Awards Watch Archive for August, 2010

A Modest Backgrounder On Oscar Honoree Kevin Brownlow

A Modest Backgrounder On Oscar Honoree Kevin Brownlow

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MZS Celebrates Waiting For Godard

MZS Celebrates Waiting For Godard

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Waiting For Godard

Waiting For Godard “If AMPAS is having trouble tracking Godard down, they should probably be relieved. If he does turn up in person, it’s a fair bet that he would give a speech that would provoke far more outrage than anything Vanessa Redgrave or Marlon Brando ever said or did on Oscar night.” Macnab Sez…

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How Godard Reacts To Awards

“I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.” A Telegram From Mr. Godard To The National Film Theater Once Upon An Honor And – Brody’s 2000 New Yorker Profile From A Very Brief Swiss Visit Plus – Godard’s Hélas-Pour-Vous 1995…

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Taiwan Sends Monga To Oscars

Taiwan Sends Monga To Oscars

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Where Is Jean-Luc?

Où est Jean-Luc? Un Histoire Du Cinema Academy Cannot Locate Oscar Honoree With – Movieline’s “Missing” Poster For Jean-Luc Godard: Drôle Ou Deguelasse? But – Not As Disgusting As “maybe his cold dead corpse is slowly decomposing on the dirty bathroom floor of a seedy Swiss motel. Tee-hee.”

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Films Most Likely (by release date) June 18 Toy Story 3 Disney Unkrich – July 16 Inception WB Nolan DiCaprio July 30 Get Low SPC Schneider Duvall Spacek Murray Oct 22 Hereafter WB Eastwood Damon Dec 25 True Grit Par Coens Bridges Brolin Damon The Next Tier…

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30 Weeks To Go Yeah… It’s Time To Start Thinking Oscar Again

We’re a few weeks away from Venice/Telluride/Toronto, which kicks off the Oscar season in one 19-day period. What these festivals do is to get a few titles rolling, but mostly, they start eliminating would-be contenders from the race. It’s not just press, fans, and reality in play here … it’s the studios too. Fox Searchlight…

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Get Low Director’s Prom Date Found Seed Money For Production

Get Low Director’s Prom Date Found Seed Money For Production

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”