Awards Watch Archive for November, 2006

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Golden Globes Comment The Queen * Emotional choice… consolation prize? Little Miss Sunshine * Funny The Pursuit of Happyness * Sony saying it’s an original, Chris Gardener’s life screenplayed before made into a book Volver Almodovar’s been here before World Trade Center A very dramatic real life Babel Would…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Golden Globes Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen D With Hudson out of the way, she is a clear frontrunner… but too long in front is trouble… a threat would help lock her in more tightly Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada C/M Could be the threat Judi Dench…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Golden Globes Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness D Will be hard to beat (or is it Will will be hard to beat?) Peter O’Toole – Venus C/M How ill is he? Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed D The other performance was never a real candidate Forrest Whitaker…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Becoming a fait accompli Stephen Frears – The Queen Respected Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Undervalued Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel Virtuoso… though fading a bit Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima They want to give it to him… now we’ll see if the…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Golden Globes Comment Dreamgirls C/M Your Golden Globe Winner The Queen D The competition for The Globe The Departed D Your Golden Globe Winner Little Miss Sunshine C/M The competition for The Globe The Pursuit of Happyness Babel D In the hands of the critics groups Little Children Churning Letters…

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Week Eight – 88 Days to Go The Season That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

This was the year when everyone was ready to cash in. A number of major Traditional Media outlets decided to ramp up their awards season efforts, chasing fading print ad dollars. Websites added new areas of “coverage” to their content, seeking awards ads. And studios almost all seemed ready to jump into the fray, ambitious…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Golden Globes Comment Little Miss Sunshine * Get on the bus The Queen * Stiff upper life Babel Comprende? World Trade Center A very dramatic real life Half Nelson Smart, dark, writerly Borat Script or improv? Volver Que? The Good Shepherd United 93 BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Golden Globes Comment Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls C/M Will she move into lead? She is the lead. But she is also getting an “Introducing” credit. Helen Mirren – The Queen D One one huge voice can stop her Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada C/M The movie queen Judi…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Golden Globes Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness D Strong and getting stronger Peter O’Toole – Venus C/M When will he appear? Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland D A steady force, but spikes no longer spiking Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat C/M $72 million and…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Still looking very likely Bill Condon – Dreamgirls An impressive piece of work Stephen Frears – The Queen Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel Gabriele Muccino – The Pursuit of Happyness Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima A new title.. could shove one of…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Golden Globes Comment Dreamgirls C/M The key is all but turned in the lock The Queen D Has settled nicely The Departed D Just plain good Little Miss Sunshine C/M A surprsing number of doubters The Pursuit of Happyness Coming on strong World Trade Center D Still waiting for a…

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Week Six – 102 Days to Go Dreamgirls Wake

Overture, curtain, lights This is it, the night o’ nights No more rehearsing and nursing our parts We know every part by heart Overture, curtain, lights This is it, to hit the heights And, oh what heights we’ll hit On with the show, this is it Dreamgirls landed in Beverly Hills (and across the country)…

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15 Docs Advance in 2006 Oscar® Race

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 79th Academy Awards®. Eighty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Blindsight” “Can Mr. Smith Get…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Golden Globes Comment Little Miss Sunshine * “Everyone, just… pretend to be normal” The Queen * “Sleeping in the streets and pulling out their hair for someone they never knew. And they think we’re mad!” Babel “I’ll go fuck your father to make me feel better.” World Trade Center…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Golden Globes Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen D God save her Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada C/M The upset special Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal D Word is good Kate Winslet – Little Children D She’s coming back to town in the nick of time…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Golden Globes Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness D Your 85% likely winner Peter O’Toole – Venus C/M Seems like a lock… now we’ll see how people feel about the film Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland D Still talked about often Sacha Baron Cohen –…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed The clear frontrunner Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Could rise… Stephen Frears – The Queen Solid Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel Style with guile Gabriele Muccino – The Pursuit of Happyness Not in the club… but his work overreaches expectations Steven Soderbergh – The Good…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Golden Globes Comment Dreamgirls C/M By this time next week, we will know The Queen D One of The Assumed The Departed D Macho macho movie Little Miss Sunshine C/M Seems set, but needs to keep the good fight going The Pursuit of Happyness D Tiny but timely World Trade…

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Week Five – 108 Days to Go Isn’t It Romantic?

I think I finally figured it out. The reason Oscar season is so irritating to so many of the people who work within it and who make their livings because of it is that it is the most irritating form of intercourse possible… at least until nominations. And then, the pressure is significantly reduced in…

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16 Expected to Contend for 2006 Animated Feature Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — With 16 animated features submitted for consideration in 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anticipates that its Animated Feature Film category, for the first time since 2002, may include a full slate of five nominees. The 16 features expected to compete for 79th Academy Awards® nominations are: “The…

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“What Quibi trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater [ED: After formats like the nickelodeon]. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.”
~ Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The important thing is: what makes the audience interested in it? Of course, I don’t take on any roles that don’t interest me, or where I can’t find anything for myself in it. But I don’t like talking about that. If you go into a restaurant and you have been served an exquisite meal, you don’t need to know how the chef felt, or when he chose the vegetables on the market. I always feel a little like I would pull the rug out from under myself if I were to I speak about the background of my work. My explanations would come into conflict with the reason a movie is made in the first place — for the experience of the audience — and that, I would not want.
~  Christoph Waltz