My dream ballot: part two

Posted by · 3:21 pm · February 1st, 2010

Yesterday, I began my far-fetched wishlist of nominees for tomorrow’s announcement with a look at the technical categories. Today we move into the big races. And as much as I thought I had my favorites clearly mapped out in my head, a rundown of the eligible titles made for some very crowded races indeed. Once […]

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Things of beauty: Guy’s best of 2009

Posted by · 6:01 am · December 23rd, 2009

The year of the woman. The year of animation. The year of science-fiction. Depending on who you read (and believe), the final year of the decade has been an awful lot of things. If you’re with Kris, it’s also the best cinematic year of the last ten. If you’re with an awful lot of others, […]

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Southeastern Film Critics go for ‘Up in the Air’

Posted by · 12:19 pm · December 14th, 2009

The winners, more after the jump: Best Picture “Up in the Air” Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Best Actor George Clooney, “Up in the Air” Best Actress Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia” Best Supporting Actor Christopher Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

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‘Hurt Locker’ keeps it going with NYFCC

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 14th, 2009

The New York Film Critics Circle decided not to announce its list of winners in real time this year, which is a shame because it has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  What we’re left with is scattered press release reveals, Twitterers scooping the group’s info as emails and phone calls […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ tops with LA Critics

Posted by · 3:08 pm · December 13th, 2009

Today is a very good day to be one Ms. Kathryn Bigelow. A few days ago, we asked you which film looks set to be the critics’ darling of the season — today, at least, the clear answer appears to be “The Hurt Locker.” Hours after sweeping the board with the Beantown crowd, Bigelow’s Iraq-set […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 first-half releases that deserved better

Posted by · 10:58 am · July 7th, 2009

Around this time last year, we did a mid-year stocktake of sorts, wherein the site’s various contributors named the best (and worst) of what the cinematic year had presented thus far. You may have noticed that we haven’t offered up a similar piece for 2009. Time constraints may have had something to do with it, […]

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‘Summer’ loving

Posted by · 4:57 pm · May 31st, 2009

As we head into June and the year’s midway point looms (I know, how did that happen?), my mind inevitably goes into cinematic stocktaking mode, reflecting on what 2009 has had to offer thus far — and at this stage, the reflections aren’t too pretty. In any given year, I usually like to earmark at […]

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Small pleasures: Guy’s best (and worst) of 2008

Posted by · 1:14 pm · January 2nd, 2009

It’s a lovely thing when you realize, at least part of the way through adulthood, that we still possess the ability to surprise ourselves. When left to graze at leisure, the mind can stumble upon some unexpected notions, frequently overriding the conclusions we thought we had reached after twelve months of watching, writing and (occasionally […]

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‘The Class’ heads Louis Delluc shortlist

Posted by · 5:39 am · November 12th, 2008

The Cesar may be the most internationally recognised award for French cinema, but the Louis Delluc Prize is arguably the most prestigious. Now in its 73rd year, the prize is awarded annually to a single film deemed by a select jury to represent the year’s finest achievement in French filmmaking. Previous winners include Cocteau’s “Beauty […]

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Foreign film race begins… get ready to groan

Posted by · 5:08 pm · August 21st, 2008

Variety carries details of the first official entry that I’ve heard of in the Best Foreign Language Film derby – Denmark has put forward “Worlds Apart,” from director Niels Arden Oplev. The country has a pretty good track record in this category, having won back-to-back in the 80’s with “Babette’s Feast” and “Pelle the Conqueror,” […]

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