Awards Watch Archive for January, 2008

Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood Hard to slow a roll this intense George Clooney – Michael Clayton It’s there for him to challenge… but he doesn’t seem anxious to do so Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd He coulda won it… but the ship took him down…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment No Country For Old Men Just keeps winning… Michael Clayton Can Warners move the dial on the most agreeable Best Picture choice Juno No longer an underdog movie… should be thrilled to have made it this far There Will Be Blood The milkshake is flowing somewhere else Atonement Too…

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24 Days To Go

Somehow, this may be the first Oscar season in memory without The Great Settling. It’s not really clear whether it’s because of the films themselves or because of the WGA strike or the fact that the latest entry into the race – in Hollywood showings, not theatrical release date – was There Will Be Blood,…

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34 Days To Go And The Noms Are… As Expected

So … Few real surprises.  A couple pleasant.  A couple less so. The score from There Will Be Blood was disqualified at the last minute … so that is a shame.  Rather brilliant work. Laura Linney ran well under the radar in critics’ world … and still got in. Tommy Lee Jones got a nod,…

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Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on…

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Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film GG Comment Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy His reward if MC wins Best Picture and PTA wins for directing. Juno Diablo Cody * Front-ran long enough to become a small problem The Savages Tamara Jenkins The writers will make sure she gets what she deserves Lars & The Real Girl…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film GG SAG Comment Ellen Page – Juno M/C A The accessible, loveable rising star, modest, smart and ready to be a much bigger star Julie Christie – Away From Her D A Away From The Spotlight Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose M/C A Perhaps the defining moment of…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film GG SAG Comment George Clooney – Michael Clayton D A Hollywood’s heartthrob little engines a shocker. Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood D A Scenery chewing wears thin over time. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd C/M Quickly becoming this season’s Eddie Murphy of last year… deserving, but dragged…

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Best Director

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film DGA GG Comment The Best Picture Runners The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men * * Yes. Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood * A tour d’ force behind that camera Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton * A complete, powerful, classic movie with a real sense…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Globe Nom Comment Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Mira D Now aiming on the win Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB D DGA crosses the “t,” dots the “i” Dec 5 Juno FoxS M/C The most impressive financial success at just the right moment The Candidates For The…

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7 Weeks To Go Mutually Assured Disinterest

The Golden Globes are dead… long die The Golden Globes. The Wheel O’ Strategy is spinning hard at the studios these days.  A film like Hairspray, which ended up joining now-presumptive Best Picture nominees There Will Be Blood and Juno as the only multiple Critics’ Choice Award winners, is suddenly thrilled about being a nominee…

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Seven Films Vie for 2007 Makeup Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition for Achievement in Makeup for the 80th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” “La Vie en Rose”…

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Seven Films Vie for 2007 Makeup Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition for Achievement in Makeup for the 80th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” “La Vie en Rose”…

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Scott Renshaw Charleston City Paper 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Once 3 My Kid Could Paint That 4 Joshua 5 The Host 6 The King of Kong 7 Into the Wild 8 Day Night Day Night 9 Walk Hard 10 There Will Be Blood Keith Cohen Sun Publications 1 Sweeney Todd 2 Hairspray…

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Bob Strauss LA Daily News 1 I’m Not There 2 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days 3 Away From Her 4 The Bourne Ultimatum 5 Control 6 Offside 7 Atonement 8 Gone Baby Gone 9 Grindhouse 10 Juno/Lars and the Real Girl Glenn Whipp LA Daily News 1 There Will Be Blood 2 I’m Not…

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Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal 1 Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2 Ratatouille 3 There Will Be Blood 4 Atonement 5 Into the Wild 6 Juno 7 Lars and the Real Girl 8 Manufactured Landscapes 9 Once 10 Waitress David Poland Movie City News 1 I’m Not There 2 Lake of Fire 3 Michael Clayton…

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The Austin Chronicle 1 No Country for Old Men 2 The Lives of Others 3 There Will Be Blood 4 Persepolis 5 Diving Bell and the Butterfly 6 Juno 7 Atonement 8 3:10 to Yuma 9 The Bourne Ultimatum/Eastern Promises 10 Ratatouille Geoffrey Cheshire Independent Weekly 1 Into the Wild 2 Into Great Silence 3…

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Matt Brunson Creative Loafing 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Gone Baby Gone 3 Juno 4 Two Days in Paris 5 No End in Sight 6 The King of Kong 7 Ratatouille 8 Across the Universe 9 Assassination of Jesse James 10 Lake of Fire Jeremy Smith CHUD 1 No Country for Old Men…

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Tom Charity CNN 1 There Will Be Blood 2 Into the Wild 3 Zodiac 4 Assassination of Jesse James 5 No Country for Old Men 6 Once 7 Black Book 8 Persepolis 9 Syndromes and a Century 10 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Alonso Duralde MSNBC 1 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days 2…

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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