Awards Watch Archive for July, 2008

Best Picture

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Nov 14 Australia Fox Luhrmann Kidman Jackman Baz’ shot at the “Out of Africa” thang Oct 10 Body of Lies WB Scott DiCaprio Crowe Channeling The Departed… Monaghan script….Ridley’s year? Dec 19 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt Fincher with…

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30 Weeks To Go Oscarbama or McAdemy Awards?

Are we really starting The Oscar Season with just 22 movies in serious play… really 12 that look like serious Best Picture contenders… and Che’ just floating out there, waiting to land? It’s kind of crazy, really. This time last year, we were looking at 40 legitimate possibilities, at least. I chose to wait another…

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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