‘Ballast’ tops list of Gotham Indie award nominees

Posted by · 8:00 am · October 20th, 2008

The Gotham Independent Film Award nominees have been announced (note the change in moniker this year), and Lance Hammer’s Mississippi drama “Ballast” leads the pack with four nominations.  Six films received two nominations apiece, including Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” One film that might […]

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Best Original Screenplay: beyond the obvious

Posted by · 8:11 am · September 21st, 2008

Everyone has a favourite Oscar category, and Best Original Screenplay is mine. It’s partly because I’m a screenwriter myself, so I feel a little more invested in the outcome. My evaluation of the category often comes down to the question: “Which screenplay do I most wish I’d written first?” More importantly, however, it’s the category […]

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Harwood and Oliver share Humanitas Prize

Posted by · 12:23 am · September 19th, 2008

To revisit some old friends from the 2007 awards season, the Humanitas Prize in the feature film category has been jointly awarded to Ronald Harwood, for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and Nancy Oliver for “Lars and the Real Girl.” The prize is a screenwriting award aiming to honour achievements that “explore the human […]

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Best Actor race looking tight as always — expect surprises

Posted by · 11:37 am · September 17th, 2008

The Best Actor category tends to be one of the more crowded categories come Oscar time, and 2008 looks to be no exception. To be sure, there are a handful of frontrunners as usual, but hovering behind them are another group, more than eight who could easily sneak in and nab a nomination. Last year […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances you’re underestimating

Posted by · 7:22 am · September 16th, 2008

Every year it seems there are a number of performers in the thick of an Oscar hunt that don’t get the same attention as the expected heavy-hitters. It’s no surprise, of course, that Oscar prognostication would lean toward the anticipation of what lies ahead, unseen, unproven.  The mystery stays in tact, if for precious few […]

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9/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:34 am · September 15th, 2008

• Anne Thompson offers her perspective on Toronto’s winners and losers. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Nathaniel Rogers digs back into the recent past of the festival’s Audience Award to see what is in store for “Slumdog Millionaire.” [The Film Experience] • Has “The Visitor” begun an award-winning streak that will culminate with Oscar recognition?  [Screen […]

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Could a preemptive DVD release bolster ‘Visitor’ star Richard Jenkins in this year’s Best Actor race?

Posted by · 2:27 am · August 25th, 2008

As you may have noticed, Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that “The Visitor,” my mid-year pick for best film, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 7th. I’ve long argued that films, especially very good ones, are bolstered in the Awards race by their DVD release and this could be a starting gun […]

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The Guardian fires the starting gun

Posted by · 1:39 am · July 31st, 2008

No particularly new insights to be gleaned from this, but when a Limey paper declares awards season to be officially on, you know it’s here. Guardian writer Jeremy Kay glosses over the upcoming Venice and Toronto festivals, picking out some awards potential from the lineup. He begins by trumpeting the Best Actor chances of Mickey […]

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Variety ponders the season at the mid-way point

Posted by · 2:24 am · July 4th, 2008

We’ve already been over what a thin year it’s been so far for Oscar candidates – or good films at all, for that matter. Now Variety has come to the same conclusion. In his mid-year awards-season study, Timothy M. Gray goes so far as to say that “the past six months have offered fewer potential […]

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Will Oscar have an unexpected ‘Visitor?’

Posted by · 5:49 am · July 3rd, 2008

As you all know, we in the UK tend to be a bit behind the curve on most American releases, so I didn’t get to see Tom McCarthy’s wonderful “The Visitor” in time for our mid-year review. Had I done so, it certainly would have been in contention for my ‘best of the year so […]

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Half-way there: The best and worst of the year so far

Posted by · 4:49 am · July 1st, 2008

We’ve reached the mid-way point of 2008, a year that truly seems to be speeding along (or is it just me?).  That means it’s time to assess what’s come down the pike over the last six months as our contributors make their picks for the best and worst cinematic offerings of the year so far. […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Stuck in the middle with…what?

Posted by · 6:23 pm · June 29th, 2008

Since we’ve finally reached the midway point of 2008, it seemed as good a time as any to post the first “Off the Carpet” column since our year in advance take over four months ago. First and foremost, I’m in a unique situation this year.  Being in London since mid-May, I’ve found myself looking from […]

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