Until Oscar do us part

Posted by · 7:06 am · February 1st, 2011

A few days ago, a reader responded to a trivia note by Steve Pond, about the number of Best Actor nominees whose Christian names begin with the same letter, with the question, “Is this the point at which we are officially over-saturated with Oscar stats?”. Well, if we weren’t there then, we might be now. […]

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The Great Performances: 2005

Posted by · 5:07 pm · December 18th, 2009

2005 was the year of Heath Ledger’s beautiful, moving performance in “Brokeback Mountain,” which I saw for the first time in Toronto.  It instantly became the talk of the festival, and the film became the one to beat for the Academy Award. Ledger was astonishing as the taciturn cowboy who is more surprised than anybody […]

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The Great Performances: 1999

Posted by · 9:18 pm · November 7th, 2009

1999 was a strange year.  And it’s hard to believe a full decade has slipped past since.  There were some great award-winning performances, to be sure, but there seemed to be just as many not nominated that certainly should have been. Ten years later, I remain stunned that Reese Witherspoon was not nominated for her […]

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Nominees luncheon under way

Posted by · 2:19 pm · February 2nd, 2009

Today is the big Academy luncheon for this year’s Oscar nominees.  The AP’s Sandy Cohen and The Carpetbagger’s Michael Cieply are filing from the event. This is one of the most fascinating aspects of the season for me because of the varying personalities you find mingling together.  Right now, M.I.A. is chowing down with Kate […]

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Cameron Crowe returns!

Posted by · 11:38 am · June 9th, 2008

After the disaster that was “Elizabethtown” — a script that was so much stronger than what wound up on screen — Cameron Crowe is finally coming back with a Ben Stiller-Reese Witherspoon adventure comedy for Sony. Even after “Elizabethtown,” Crowe is still a filmmaker who I will be first in line opening day for. 2009 […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Walk the Line” (***)

Posted by · 1:21 pm · September 26th, 2005

You’ll soon see Joaquin Phoenix tearing up the screen with a blistering performance in the story of a seminal rock star’s fascinating life in “Walk the Line” – but it ain’t Johnny Cash. The film works very well on its own terms, but I have to say – I just don’t like the terms. On […]

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