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 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