‘Slumdog,’ ‘Button’ lead BAFTA pack with 11 nods each

Posted by · 12:20 am · January 15th, 2009

Each year, the BAFTAs never fail to find new and frustrating ways to surprise me. It wasn’t hard to guess that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Slumdog Millionaire” would come out on top here — though even as a fan of the latter film, I do wonder whether nominations for Best Production Design […]

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INTERVIEW: Amy Adams

Posted by · 11:42 am · January 14th, 2009

Amy Adams has arrived.  No “doubt” about it. Sunday she was sitting at a table with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and John Patrick Shanley at the Hollywood Foriegn Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, one of five nods the film received. Surrounded by major artists such as Ron […]

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For the completists

Posted by · 2:20 pm · January 4th, 2009

Over at Gold Derby, Tom O’Neil lists all the runners-up (with points tallies) from yesterday’s National Society of Film Critics awards, along with other gossipy tidbits from the days proceedings. (Most stupid/amusing nugget: Eve, the eerily Applesque female robot from “WALL-E,” garnered a lone Best Actress vote.) The full list is below the cut, but […]

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Voila! Viola Davis the talk of the Internets

Posted by · 1:31 pm · December 23rd, 2008

Like I said in yesterday’s “Off the Carpet” column, despite my feelings for “Doubt,” I would never take anything away from Viola Davis’ stunning performance, coming into her own as an actress to reckon with after putting out solid work for years. Sasha Stone has collected some positive marks for the actress over at Awards […]

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All in the family: a note on the SAG nods

Posted by · 7:00 pm · December 18th, 2008

I know I shouldn’t get upset. As Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily repeatedly intones, when it comes to awards analysis, “the trick is not minding.” You should coolly observe the trends, learn from them and be guided always by your head rather than your heart. But damn it, I’m only human. I can’t help […]

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Six Virtuosos chosen for Santa Barbara Fest

Posted by · 12:38 pm · December 16th, 2008

The press release, in part (happy for Shannon, one of the good guys): The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2009 Virtuosos Award to Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon.  The Award presentation will take place Wednesday, […]

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Don’t forget the Motor City

Posted by · 6:04 am · December 16th, 2008

Ha. Allow me to bask in the glory of that headline for a moment. No? Okay. Anyway, a concerned reader emailed to point out that the Detroit Film Critics Society announced their own nominees (that’s right, not just awards, but nominees) a few days ago. Even considering the bewildering array of critics’ awards that I […]

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12/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · December 14th, 2008

• Rod Lurie wants to steer comparisons of “Nothing But the Truth” away from Judith Miller, evokes Susan McDougal. [Los Angeles Times] • The company behind releasing his film, meanwhile, goes into chapter 11. [Variety] • Is the Academy ready to award digital performances? [Variety] • Sasha Stone spotlights the seasons actor reunions. [Awards Daily] […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘Torino’ win big at NBR

Posted by · 11:19 am · December 4th, 2008

The National Board of Review has announced its list of winners for the 2008 awards season and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is the big champ, taking down three awards including Best Film and a tie for Best Adapted Screenplay with Eric Roth’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Dev Patel also won the award for […]

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Early winner predictions, part 2: Yours and mine

Posted by · 1:42 pm · November 28th, 2008

Well, Kris was brave enough to stick his neck out and venture some winner predictions, so I thought I’d follow up on that — with the strict caveat that, while nobody knows anything, I frequently know even less. So my own predictions are after the cut. I don’t think them informed enough to place on […]

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First set of winner predictions

Posted by · 3:04 am · November 27th, 2008

Before the holiday I thought I’d make my first calls on the year’s Oscar winners.  Bear in mind we don’t even have a list of nominees yet and anything can happen.  I think around this time last year I was predicting “Into the Wild” for across-the-board wins and it only managed two nominations at the […]

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Is Viola Davis stealing Meryl Streep’s Oscar thunder for ‘Doubt?’

Posted by · 6:12 pm · November 17th, 2008

Amid the conflicting reviews that have emerged so far for John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” the one common denominator between them appears to be unanimous praise for the supporting performance of Viola Davis. You may remember Kris describing her work as “gut-wrenching,” amid an otherwise tepid review. Davis’ role may be small — she has a […]

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“I have doubts!”

Posted by · 1:31 pm · November 4th, 2008

To bring it back to Oscar talk for a moment, the first curiosity is that people are still talking about the film when asked to refrain from doing so until an actual print is shown, but that aside, Dave Karger presents the case again (to back up his top 3 assertion in the recent issue […]

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‘Doubt’ trailer hits the net

Posted by · 2:40 pm · September 12th, 2008

Check it out in Quicktime here. Streep looks intense, of course.  She probably remains the film’s strongest shot at Oscar glory.  We can’t be sure whether Viola Davis’s role was expanded enough from the brief stage presence to grab a supporting nomination, while Philip Seymour Hoffman seems a little out of place to me.  But […]

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