Awards Watch Archive for November, 2007

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy Juno Diablo Cody The Savages Tamara Jenkins Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Kelly Masterson Lars & The Real Girl Nancy Oliver Knocked Up American Gangster I’m Not There Margot At The Wedding In The Valley Of Elah Things We Lost In The Fire…

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Best Actress Chart

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

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd He is amazing… he is pushed… and he is Depp Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood Technical love George Clooney – Michael Clayton Maybe his best work Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead The only character introduction that…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Best Picture Runners The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton Sidney Lumet – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead The Superstars Of Directing ’07 Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Comment Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Miramax The most talked about movie right now Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB The little engine that is 8 Fighting For 3, 4, 5 Dec 7 Atonement Focus Danger, Will Robinson! Frontrunner-itis threatens! Oct 26 Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead…

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14 Weeks To Go All Dressed Up And No Way To Know

So all the horses are in the gate … Big dogs Sweeney Todd and Charlie Wilson’s War landed this week to mixed results.  The Weinstein Co is still rolling out The Great Debaters in hopes that it can argue its way into the race.  And the entire parade of films that are in the chase…

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15 Docs Move Ahead in 2007 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 80th Academy Awards®. Seventy pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Autism: The Musical” “Body of…

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16 Weeks To Go Slippin’ And Slidin’

It is, for almost everyone I speak to, one of the oddest award seasons ever.  It’s November 15th.  A year ago, Dreamgirls launched and the season started flopping around.  This year, we are still waiting on Sweeney Todd and Charlie Wilson’s War but, really, nothing has cemented a slot as a nominee, much less gained…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose Impossible to beat a performace this ambutious and brilliant… unless Ms. C remains a mystery Julie Christie – Away From Her Mystique could also make it hard for a nomination to find her Laura Linney – The Savages A fine, fine performance…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Like no other performance Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood Like no other performance not already given by a Huston George Clooney – Michael Clayton Like no other performance by Clooney Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Like…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Best Picture Runners The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton Sidney Lumet – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Mike Nichols – Charlie Wilson’s War The Superstars Of Directing ’07, Fighting Without Likely BP Nods Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Comment Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB The understated front runner Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Miramax Locking Swinging For The Fences Dec 7 Atonement Focus Becoming the front runner waiting to be torn down Oct 26 Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Think This year’s pre-nom The…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy Juno Diablo Cody The Savages Tamara Jenkins Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Kelly Masterson Lars & The Real Girl Nancy Oliver American Gangster Knocked Up Margot At The Wedding Crossing Over In The Valley Of Elah Things We Lost In The Fire The…

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Best Actress Chart

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

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd George Clooney – Michael Clayton Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood Denzel Washington – American Gangster James McAvoy – Atonement Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild…

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Best Director Chart

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

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Comment Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB Solid, clean… the morality tale in a suit Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Miramax A movie that sticks to the ribs Dec 7 Atonement Focus The Toronto choice… the media is committed Oct 26 Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead Think…

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17 Weeks To Go Man, Oh Man

I already wrote one “Year Of The… ” column this season, back in September.  But I seem to be having one recurring discussion this season that has become dominant. It’s Oscar’s Year of The Man. So… you say that every frickin’ year is “The Year Of The Man.”  Well, what kind of idiot would argue…

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12 Animated Films Submitted for 2007 Oscar Consideration®

Beverly Hills, CA — Twelve features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®. The 12 submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters” “Bee Movie” “Beowulf” “Meet the Robinsons” “Persepolis” “Ratatouille” “Shrek the Third” “The Simpsons Movie” “Surf’s…

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18 Weeks To Go Wicked Wicked Season Picket

This is the nightmare month of the Oscar season on both the publicity and the media side of the aisle.  Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival launches tonight with Lions for Lambs, which has a pretty strong consensus for it being dead on arrival in terms of award season.  But off we go, Cruise and Streep…

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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