Awards Watch Archive for July, 2013

It’s The Autumn Pile-On: 10 Prestige Pics To Pop In 6 Week Period

It’s The Autumn Pile-On: 10 Prestige Pics Pop In 6 Weeks

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs First African-American President Of Academy

Cheryl Boone Isaacs First African-American President Of Academy

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Academy Rumoring: Next Topper Could Come From Publicity Branch

Academy Rumoring: Next Topper Could Come From Publicity Branch

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Toronto Int’l 2013 Announces 70 Gala And Special Presentations

Toronto Int’l 2013 Announces 70 Gala And Special Presentations

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32 Weeks To Oscar: Toronto Gala Roll-Out Begins

Today was the first Galas announcement from the Toronto International Film Festival. There are some very interesting titles on the list, but not a lot that looks like it could leap—especially within a few months—into moving into the Oscars race in a serious way. But you never know. Some of the familiar and/or interesting names…

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One Of The Reasons Nate Silver Left The NYT For Disney/ESPN/ABC: Oscar

One Of The Reasons Nate Silver Left The NYT For Disney/ESPN/ABC: Oscar

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33 Weeks To Oscar: The Season Without A Frontrunner

In this whole group of films that are generally considered legit contenders, there is nothing with that sense of inevitability that, for instance, last season had with Lincoln or Les Miserables or Life of Pi or Zero Dark Thirty. Everything seems to have question marks around it.

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Fruitvale Station Showings Sell Out In Oakland

Fruitvale Station Showings Sell Out In Oakland

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould