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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“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

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

Bing!

One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump