Awards Watch Archive for September, 2013

Academy Expands Animation Nomination Process

Academy Expands Animation Nomination Process

Read the full article »

Mark Harris Bites Into Oscar “Category Fraud”

Mark Harris Bites Into Oscar “Category Fraud”

Read the full article »

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

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

Read the full article »

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

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

Read the full article »

Categorizing Captain Phillips

Categorizing Captain Phillips

Read the full article »

“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.”

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

Russia Submits IMAX 3D Stalingrad For Foreign Language Oscar

Russia Submits IMAX 3D Stalingrad For Foreign Language Oscar

Read the full article »

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.

Read the full article » 10 Comments »

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

Read the full article »

The Butler As Seen By A Civil Rights Professor

The Butler As Seen By A Civil Rights Professor

Read the full article »

“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.”

Read the full article »

12 Years A Slave Wins TIFF Peoples’ Choice Award

12 Years A Slave Wins TIFF People’s Choice Award

Read the full article »

Deducing Benedict Cumberbatch

Deducing Benedict Cumberbatch

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

Cumberbatch On His Correspondence With Assange

Cumberbatch On His Correspondence With Assange

Read the full article »

Mark Harris On Kneecapping Oscar Handicappers

Mark Harris On Kneecapping Oscar Handicappers

Read the full article »

On Playing A Slave Master’s Evil Wife

On Playing A Slave Master’s Evil Wife

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

Awards Watch

Quote Unquotesee all »

“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“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