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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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…