Awards Watch Archive for October, 2006

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Miss Sunshine One of the rare locks already locked Babel Fighting the Timeses’ smear pieces…. but should get there… writers will support Guillermo, who also happens to deserve it The Queen Should walk in with the movie World Trade Center Pushing helps get a very smart script…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen The frontrunner Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada Does she take the gold when people tire of Mirren’s brilliant restraint and melt under the giddy fun of Streep’s Wicked Witch of Couture? Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal The restraint of a…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness Comedian does drama George Clooney – The Good German Oscar’s favorite! Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland Should be in supporting Peter O’Toole – Venus I have my doubts, but the attention is heated Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed Looking…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Will he finally win for his most commercial work? Steven Soderbergh – The Good German Either he’s a major threat or fall out completely Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Book it. Stephen Frears – The Queen Great filmmaker… Best Pic nom film Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls 85% hasn’t been seen… but the 15% suggests a great deal of strength The Departed Could easily be the only $100 million grosser amongst the nominees The Queen Firming up with a lot of opposition… no time for laurel resting though Little Miss Sunshine Searchlight seems to have…

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Week Three – 122 Days to Go Channel #2

Can you smell it? Come on, take a good, deep whiff… There. See. It’s the smell of shit. Get used to it. Because we’re going deep into it. If the first weeks of The Awards Season has offered us anything, it is a pretty good sense that the media, especially Big Media, has come to…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment World Trade Center Babel The Queen Little Miss Sunshine Volver Borat The Good Shepherd Stranger Than Fiction Catch A Fire United 93 Goya’s Ghosts Home of the Brave Bobby BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Children Dreamgirls Running With Scissors Flags of Our Fathers The History…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Dame Helen Mirren – The Queen Hers to lose. Kate Winslet – Little Children Her career best… now someone has to be told Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada Great, great work… she has already gotten the award of revival as an opener Dame Judi Dench – Notes…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness The world’s one surviving superstar George Clooney – The Good German Now in the Oscar groove Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland Might have peaked too early Peter O’Toole – Venus Media coronation might be stopped by pity instead of…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Feeling it Steven Soderbergh – The Good German Getting more interesting Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Certainly Stephen Frears – The Queen Frears being in the category with Scorsese and Soderbergh is a strong statement on diverse filmmakers Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel Flexing Oliver…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls The Queens… the trailer lands in theaters today The Good German Soderbergh’s film has finally got a trailer… and it looks both classical and political in a way that may be reasonably construed as modern The Queen Ads are being switched up… looking stronger Little Miss Sunshine Unless…

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Week Two – 129 DAYS TO GO Hope Floats

It’s always fascinating how much hope there is at this time of year. Paramount has already delivered all but Dreamgirls within the industry, yet you can have a conversation about whether they can get four nominations or whether they will get two. Sony has already delivered all but The Pursuit of Happyness within the industry,…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment The Queen Fine Little Miss Sunshine Fun Babel Fierce World Trade Center Familial Volver Fantastico The Prestige Borat The Good Shepherd Stranger Than Fiction Catch A Fire United 93 Home of the Brave BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Thank You For Smoking I surprised myself by…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Dame Helen Mirren – The Queen Hers to lose. Kate Winslet – Little Children Her career best… now someone has to be told Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada Great, great work… she has already gotten the award of revival as an opener Dame Judi Dench – Notes…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland In this slot by default. Really a supporting performance. Vulnerable. Peter O’Toole – Venus He’s a bit sad in a role that should be a joy, but perhaps they want to fete him Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness A…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed This may actually be the year… but stop talking about it… shhhh Steven Soderbergh – The Good German The adventure of black & white Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Need to see it as his movie Stephen Frears – The Queen Elegant work, underrated by…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls Can it be beat? The Good German Has Soderbergh got the shocker of the season up his sleeve? No one at WB seems to have an opinion The Queen A fine film with a winning performance… but they need to avoid the Walk The Line problem. The Departed…

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136 DAYS TO GO Ready… Steady… Gold Cat Gold!

It’s gonna be a funky year… Think about it … Do you remember the last time the Best Picture frontrunner, which is clearly Dreamgirls now that Flags of our Fathers stumbled on exposure to the media (even if the trades and others are still barking up that flagpole), was expected to sport two Best Supporting…

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8 Doc Shorts Short-Listed for 2006 Oscars®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject entries has narrowed to eight films, from which three to five will earn Academy Award® nominations. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Blood of Yingzhou District” “Dear Talula” “The Diary…

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Academy Board Votes to Establish Makeup Branch

Beverly Hills, CA – Makeup artists and hairstylists who are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been granted branch status by the Academy’s Board of Governors, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. Branch status will permit the roughly 120 makeup artists and hairstylists who are currently members-at-large to elect one…

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump