Awards Watch Archive for November, 2008

November 26

Ben Button pushes past Slumdog… and the Gurus pock some underdog contenders, lead by Richard Jenkins in The Visitor.

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Vicky Cristina Barcelona Milk – Rachel Getting Married – The Wrestler – Happy Go Lucky – – Che – W. – Gran Torino – Australia – Seven Pounds 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 Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long Kate Winslet – The Reader Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road Nicole Kidman – Australia Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky Michelle Williams – Wendy & Lucy Angelina…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button Benicio Del Toro – Che Hugh Jackman – Australia Josh Brolin – W. Richard Jenkins – The Visitor Will Smith – Seven Pounds Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road Ralph Fiennes –…

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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 Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Steven Soderbergh – Che Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Mike…

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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 Patel Pinto Muscled Dec 19 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt Some have seen it (not playing in Amsterdam), but verdict is still positive, but blurry Nov 26 Milk Focus…

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15 Weeks To Go, As The Season Turns

Last time we checked in on The Season, everyone was waiting for the last few films to grace us with their presence. And they have… and still… an odd silence… critics not sure just how far to stick their necks… But the ongoing theme of the entire season remains… that was okay/not bad/pretty good… This…

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November 19

In the first Gurus chart in the heat of the season, Slumdog tries to hold off Benjamin Button, the Supporting races seem locked in, and the battle for Best Actor goes 3 ways.

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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 – Australia – Seven Pounds W. – 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 Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long Kate Winslet – The Reader Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road Nicole Kidman – Australia Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky Michelle Williams – Wendy & Lucy Angelina…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button Benicio Del Toro – Che Hugh Jackman – Australia Josh Brolin – W. Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road Richard Jenkins – The Visitor Will Smith – Seven Pounds Ralph Fiennes –…

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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 Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Steven Soderbergh – Che Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Mike…

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16 Weeks To Go, High & Low

Around 12 years ago, Harry and Moriarty said, “Mr. Valenti, tear down that wall.” For the movie business, this was every bit as revolutionary – and maybe more so – than the Berlin Wall finally being pulled down. From the very beginning, the movie industry was about creating illusion, including the mythologies of the studio…

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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 Patel Pinto Dec 19 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt Nov 26 Milk Focus Van Sant Penn Brolin Dec 5 Frost/Nixon U Howard Langella Sheen Nov 26 Australia Fox Luhrmann…

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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 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 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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17 Weeks To Go, Four Months Suddenly Seems Like A Short Race

And now… awards season begins in earnest. Tick, tick, tick, tick… the last load of films will all be rolled out for media and awards voters within the next 4 weeks. And really, we’re down to five films already. Four of the “Five To Watch” are Oscar Insider movies. Two Kate Winslets (5 noms), one…

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A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies

“In my own mind, I’ve always been a writer and the fact that I act is, well… it’s been very enjoyable and I love doing it. It has been good for me, but in my own mind I’m just a writer with a bizarre activity—acting—that I undertake.”
~ Wallace Shawn