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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“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