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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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump