Awards Watch Archive for October, 2011

19 Weeks To Oscar (20W2O) Charts: October 23, 2011

With 19 weeks to go, the Oscar race has barely moved. The only real event of the last week was the successful release of Tintin in 19 countries overseas.

That’s all about to change. In the next 3 weeks, most of the award season will take root. All but a couple of the contenders will be exposed to the light. Talent will be filling the corridors of LA’s hotels and screening rooms at a nearly insane level. Some will rise. Some will fall.

But for now… animation.

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20W20: Best Animated Feature Chart, Oct 30, 2011

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Picture Studio Comment The Nomination Frontrunners (seen) Rango Par The Adventures Of Tintin Par/Sony If qualified as animation Happy Feet Two WB Kung Fu Pands 2 Sony Rio Fox Arthur Christmas Sony Puss In Boots DWA Cars 2 Pixar Hoodwinked Too! TWC Gnomeo & Juliet BV Winnie The Pooh Dis Mars Needs…

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20W20: Best Picture Chart, Oct 30, 2011

BEST PICTURE Date Picture Studio Director Comment Seen & Close to Certain Open Midnight in Paris SPC Allen Their first love of 2011 Nov 23 The Artist TWC Hazanavicius Their current love of 2011 Nov 18 The Descendants FxSrch Payne The love to come in 2011 We’re Waiting!!!! Dec 28 War Horse DW/Dis Spielberg Old-fashioned……

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Brett Ratner Is Amused

Brett Ratner Is Amused

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19 Weeks To Oscar: The Mean Season?

It’s a tough year for Oscar voters. Lots of great movies… but not too many that will leave them walking out of the theater with a smile on their face for the whole human race. Insanity, rape, murder, sex addiction, 9/11, and even one of the “feel goods” is about sacrificing something you love for your country. Fun Fun Fun!

(Charts to come.)

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Spirit Awards Return To Santa Monica Beach On February 25

Spirit Awards Return To Santa Monica Beach On February 25

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47th Chicago Film Fest Audiences Go For… The Artist

47th Chicago Film Fest Audiences Go For… The Artist

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20 Weeks To Oscar (20W2O) Charts: October 23, 2011

We are now on the 20 week road to Oscar and here, to go with
the first column of this year’s series, are the first set of post-Toronto charts for Best Picture and the four acting categories. Six unseen movies are still major question marks in all of the races, especially Best Picture, which could have anywhere from 5 to 10 nominees this year.

(BP Chart corrected, Monday 11:30a)

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20W20: Best Actress Chart, Oct 23, 2011

10/23/11 Charts Picture | Actor | Supporting Actor | Actress | Supporting Actress BEST ACTRESS Picture Comment The Field Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn Transformative performance by a twice-nominated actor playing a famous person in more than an imitation, Rooney Mara The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo No doubt she’ll be great and the…

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20W20: Best Supporting Actor Chart, Oct 23, 2011

10/23/11 Charts Picture | Actor | Supporting Actor | Actress | Supporting Actress BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Picture Comment The Field Christopher Plummer / Stellan Skarsgard The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I expect one of these two great actors to take a nod… maybe both.  Or a shy Academy could reward Plummer by nom’ing him…

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20W20: Best Supporting Actress Chart, Oct 23, 2011

10/23/11 Charts Picture | Actor | Supporting Actor | Actress | Supporting Actress BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Picture Comment The Field Berenice Bejo The Artist The movie The Academy will adore.  Berenice has the harder role, in a way… the Ginger… backwards and in heels. Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs She channels Hugh Jackman perfectly and delivers…

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20W20: Best Actor Chart, Oct 23, 2011

10/23/11 Charts Picture | Actor | Supporting Actor | Actress | Supporting Actress BEST ACTOR Picture Comment The Field Jean Dujardin The Artist One of France’s biggest stars is about to become one of Hollywood’s favorite stars. A win could be dependent on his ability to charm in English this January. George Clooney The Descendents…

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20W20: Best Picture Chart, Oct 23, 2011

We are now on the 20 week road to Oscar and here, to go with
the first column of this year’s series are the first set of post-Toronto charts for Best Picture and the four acting categories. Six unseen movies are still major question marks in all of the races, especially Best Picture, which could have anywhere from 5 to 10 nominees this year.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Line Dance

20 years of Oscar consultants, in-house and out, figuring out how to game the system, and a decade of deteriorating media standards has led to an out-of-date response mechanism at The Academy, which just wants to do what it’s been doing all these years and to protect, as best they can, their membership from being prayed upon by the vultures.

But where is the line?

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1 Week To 20 Weeks To Oscar: Counting Best Picture Ballots

So I’m a week from writing the weekly column… but the one issue that seems to keep cropping up is how the change in the Best Picture vote accounting rules really works. Steve Pond did a nice job trying to lay it all out when it happened. But people still seem to be unsure what is really up. So I had a chat with AMPAS’ Ric Robertson and Leslie Unger in the name of clarity. This is where I landed…

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh