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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas