Awards Watch Archive for November, 2012

“Why Washington Can’t Stop Talking about Lincoln”

“Why Washington Can’t Stop Talking about Lincoln”  

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Gurus o’ Gold: At The End Of November…

The Gurus are going for it in all of the Top 8 categories this week, having seen all of what seem to be the top BP candidates. And for the first time this week, Original and Adapted Screenplay. The game changers are, as you might expect, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Beefing Up With Rust & Bone’s Matthias Shoenaerts

Beefing Up With Rust & Bone’s Matthias Shoenaerts

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10 Contenders Vie For VFX Oscar

10 Contenders Vie For VFX Oscar

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20W2O: 14 Weeks To Go – Consult THAT!

Where are we now in this Oscar race?

Well, this is the moment when all of the serious BP candidates have been shown, voters for other awards are going to start voting next week, and the field is clear and clearly spread.

This is when Awards consultants make their money.

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Ebert Goes Oscar

“If I had my way, and I don’t, a Best Picture nomination would certainly go to Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Ebert Goes Oscar

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Bigelow And Boal On Zero Dark Thirty On Nightline

Bigelow And Boal On Zero Dark Thirty On Nightline

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Branagh On Knightley

Branagh On Knightley

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Gambling Site Intrade, Fond Of Making Book On Oscar Hopefuls, Shuts Portals To U. S. Users

Gambling Site Intrade, Fond Of Making Book On Oscar Hopefuls, Shuts Portals To U. S. Users

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Virginia Uses Lincoln To Peddle Tourism

Virginia Uses Lincoln To Peddle Tourism

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Rohter Seeks Gloom In Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

Rohter Seeks Gloom In Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

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McCarthy Plies Trade Trade In Zero Dark Assay

“Films touching on 9/11, such as United 93, World Trade Center, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, have proven commercially toxic, and while this one has a ‘happy’ ending, its rigorous, unsparing approach will inspire genuine enthusiasm among the serious, hardcore film crowd more than with the wider public.” McCarthy Plies Trade Trade In Zero Dark Assay

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Corliss First-Reviews Zero Dark Thirty

“This is movie journalism that snaps and stings, that purifies a decade’s clamor and clutter into narrative clarity, with a salutary kick.” Corliss First-Reviews Zero Dark Thirty spoilers

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Case-Studying Two Viewings Of The Master, In 70mm, Then DCP

Case-Studying Two Viewings Of The Master, In 70mm, Then DCP

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Cahiers du cinéma

1. Holy Motors 2. Cosmopolis 3. Twixt 4. 4:44 Last Day On Earth 4. In Another Country 4. Take Shelter 7. Go Go Tales 8. Tabu 8. Faust 10. Keep The Lights On

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Gurus o’ Gold: Thanks, About To Be Given The Last 4 Films

Coming up this weekend, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty come out to be seen by the media and guilds. Next week, Django Unchained and The Hobbit. And at that point, all the mysteries will be unfolded and voting for many groups will begin. So to give you a proper “before” and “after,” one last spin with the Gurus’ Top Ten lists for Best Picture…

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Zemeckis Compares Denzel’s Flight Character To Marty McFly

Zemeckis Compares Denzel’s Flight Character To Marty McFly

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“Life of Pi is possibly the best-looking film I’ve seen so far this century. It’s so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors.”

“Life of Pi is possibly the best-looking film I’ve seen so far this century. It’s so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors.”

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James Spader On That Eccentric Lincoln Character Of His

James Spader On That Eccentric Lincoln Character Of His

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Fan-Made “Trailer” Assembles 7’37” Of Bits From Hobbit Trilogy

Fan-Made “Trailer” Assembles 7’37” Of Bits From Hobbit Trilogy

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“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