Off the Carpet: Unexpected virtue at the 87th Oscars

Posted by · 12:51 pm · February 23rd, 2015

The 87th Oscars was a memorable event despite itself, drawing a number of fascinating narratives to a close and teaching a couple of lessons we may or may not take to heart in subsequent seasons.

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Off the Carpet: Less than a week to go, it's 'Birdman's' Oscar to lose

Posted by · 11:00 pm · February 15th, 2015

With less than a week to go before the 87th annual Oscars, it seems like “Birdman” is the film the industry is behind. Big wins from a number of guilds signify a wave of support and betting any other way really requires ignoring a deafening industry hum at this point.

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Off the Carpet: How to look at what the guilds and BAFTA Awards have told us

Posted by · 1:35 pm · February 8th, 2015

With guilds and the British Academy speaking up in this year’s Oscar race, things feel spread as thin as ever. Or do they? How to read the tea leaves left by the industry roll-out…

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Off the Carpet: 'Birdman' asserts itself as the Oscar frontrunner

Posted by · 8:36 am · January 26th, 2015

With a weekend of major guild wins under its belt, “Birdman” has shot to the top of the 2015 Oscar class…for now. How many more twists in the road will there be before all is said and done?

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Off the Carpet: 'Sniper' aims for Oscar with box office dominance

Posted by · 9:24 am · January 19th, 2015

Deep breath post-nominations, as #OscarsSoWhite ignites, “American Sniper” crushes it at the box office and everyone wonders how phase two will shake out.

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Off the Carpet: Pondering the twists in Oscar's road with nominations on the horizon

Posted by · 1:18 pm · January 12th, 2015

Oscar nominations will be revealed Thursday, and there have been a lot of twists and turns leading to this week. How will things settle, and what surprises might be in store?

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Off the Carpet: Five films have universal industry and guild support so far

Posted by · 10:48 am · January 5th, 2015

So far, four industry groups have announced nominations this year: the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA). And so far, only five films have been recognized by all four groups.

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Off the Carpet: 'Unbroken,' 'Selma,' 'Sniper' in the headlines as Oscar voting begins

Posted by · 8:00 am · December 29th, 2014

Oscar voting begins on Monday, just as “Unbroken” is lighting up the box office and “Selma” is getting ridiculed in op-eds.

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OFF THE CARPET: The great, appreciated unknown

Posted by · 5:47 pm · September 19th, 2011

As we move out of the Toronto fray, Venice and Telluride already a memory, we look to the season ahead. The starting gun echo of those three early fall festivals is beginning to fade away, and with the dust settled or settling, it’s interesting to note the lack of an inarguable emerging player. In fact, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly […]

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OFF THE CARPET: And we’re off!

Posted by · 3:09 pm · September 6th, 2011

This morning’s interview with “Into the Abyss” director Werner Herzog represented my last Telluride communique (though I guess I was already home) from this year’s 38th annual festivities. Five days, 18 posts, nine movies and three interviews. It was a dense sprint to start the race, and now, with Venice still in-progress and Toronto set […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Closing the book on summer 2011

Posted by · 8:38 am · August 22nd, 2011

The summer movie season has come to an end, and what an interesting season it was. We saw three billion-dollar grossers for the first time ever in one year, let alone one three-month spread (thank you, 3D). We saw a bit of a glass ceiling for comic book movies, proving nothing is a sure thing […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of The Beard?

Posted by · 12:15 pm · July 4th, 2011

It felt really good to duck out of the looking-ahead business after last year’s fairly contentious (both amongst the films and their supporters) Oscar season. I didn’t saddle up to the upcoming season until a few weeks ago, hammering out preparations for this column, and even this, most would tell you, is too early. But […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Sun came up

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 28th, 2011

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have put it more concisely during his presentation of the Best Picture category last night.  To paraphrase, he noted that whichever films did not happen to win Best Picture this year would join the ranks of numerous classics of the medium. Was it preemptive damage control?  I hope not.  Why be apologetic?  […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Heading into the home stretch

Posted by · 11:48 am · February 21st, 2011

I’m watching CNN’s report of the on-going situation in Libya as I write these comparably pointless words. The “real world” seems so unique, so foreign after having our head in the awards season clouds since September. Now, six months in, victory lane is a mere six days away. And man, it’s been a marathon. So […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Game over, man

Posted by · 9:54 am · January 31st, 2011

It’s not really a question anymore, is it? I submit that, quite possibly, it never was.  Unfortunately, the shrieking in some quarters this year, under cover of “fighting the good fight,” has led to a mocking at the very notion that any film other than the critics’ champion could win the Oscar for Best Picture.  […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Remember the movies (but maybe not these final predictions)

Posted by · 9:35 am · January 24th, 2011

Two weeks ago, one of our readers, KevinK, asked the following question for Oscar Talk: What do you think of the atmosphere that comes out of this late stage of the awards season?  I think the atmosphere is really toxic and really flies in the face of what we all care about in the first […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Written in ink

Posted by · 8:21 am · January 10th, 2011

I found it interesting over the weekend (and if you’re keyed into the ads on the site here and elsewhere, you noticed, too) that “The King’s Speech” finally decided to tap into the narrative that will serve it best in this year’s awards season. The “Find Your Voice” campaign notes, “Some movies you see.  Others […]

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