Awards Watch Archive for September, 2005

The 2005/6 Awards Season’s First Studio DVD Delivery

And the “Premie” goes to… New Line’s release Mike Binder’s The Upside Of Anger. Looking for nods for Best Actress (Joan Allen, Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Costner) and Best Original screenlay (Mike Binder). Congratulations.

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Good Golly

They’re not showing the new film, but the building of a campaign begins here after NYFF…. “The Museum of Television & Radio Presents Good Night, and Good Luck: Murrow from McCarthy to Monroe September 21 to October 23 in Los Angeles October 7 to November 6 in New York New York, NY and Los Angeles,…

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A Look At The Doc Race

The documentary portion of the Academy (AMPAS) is evolving. If you look back at the last decade, you’ll see that up until a rule change for the 2002 awards season, being the rare popular documentary was a clear disadvantage in making it into the final five. In the last three Oscar seasons that has turned…

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Great Tip From A Reader (RP)

The Sony promos from Nip/Tuck’s premiere – which include a new Dick & Jane trailer and first looks at campaigns for Freedomland and All The King’s Men can be found here. Click on Kelly Carlson and a Java theater comes up with all the pieces.

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A Look At The Doc Race

The documentary portion of the Academy (AMPAS) is evolving. If you look back at the last decade, you’ll see that up until a rule change for the 2002 awards season, being the rare popular documentary was a clear disadvantage in making it into the final five. In the last three Oscar seasons that has turned…

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23 Weeks to Oscar

Here it is. So what do you think?

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Just As A Point Of Reference…

The only Gold Lion award winner at Venice ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (as least in the last 50 years that I checked) was Atlantic City, which won the award 25 years ago.

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The Fat Man Sings Again…

Just when you thought he might actually be in trouble, Harvey Weinstein has the ammunition to be a player in the Oscar race yet again. Forget about Proof or The Libertine or any of the other maudlin mess of stuff that has been unceremoniously dumped this month. The goose that has gold in its colon…

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17 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 78th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that seventeen scientific and technical achievements have been selected for 78th Academy Awards consideration. “This list of achievements is announced to allow individuals and companies with similar technology or claims of prior art the…

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho