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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier