Awards Watch Archive for December, 2006

2006 Movies Eligible for an Oscar

Eligible For Oscar ABOMINABLE ACCEPTED AKEELAH AND THE BEE ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER ALL THE KING’S MEN AMERICAN DREAMZ AMERICAN HARDCORE ANNAPOLIS THE ANT BULLY APOCALYPTO APRIL’S SHOWER AQUAMARINE ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES ASK THE DUST ATL AURORA BOREALIS BABEL BACKSTAGE BARNYARD BASIC INSTINCT 2 THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL BEERFEST THE…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Miss Sunshine Challenging work behind the typewriter The Queen (GG) A piece of docudrama that is both extreme and subtle Letters From Iwo Jima Very subtle, but builds… Volver Pedro! Half Nelson A tightrope act Babel (GG) Wouldn’t be a surprise if in The Pursuit of Happyness…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen (GG) Lock fatigue is the only danger Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada (GG/C) The most influential filmed performance of the year by any actress Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal (GG) As always…. Kate Winslet – Little Children (GG) Could she…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness (GG) A great emotional performance Forrest Whitaker – Last King Of Scotland (GG) A great character performance Ken Watanabe – Letters From Iwo Jima A great performance of quiet charm and power Peter O’Toole – Venus (GG) A great legend Sacha Baron…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed (GG) What more is there to say? Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima (GG) Great work… but not his year to win Bill Condon – Dreamgirls The Globes created one of the year’s top non-stories Stephen Frears – The Queen (GG) Solid Alejandro…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls (GG) In spite of the world’s whitest critic questioning its soul, voters want to see it and are cheering Letters From Iwo Jima The smart, dry, critics choice The Queen (GG) Solid, speaks to the age group The Departed (GG) Well enough liked to get a nom… too…

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Week Ten – 67 Days to Go The Great Settling ’06

Yes, ladies & gentlemen, it’s that time again…. The Great Settling of 2006 has begun. We got past the last gasp of hypersensitivity with the on-again/off-again DGA screener battle. Hair was pulled, egos were floated, millions of dollars were at stake… and in the end, same old same old. And now, as the week leads…

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The Oscars 2007 Poster

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The Top Ten Chart for December 15, 2007

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Miss Sunshine Could well be the (well deserved) consolation prize The Queen (GG) Dry perfection The Pursuit of Happyness Couldn’t be wetter Letters From Iwo Jima The Academy has agreed to allow this movie inspired by a book to be original… hmmm…. Volver The Great Almodovar Babel…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen (GG) Unless The Academy decides Hudson is a lead, Dame Helen is your winner Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada (GG/C) A lurking horse of the darkest order Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal (GG) Brilliant, but the movie seems to be…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness (GG) Action and comedy star making people cry is hard to beat Forrest Whitaker – Last King Of Scotland (GG) A classic supporting role that may not get as much support as hoped for in this category Ken Watanabe – Letters From…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed (GG) Could Eastwood siphon enough away from Scorsese to give it to Condon or Frears? Could. But let’s hope not. Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima (GG) Not likely to win again so soon… but who knows? Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Movie is…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls (GG) Even those who doubt can’t deny the massive audience rousing power of the big moments The Queen (GG) Dark horse Letters From Iwo Jima The presumed #2, destined to be more respected than loved The Departed (GG) Great movie… but too B for O The Leading Contenders…

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Week Nine – 74 Days to Go – The Night Before The Globes Noms

The Search For Meaning The Golden Globe Nominations mean nothing. Nothing. Okay… well not nothing. But pretty close to nothing. People, professionally prognosticating and not, seem to be anxiously searching out answers at this time of year and particularly this year, when the season was pretty well defined before Thanksgiving. Change. We need change. Please,…

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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 Should be the winner, but Golden Globes remain a mystery Ken Watanabe – Letters From Iwo Jima D Very soilid performance of great strength Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed D Blood Diamond has more support than sanity dictates… but……

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed Now being pushed by Clint Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima Again? Bill Condon – Dreamgirls Could win if the above pair split the vote Stephen Frears – The Queen Steady brilliance Gabriele Muccino – The Pursuit of Happyness If the film gathers…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Golden Globes Comment Dreamgirls C/M Clearly the likely leader in nominations… it’s spirit and show biz story should make it the easy winner Letters From Iwo Jima FL Significantly better than Flags, which will make it the perceived #2… but a languid 2:20 running time and Japanese language makes it…

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“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

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh