Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue cover

Posted by · 7:35 am · February 1st, 2011

Fluffy as it is, this is one of my favorite Oscar-season traditions. While they’ve played around with the formula in past years, this is a straight-up glamor spread, and all the better for it. I’m particularly pleased to see a smooth-looking Anthony Mackie in the mix with the bigger names. On another note, I wonder […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 47 — The guilds so far, Steinfeld as lead vs. supporting, Scripter finalists, goings-on on the circuit, looking ahead to 2011

Posted by · 9:00 am · January 7th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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Robert Duvall sticks his foot in it

Posted by · 1:58 pm · January 5th, 2011

Sony Pictures Classics was smart enough to recognize that Robert Duvall could use his hands and feet in cement over at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a generally political honor (much like stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) that only happens when someone thinks it’s worth it to rally the money together. Well, a bubble-contending Best […]

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Make your SAG predictions

Posted by · 5:29 pm · December 15th, 2010

Now that most of the major critics’ groups have had their say, tomorrow begins the second phase of the precursor season, as the Screen Actors’ Guild makes the first of this year’s industry award pronouncements. I always feel a twinge of dread about the SAG nomination list — frequently more middle-of-the-road than the critics’ picks, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

• The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts. • Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is. • Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ […]

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Robert Duvall takes aim at “actor’s enemy” Stanley Kubrick

Posted by · 9:46 am · December 2nd, 2010

It was interesting this morning to see Robert Duvall’s recent comments on Stanley Kubrick’s process with actors making the rounds.  Duvall chimed in with trademark candor at The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Round Table when the issue of exhaustive takes came up.  “The Social Network” director David Fincher is known for doing quite a few, and […]

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‘Winter’s Bone’ leads Indie Spirits with 7 nods

Posted by · 10:37 am · November 30th, 2010

Well, quelle surprise. I’ve been saying for months now that Debra Granik’s solemn Ozark thriller is — even more so than the sunnier, starrier “The Kids Are All Right” — this year’s annointed indie cause in the Oscar race, and this only cements that belief. The film’s impressive showing this morning, coming on the heels […]

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‘Winter’s Bone’ wins big at Gothams

Posted by · 7:31 pm · November 29th, 2010

If you were able to catch the live stream of the 20th anniversary Gotham Awards tonight (nominees here), then you saw the usual slap-dash, boozed up shenanigans. Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” was carrying the big stick coming in with three nominations and it walked away with two awards, including Best Feature. Most surprising was the […]

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11/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen talks ‘Somewhere’ with Coppola, ‘Country Strong’ a drama, no love for Herzog

Posted by · 8:45 am · November 22nd, 2010

• Joel Coen shows up at an east coast screening of “Somewhere” to conduct a Q&A with Sofia Coppola. [Inside Movies] • Tom O’Neill reports that the HFPA has classified “Country Strong” as a drama. [Gold Derby] • Our own Guy Lodge reacts to the recently released (and apparently unauthorized) “Winnie” trailer. [The Guardian]

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Getting the family back together

Posted by · 11:07 pm · November 13th, 2010

In case you weren’t aware, @TheAcademy is Tweeting the Governors Awards experience.  Here’s an epic reunion:

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CINEJABBER: Not enough room in this town

Posted by · 2:24 pm · November 13th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. It’s been a hell of a week.  The busiest, for me, of the season so far.  Much of that is owed to AFI Fest, but the campaign machinery is really clicking. Sony Classics sent out screeners of “Get Low” to Academy members this week, right […]

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Duvall on Foote, Brando, Oscars and getting better with age

Posted by · 10:42 am · November 10th, 2010

I haven’t gotten around to writing up my interview with “Get Low” star Robert Duvall yet, but seeing as Steve Pond’s piece at The Odds is pretty much quote-for-quote, it would probably feel redundant. But I had to cut and paste this exchange, because it’s awesome: When you did your one take [of the emotional […]

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‘The Town’ DVD release aimed for prime Oscar frame

Posted by · 9:43 am · November 5th, 2010

Reader Graysmith alerted me to this yesterday, but it’s worth passing along. Ben Affleck’s “The Town” will be making its way to DVD and Blu-ray on December 17. The film was released in theaters September 17. That makes it three months to the day between release and home video, and to say the least, an […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 39 — ‘Megamind,’ ‘The Way Back,’ Oscar’s actress contenders and more

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 5th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Leading men in the spotlight

Posted by · 10:14 am · October 25th, 2010

About a year ago I took to examining the 2009 Best Actor race.  The frontrunners for five slots seemed to be, in order, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen and Robert De Niro. A day later press members received their first invites to “Crazy Heart” screenings and were notified […]

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Gotham tributes for Duvall, Swank, Schamus, Aronofsky

Posted by · 9:52 am · September 30th, 2010

The press release, in part: The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards™ on Monday, […]

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Duvall, Bening latest honorees for Hollywood fest

Posted by · 9:33 am · September 29th, 2010

The press release, in part: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Annette Bening will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” and Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall will receive the “Hollywood Actor Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony. “It is […]

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EDINBURGH: ‘Get Low,’ ‘Restrepo,’ ‘Vacation!’

Posted by · 5:02 pm · June 24th, 2010

My third day in the ‘Burgh (shut up, I have legitimately heard people call it that) wasn’t as film-heavy as the previous one: social commitments and a certain football match between Slovenia and some other country got in the way. Under these circumstances, three screenings — taken together, as disparate a cross-section of the U.S. […]

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