LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2001 and 2002

Posted by · 7:19 pm · December 21st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. After being overlooked in 1995, Ron Howard finally got a pat on the back from Oscar in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind,” which was Russell Crowe’s second Best Picture winner in a row. If that wasn’t bad enough, the inaugural Best Animated Feature award went to […]

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Jackman turns down Oscar hosting gig

Posted by · 6:03 pm · November 7th, 2010

With the season now unshakeably upon us, it’s time to dust off the annual conversation topic of who should host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. I am prompted to do so, of course, by Deadline’s recent scoop that 2009 host Hugh Jackman — the first choice of new Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer […]

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What might have been

Posted by · 2:25 am · February 20th, 2010

I agree with Anne Thompson in yesterday’s edition of Oscar Talk when she cautiously says that the hosting is one of the few things she’s not worried about in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Steve Martin — tried, tested and funny on two previous hosting dates — is the definition of a safe pair of […]

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Grammys for Giacchino

Posted by · 5:33 am · February 1st, 2010

As the music world celebrated the general awesomeness that is Taylor Swift last night, Oscar-minded Hollywood couldn’t resist infringing on the proceedings slightly. When Jeff Bridges even crops up at the Grammy Awards (to introduce a Les Paul tribute), you just know that he’s this year’s chosen one. Bridges at least acquitted himself with dignity, […]

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Grammy nods for ‘Basterds,’ Giacchino… and Steve Martin

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

I’m always interested to see what cinematic musical achievements the Grammy Awards single out for recognition each year, largely because their pop sensibilities are so different (and their eligibility criteria so much looser) from those of the Oscars that they may as well exist on different planets. Last year, for example, they selected “The Dark […]

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11/24 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:09 am · November 24th, 2009

• Pete Hammond, with box office ammunition in hand, keeps banging the gong for Sandra Bullock in a bad movie.  And it just might happen. [Notes on a Season] • Speaking of “The Blind Side,” Patrick Goldstein dedicates a great many words to the film’s director, John Lee Hancock. [The Big Picture] • “Nine,” the […]

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AMPAS chief Sherak promises “more fun” Oscars

Posted by · 6:00 am · November 15th, 2009

As a former Fox chairman with a background in marketing, it’s unsurprising that Tom Sherak, who recently replaced Sid Ganis as president of the Academy, wants to bring a more populist approach to the Oscars. In this LA Times interview, he makes it clear that the primary objective of the move to 10 Best Picture […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar hosts, Bridges arrives, animated five

Posted by · 4:50 am · November 7th, 2009

• Oscar season ramped up this week, with the popular selection of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as this year’s Oscar emcees. • This week’s Off the Carpet column surveyed the runners and riders for Best Actor … • … only to be immediately outdated as Jeff Bridges and “Crazy Heart” arrived to turn that […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 9 — Baldwin/Martin, ‘Crazy Heart,’ animated contenders and the Gurus’ latest chart

Posted by · 3:29 pm · November 6th, 2009

Welcome to the latest installment of Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood. On the docket this afternoon: • Anne and I discuss the week’s biggest Oscar news, the tapping of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin as this year’s Oscar telecast hosts. • Another substantial news […]

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Same-but-different trailer for ‘It’s Complicated’

Posted by · 4:28 am · November 6th, 2009

Handily coinciding with its two male stars’ big news this week, the second trailer for Nancy Meyers’ romcom mostly overlaps with the first, with a few added flourishes. Despite having never liked a Meyers confection before, something about this one is working for me. Steve Pond has a mole who says the film is “absolutely […]

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11/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:07 am · November 5th, 2009

• Anthony Breznican on the opening of “A Christmas Carol” and the early holiday grab. [USA Today] • Dissecting “Amelia”‘s troubled road to the screen. [Hollywood Reporter] • Hugh Jackman gives newly tapped Oscar hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin his blessing. [Vulture]

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Shankman talks Oscar hosts, admits Fey was on the cards

Posted by · 5:06 am · November 4th, 2009

I couldn’t be more delighted with the selection of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as the 2009 Oscar hosts. Martin remains the smartest, sharpest, most urbane Oscar host I’ve seen in my lifetime, and the pairing of his wit with Baldwin’s goofier charm should ensure a ceremony that’s adult, but not too elitist. Either way, it’ll be […]

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Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin tapped to host the 82nd annual Academy Awards

Posted by · 3:45 pm · November 3rd, 2009

Well, I guess Martin was available after all.  And he’s going to have company. The Academy has announced this year’s Oscar emcee, and as expected, it’s a pair: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, stars of “It’s Complicated” and one person removed from the suggestion our own Guy Lodge made last month.  Lodge proposed Tina Fey […]

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Stiller/Downey turn down tandem Oscar hosting gig

Posted by · 10:25 am · November 3rd, 2009

Or at least that’s what Nikki Finke is reporting.  Roger Ebert quips, “They have Lakers tickets.”  The search continues on.  Steve Martin and Tina Fey are not available.  Hugh Jackman has graciously declined being pigeonholed. Who’s gonna step up?  Out-of-the-box pick of the day: Richard Kind. EDITED TO ADD: This just hit me, but it […]

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Jackman turns down Oscar gig

Posted by · 5:38 am · October 30th, 2009

As the annual guessing game of who will host the Academy Awards continues to go in circles, there’s at least one name we can remove from consideration: a certain Mr. Hugh Jackman. Variety confirms that the previous Oscar emcee was invited to repeat, but “quietly” turned down the opportunity sometime in the last few weeks, […]

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Martin and Fey: the obvious choice

Posted by · 1:05 pm · October 8th, 2009

It seems the annual spitballing over who will/should host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony has already started. Sasha Stone has compiled a list of her own preferred men (and women) for the job, while Kris has other ideas. (More seriously, his Kevin Spacey suggestion last year remains one I’m completely on board with.) Meanwhile, Kris […]

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6/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 3rd, 2009

• Steve Martin: banjo enthusiast. [CNN] • The complete “Terminator” timeline. [Empire] • Speaking of which, Ben Child spends some time with the best part of “Terminator Salvation,” actor Anton Yelchin. [The Guardian] • Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula ascend at Searchlight. [indieWIRE] • Brooks Barnes on the swath of upstarts leaping into the CGI […]

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A private function

Posted by · 9:08 am · February 23rd, 2009

When all is said and done, it wasn’t an awards season that deserved a fireworks finish, so perhaps last night’s muted, largely tasteful, faintly insular ceremony was an appropriate summation. It ran smoothly enough, with a handful of novel distractions and a uniformly generous, empathetic spirit running through the night’s speeches –- but I’d be […]

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