OSCAR TALK: Ep. 49 — Final pre-nod discussion

Posted by · 9:00 am · January 21st, 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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FIRST-HALF FYC: Best Supporting Actor

Posted by · 5:18 pm · December 8th, 2010

Only two weeks into my new feature and I’m already a day late — apologies. My laptop (now cured, at least until its next mood swing) will graciously accept the blame. If you missed last week’s introductory instalment, the game is a simple one. In the run-up to nomination day, I’m picking five outstanding contenders […]

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Penn going supporting for ‘Fair Game?’

Posted by · 12:53 pm · October 27th, 2010

Scott Feinberg is reporting that Sean Penn, who gives a rather wonderful performance in Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” with much more meat on its bones than Naomi Watts’s somewhat internalized work, will be pushed in the supporting category rather than lead. Uh…why?  First and foremost, I’d consider this a lead performance, but whatever, category fraud […]

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Rockwell talks ‘Conviction,’ other choices for Kenny Waters, destroyed footage

Posted by · 10:13 am · October 21st, 2010

Backstage’s Jenelle Riley recently moderated a post-screening Q&A with “Conviction” star Sam Rockwell and a few interesting nuggets surfaced during the chat. First and foremost, I was always under the impression that Rockwell was the first choice for the role of Kenny Waters in the film.  But as he reveals here, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and […]

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10/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Praise for ‘Love & Other Drugs,’ sussing out Best Actress, quotable ‘Social Network’

Posted by · 8:44 am · October 21st, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells calls “Love & Other Drugs” Edward Zwick’s best film yet. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt assesses the Gotham Award nominations. [indieWIRE] • Nathaniel Rogers hearts Sam Rockwell in “Conviction.” [Tribeca Film]

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LONDON: ‘Conviction,’ ‘Amigo,’ ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted by · 6:23 am · October 16th, 2010

“To get the challenge to play someone like this makes me a better person,” said a rather intense-looking Hilary Swank at yesterday’s London Film Festival press conference — the someone in question, single mom turned crusading lawyer Betty Ann Waters, sitting to her immediate left. Not being personally acquainted with Ms. Swank, I can’t verify […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Supporting ladies gather, London opens, Hardy goes to Gotham

Posted by · 8:28 pm · October 15th, 2010

• Off the Carpet picked out the likeliest runners in a highly malleable Best Supporting Actress race. • We checked in on the Best Animated Feature race, where it seems we may be looking at a three-nominee field after all. • Away from the awards beat, the week’s big news was the casting of Tom […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Casting Sam Rockwell in ‘Conviction’ (clip)

Posted by · 9:39 am · October 13th, 2010

Think fast: when was the first time you remember seeing Sam Rockwell on the big screen?  Most people probably caught up with him in the late-1990s in films like “Safe Men,” “The Green Mile” and “Galaxy Quest.” Others perked up, surely, when George Clooney had the vision to give him the starring role in “Confessions […]

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Goldwyn’s ‘Conviction’ keeps an even keel

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 29th, 2010

I’ve been meaning to write about “Conviction” since I saw it last week and just haven’t really settled on a way to gather my thoughts.  In a nutshell, I liked it.  Quite a lot, actually.  It’s not rousing or inspiring to the point that I had to write immediately (obviously), but it’s relatively harmless and […]

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Rockwell, Carter, Garfield, Wasikowska tapped for HFF honors

Posted by · 11:18 am · September 20th, 2010

On the heels of last week’s introductory announcement, it has been announced that Sam Rockwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Andrew Garfield and Mia Wasikowska will be recognized at this year’s Hollywood Film Festival awards.  The press release, in part: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees […]

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TIFF: ‘Conviction’ reviews trickling in

Posted by · 10:28 am · September 10th, 2010

I had hoped Fox Searchlight would screen Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” here in LA during Toronto, but I guess I kind of understand why they didn’t.  I’ve heard nothing but “meh” things on the film since day one (the first reaction I heard was from someone who saw it before the studio even picked it up).  […]

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‘Conviction’ trailer

Posted by · 4:33 pm · June 17th, 2010

One of the year’s obviously baity titles (which screened as early as the first quarter of the year for some) is Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” (formerly “Betty Anne Waters”).  The film stars Hilary Swank as Waters in the true story of a young woman who puts herself through law school to represent her wrongfully convicted brother […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Iron Man 2” (**1/2)

Posted by · 6:34 am · May 3rd, 2010

“Good is the enemy of Great,” wrote Jim Collins, in one of the more high-maintenance self-help plans you’re likely to encounter. As nice a thought as it is, this law appears to have no place in the world of the Hollywood franchise blockbuster, where Crap is the enemy of pretty much everything, and Good is […]

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Searchlight and Hilary Swank, take two?

Posted by · 5:45 pm · February 3rd, 2010

This is one of the films I’ve had an eye on for next year’s Oscar season.  Perhaps a second try will prove better than this past year’s Searchlight/Swank outing.  The press release, in part: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American and select international […]

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UK critics honor ‘Up,’ Mulligan

Posted by · 2:01 am · January 29th, 2010

The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards may be the most prestigious of British critics’ honors (not saying much, admittedly), but there are critics in the rest of the country too. These regional writers have their say in the Richard Attenborough Awards, which held their fourth annual ceremony last night. Last year, the Attenboroughs stuck very […]

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Hal Holbrook’s awards season play, take two

Posted by · 10:11 am · November 18th, 2009

Over the weekend, “That Evening Sun” star Hal Holbrook took the Excellence in Acting award at the Starz Denver Film Festival over the weekend.  When the press release landed in my inbox, it reminded me that, while I’ve been a pretty strong proponent of Patterson Hood’s original song from the film, I haven’t written about […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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Tweeting for Oscar

Posted by · 7:25 pm · October 28th, 2009

The few of you who do follow my Twitter account will have gathered by now that, compared to some, I’m not the most active correspondent in that medium — limiting my thoughts to 140 characters is a trial more often that not. However, should I ever find myself in the hunt for an Oscar (hey, […]

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