Awards Watch Archive for October, 2012

20W2O: 18 Weeks To Go – Surprise!

I would love to tell you that I thought there would be as big a surprise in the awards races as, say, Ben Mendelsohn in Killing Them Softly. Great, memorable performance. But that momentum is just not there. But there are some cases that I do think could upset the apple cart as we move through the next six weeks… and in terms of Oscar nominations, that’s about all that’s left, folks, thanks to the bizarre choice by The Academy to institute “early voting” and a harshly short window on all nomination voting of January 3.

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20W2O: 19 Weeks (minus 5 days) To Go – Season Of The Switcheroo

I’ve been noticing a trend this award season. There are movies – from the best to not-the-best – that suggest that you’re going to see one movie… and end up seeing something altogether unexpected.

This doesn’t mean that the audience suffers. There is something wonderful about going in one direction and then being pushed somewhere else unexpectedly. The audience has to do some work. They have to be on their toes.

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No Campaigning For Oscar, But…..

No Campaigning For Oscar, But…..

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 20 Weeks To Go

This seems like the beginning of the season. But in reality, we’re already pretty far down the road. By next week at this time, the only legitimately contending movies not widely seen by NY/LA media will be Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, and Hitchcock. So there may be a performance or two that changes the acting categories. If you want a “The Year Of…” tag, here it is: This is the Year Of The Close Fight.

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The Artifacts Of Argo

The Artifacts Of Argo And – The Redemption Of L’Affleck

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Frederick Wiseman To Get LAFC Career Achievement Award

Frederick Wiseman To Get LAFC Career Achievement Award

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Reykjavík Int’l Gifts Golden Puffin To Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Reykjavík Int’l Gifts Golden Puffin To Beasts Of The Southern Wild

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Gurus o’ Gold: After Toronto (Part 2)

A look at the Lead & Supporting acting races.

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Gurus o’ Gold: After Toronto (Part 1)

This morning, a look at the new Best Picture chart, led by Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Les Miserables. and Longshot picks in the acting categories, led by Jack Black, Richard Gere, and Emmanuelle Riva.

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Seth MacFarlane, Singing Writer-Director Of $434-Million-Grossing Ted, To Host Oscar

Seth MacFarlane, Singing Writer-Director Of $434-Million-Grossing Ted, To Host Oscar

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“What Quibi trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater [ED: After formats like the nickelodeon]. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.”
~ Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The important thing is: what makes the audience interested in it? Of course, I don’t take on any roles that don’t interest me, or where I can’t find anything for myself in it. But I don’t like talking about that. If you go into a restaurant and you have been served an exquisite meal, you don’t need to know how the chef felt, or when he chose the vegetables on the market. I always feel a little like I would pull the rug out from under myself if I were to I speak about the background of my work. My explanations would come into conflict with the reason a movie is made in the first place — for the experience of the audience — and that, I would not want.
~  Christoph Waltz