What will be this year’s Sundance story?

Posted by · 2:50 pm · January 31st, 2011

I must confess, this year’s Sundance Film Festival kind of passed me by. Admittedly, I’ve been distracted by a busy couple of weeks on the awards circuit, but the Sundance coverage I did follow suggested a high-quality if nonetheless rather quiet festival, one with fewer noisy breakout films than usual. In the last few years, […]

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Looking back on Oscar’s Old Left leanings

Posted by · 4:59 pm · October 11th, 2010

Its installments come all too infrequently these days, but Best Pictures From The Outside In — a collaborative project between The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers and his learned pals — is one of the best sources of Oscar discussion and analysis on the web. That’s not only because it provides ample opportunity for kvetching over […]

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Tyler Perry, Oscar nominee?

Posted by · 2:39 am · August 29th, 2010

One thing I like about David Poland as an awards analyst is that he often makes an effort to expand the tight circle of contenders by bringing little-buzzed names into the conversation. Needless to say, this kind of punditry can lead to a lot of dead ends, but every now and then he lands on […]

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Center of the universe

Posted by · 9:14 pm · April 23rd, 2010

I wasn’t able to participate in Robert Welkos’s Hollywood News piece on the drama of bloggerdom (which was already covered to some extent by LA Magazine three years ago). Travel and a period of self-imposed distance from this circus kept me off the phone, but even if I had answered a few questions, I don’t […]

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Fletcher rides Oscar momentum to directorial debut

Posted by · 6:04 am · April 5th, 2010

In retrospect, Geoffrey Fletcher’s Best Adapted Screenplay win for “Precious” at last month’s Academy Awards shouldn’t have come as quite the shock it did. In the last few years, Oscar voters have been especially kind to newcomers in the writing races, with this year’s pair of freshman winners, Fletcher and Mark Boal, coming on the […]

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Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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‘The Hurt Locker’ takes 6 Oscars, including Best Picture

Posted by · 9:12 pm · March 7th, 2010

Oh, let’s start with the positive.  The irony of the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner of all time coming in a year when the Academy did everything it could (right down to a hopelessly baiting horror film montage) to shove the Oscar telecast toward populist appeal couldn’t be more delicious.  Much of the season was deceptively […]

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If YOU had a ballot

Posted by · 11:52 am · March 7th, 2010

Tonight’s the big night, and as we close in on the final hours of the 2009-2010 film awards season, I thought I’d offer up this list (another one!), which reflects how you, the readership, would like the night’s festivities to go.  These are the results of the daily polls that accompanied our Oscar Guide series […]

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Nut up or shut up: final predictions

Posted by · 11:36 am · March 6th, 2010

As I look over my final predictions for tomorrow night’s Oscar ceremony, I notice that I’ve made only one change — in the Best Live Action Short category — since taking my initial stab the day of the nominations.  And I haven’t made a single change since I started the Oscar Guide series. Am I […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Picture

Posted by · 9:37 am · March 6th, 2010

And here we are. With one day until the Oscar ceremony, we wrap up our Oscar Guide series with a look at the 10 nominations for Best Picture. Yes, 10. The Academy decided to pump up the intrigue by expanding its Best Picture field this year in an attempt at securing some love for more […]

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Emotions run high at the Indie Spirits

Posted by · 8:49 am · March 6th, 2010

Last night’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was quite the touching affair, I have to say.  Early in the evening, tears were shed by Scott Cooper and Geoffrey Fletcher on stage as they accepted awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay respectively.  As Cooper and Fletcher are two of the gentlemen I’ve gotten to […]

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‘Precious’ takes five at Spirit Awards

Posted by · 11:43 pm · March 5th, 2010

Predictable to the very last, the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards honored the most Oscar-favored contender in almost every category they could. (Including a Best Foreign Film win for “An Education.”) Kris might have some first-hand perspective later; in the meantime, check out the winners at The Circuit.

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3/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:25 am · March 2nd, 2010

• Pete Hammond says the Best Actress race is close, pats himself on the back for the fact that one of the countless early ideas he threw at the wall actually stuck. [Notes on a Season] • Rachel Abramowitz notes Carey Mulligan’s rise to stardom via Julian Fellowes, well, via an assistant friend of an […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Posted by · 11:17 am · March 1st, 2010

In most cases, the adapted screenplay category of a given Oscar race is packed with Best Picture nominees or contenders. This year, however, there was a nice balance of adapted and original screenplays in the Best Picture category, and in fact, of the “top five” films that trickled down throughout the season, three were original […]

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Siding with Sidibe

Posted by · 9:41 am · March 1st, 2010

Any discussion of this year’s Best Actress category can get so heated, so quickly, I almost hesitate to point you to this, but Nick Davis’s meticulous review of the five nominees is too good not to recommend. No critic I know analyzes performance with quite such consideration and generosity. Here’s his case for why Gabourey […]

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3/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:31 am · March 1st, 2010

• Geoffrey Fletcher writes up what Precious (and “Precious”) means to him. [Huffington Post] • Donna Freydkin talks to Vera Farmiga, who, by the way, has a lot of support for her nominated performance in “Up in the Air.”  (Just sayin’…) [USA Today] • Maggie Gyllenhaal offers a soundbite concerning the whirlwind campaign behind “Crazy […]

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‘Precious’ sweeps NAACP Image Awards

Posted by · 12:13 am · February 27th, 2010

Morgan Freeman also won.  If you’re so inclined, check out The Circuit for more.

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Actress

Posted by · 10:22 am · February 24th, 2010

This year’s Best Actress race is easily the most debated of the major categories. Though one can’t help but wonder why that is, as the writing has seemingly been on the wall for a number of weeks now, stretching back to before the nominations were announced. It was also one of the easiest fields to […]

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