Awards Watch Archive for October, 2008

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Rachel Getting Married – Milk – The Wrestler – Vicky Cristina Barcelona Happy Go Lucky – – Gran Torino – Defiance – Australia – Seven Pounds W. – Changling – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Slumdog Millionaire – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Doubt…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk By this time next week, it will be clear. Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon Sock it to him? Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler Headlock. Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button Makes sense Hugh Jackman – Australia The only hero hero on tap. Benicio Del Toro – Che…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Doubt The queen Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button The princess Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married The next gen Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long The euro Kate Winslet – The Reader The great one… Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road … who is…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire Gus Van Sant – Milk Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon Baz Luhrmann – Australia Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Steven Soderbergh – Che Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Stephen…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order – the mostly unseen) Nov 19 Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle The Feel Good Movie-Movie Nov 26 Milk Focus Van Sant Penn Brolin Turns out not to be “just” a gay issue film, but a classic underdog biopic Dec 19 The Curious Case of…

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18 Weeks To Go, Ie

Four years ago, it was one of our softest Oscar seasons. Eight years ago, it was one of our best. How much does the election matter? 2004 didn’t seem terribly urgent, as the election went. As much as people wanted Bush out in this town, by this time of year it already seemed pretty unlikely…

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19 Weeks To Go: I’m David Poland… And I Approve This Oscar Race

Four years ago, it was one of our softest Oscar seasons. Eight years ago, it was one of our best. How much does the election matter? 2004 didn’t seem terribly urgent, as the election went. As much as people wanted Bush out in this town, by this time of year it already seemed pretty unlikely…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Rachel Getting Married – Milk – The Wrestler – Vicky Cristina Barcelona Happy Go Lucky – – Gran Torino – Defiance – Australia – Seven Pounds W. – Changling – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Slumdog Millionaire – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Doubt…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Doubt The queen Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button The princess Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married The next gen Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long The euro Kate Winslet – The Reader The great one… Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road … who is…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler Headlock. Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button Makes sense Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon Sock it to him? Sean Penn – Milk By this time next week, it will be clear. Hugh Jackman – Australia The only hero hero on tap. Benicio Del Toro – Che…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon Baz Luhrmann – Australia Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Gus Van Sant – Milk Steven Soderbergh – Che Stephen Daldry – The Reader Sam Mendes…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment Heading Out Of Dodge (in alphabetical order) Nov 11 The Road TWC/ MGM Hillcoat Theron Mortensen Nov 21 The Soloist DW Wright Downey, Jr Foxx The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Nov 19 Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle Could it be Searchlight’s first winner? Dec 19 The Curious Case of…

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Best Picture

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Dec 19 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt Looking more and more the one to beat. Nov 19 Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle When you see it, you’ll know it. This is the one true feel-great film of the season. Dec…

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20 Weeks To Go, VOTE FOR… Oh, Wait A Minute…

It’s a very odd time to be talking Oscar. We’re 19 days away from the Presidential election, but 20 weeks from the Academy Awards. And the studios know it. It’s been over a month since Toronto and two weeks since my last set of charts and in that time… very little has changed. Of the…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment W. – Rachel Getting Married – Milk – The Wrestler – Gran Torino – – Happy Go Lucky – Defiance – Australia – Seven Pounds Changling – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Slumdog Millionaire – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Doubt – Frost/Nixon –…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Doubt She can dance… even in a habit Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button The movie gets her in Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married Momentum continues Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long Familiar and challenging work here Kate Winslet – The Reader Might…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon Baz Luhrmann – Australia Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Gus Van Sant – Milk Steven Soderbergh – Che Stephen Daldry – The Reader Sam Mendes…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler 98% there… unless he disappears or gets crazy Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button As the movie steams forward, the performance undeniably moves foward with it Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon It’s one of those performances… he’d win The Oscar in supporting Sean Penn – Milk…

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67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record 67 countries, including first-time entrant Jordan, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. The 2008 submissions are: Afghanistan, “Opium War,” Siddiq Barmak, director; Albania, “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani,…

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump