Awards Watch Archive for February, 2013

The Final Scoreboard

Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty sit at the top of the Critics Scoreboard for the 2012/3 season.  But on Oscar night the big prize goes to Argo. The final scoreboard is here.

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85th Academy Awards: Winners

Best Picture: Argo Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi Foreign Language Film: Amour Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained Animated Feature Film: Brave Production Design: Lincoln Cinematography: Life…

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2012 Independent Spirit Awards

BEST FEATURE Silver Linings Playbook BEST DIRECTOR David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook BEST SCREENPLAY Silver Linings Playbook BEST FIRST FEATURE The Perks of Being a Wallflower BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Safety Not Guaranteed JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Best feature made for under $500,000) Middle of Nowhere BEST FEMALE LEAD Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook BEST MALE LEAD John Hawkes,…

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Charts… Top 2 Only (2 of 2)

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Charts… Top 2 Only (1 of 2)

As the Gurus head off into the Dolby night, magic carpets doing their bidding, one last set of charts for you. We voted for the Top 2 in each of the 24 Oscar categories. And not a lot of surprises at this late date. But there has been some movement, so check it all out. And keep perspective. Way back on October 2, The Gurus have Argo, (and in Part 2) Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence as the frontrunners, DeNiro in the #2 slot and Anne Hathaway at #3. Sometimes, change is a bit of an illusion.

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20W2O: 5 Days To Go (aka The End Is Nigh)

Does it make you feel good about the industry? Is it likely to embarrass you in any way? These are the two key mainstreaming questions. The Academy just wasn’t ready for Brokeback Mountain for all the reasons that Brokeback was so important to many people. And honestly, it would be worse off if it came out today, as all the homophobia is still ingrained in people’s hearts, and the issue no longer rallies people (at least in the big cities) as something on the cutting edge.

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Diagramming The Interior Space Of Amour

Diagramming The Interior Space Of Amour

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“The silver lining that has taken us by surprise has been the conversation this film has opened up about mental illness.”

“The silver lining that has taken us by surprise has been the conversation this film has opened up about mental illness.”

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At $571 Million Worldwide, The Most Succesful Best Picture Nominee Is Life Of Pi

“Because it had so many different elements to it, it wasn’t the easiest sell in the world, like a lot of big movies are.” At $571 Million Worldwide, The Most Successful Best Picture Nominee Is Life Of Pi

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2013 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2013 Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2013 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous…

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Gurus o’ Gold: 9 Days From The Big Show

This week, The Gurus picked their five most likely Best Picture winners and answered a series of questions. They were asked to pick up to two potential upsets and their two personal wishes for surprise winners, then 3 very simple questions.

Next week, we’ll be go through all the nominations one last time, just in time for your Oscar ballots.

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Cieply Pores Over Seth McFarlane’s “Q Scores”

Cieply Pores Over Seth McFarlane’s “Q Scores”

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5 Broken Cameras Co-Directors Find Media Descriptions Of Their Documentary Misleading

“The idea was not to make an Israeli-Palestinian project. Money came from many different places.” 5 Broken Cameras Co-Directors Find Media Descriptions Of Their Documentary Misleading

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Art Of The Title Credits ParaNorman

Art Of The Title Credits ParaNorman

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What If The Middle Of Life Of Pi Had Been Silent?

What If The Middle Of Life Of Pi Had Been Silent?

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The DVD Geek: Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man doesn’t just deserve the Oscar nomination, it deserves to win. Running 87 minutes, it lulls you into believing—or perhaps even not believing—the story of a few enthusiastic South African fans that attempt to uncover the biography of an American balladeer from the early Seventies called ‘Rodriguez,’ who had a smooth, articulate voice, reminiscent of Jose Feliciano (with his dark glasses, he also looks a lot like Feliciano), and adept recording engineers that brought a detailed complexity and color to his orchestrations.

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‘Argo’ Navigates to USC Libraries Scripter Win

Journalist, memoirist, and screenwriter take the 25-anniversary honor. USC President C.L. Max Nikias; USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan; Scripter Award winner Joshuah Bearman, author of a Wired Magazine article on which “Argo” is based LOS ANGELES, CA (February 9, 2013) – Authors Joshuah Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez and screenwriter Chris Terrio received the 25th-annual USC Libraries…

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Lincoln On “60 Minutes

Lincoln On “60 Minutes” 11’31 vid; extras

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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