New AMPAS invitees include Sorkin, Hooper… and Beyoncé

Posted by · 5:17 pm · June 17th, 2011

The annual announcement of the new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the latest batch of industry pros we get to blame for next year’s Oscar results — is a moment that always prompts as much satisfied head-nodding as bewildered head-scratching. The latter action isn’t always in response […]

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An open letter to James Franco

Posted by · 4:32 pm · February 28th, 2011

Dear James, So you don’t think much of the Academy. That’s okay. A lot of us don’t. And after the outcome of last night’s awards — in which capping an inevitable Best Picture Oscar for the safe, stolid stylings of “The King’s Speech” with that extraneous Best Director win for a worried-looking Tom Hooper was […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 55 — Special Edition! — Oscars postmortem

Posted by · 1:03 pm · February 28th, 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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2/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aftermath

Posted by · 8:29 am · February 28th, 2011

• Drew McWeeney writes a lot of words explaining why he doesn’t watch the Oscars. [Motion/Captured] • Nikki Finke reminds who the “In Memoriam” sequence passed over. [Deadline] • Oscar ≠ A-List. [The Wrap]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Directing

Posted by · 9:36 am · February 25th, 2011

Coming down to the wire, the race for Best Directing remains a very close one. Earlier in the year the prevailing wisdom was that a split could be in the cards, with the Oscar-bait frontrunner more likely to win Best Picture and the zeitgeisty competition likely to see its talented helmer finally noticed. Then things […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Heading into the home stretch

Posted by · 11:48 am · February 21st, 2011

I’m watching CNN’s report of the on-going situation in Libya as I write these comparably pointless words. The “real world” seems so unique, so foreign after having our head in the awards season clouds since September. Now, six months in, victory lane is a mere six days away. And man, it’s been a marathon. So […]

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2/15 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Hooper’s conflicting BAFTA emotions, Rodarte on ‘Swan’ controversy, Whoopi is livid

Posted by · 9:53 am · February 15th, 2011

• Nick Davis’s actress digest moves to the lovely Jennifer Lawrence. [Nick’s Flick Picks] • Tom Hooper at the BAFTAs: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. [The Race] • David Poland talks to “Black Swan” costume co-designers Rodarte. [The Hot Blog]

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2/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Hurt Locker’ producers fire back, ‘Gasland’ smeared, Superstitious Harvey

Posted by · 8:55 am · February 2nd, 2011

• “The Hurt Locker” producers finally respond to last year’s law suit, and how. [Hollywood Reporter] • SMEAR ALERT: The oil and gas industry has the gall to send a letter to AMPAS urging them to steer clear of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.” [New York Times] • Lisa Schwarzbaum shallowly attributes the dramatic success of […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Rush toasted with Montecito Award, ‘King’s Speech’ cast receives ensemble honor

Posted by · 8:51 am · February 1st, 2011

Last night saw Santa Barbara’s tribute to “The King’s Speech” star Geoffrey Rush.  Looking suave with a cleanly shaved head (for his current role on stage in “Diary of a Mad Man”), Rush held court with trademark affable humor and tales of his comparatively brief Hollywood career thus far. I Tweeted this and that from […]

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Tom Hooper wins DGA Award

Posted by · 10:43 pm · January 29th, 2011

Even after “The King’s Speech” surprised at the Producers’ Guild Awards and took a dozen Oscar nominations, I held on to the notion that critical favorite “The Social Network,” a film more in line with the Academy’s recent choices, would emerge victorious on Oscar night. However, Kris called it right. When the former film’s comparatively inexperienced […]

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Predict the DGA winner

Posted by · 2:56 pm · January 28th, 2011

I nearly forgot tomorrow brings the DGA awards.  I thought they were next weekend.  Anyway, I guess this can be your place to offer up predictions.  I’ll say this, though.  I don’t think David Fincher has this in the bag.  At all.  Ballots were due in today, by the way, which means the Oscar nominations […]

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Russell, Hooper make DGA slate

Posted by · 9:24 am · January 10th, 2011

And it is as it should have been expected.  The question now is, will it match Oscar’s five 100%? It’s worth noting that “True Grit” is a late bloomer and the DGA have had ballots since late November.  If they went in early, and seeing as you can’t send screeners to the membership, it’s possible […]

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Predict the DGA nominees

Posted by · 9:43 am · January 7th, 2011

Monday the guild circuit continues — at the start of what will be a very busy week — as the Directors Guild of America (DGA) unveils its list of nominees. The age-old rule of thumb has been that this is perhaps the most consistently foreshadowing precursor, as the five DGA nominees tend to have a […]

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12/31 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Way Back’ last on the scene, 70 votes gets you in, Sparling breaks the rules

Posted by · 8:14 am · December 31st, 2010

• Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” intentionally hits voters’ doorsteps last, just s ballots are arriving.  Shrewd, given the P&A budget.  Will it pay off? [Deadline] • Steve Pond does the Oscar math and discovers that fewer than 70 votes will secure you a nomination everywhere except the four acting categories and Best Picture. [The […]

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THR’s directors round table

Posted by · 6:57 am · December 21st, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter sure kicked up some controversy with that writers round table last month. This one featuring directors of the season has been making the rounds so I thought I’d post it up:

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12/13 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: HFPA’s “unsavory business practices,” Elswit talks ‘Town,’ the Zen of ‘TRON’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 13th, 2010

• Golden Globes PR chief slams HFPA for “unsavory business practices.” [The Wrap] • David Heuring chats with “The Town” cinematographer Robert Elswit. [Variety] • Oscar marketing smackdown: “127 Hours” and “Buried.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

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11/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Animated short qualifiers, chatting up Sakamoto, forecasting good things for ‘Lincoln’

Posted by · 8:14 am · November 29th, 2010

• Todd Gilchrist talks to the Oscar-winning composer of “The Last Emperor,” Ryûichi Sakamoto. [Cinematical] • John Lopez, like everyone else, I imagine, is already forecasting a major Oscar presence for Steve Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film. [Little Gold Men] • Exclusively revealing the 33 animated shorts qualifying for this year’s Oscar race. [Cartoon Brew]

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11/25 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Dubbing ‘Tangled,’ ‘King’s Speech’ discourse, Portman talks the trade

Posted by · 8:14 am · November 25th, 2010

• How did Rapunzel become “Tangled?”  Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard set the record straight. [Inside Movies] • Peter Sciretta posts alternate, unused poster artwork for “Inception.” [/Film] • Jenelle Riley talks “The Fighter” with the film’s prickly star, Christian Bale. [Backstage]

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