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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“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

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh