THE LONG SHOT: Critical mass

Posted by · 7:26 pm · December 9th, 2010

Guy’s updated Oscar predictions here. Just one week on from the first formal awards announcements of the season, the Oscar season may still be taking its first steps, but my personal interest in the precursor trail is nonetheless set to peak this very weekend. That, of course, is when the New York Film Critics Circle […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

• The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts. • Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is. • Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 43 — NBR, Gothams and Spirits, ‘True Grit’ and Franco and Hathaway as Oscar hosts with special guest Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:01 am · December 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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‘Social Network’ wins big with NBR

Posted by · 12:39 pm · December 2nd, 2010

The National Board of Review announcement is historically considered the “official” start of the film awards season, but with things like the Gotham Awards, Indie Spirit nominations and even the Hollywood Film Awards creeping more and more into mid-fall, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Today the organization announced winners in the usual […]

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Predicting the National Board of Review awards

Posted by · 4:40 pm · December 1st, 2010

Even more so than the Indie Spirit nods that landed yesterday, the National Board of Review honors are seen by many as the season’s official starting gun — though there are just as many who would question their right to such significance. The NBR gets stick on an annual basis for a range of middlebrow […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: NBR winners, Spirit nods and Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 8:18 pm · December 4th, 2009

• The National Board of Review offered the season’s first major precursors, with “Up in the Air” sitting pretty. • The Independent Spirit Award nominations were topped by “Precious” and, more surprisingly, “The Last Station.” • Indie award rivals the Gotham Awards, meanwhile, crowned “The Hurt Locker” as the year’s best. • Fresh off his […]

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Variety reflects on foreign Oscar history

Posted by · 7:15 pm · December 4th, 2009

The mark of a true Oscar geek is the self-assignment of nuttily completist viewing exercises. Only a select few understand the drive to track down every Oscar-affiliated titles in existence — however obscure, expensive or awful — all so one can say with absolute authority who should have won, say, Best Actor in 1952. (Alec […]

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‘Up in the Air’ wins big at NBR

Posted by · 11:16 am · December 3rd, 2009

The real question with today’s National Board of Review announcement wasn’t who won, but who didn’t win. A couple of ties and a list of honorees that seemed to canvas the entire crop of filmmaking product from 2009 adds something of a diluted quality to the proceedings, I must say.  Of course, it is worth […]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 3rd, 2009

• Donna Freydkin talks “Brothers” and  transitioning to an adult role with Natalie Portman. [USA Today] • Laura M. Holson talks to Tom Ford and others about the former Gucci creative director’s feature film debut, “A Single Man.” [New York Times] • Roger Ebert four-stars “Up in the Air.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Obligatory “guess the NBR” post

Posted by · 4:38 pm · December 2nd, 2009

I don’t really have the energy to predict this thing another year.  I mean, we can all take a million different stabs at the top 10, take a gander at the actors who have multiple roles, which the NBR likes to recognize (I mean seriously, who ISN’T going to pick Stanley Tucci for supporting actor), […]

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1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · January 15th, 2009

• Kim Voynar responds to the foreign shortlist. [Movie City News] • Pete Hammond wonders if “The Dark Knight” in dicey waters with the “Reader” surge coming on strong. [Notes on a Season] • Tom O’Neil thinks keeping the Oscar presenters a secret until the big night is a mistake.  Eh, I dig it. [Gold […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ surges, ‘River’ emerges

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 6th, 2008

Sorry it’s a day late, but here’s the week that was. Awards and nominations left, right and centre — the season is officially under way, folks: • “Slumdog Millionaire” emerged as a bona fide frontrunner, taking Best Picture at the season kickoff, the National Board of Review awards … • … only days after taking […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘Torino’ win big at NBR

Posted by · 11:19 am · December 4th, 2008

The National Board of Review has announced its list of winners for the 2008 awards season and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is the big champ, taking down three awards including Best Film and a tie for Best Adapted Screenplay with Eric Roth’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Dev Patel also won the award for […]

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A shot in the dark

Posted by · 4:40 am · December 4th, 2008

Okay, so Kris has sensibly avoided predicting the frequently confounding National Board of Review awards, but I figure you need someone to mock and taunt when the announcement arrives later today, so I’m offering myself as a sacrificial lamb. My best guesses (which is not to say good guesses) after the cut. I’m bearing in […]

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You won’t find NBR predictions in this space

Posted by · 12:47 pm · December 1st, 2008

Not from me, anyway.  Other blogs might want to go there, but I can’t do it. Yes, the National Board of Review is set to unveil its top 10 list and rundown of awards winners on Thursday, but I can’t muster the courage to offer a set of predictions.  Let alone the fact that the […]

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