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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Awards Watch

Quote Unquotesee all »

“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