Awards Watch Archive for September, 2010

22 Weeks To Oscar: The Year Of Good Being Good Enough

This is a very competitive race for a dozen or so movies looking to fit into a few slots. GREAT is not necessary. In fact, GREAT may be a problem for some of these films. This is the Oscar season of Really Good.
(New Charts This Week, Including Acting Races)

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Best Actress/Supporting Actress

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Natalie Portman – Black Swan Carey Mulligan – Never Let Me Go Helen Mirren – The Debt/The Tempest Reese Witherspoon – How Do You Know Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone Anne Hathaway – Love & Other Drugs Anette Bening – The Kids Are All Right Lesley Manville – Another…

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Best Actor/ Supporting Actor

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Colin Firth – The King’s Speech James Franco – 127 Hours Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network Jeff Bridges – True Grit Javier Bardem – Biutiful Jack Nicholson – How Do You Know Robert Duvall – Get Low Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine Leo…

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Best Picture Chart – 9/30/10

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 Oct 1 The Social Network Sony Fincher Eisenberg Nov 5 127 Hours FxSch Boyle Franco Nov 24 The King’s Speech TWC Marshall Firth Dec 1 Black Swan…

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Denmark Thinks Of Better World For Oscar

Denmark Thinks Of Better World For Oscar

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Angel Flies For Norway’s Oscar

Angel Flies For Norway’s Oscar While – Bosnia And Herzegovina Go To Danis Tanović’s Cirkus Columbia

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Slovakia Crosses The Border For Oscar

Slovakia Crosses The Border For Oscar

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When We Leave Germany’s Oscar Ticket

When We Leave Germany’s Oscar Ticket

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Bulgaria Makes Eastern Plays For Oscar

Bulgaria Makes Eastern Plays For Oscar

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Never Let Me Go – MCN Exclusive Clip

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Gosling Says He Felt Real Love Shooting Blue Valentine

Gosling Says He Felt Real Love Shooting Blue Valentine

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Belgian Oscar Entry Is Illegal

Belgian Oscar Entry Is Illegal

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King’s Speech Ekes Aud Nod At T.O.

King’s Speech Ekes Aud Nod At T.O.

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Never Let Me Go, screenwriter Alex Garland & novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

DP/30 – A chat with the two wordsmiths behind Never Let Me Go, screenwriter Alex Garland & novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Further Adventures Of Colored Girls’ Ntozake Shange

The Further Adventures Of Colored Girls‘ Ntozake Shange

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France Goes Of Gods And Men For Oscar

France Goes Of Gods And Men For Oscar

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Fincher Sez The Social Network Is The “Citizen Kane Of John Hughes Movies”

“It’s also something uniquely Sorkinian: an earnest, unsparing feature-length exploration of the question “What exactly does it mean to be an a–hole?” Fincher Sez The Social Network Is The “Citizen Kane Of John Hughes Movies”

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How Likely Is It That Oscar Would “Like” The Social Network?

How Likely Is It That Oscar Would “Like” The Social Network?

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Levy Lets The Predictions Begin

“We enlist these movies based on our informed insights, instincts and feelings, and previously accumulated knowledge.” Levy Lets The Predictions Begin

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Dutch Count Tirza For Oscar

Dutch Count Tirza For Oscar

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Awards Watch

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg