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 thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg