Awards Watch Archive for December, 2008

9 Weeks To Go, The Latest Whine

“Why aren’t these Oscar movies in more theaters?!?!” New York Times… Variety… LA Times… yadda, yadda, yadda.. Worst of all, these are all veteran reporters who, if they don’t know it like the back of their hand as factual detail, should at least be able to smell the absurdity reeking from these stories. It’s the…

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The Top Ten Chart for December 29, 2008

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December 29

Twas The Best Picture Chart after Christmas and all through the house…

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The Top Ten Chart for December 24, 2008

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The Top Ten Chart for December 22, 2008

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Wall-E – A win here would be an apology for no BP nod.d Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody’s best in a long while. Milk – – Rachel Getting Married – – The Wrestler – Happy Go Lucky – – Seven Pounds – Che – – W. – –…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road G Voters seem to be able to separate her great work in the movie from the softball of the movie, so… Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button – Sensational as the old lady in make-up only… great CG thighs as a young one Meryl Streep…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk G Deserves the win. Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon G A legendary performance.. may win out Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler G Cynical journalists are dogging him… which might turn back into sincere love Richard Jenkins – The Visitor Will be hailed as a great surprise,…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire G David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button G Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon G Gus Van Sant – Milk – The Big Battle For The Last Slot Steven Soderbergh – Che – Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight – Jonathan Demme –…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle Patel Pinto G The prohibitive favorite Frost/Nixon U Howard Langella Sheen G The only legit shot at taking down The ‘Dog The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt G Too big to ignore, too cold to love…

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11 Weeks To Go, The Greatly Settled

Every year, I quote Bill Condon’s notion – which has more resonance with his Oscar gig this year … and less – of The Great Settling. All the critics’ awards and nominations are laid out. Screeners are in every Oscar voter’s stockings. People go on their annual big vacations to wherever with the family and…

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The Top Ten Chart for December 17, 2008

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The Top Ten Chart for December 15, 2008

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Hugh Jackman to Host 81st Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA –– Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards® telecast, producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon announced today. This will be Jackman’s first time center stage at the Oscar show, although he has previously been a presenter. “Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said…

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December 12

In the reflection of the Globes nods, the first Gurus chart of The Top 8 races, including our first look at Director and the two Screenplay categories.

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Wall-E – A win here would be an apology for no BP nod.d Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody’s best in a long while. Milk – – Rachel Getting Married – – The Wrestler – Happy Go Lucky – – Seven Pounds – Che – – W. – –…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button – The old age stuff is the killer… all make-up, no CG Meryl Streep – Doubt G Should really be here for Mamma Mia!, the gutsier performance Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married G Seems to have settled in, but still vulnerable to a…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk G A truly remarkable performance from an actor who has given us so many. Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon G Magic. And could overcome. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler G The great story of the season. Richard Jenkins – The Visitor The Academy Actors Branch likes…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire G David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button G Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon G Gus Van Sant – Milk – The Big Battle For The Last Slot Steven Soderbergh – Che – Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight – Jonathan Demme –…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order) Slumdog Millionaire FxSch Boyle Patel Pinto G Still the frontrunner… but vulnerable to frontrunner syndrome Frost/Nixon U Howard Langella Sheen G Right in the Academy wheelhouse The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt G The massive epic… that people only kinda…

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Quote Unquotesee all »

“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.

Bing!

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