First Oscar presenters announced

Posted by · 3:36 pm · December 13th, 2010

With the big night still over two months away, it’s rather early for us to be thinking of Oscar telecast details, but you can bet the show’s frantic producers aren’t feeling quite so calm about it all. As we speak, Rolodexes and little black books are being frantically rifled through as the list of presenters […]

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You were right, I was wrong: Guy’s final predictions

Posted by · 1:24 pm · February 21st, 2009

(Expanded thoughts and reasonings on yesterday’s list of predictions.) It’s years like 2008 when I throw my hands up and admit (albeit with great reluctance) that my family and friends have been right for the last two decades. Carla, Tom, Kim, Auntie Mavis: I give up. I am insane to care as much as I […]

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Last minute jitters

Posted by · 10:16 am · February 19th, 2009

I’ll have a post up later today running a comb through my final predictions.  Tomorrow we’ll showcase all contributor picks (as well as the “Who deserves it?” poll results), but for now, I thought I’d share my pain with the readership. By pain, I mean last minute jitters, those creepy, crawling, gut-twisting thoughts that leave […]

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2/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:49 am · February 19th, 2009

• I’m just now stumbling onto this site, but if you weren’t keen to the controversy surrounding Jerry Lewis receiving the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, here’s a hub with everything laid out for you. [TheTroubleWithJerry.net] • With Kate Winslet and Marisa Tomei in mind, Rachel Abramowitz wonders if nudity = Oscar glory. [The Envelope] […]

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2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:45 am · February 11th, 2009

• The first Oscar promo pic of Hugh Jackman. [Just Jared] • David Steinberg writes up Johnny Carson’s Oscar hosting legacy. [Los Angeles Times Magazine] • David Carr ponders the lead actress race. [The Carpetbagger] • Tom O’Neil conveys a case for Amy Adams in “Doubt.” [Gold Derby] • Dave Karger needs Oscar campaigns to […]

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Interviews with this year’s Oscar nominees at In Contention

Posted by · 3:37 pm · January 29th, 2009

Mickey Rourke (Best Actor, “The Wrestler”) Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, “Revolutionary Road”) Amy Adams (Best Supporting Actress, “Doubt”) Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress, “The Wrestler”) Danny Boyle (Best Director, “Slumdog Millionaire”) (also here) James Marsh (director, “Man on Wire”) Kristi Zea, Albert Wolsky (Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, “Revolutionary Road”) Chris Menges (Best […]

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Oh yeah — nominee reactions…

Posted by · 12:09 pm · January 25th, 2009

I didn’t do the usual nominee reaction thing this year since I was in route to Santa Barbara, but I did send off some emails to friends and acquaintances that found themselves in the mix first thing Thursday morning. Marisa Tomei could only manage an “OMG!” from her BlackBerry before likely being whisked away to […]

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Another gong for ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 4:37 pm · January 19th, 2009

I must admit, I’m not really clear on what, or who, the Online Film Critics Society are — there are just so many critics’ awards these days, I can’t really keep up. I can say, however, that they have pretty commendable taste, as they became the latest group to give “WALL-E” their top honour, and […]

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INTERVIEW: Marisa Tomei

Posted by · 12:48 pm · January 9th, 2009

I’m coming around to Marisa Tomei rather late in the publicity game this year.  I didn’t make it to Venice or Toronto and we just haven’t crossed paths here in L.A. during this exhausting — as always — Oscar season.  But the first thing I have to ask is if she feels the pressure yet. […]

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Mickey Rourke featurette at Awards Daily

Posted by · 9:41 am · January 7th, 2009

“I don’t know if I could ever do it again,” Mickey Rourke says in this just-up exclusive featurette at Awards Daily.  “Just something magical happened.”  I love that.  And I must say, Fox Searchlight is really working this thing hard this year.  The studio’s passion is always evident, but this season, with considerably less funds […]

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12/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:02 am · December 22nd, 2008

• The “Seven Pounds” dogpile continues. [/Film] • Ditto Baz Luhrmann and “Australia.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Regarding Luhrmann, Peter Bart warns the director away from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gasby.” [Peter Bart] • David Gritten talks to Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy about critics’ favorite “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Daily Telegraph] • Donna Freydkin spends some […]

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12/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · December 21st, 2008

• Jeff Wells is still peeved at the critical snubs of “Revolutionary Road,” aside from a few exceptions. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Tom O’Neil and Michael Musto debate the likely Best Picture victor. [Gold Derby] • Another un-bylined Calendar piece.  What gives?  Anyway, David Fincher is talking to somebody about “The Curious case of Benjamin Button.” […]

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Detroit critics go for ‘Slumdog,’ Tomei neck-and-neck with Cruz with sixth win

Posted by · 9:32 pm · December 19th, 2008

(Updated to amend tally error on my part.) I know I declared a moratorium on these until the dust settles, but I stumbled onto the list of winners for the Detroit Film Critics Society while compiling the master list and didn’t see them reported elsehwere yet, so here you go.  This list is significant to […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Marisa Tomei featurette

Posted by · 5:23 pm · December 19th, 2008

(The exclusive on this runs out on Monday, so you’ll probably find the video in a few other spots.  So I figured I’d revert to YouTube, since I can’t get my Flash embedding to work and the Quicktime file takes a lot of bandwidth.  Enjoy.) Marisa Tomei has put together a nice career renaissance as […]

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All in the family: a note on the SAG nods

Posted by · 7:00 pm · December 18th, 2008

I know I shouldn’t get upset. As Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily repeatedly intones, when it comes to awards analysis, “the trick is not minding.” You should coolly observe the trends, learn from them and be guided always by your head rather than your heart. But damn it, I’m only human. I can’t help […]

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Three cheers for Marisa Tomei

Posted by · 10:12 am · December 16th, 2008

One of the wearying things about the sheer multitude of critics’ awards (next up: the Northwestern Topeka Women Film Critics Society awards) is that there is dispiritingly little variety in their picks. I love “Man on Wire” too, but it’s hardly the only award-worthy documentary out there. Ditto “Let the Right One In” in the […]

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The Sans weigh in

Posted by · 5:00 am · December 16th, 2008

Francisco and Diego, that is. Anyone else think there are a tad too many critics’ awards floating around out there? Seriously, what do they all mean? New York, Los Angeles, Boston and the National Society are the only ones that really register with me… maybe Chicago, if I’m feeling generous. The rest really kind of […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · November 11th, 2008

• Peter Bart worships at the alter of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [Peter Bart] • Tom O’Neil reports on the 14 animated features submitted for toon consideration this year… [Gold Derby] • …and he interviews “Changeling” psycho Jason Butler Harner inside Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell deep in the bowels of the Hollywood Museum. [Gold […]

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