Awards Watch Archive for October, 2007

19 Weeks To Go Cash And Carrion

A big part of negotiating the season each year is the placement of The Product. When will the film be ready to be seen?  When should it be shown? Festivals or no festivals? And most importantly than anything else, how to release the film into theaters? The Los Angeles Times did a piece on Thursday…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Michael Clayton Lars & The Real Girl Juno The Savages Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Knocked Up The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Margot At The Wedding Crossing Over In The Valley Of Elah Things We Lost In The Fire The Lucky Ones Lust, Caution I’m Not…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose Laura Linney – The Savages Keira Knightley – Atonement Julie Christie – Away From Her Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd Halle Berry – Things We Lost in the Fire Ellen Page – Juno Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth Angelina Jolie – A…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood George Clooney – Michael Clayton Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War Jack Nicholson – The Bucket List Denzel Washington – American Gangster James McAvoy – Atonement Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild Ryan Gosling – Lars…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood George Clooney – Michael Clayton Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War Jack Nicholson – The Bucket List Denzel Washington – American Gangster James McAvoy – Atonement Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild Ryan Gosling – Lars…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton Mike Nichols – Charlie Wilson’s War Sidney Lumet – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Sean Penn – Into The Wild Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Comment Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB There is a movement to attack this film for alleged box office problems, but look for the trouble to be shrugged off as the film keeps staying in the top five, espcially md-week, when adults rule the multiplexes. Dec 21 Charlie Wilson’s War…

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20 Weeks To Go “Round And Round They Go…”

Ass, cash, or grass… everyone pays. Somehow, that sentiment strikes me as the theme of this year’s Oscar race.  We are already deep into the race 20 weeks out.  Last year at this time – the first 20 Weeks column – all five of the films that would be nominated were already represented in the…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Michael Clayton Lars & The Real Girl Juno The Savages Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Knocked Up The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Margot At The Wedding Crossing Over In The Valley Of Elah Things We Lost In The Fire The Lucky Ones Lust, Caution I’m Not…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd Laura Linney – The Savages Keira Knightley – Atonement Halle Berry – Things We Lost in the Fire Julie Christie – Away From Her Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth Ellen Page – Juno Angelina Jolie – A…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood George Clooney – Michael Clayton Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War Ryan Gosling – Lars & The Real Girl James McAvoy – Atonement Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Savages/Before The…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men Mike Nichols – Charlie Wilson’s War Sean Penn – Into The Wild Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd Sidney Lumet – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Comment Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB A soft front-runner, but a great little film Dec 21 Charlie Wilson’s War U The 800 lb gorilla over the hill Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Mir/ ParVan Just plain strong… very challenging Dec 7 Atonement Focus Costume drama… not a…

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63 Countries Seeking Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record 63 countries, including new entrants Azerbaijan and Ireland, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. The 2007 submissions are: Argentina, “XXY,” Lucia Puenzo, director; Australia, “The Home Song Stories,” Tony Ayres, director; Austria, “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