Awards Watch Archive for September, 2007

22 Weeks To Go: Post-Toronto Edition The Year Of “Where Do I Go From Here?”

This time of year – a little earlier usually, though its happening late because its been so hard to define – we in the predictions game are always looking for what this might be “The Year Of.” Iraq was a hot topic going into the early fall festivals… and then, one by one, the movies…

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BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Awards – Poss Stars Comment Seen And Fully In The Scrum July 20 Hairspray NL Shankman Travolta Blonsky Musical Comedy Sept 21 Into The Wild ParVan Penn Holbrook Hirsch Road Trip/Feel Good Oct 12 Lars & The Real Girl Kimm Gillespie Gosling Heart Film/Comedy Nov 9 No Country For Old…

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15 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 80th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 15 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration. The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to…

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24 Weeks To Go You Know You Don’t Know

The Oscar season has started, not with a bang, but with a whimper. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of terrific movies out there.  It’s just that there is nothing either screening at festivals now or in the near future that suggests that any movie is a lock for a Best Picture nomination. You…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Awards – Poss Stars Comment THE TOP 20 POSSIBILITIES AS OF TODAY The Rare Lighter Fare July 20 Hairspray NL Shankman Travolta Blonsky Sept 29 The Darjeeling Limited FoxS W Anderson Wilson Brody Dec 26 The Savages FoxS Jenkins Hoffman Linney Bosco The Political Dramas Sept 14 In The Valley…

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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