, whose career has already spanned five decades, Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” was something of a homecoming and, the actor says, “a dream come true.” Bridges stars in the film as Bad Blake, a ramblin’ country-western singer who travels the Southwest playing dive after dive, cut from the same cloth as Hank […]

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The Great Performances: 2002

Posted by · 9:45 am · November 27th, 2009

2002 was probably one of the greatest years for performance excellence in film history, from leading actor right through all the supporting players. They could have easily nominated 10 actors in each of the four acting categories, and still missed some. Though Adrien Brody won the Oscar for “The Pianist,” which was a huge shock, […]

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Someone who actually gets this year’s lead actress field

Posted by · 9:27 am · November 18th, 2009

Leave it to a woman to understand the virtues of leading ladies on screen this year. Yesterday we linked to Steven Zeitchik’s join-the-misguided-masses piece on the “thin” Best Actress race.  I just got into this debate Monday night with another proponent of the theory (who has been similarly rebuffed here in the past). The point […]

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Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the race for Best Actress

Posted by · 10:20 am · November 11th, 2009

If I were a betting man, I’d have said Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance opposite Jeff Bridges in Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” was a sure-fire Best Supporting Actress contender.  The role, after all, fits that unfortunately reductive “suffering spouse” template to a T, the sort that has fared well in this category in years past (Michelle Williams, […]

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Gurus on the march

Posted by · 10:12 am · November 6th, 2009

It’s been so long since I actually ranked the Best Picture contenders (given that we did away with the charts some weeks back), that when I sat down to do so for this week’s Gurus o’ Gold update at Movie City News, I really didn’t know which way was up.  It’s liberating to stop thinking […]

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‘Crazy Heart’ has the goods

Posted by · 2:31 pm · November 4th, 2009

It’s not just Jeff Bridges who leaps onto the Oscar landscape with Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart.” It’s possible in a few months that we’ll be talking pretty seriously about Maggie Gyllenhaal in the supporting actress race and, most certainly, T Bone Burnett’s contributions as the film’s music supervisor. Fox Searchlight screened the film this morning […]

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Searchlight backs Bridges’s “performance of a lifetime”

Posted by · 10:13 am · July 22nd, 2009

When I first began compiling my Oscar nomination predictions back in May, I took a wild-card Best Actor punt on Jeff Bridges in a little, then distributor-less indie called “Crazy Heart.” In truth, I had little basis for the guess other than the strong reputation of the 1987 source novel, and the fact that Bridges […]

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EDINBURGH: Away they go

Posted by · 1:44 pm · June 17th, 2009

Tuesday dawned gray, gusty and rain-spattered here in Edinburgh – the kind of morning where there’s nothing for it than to bury oneself in the comforting recesses of a dark movie theater – which, handily enough, is all that I had on my agenda for today. After formulating a strategy over breakfast as to which […]

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My stance: ‘The Dark Knight’ will be nominated for Best Picture

Posted by · 11:28 am · November 15th, 2008

So much speculation has surrounded the possible inclusion of this tremendous film in the year’s final five.  And though there are those who believe it has no chance of happening, the majority has gradually seen otherwise. Where is written that entertaining films cannot be art? Where does it say that a box office smash cannot […]

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