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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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“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