OSCAR TALK: Ep. 52 — Nominees Luncheon, Bening vs. Portman to a photo finish, WGA and Scripter awards, Melissa Leo’s personal campaign, BAFTA preview with Guy Lodge

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 11th, 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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Boyle and Beaufoy and werewolves, oh my

Posted by · 11:03 pm · February 4th, 2011

The best part of this evening for me wasn’t Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich winning an award for “the best adaptation of the printed word into film” (for a work that is debatable as an adaptation in the first place).  It was probably talking with finalist Simon Beaufoy about his latest script. Some of this […]

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Predict the WGA and Scripter winners

Posted by · 4:57 pm · February 4th, 2011

This weekend brings a couple of screenwriting competitions: the WGA Awards and the USC Scripter Award ceremony.  I might as well give you some space to predict. My bet on WGA is “The Kids Are All Right” for original, but it does seem like an open race.  I consider it the spoiler possibility for Oscar, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guild onslaught, Postlethwaite passes, more best of 2010

Posted by · 7:15 pm · January 7th, 2011

• The Producers’ Guild of America surprised no one with their list of nominees. • The Writers’ Guild, however, threw a few curveballs (aided by assorted ineligibilities), while the USC Scripter Awards surprised some with one of their selections. • In sadder news, we said goodbye to esteemed British character actor Pete Postlethwaite. • After […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 47 — The guilds so far, Steinfeld as lead vs. supporting, Scripter finalists, goings-on on the circuit, looking ahead to 2011

Posted by · 9:00 am · January 7th, 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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‘Ghost Writer’ surprises as one of five USC Scripter finalists

Posted by · 5:00 pm · January 5th, 2011

The USC Libraries Scripter Award is an annual honor (now in its 23rd year) in recognition of “the best adaptation of the printed word into film.” It is one of the more unique awards along the circuit as it is not only awarded to the screenwriter but the source material’s author, as well. Past winners […]

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‘Up in the Air’ wins the Scripter

Posted by · 10:00 pm · February 6th, 2010

I’m currently sitting in the back of the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara for James Cameron’s Modern Master tribute and word has trickled in that Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner and Walter Kirn have won the USC Scripter prize for “Up in the Air.” This was obviously somewhat anticipated and the WGA and Oscars will likely […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guilds, lists and disqualifications

Posted by · 4:49 am · January 9th, 2010

• In a big week for precursor announcements, the DGA nominations were the biggest — and least surprising. • The PGA, meanwhile, found room for all three of the year’s hot sci-fi titles in its nominee slate. • “The Hurt Locker” triumphed at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the first film in 12 […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 17 — Guilds, Scripters and ‘Hurt Locker’ running strong

Posted by · 10:09 am · January 8th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. There have been a few major announcements this week, so let’s dig in. We wander a bit this time, but on the docket today: • The Producers Guild of America went largely populist with its list of feature […]

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USC Scripter nominations announced

Posted by · 6:08 pm · January 5th, 2010

The USC Libraries has announced its list of contenders for the Scripter prize, which honors adapted screenplays, their writers and the source materials and authors that spawned them. So, with that in mind, I’m not sure how the “District 9” nod is justified here in the slightest, given the stated intention of the award.* But […]

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1/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · January 4th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells passes along an aside concerning Walter Kirn’s original ending to “Up in the Air” and a lingering thread in Jason Reitman’s film.  Frankly, I think it would have made it even better. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Sasha Stone previews tomorrow’s Scripter nominations announcement.  I’d say her predictions are spot-on. [Awards Daily] • Best […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ stays happy, Bale gets angry

Posted by · 6:00 pm · February 6th, 2009

A slower news week, this, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t find plenty to discuss. Here’s what was on our (and your) minds: • In the week’s biggest precursor news, Danny Boyle won the Directors’ Guild Award. Hollywood is still reeling from the shock. • Oh, and “Slumdog Millionaire” nabbed the USC Scripter award too. […]

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A night at the Scripter Awards

Posted by · 11:17 am · January 31st, 2009

USC’s Scripter Awards ceremony is moving on up.  It’s evolved form an intimate gathering to a full spread awards dinner over the years, and last night’s festivities marked the first time the Scripter winner was unveiled at the show rather than beforehand. It gave the atmosphere a tinge of anticipation.  Even with the “Slumdog” writing […]

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‘Slumdog’ wins the Scripter

Posted by · 7:35 pm · January 30th, 2009

E: It is not getting old.

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Out of here

Posted by · 2:55 pm · January 30th, 2009

I’m heading back down the 101 for Los Angeles and tonight’s USC Scripter Awards gala.  As reported, this will be the first year the winner will be announced at the show.  I think we’re all expecting Simon Beaufoy to reign supreme as “Slumdog Millionaire” continues its dominant streak, but this is one area that presents […]

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It seems like everyone’s out of town — then again…

Posted by · 10:08 am · January 15th, 2009

You can still find a number of Sundance prep pieces across the Web.  And it seems more and more, the geek press will be out in force, as they were at Telluride last September, much to the surprise of a number of industry folks.  So I was starting to be quasi bummed that I couldn’t […]

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Michael Chabon to receive Scripter prize

Posted by · 10:39 am · January 14th, 2009

The USC Scripter awards go down next Friday, Jan. 30 (right in the middle of the Santa Barbara Film Festival…I’ll be driving back down for the show). The USC Libraries introduced a new award last year: the Literary Achievement Award, which went to Steven Zaillian in 2008. This year, the group has tapped “Wonder Boys” […]

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USC Scripter nominees — ‘Iron Man’ surprises!

Posted by · 8:52 pm · January 5th, 2009

Now THAT’s what I call crashing the party.  I don’t know how you nominate “Iron Man” over “The Dark Knight” in a category such as this, but nice to see someone standing up and being original. The 2008 USC Scripter nominees are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Iron Man” “The Reader” “Revolutionary Road” “Slumdog […]

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