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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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh