Awards Watch Archive for September, 2012

A24 Sets Year-End Qualifying Run For Sally Potter-Elle Fanning Ginger & Rosa

A24 Sets Year-End Qualifying Run For Sally Potter-Elle Fanning Ginger & Rosa

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Iran Will Not Gift Oscar With A Cube Of Sugar

Iran Will Not Gift Oscar With A Cube Of Sugar

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Chile Says No To Oscar Race

Chile Says No To Oscar Race

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Iran May Boycott Oscar; Head Of Cinema Agency Wants Academy To Condemn Anti-Islam YouTube Video

Iran May Boycott Oscar; Head Of Cinema Agency Wants Academy To Condemn Anti-Islam YouTube Video 

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Trailering Promised Land, Awards-Season Fracking Drama From Gus Van Sant-Dave Eggers-John Krasinski

Trailering Promised Land, Awards-Season Fracking Drama From Gus Van Sant-Dave Eggers-John Krasinski

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Will Jonny Greenwood Be Snubbed By Oscar Again?

Will Jonny Greenwood Be Snubbed By Oscar Again?

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Feinberg Thinks He Knows Why Searchlight Made An Oscar Reservation For Hitchcock

Feinberg Thinks He Knows Why Searchlight Made An Oscar Reservation For Hitchcock

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Croatia’s Made In Ash For Oscar

Croatia’s Made In Ash For Oscar

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Colombia Deals El Cartel De Los Sapos As Oscar Bid

Colombia Deals El Cartel De Los Sapos As Oscar Bid

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Brazil Sends In Clown To Oscar

Brazil Sends In Clown To Oscar

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Rush To Poor Judgment?

What is The Academy trying to do by shortening the nomination season by 10 days this year? When I spoke to Ric Robertson about it late this afternoon, his only real argument for the shift was that by announcing the nominations 2 weeks earlier, it would make it easier for members to see the already…

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Canada Sends Rebelle To Oscar

Canada Sends Rebelle To Oscar

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Academy Announces Key Dates For Oscar Season

“This will be the first time the Academy will provide its membership the opportunity to vote electronically.” Academy Announces Key Dates For Oscar Season

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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