Awards Watch Archive for December, 2009

11 Weeks To Go Chances To Make History

It has been a long, odd Oscar race already this year. The first major change was the new 10 Nominees rule, the first time since 65 years ago that we will have so many nominees for Best Picture. (Charts are from December 17, 2009)

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The Top Ten Chart for December 29, 2009

74 Critics . 125 Films. 20 New to the List.

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December 23

Little movement in a stable Top Ten… and The Gurus answer questions from “Has having 10 BP nominees made the season more exciting so far?” to “Are Mo’Nique‘s chances to win being hurt in a real way by bad media buzz at this time?”

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The Top Ten Chart for December 23, 2009

54 Critics. 104 Films.

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The Top Ten Chart for December 20, 2009

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December 18

Another Top Eight week for The Gurus. Avatar leaps on the Best Picture list and welcome to the party, Ms. Sandra Bullock!

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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 Gabourey Sidibe – Precious Marion Cotillard – Nine Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side Shohreh Agdashloo – The Stoning of Soraya M Abbie Cornish – Bright…

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Best Actor Chart

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

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR – Director Picture Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 James Cameron Avatar 2 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker 3 Jason Reitman Up In The Air 4 Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds 5 Lone Scherfig An Education – Clint Eastwood Invictus – Lee Daniels Precious – Rob Marshall Nine – Pete Docter Bob Petersen Up…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE – – – Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 7 Dec 18 Avatar Fox Cameron Saldana Weaver 2 6 open The Hurt Locker Sum Bigelow Renner Mackie 3 2 open Up In The Air Par Reitman Clooney 4 3 open An Education SPC Scherfig Mulligan Sarsgaard 5 4 open…

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13 Weeks To Go, Time For A Breather

Okay… so that’s over! I should say, I don’t have anything against most of the awards given out in the last 10 days. (A few, yes. They suck.) But the bottom line in Hollywood is that this entire journey is about one thing… Oscar.

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63 ORIGINAL SONGS TUNE UP FOR 2009 OSCAR®

Beverly Hills, CA -Sixty-three songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by…

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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 Gabourey Sidibe – Precious Marion Cotillard – Nine Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side Shohreh Agdashloo – The Stoning of Soraya M Abbie Cornish – Bright…

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Best Actor Chart

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

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR – Director Picture Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 James Cameron Avatar 2 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker 3 Jason Reitman Up In The Air – Clint Eastwood Invictus – Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds – Lone Scherfig An Education – Lee Daniels Precious – Rob Marshall Nine – Pete Docter Bob Petersen Up…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE – – – Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Frontrunners For Nomination 1 7 Dec 18 Avatar Fox Cameron Saldana Weaver 2 6 open The Hurt Locker Sum Bigelow Renner Mackie 3 2 open Up In The Air Par Reitman Clooney 4 3 open An Education SPC Scherfig Mulligan Sarsgaard 5 4 open…

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14 Weeks To Go, Avatar Touches Down

It’s been a very unusual season so far. The leading films of media passion since Toronto have been Up In The Air and Precious. The Great Movie That Was Almost Fragged In Theatrical has been The Hurt Locker.

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December 9

Best Picture only… and only slots 8 & 9 and 10 & 11 change…

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15 Weeks To Go NineeniN

There is a lot of hit and run this time of year. You see a movie. You think about a movie. You write about a movie. And then, you defend what you thought and wrote about that movie. (Charts from November 19, 2009)

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December 2

The Gurus go after all of the Top Eight categories for the first time this season. Up In The Air takes the top spot back from Precious, Bigelow pulls in front of Reitman, two tight Best Acting races, and screenplays are Boaling for Air.

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Awards Watch

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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