Awards Watch Archive for November, 2006

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Miss Sunshine No question here Babel Guillermo gets it The Queen An elegant piece of work World Trade Center Pushing helps get a very smart script in Volver Viva Pedro! The Prestige Very, very clever script… could leap Borat A script or a performance… that is the…

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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 Strong… Peter O’Toole – Venus Scariest Promotional Ad Ever Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed Stars are lining up for him Forrest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland Strong performance, but really supporting George Clooney – The Good German Depends on the…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Smells like a winner Steven Soderbergh – The Good German Black and white and read all over Bill Condon – Dreamgirls If the sense of the film being a remarkable pastiche of style, as well as storytelling, turns out to be accurate, could surge…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls It’s always doubter before the dawn The Queen The top cat of the second tier Little Miss Sunshine As the expession goes, the one that wins on Saturday and loses on Sunday The Departed Well into the race… WB needs to remind people around Thanksgiving, not letting ti…

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Week Four- 115 Days to Go The Rules: Episode One

There are all kinds of rules that really do have significance in the Oscar season. None of them are made of stone. Each of us must bring our own experience and circumstance to the table when navigating the waters. Salty old sailors die at sea sometimes, so they don’t have all the answers. But give…

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima