OSCAR TALK: Ep. 48 — Armond White vs. Darren Aronofsky, guilds speaking up, ‘True Grit’ box office, awards show/party weekend on the way, supporting actress wide open

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 14th, 2011

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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12/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: critics’ awards scoop and outrage, the year in posters, Steinfeld’s ‘Grit’

Posted by · 8:19 am · December 14th, 2010

• Tim Appelo gets the inside scoop of yesterday’s NYFCC vote. [The Race] • David Poland, meanwhile, is outraged that critics so far, in their dwindling numbers, have failed to resonate by missing the fertile ground between obscure and obvious. [The Hot Blog] • Jenelle Riley sits down with “True Grit” young’un Hailee Steinfeld. [Backstage]

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‘Social Network’ adds NYFCC to its tally

Posted by · 10:54 am · December 13th, 2010

Well, the (rather predictable) steamroller keeps on going today as “The Social Network” adds the New York Film Critics Circle to its tally of early kudos.  The question now and through the next few weeks will be, is it “L.A. Confidential?” That was the question for “The Hurt Locker” last year, though, and we know […]

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NYFCC on the way…

Posted by · 9:19 am · December 13th, 2010

Holding pattern.  And maybe it’s time to revamp the ole’ website?  Every time I go there I expect to find that Julian Fellowes has won Best Screenplay for “Gosford Park.” Anyway, the announcement should drop within the hour. In the meantime, here are the Southeastern Film Critics Association’s picks.

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‘Hurt Locker’ keeps it going with NYFCC

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 14th, 2009

The New York Film Critics Circle decided not to announce its list of winners in real time this year, which is a shame because it has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  What we’re left with is scattered press release reveals, Twitterers scooping the group’s info as emails and phone calls […]

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Predict the NYFCC Awards

Posted by · 4:59 am · December 14th, 2009

After surprising myself with the number of LAFCA categories I called yesterday, I’m set to disprove my newfound prescience by predicting today’s New York Film Critics’ Circle awards. Many are thinking the New Yorkers’ highbrow urban sensibility will favor “A Serious Man,” — but I don’t know if they’ll want to crown the Coens just […]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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“How many Oscar bloggers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”

Posted by · 11:03 am · January 8th, 2009

When David Carr makes that crack at around the 1:50 mark in this recent Carpetbagger video, surrounded by Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells, I literally choked on my pecans with laughter.  I then proceeded to laugh further at Wells’s attempt at debunking “The Dark Knight”‘s Oscar hopes because of its “interminable […]

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1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · January 6th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein busts Miramax’s balls for fudging a “Doubt” praise quote. [The Big Picture] • David Poland analyzes the top 10 collective for Oscar tea leaves. [The Hot Blog] • Sam Thielman reports from the NYC Lincoln Center Q&A with David Fincher… [Variety] • …and Lane Brown gives the director some more grief for […]

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An unfortunate precedent

Posted by · 1:02 pm · January 4th, 2009

With Sally Hawkins and Sean Penn each picking up a gong from the National Society of Film Critics yesterday, the two actors thus complete the trifecta of major critics’ awards, having already taken the New York and Los Angeles critics’ respective honors. (I know some refer to the ‘big four,’ but we all know the […]

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Catching up with ‘Milk’ in the Bible belt

Posted by · 6:40 am · December 20th, 2008

In 1977 Harvey Milk was elected to position as city supervisor in San Francisco. Milk, an openly gay man, was the first of his kind. Rather than concealing his sexual orientation, he wore it proudly, and used his influence in a largely gay section of San Francisco to do good. He became an effective advocate […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Jackman hosting, Globes puzzling, Hawkins rising

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 12th, 2008

• After months of speculating, we finally have an Oscar host … and his name is Hugh Jackman. Bouquets all round. • Obviously, the Golden Globe nominations were the week’s biggest news. They offered their usual dose of wacky surprises — principally the near shut-out of “Milk.” • Sticking with the Globes, we got some […]

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‘Rachel,’ ‘The Wrestler’ were close; Cruz, Hawkins sit pretty

Posted by · 10:48 am · December 10th, 2008

As I suspected, “Rachel Getting Married” and “The Wrestler” were right in the thick of today’s NYFCC voting.  As he does annually, Tom O’Neil runs down the inside scoop on the particulars of the vote.  He gets his info from the New York Post’s Lou Lumenick. Apparently “Rachel” was nipping at the heels of “Milk” […]

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‘Milk,’ ‘Happy’ win big with NYFCC

Posted by · 9:03 am · December 10th, 2008

The Best Picture victory for “Milk” is going to be the lede for most people as far as today’s New York Film Critics Circle awards is concerned, but the bigger story is “Happy-Go-Lucky,” which finds itself right back in the thick of the Oscar conversation. The group handed Mike Leigh and Sally Hawkins honors for […]

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Waiting on the Gotham crowd

Posted by · 6:03 am · December 10th, 2008

Alright, so last year, the NYFCC announcement came down close to 10:00 a.m. PST, so I expect in the next few hours we’ll have some answers.  You can check on the group’s official site to watch the winners clock in as announced (unless something changes this year), but for now, I’ll wager a couple of […]

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