Awards Watch Archive for November, 2011

Michael Shannon Is Not Trying To Exorcise Any Demons

Michael Shannon Is Not Trying To Exorcise Any Demons

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Gurus o’ Gold: November 29, 2011

The Gurus start this week with three questions about the award season itself, primarily about the early awards and nominations coming out in November.

Then it’s on to Best Picture, where Hugo is the big mover, and Supporting Actress & Actor, which hasn’t changed much at the top in the last month… but for which the field keeps narrowing.

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15 Weeks To Oscar: Now There’s A Race

War Horse is for real. It’s a true epic and an instant classic.

The Artist is a real joy. Undeniable. Surprising. An epic pleasure.

It will be interesting to see how this starts to play out… and whether either of the last entries into the race can change the game, perhaps as the movie that wins on a split between two more classically styled films.

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Gurus o’ Gold: November 22, 2011

As we head into the holiday weekend, The Gurus offer their weekly Best Picture projections.

And this week, the unlikely nominations for which each guru would be thankful. And which choice is being hoped from by 5 of the 14 Gurus? Take a look.

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“How Marty Scorsese risked it all and lived to risk again in Hollywood”

“How Marty Scorsese risked it all and lived to risk again in Hollywood” great photo

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The Story Of Kaui Hart Hemmings, Whose Novel Inspired The Descendants

The Story Of Kaui Hart Hemmings, Whose Novel Inspired The Descendants

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“The Dreams Of Martin Scorsese”

For Marty’s 69th Birthday, “The Dreams Of Martin Scorsese”

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Gurus o’ Gold: November 15, 2011

There’s not a lot of movement in the slotting of the Best Picture chart this week, though there is incremental movement all over the place.

Directors are back… though Mr. Eastwood is no longer on the chart.

And The Gurus take on Original & Adapted Screenplay for the first time this season, with 2 comedies not on top of the BP charts landing firmly in the writing Top 10.

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O’Neil Gelds His Derby With Slideshow Of Movie Deaths Of Gay Characters

“Gay roles can win Oscars, but only if portrayed by straight people who die hideous deaths.” O’Neil Gelds His Derby With Slideshow Of Movie Deaths Of Gay Characters

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17 Weeks To Oscar: Safe/Unsafe

This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting award seasons in memory… Or not. We saw it this week, as we went from the relatively unsafe choice of Brett Ratner as a producer of the Oscar telecast and Eddie Murphy as his host to Brian “I’ll be taking over the Gil Cates…

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Billy Crystal Set For Ninth Oscar Song-And-Dance

Billy Crystal Set For Ninth Oscar Song-And-Dance

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Gurus o’ Gold: November 8, 2011

First, welcome our newest Guru, the esteemed journalist and writer, Mark Harris.

This week, buzz titles from two of our best working directors, J Edgar and Hugo, rolled out for the media. How will this affect Best Picture and Best Actor? Also, with The Academy announcing their short list of 15 for Best Animated Feature, The Gurus take on the category, looking for 5 potential nominees.

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Oscars To Be More Than A Vilanch Of Comedy, Hiring SNL, “Curb,” Oceans And Rush Hour Writers

Oscars To Be More Than A Vilanch Of Comedy, Hiring SNL, “Curb,” Oceans And Rush Hour Writers

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From Apes To Fox And Back Again: Studio Sets Andy Serkis Push For Best Supporting Simian

From Apes To Fox And Back Again: Studio Sets Andy Serkis Push For Best Supporting Simian

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Melancholia Leads European Film Awards Noms With 8

Melancholia Leads European Film Awards Noms With 8

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Oscar Inks 18 Animated Features For 2011 Consideration

Oscar Inks 18 Animated Features For 2011 Consideration

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Martha Marcy May Marlene Combine Signs First-Look With Fox Searchlight

Martha Marcy May Marlene Combine Signs First-Look With Fox Searchlight

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18 Weeks To Oscar: Stepping Back

It’s strange being in the tumble cycle of all of this. It’s like standing in front of a giant buffet of some truly exceptional ingredients and flavors, but feeling forced to consume everything we want in a couple of hours. Do you take a single bite of everything or choose a protein or focus on one course over the others?

People complain about Oscar obsession amongst media. But there is this functionality of getting through the season. It’s not that we’re (all) obsessed… it’s that there is so much to consume. It’s an impossible goal as well as being sadly reductive.

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Gurus o’ Gold: November 1, 2011

The Gurus are back for their weekly look at the awards races.

As they do every week, they start with Best Picture. And this week, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and Best Director to boot.

The top of a lot of these lists will look very familiar this week. But as the next couple of weeks progress, a clearer shape to the season should emerge.

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

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~ Donald Trump