Defending LAFCA

Posted by · 2:01 am · December 16th, 2010

There’s been an awful lot of online sniping at the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association for having the audacity to look beyond the obvious Oscar fodder and reward deserving foreign-language performances by Kim Hye-ja and Niels Arestrup (not to mention Olivier Assayas for Best Director). David Poland described the choices as an “overreach,” Jeff Wells […]

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On ‘127 Hours,’ and a messy little thing called opinion

Posted by · 2:08 pm · November 1st, 2010

It all started, as so many conflicts do these days, with a tweet. After spending a morning and afternoon musing on “127 Hours,” following a breakfast-time screening on the last day of the London Film Festival, I accepted the hard fact that I simply didn’t like it very much. I wanted to feel differently. Danny […]

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Hurry, only 319 days until…

Posted by · 9:29 am · April 14th, 2010

We have less than a month left until Cannes likely triggers the first mass Oscar chatter of the year. (More so if Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” is included in tomorrow’s Official Selection announcement.) These are precious days, then … enjoy them while they last. Of course, if my “precious” is your “miserable,” and […]

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Siding with Sandy

Posted by · 1:22 pm · February 27th, 2010

Nathaniel Rogers’s annual Oscar Symposium wrapped last night over at the Film Experience, and I must say I had a great time taking part. The final day’s conversation wandered all over the map, taking in the original score race (I’m not alone in my love for “The Hurt Locker” there), the merits of The Ten […]

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A whole lotta Oscar talk

Posted by · 8:59 am · February 25th, 2010

One of my favorite annual Oscar-blog institutions kicked off last night: Nathaniel Rogers’s three-day Oscar Symposium, in which six awards “experts” (remove quote marks as applicable) gather to discuss, debate, dismantle and generally disrespect this year’s Oscar race. I’m on the panel this year, but don’t let that put you off — Sasha Stone, Karina […]

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David Carr rolls up the carpet

Posted by · 2:56 pm · October 20th, 2009

I must say, I’m a little sad to hear that ace NYT journalist David Carr has retired from his position as lead writer for the Times’ seasonal Carpetbagger blog. Site colleagues excepted, he was my favorite Oscar pundit bar none, striking the tricky balance of bringing jaded wit to the silliness of awards season without […]

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Keep it about the movies

Posted by · 9:26 am · February 24th, 2009

I don’t think there are many film journalists — much less any Oscar pundits — who wouldn’t admit to feeling some relief when Sunday’s ceremony put a close-fitting lid on months of awards-related speculation, gossip and occasional complaining. (Who, me?) Especially in a season as airlessly uncompetitive as this one, it can be a strain […]

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Ew, gross!

Posted by · 9:40 am · January 22nd, 2009

Nat Rogers at The Film Experience has a nice rundown of the more notable points (high and low) of this morning’s nominations. Read it here, but I was particularly amused by his graphic representation of the mind of the average AMPAS voter:

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Calling out the Oscar quote whores

Posted by · 12:28 pm · November 13th, 2008

Almost all critics and bloggers are guilty of it at some time or another — when one is suitably impressed by a particular film or performance, they often express their approval in Oscar-related terms. “So-and-so is Oscar-worthy,” “Start the Oscar buzz now for such-and-such,” and so on. It’s a lazy and fate-tempting practice, and I […]

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Posted by · 11:16 am · May 5th, 2008

Lots of revamping and updating going down on the Oscarweb lately. I noticed Sasha Stone is pointing out that old Oscar fan site standby, The Oscar Igloo, has recently changed faces to Awards Circuit (did the Academy give them shit over the Oscar moniker, too?). Now it seems David Poland’s long-in-the-making transformation of The Hot […]

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