CDG nominees

Posted by · 4:00 pm · January 13th, 2009

I’ve been out and about, so apologies for getting to the Costume Designers Guild nominees late: Contemporary Film “Iron Man” (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen) “Mamma Mia!” (Ann Roth) “Sex and the City” (Patricia Field) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Suttirat Larlarb) “The Wrestler” (Amy Westcott) Period Film “Changeling” (Deborah Hopper) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” […]

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AMPAS narrows the visual effects field to seven

Posted by · 10:11 am · January 6th, 2009

Last month, the Academy whittled the contenders for Best Visual Effects down to 15 hopefuls.  Today, the branch has chipped away at it further. And then there were seven: “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:22 am · December 19th, 2008

The year is slowly coming to a close, and after this week’s year-in-review pieces, I’m happy to see so much healthy and spirited discussion on my humble picks for the year’s best films.  Today I’m wrapping all of that up with a list of superlatives, some of them in your usual categories, the staples, some […]

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Don’t give up on Maria Bello

Posted by · 3:15 am · August 3rd, 2008

It is a well-known fact (okay, okay, this writer’s opinion) that Maria Bello was robbed of a 2005 Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her taut, unnerving performance in Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” despite a gong from the New York critics and a (lead) nomination at the Globes. (She wasn’t far off for […]

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Let’s all hold our breaths…

Posted by · 11:49 pm · August 2nd, 2008

…and pray that “The Dark knight” can manage to stay on top this weekend rather than be dethroned by the worst film of the year so far.

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