Awards Watch Archive for February, 2008

Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood George Clooney – Michael Clayton Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises Tommy Lee Jones – In The Valley Of Elah BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Julie Christie – Away From Her Marion Cotillard – La Vie…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment No Country For Old Men Michael Clayton Juno There Will Be Blood Atonement BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Coen Bros No Country For Old Men Ya. Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton Jason Reitman…

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3 Days To Go Golden Days Before They End

And so… we near the end. Looking back at my first column, 19 weeks ago, there is not a single thing in it that remotely embarrasses me.  3 of the 5 nominees were in my Top 4.  The other 2 were near the bottom of the first Top 15, but appropriately so at the time….

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Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood George Clooney – Michael Clayton Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises Tommy Lee Jones – In The Valley Of Elah BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Julie Christie – Away From Her Marion Cotillard – La Vie…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment No Country For Old Men Michael Clayton Juno There Will Be Blood Atonement BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Coen Bros No Country For Old Men Ya. Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton Jason Reitman…

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9 Days To Go The Ten Rules Of The Season, Pt 2

More rules… [The first five are here.] Timing Is As Important As The Film It’s one of the lessons that we learn again every season.  Timing matters as much as any other element of the process. Can a summer release be nominated in January?  Of course.  Or March?  Sure.  The biggest problem with spring releases…

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Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Forrest Whitaker – Last King Of Scotland (GG/Drama) (BFCA) (SAG) Peter O’Toole – Venus Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen (GG/D) (BFCA) (SAG) Meryl Streep – The…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment No Country For Old Men Harder and harder to beat, but not invulnerable Michael Clayton Still has an outside shot Juno The real dark horse in the race There Will Be Blood Atonement BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment The Coen Bros No Country For Old Men Ya. Julian…

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17 Days To Go The Ten Rules Of The Season

Perspective is hard to come by this time of year. Here are 10 general rules you might want to consider when you consider this wacky game of movie chess. Don’t Be The Frontrunner … Unless You Can’t Lose Being the frontrunner from the start to the finish line is not the norm in modern Oscar…

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould