Awards Watch Archive for January, 2009

Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk SAG, BFCA The most competitive major award of the night… but Penn has the weight of Langella and the stunt of Rourke, which makes him a 40% frontrunner Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler HFPA Just keeps winning stuff… a 30% chance Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Slumdog Millionaire FxSch PGA, SAG, BFCA, HFPA Your Oscar Winner (80%) Frost/Nixon U Very, very well liked… but is there enough passion? (10%) Milk Focus Those who love, LOVE, those who hate, HATE (5%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Heart = Votes… Button = Admiration (3%) The Reader…

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3 Weeks To Go, D. It Is Written

The great irony of this year’s Oscars is the constant battle between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. The Devil says, “The year is boring… we know all the answers already… is a classic Hollywood fantasia set in a poverty-stricken country of amazing colors and sights telling the tale of…

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January 22

The field thins… and The Guru’ first look at Foreign Language

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Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann, director; Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon, director;…

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January 12

Back from the holidays, The Gurus take on all 8 categories, including a big shift between The Nun and The Nazi/Troubled Housefrau.

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Milk – – The Wrestler Wall-E – Rachel Getting Married – – – The Visitor Happy Go Lucky – – Seven Pounds – Che – – W. – – Changling – – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Slumdog Millionaire G Frost/Nixon G…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road G Meryl Streep – Doubt G Cate Blanchett – Benjamin Button – Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married G Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long G Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky G Melissa Leo – Frozen River – Angelina Jolie – Changeling…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Sean Penn – Milk G Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon G Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler G Richard Jenkins – The Visitor Brad Pitt – Benjamin Button G DARK HORSES Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino Benicio Del Toro – Che Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road G BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Actor…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire G Your Oscar Winner David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button G Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon G Gus Van Sant – Milk – Stephen Daldry – The Reader G

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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 Frost/Nixon U Howard Langella Sheen G The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Par Fincher Pitt G Milk Focus Van Sant Penn Brolin – The Dark Knight WB Nolan Ledger – Still Hunting Doubt Mir Shanley Streep…

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6 Weeks To Go, Almost There

This is the shortest award season EVER! It is also one of the most predictable years ever. It is also the season in which coverage of the awards, from start to finish, jumped the shark into an Ouroboros parade. It is also one of the weakest years, in terms of movies, in a long time….

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The MCN Critics 1 Chop Shop 2 Encounters at End of the World 3 In Bruges 4 Let the Right One In 5 Man on Wire 6 Milk/Paranoid Park 7 Mongol 8 Tell No One 9 The Visitor 10 Wall-E 1 A Christmas Tale 2 Paranoid Park 3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button 4 Wall-E…

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NP Thompson Movies Into Film 1 Unrelated 2 Sita Sings the Blues 3 Breath 4 The Gates 5 Flight of the Red Balloon 6 The Band’s Visit 7 Persepolis 8 Trouble the Water 9 Opera Jawa 10 Priceless Andy Klein Los angeles CityBeat 1 The Dark Knight 2 Gran Torino 3 In Bruges 4 Let…

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Peter Martin Cinematical 1 Let the Right One In 2 Tell No One 3 Man on Wire 4 Wall-E 5 Timecrimes 6 The Pool 7 Encounters at End of the World 8 Burn After Reading 9 Astropia 10 Dance of the Dead Erik Davis Cinematical 1 Slumdog Millionaire 2 The Dark Knight 3 Dear Zachary…

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Bob Mondello NPR 1 Slumdog Millionaire 2 Wall-E 3 Milk 4 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days 5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona 6 Rachel Getting Married 7 The Class 8 Man on Wire 9 The Dark Knight 10 A Christmas Tale Steve Prokopy Gapers Block 1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2 Wall-E 3 Let…

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Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times 1 Slumdog Millionaire 2 A Christmas Tale 3 The Class 4 Frost/Nixon 5 Frozen River 6 Happy Go Lucky 7 Rachel Getting Married 8 Man on Wire 9 Tell No One 10 Wall-E Steve Salles Standard Examiner 1 The Dark Knight 2 Slumdog Millionaire 3 Iron Man 4 Rachel Getting…

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Mike Scott Times-Picayune 1 Wall-E 1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3 Slumdog Millionaire 4 Rachel Getting Married 5 The Dark Knight 6 Trouble the Water 7 Milk 8 Encounters at End of the World 9 The Band’s Visit 10 Blindness Rick Groen Globe & Mail 1 A Christmas Tale 2 Wall-E 3 Rachel Getting…

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Chris Bumbray JoBlo.com 1 The Dark Knight 2 Slumdog Millionaire 3 The Wrestler 4 Wall-E 5 Let the Right One In 6 Hamlet 2 7 The Hurt Locker 8 In Bruges 9 Boy A 10 Snow Angels Ryan Pike The Gauntlet 1 The Dark Knight 2 Wall-E 3 Iron Man 4 Tropic Thunder 5 Quantum…

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John M. Urbancich Cleveland Sun-News 1 In Bruges 2 Doubt 3 The Dark Knight 4 Happy Go Lucky 5 Frozen River 6 The Wrestler 7 Gran Torino 8 Nothing but the Truth 9 I Served the King of England 10 Frost/Nixon \ W Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News 1 The Dark Knight 2 The…

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“What Quibi trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater [ED: After formats like the nickelodeon]. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.”
~ Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The important thing is: what makes the audience interested in it? Of course, I don’t take on any roles that don’t interest me, or where I can’t find anything for myself in it. But I don’t like talking about that. If you go into a restaurant and you have been served an exquisite meal, you don’t need to know how the chef felt, or when he chose the vegetables on the market. I always feel a little like I would pull the rug out from under myself if I were to I speak about the background of my work. My explanations would come into conflict with the reason a movie is made in the first place — for the experience of the audience — and that, I would not want.
~  Christoph Waltz