Awards Watch Archive for November, 2009

November 25

For Thanksgiving, The Gurus offer the surprise nominees they would be thankful for, including Sharlto Copley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Optimus Prime!

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia Carey Mulligan – An Education Helen Mirren – The Last Station Marion Cotillard – Nine Abbie Cornish – Bright Star Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones Gabourey Sidibe – Precious Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria Shohreh…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment George Clooney – Up in the Air Christopher Plummer – The Last Station Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart Morgan Freeman – Invictus Peter Sarsgaard – An Education Viggo Mortensen – The Road Colin Firth – A Single Man Daniel Day-Lewis – Nine Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker Michael…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE – – – Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 2 open Up Disney Docter Petersen – Still flying high. 2 3 Nov 13 Up In The Air Par Reitman Clooney Flight confirmed 3 4 open An Education SPC Scherfig Mulligan Sarsgaard Of age. 4 5 Nov 6 Precious LG…

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17 Weeks To Go, The Drip, Drip, Drip

The main variation in the 2009/10 Oscar season that keeps getting discussed is the change to 10 nominees.

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10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ALIVE IN 2009 OSCAR® RACE

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Seventy-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: The…

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10 ANIMATED SHORTS MOVE AHEAD IN 2009 OSCAR® RACE

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: ” “The…

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Hamish Hamilton to Direct 2009 Oscar® Telecast

Hamish Hamilton will direct the 82nd Academy Awards® telecast, show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today. It will be Hamilton’s first time directing the Oscar show. “Hamish is a first-rate live-show director who will bring enthusiasm, experience and a fresh eye to the table,” said Shankman. “He’s also a master of working with…

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15 Documentary Features Continue in 2009 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “The Beaches of…

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November 18

Not much action on the Best Picture front, but in The Gurus’ first Best Director’s poll, it’s Jason Reitman by a (h)air ahead of Kathryn Bigelow.

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia The unstoppable force. Carey Mulligan – An Education The ingenue of the year. Helen Mirren – The Last Station A role that could win her a second Oscar in just three years. Marion Cotillard – Nine The other one. Saoirse Ronan – The…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment George Clooney – Up in the Air Beloved, lovely, and looking for answers Daniel Day-Lewis – Nine How could he not? Christopher Plummer – The Last Station Could be the shock winner… lifetime achievement and a great role & performance.. and unlike some stage gods, he is a relentless…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE – – – Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 Dec 25 Nine TWC Marshall Day-Lewis Et al The big buzz starts this weekend with the junket 2 open Up Disney Docter Petersen – Will the Disney turmoil put this in jeopardy? 4 Nov 13 Up In The Air Par…

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18 Weeks To Go, The Golden Undies

This year’s season is slooooowly rolling out… which is ironic, given that all but four of the major contenders have been seen… and one of them, Nine, rolls out for junketeers this Friday.

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Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®

The 20 submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” “Astro Boy” “Battle for Terra” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” “Mary and Max” “The Missing Lynx” “Monsters vs. Aliens” “9” “Planet 51”…

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November 11

Precious leaps in front of Up In the Air and the Supporting Characters take the stage, with Mo’Nique and Inglourious Basterds’ Jew Hunter, Christopher Walz, dominating.

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November 4, The Season Begins

The first chart of the season is all about Up. Leading for Best Picture and Best Actor, Up In the Air. And Pixar’s Up is #6 in the BP race and #1 in Animation. Finally, Meryl Streep is up like a souffle for that Julie & Julia performance.

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Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to Host Oscar® Show

Beverly Hills, CA (November 3, 2009) — Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as co-hosts of the 82nd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today. “We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said Shankman and Mechanic. “Steve will bring…

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg