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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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“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