Awards Watch Archive for January, 2011

Tom Hooper’s 5 Secrets Of Success

Tom Hooper’s 5 Secrets Of Success

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Gurus o’ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 3 of 3)

The third group of Oscar nominations, as seen by The Gurus. None are unanimous, though Song and Score come closest.

Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3

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20 Weeks Extra: Could There Be One More Turn?

After becoming the favorite for Best Picture in just the last week, does The King’s Speech now have a lock on the win? Or is the another spin coming?

And when those who aren’t so happy about the turn of events look for a comparison, which on sticks best? Rocky? Ordinary People? Or maybe something else…

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Geoffrey Rush On His Drunks, Rogues, Ratbags, Idiots And Wise Fools

Geoffrey Rush On His Drunks, Rogues, Ratbags, Idiots And Wise Fools

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Gurus o’ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 2 of 3)

Eight more categories in from The Gurus. The only unanimity in this group is in Animation. The tightest races are Foreign Language and Editing. The last categories tomorrow.

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“Aronofsky is a handsome, big-boned guy

“Aronofsky is a handsome, big-boned guy with a small, vulpine smile and a lingering impression of sternness that even his man-of-the-hour high spirits can’t dispel.”

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Why Oscar-Nommed “Dark, Intense” Director Tetsuya Nakashima Will Never Win

Why Oscar-Nommed “Dark, Intense” Director Tetsuya Nakashima Will Never Win

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Talking With The Animation Director Of The Oscar-Nominated Illusionist

Talking With The Animation Director Of The Oscar-Nominated Illusionist

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Gurus ‘ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 1 of 3)

The Gurus are putting together their votes in all Oscar categories. Five of the Top 8 categories have unanimous votes for the frontrunners. And the other 3 are also pretty one-sided. On Thursday, we’ll see if the rest of the ballot looks less settled in the eyes of The Gurus.

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Post-Oscars, King’s Speech Might See Swears Scissored

Post-Oscars, King’s Speech Might See Swears Scissored

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Is This Why Oscar Snubbed ‘Superman’?

Is This Why Oscar Snubbed ‘Superman’?

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Nominee Reactions

“It’s a nice sound to wake up to the phone ringing on Oscar day.” – Amy Adams, nominated for The Fighter “It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination. I have been included with a group of top-notch actors who I respect and admire. I am humbled to be in…

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Oscar Nominations Day

“This is a big surprise. I don’t agree with the concept of awards ceremonies, but I’m prepared to make an exception for the ones I’m nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me.”

The List of Nominations
Nominee Reactions
Nominations by Film
Nominations by the Numbers
The Nominations Sidebar

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Nominations by the Number

Feature Films with two or more nominations … The King’s Speech – 12 True Grit – 10 Inception – 8 The Social Network – 8 The Fighter – 7 127 Hours – 6 Black Swan – 5 Toy Story 3 – 5 The Kids Are All Right – 4 Winter’s Bone – 4 Alice in…

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Nominations by Film

Alice in Wonderland, a Walt Disney Pictures Production (Walt Disney) (3 nominations) Art direction Costume design Visual effects Animal Kingdom, a Porchlight Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination) Jacki Weaver – Performance by an actress in a supporting role Another Year, a Thin Man Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination) Original screenplay Barney’s…

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Nominations Sidebar

Toy Story 3 is the third fully animated feature film nominated for Best Picture. Previous nominees were Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Up (2009). Beauty and the Beast and WALL-E (2008) each received a total of six nominations, the most for a fully animated feature to date. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), which combined…

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Complete List Of Oscar Nominations, 2010/11

Here they are…

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Frenzy on the Wall: If I Had a Ballot 2011

I’m going to give my picks for the Oscars in the major awards, as if I had an actual ballot. Since the Academy cannot be trusted to make the right decisions and will probably make the safe choice whenever possible, it’s fun to give my perspective. Needless to say, I don’t see the Academy sending me a ballot anytime soon.

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WGA Giving 89-Year-Old Tonino Guerra Its Jean Renoir Award; Writer For Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos

WGA Giving 89-Year-Old Tonino Guerra Its Jean Renoir Award; Writer For Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos With – The WGA’s Summa Of Il Maestro’s Amazing Career

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How Oscar Counts Ballots

How Oscar Counts Ballots

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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