NSFC predictably goes with ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 1:48 pm · January 3rd, 2010

FINALLY Paul Schneider gets some much-deserved love.  And a production design victory for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is inspired.  Otherwise, zzzzzz… Then again, I guess it’s worth noting that this is the first time since 1997 that a single film made the hat trick of NYFCC, LAFCA and NSFC. The main categories: Best Picture: “The Hurt […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting gentlemen

Posted by · 9:10 am · November 9th, 2009

In recent weeks we’ve been covering the performance categories in this space.  With little else of tangible interest, what else can we possibly discuss?  It’s as good a time as any to take note of what we have on our hands.  Be sure to check out our looks at Best Actor, Best Actress and Best […]

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10/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:16 am · October 26th, 2009

• Steve Pond chimes in on the rarity of tandem Oscarcast producing teams. [The Odds] • Peter Knegt reports from a women-in-film panel at London fest. [indieWIRE] • David Poland sits down with Paul Schneider to talk “Bright Star.” [Movie City News]

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Hollywood Film Fest to honor Moore, Cooper, Kavanaugh

Posted by · 8:50 am · October 12th, 2009

New awards announced today via press release include Julianne Moore for the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award (for “A Single Man,” among other films), Bradley Cooper for the Hollywood Comedy Award (something had to go, by proxy, to “The Hangover,” I guess) and Ryan Kavanaugh for the Hollywood Producer Award. Additionally, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Melanie Lynsky, Paul […]

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Supporting actors, step forward

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 1st, 2009

A while back, certain folks were (rather unfairly) dredging up the routine annual complaint about the supposed scarcity of viable Best Actress contenders. Dave Karger, however, has located the real weak spot of this year’s awards race, and it concerns the opposite sex for a change: where, he asks, are the Best Supporting Actor standouts? […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals, festivals and festivals

Posted by · 3:29 am · September 12th, 2009

• After weeks of hype, “Up in the Air” landed in Telluride, and delivered. (And finally got a trailer too.) • Meanwhile, as some compare director Jason Reitman to Billy Wilder, we interviewed him at the festival. • We also got chatty with possible awards contenders Paul Schneider and Venice prize-winner Mark Boal. • On […]

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INTERVIEW: Paul Schneider

Posted by · 12:56 pm · September 8th, 2009

Telluride Film Festival Paul Schneider has had a headache since he was nine years old.  Or at least, he says, that’s what it feels like.  Since the rush of a film festival isn’t the best environment for migraines, a corner booth in an unassuming cafe is a nice distraction for the actor. Schneider left the […]

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TELLURIDE: ‘An Education,’ ‘Bright Star,’ ‘London River’

Posted by · 10:24 am · September 4th, 2009

This year’s Telluride fest is slowly gearing up.  There are a handful of press screenings this afternoon and the opener, Marco Bellochio’s “Vincere,” is set to play at 5:00pm.  I’ll probably miss that in order to take in “The Last Station,” which if it picks up a buyer, could make good on awards potential for […]

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The Gurus line up for another year

Posted by · 6:34 am · September 3rd, 2009

Over at Movie City News, David Poland has amassed the fifth annual Gurus o’ Gold prognosticating collective (including yours truly once again) and asked for a list of 15 films with the brightest pre-Toronto Best Picture profile.  We also were asked to indicate dark horse underdog actors and actresses, which yielded some interesting results (though […]

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Paul Schneider: Someone get this guy a movie

Posted by · 10:45 am · August 17th, 2009

At one of the countless awards show this past Oscar season, Meryl Streep took to the stage to accept an award, announce a clip from “Doubt,” something, I can’t remember, but somewhere along the way she mentioned her respect for actress Viola Davis and exasperatingly belted, “Someone get her a movie!”  The indication, of course, […]

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REVIEW: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (****)

Posted by · 12:04 pm · September 17th, 2007

In 1983, author Ron Hansen crafted a novel that ought to be considered mandatory reading for anyone fancying himself or herself attracted to the western as a genre and as a conveyor of essential truth. A Shakespearean account of betrayal in the old west, Hansen’s masterful sketches revealed deep and vibrant characters that transcended the […]

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