Awards Watch Archive for September, 2013

Academy Expands Animation Nomination Process

Academy Expands Animation Nomination Process

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Mark Harris Bites Into Oscar “Category Fraud”

Mark Harris Bites Into Oscar “Category Fraud”

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Blue Is The Warmest Color Graphic Novel Out In U.S.

Blue Is The Warmest Color Graphic Novel Out In U.S.

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Tom Hanks Sez There Was “Mental Stress” In Captain Phillips Shoot

Tom Hanks Sez There Was “Mental Stress” On Captain Phillips Shoot

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Categorizing Captain Phillips

Categorizing Captain Phillips

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“It’s a long time to be happy, disappointed. But no, I’m very pleased. We got away with it. That’s the thing. It’s a very unlikely film, first of all, to put together. It’s basically one character floating in space.”

“It’s a long time to be happy, disappointed. But no, I’m very pleased. We got away with it. That’s the thing. It’s a very unlikely film, first of all, to put together. It’s basically one character floating in space.”

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TIFF’s Cameron Bailey On Oscar’s Foreign Language Rules

“Scrap the significance of nation; Scrap the one-country, one-film rule; Institute a US release requirement.” TIFF’s Cameron Bailey On Oscar’s Foreign Language Rules

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Russia Submits IMAX 3D Stalingrad For Foreign Language Oscar

Russia Submits IMAX 3D Stalingrad For Foreign Language Oscar

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Gurus o’ Gold Post-Venice/Telluride/Toronto

We tried something a little different this week. First, we picked our Top 8, without ranking them. Then, we picked out Next 7, also without ranking them. The idea was to create some degree of hierarchy without beating the rankings to death this early in the award season.

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Long Walk To Freedom Project Began While Mandela Was Still In Prison

“Do you think people would be interested in a movie about my life?” Long Walk To Freedom Project Began While Mandela Was Still In Prison

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The Butler As Seen By A Civil Rights Professor

The Butler As Seen By A Civil Rights Professor

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“Imagine being a female filmmaker in a country where movie theaters are banned and where women are not allowed to drive, hold certain jobs or, in most cases, appear in public without a male escort.”

“Imagine being a female filmmaker in a country where movie theaters are banned and where women are not allowed to drive, hold certain jobs or, in most cases, appear in public without a male escort.”

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12 Years A Slave Wins TIFF Peoples’ Choice Award

12 Years A Slave Wins TIFF People’s Choice Award

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Deducing Benedict Cumberbatch

Deducing Benedict Cumberbatch

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Chastain And Benson On The 10 Years To Make TIFF Hit The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

Chastain And Benson On The 10 Years To Make TIFF Hit The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

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Team Wadjda Would Be Happy To Make The Shortlist, But Happier To Win Foreign-Language Oscar

Team Wadjda Would Be Happy To Make The Shortlist, But Happier To Win Foreign-Language Oscar

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Cumberbatch On His Correspondence With Assange

Cumberbatch On His Correspondence With Assange

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Mark Harris On Kneecapping Oscar Handicappers

Mark Harris On Kneecapping Oscar Handicappers

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On Playing A Slave Master’s Evil Wife

On Playing A Slave Master’s Evil Wife

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Can A Song Save Your Life? The Titles Of 5 Joseph Mankiewicz Movies Can Save Your Bid

Can A Song Save Your Life? The Titles Of 5 Joseph Mankiewicz Movies Can Save Your Bid

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“With any character, the way I think about it is, you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and you have your life experience… I thought it was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief. For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you.”
~ Keanu Reeves

“I was checking through stuff the other day for technical reasons. I came across The Duellists on Netflix and I was absolutely stunned to see that it was exquisitely graded. So, while I rarely look up my old stuff, I stopped to give it ten minutes. Bugger me, I was there for two hours. I was really fucking pleased with what it was and how the engine still worked within the equation and that engine was the insanity and stupidity of war. War between two men, in that case, who fight on thought they both eventually can’t remember the reason why. It was great, yeah. The great thing about these platforms now is that, one way or another, they’ll seek out and then put out the best possible form and the long form. Frequently, films get cut down because of that curse in which the studio felt or feels that they have to preview. And there’s nothing worse than a preview to diminish the original intent.Oh, yeah, how about every fucking time? And I’ve stewed about films later even more because when you tell the same joke 20 times the joke’s no longer funny. When you tell a bad joke once or twice? It’s fine. But come on, now. Here’s the key on the way I feel when I approach the movie: I try to keep myself as withdrawn from the project as possible once I’ve filmed it. And – this is all key on this – then getting a really excellent editor so I never have to sit in on editing. What happens if you sit in is you become stale and every passage or joke, metaphorically speaking, gets more and more tired. You start cutting it all back because of fatigue. So what you have to do is keep your distance and therefore, in a funny kind of way, you, as the director, should be the preview and that’s it.”
~ Sir Ridley Scott