Awards Watch Archive for November, 2013

Critics Top Ten List 2013: Sight & Soun

Sight & Sound Contributors 1. The Act Of Killing 2. Gravity 3. Blue Is the Warmest Colour 4. The Great Beauty 5. Frances Ha 6. A Touch Of Sin 6. Upstream Color 8. The Selfish Giant 8. Norte, the End of History 10. Stranger By The Lake

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OFFICIAL SCREEN CREDITS FORMS DUE DECEMBER 2 FOR 2013 OSCARS

For a feature film to be considered for the 2013 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must deliver an OSC form and legal billing to the Academy’s 8949 Wilshire Boulevard office by 5 p.m. PT on December 2. I

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: J. Hoberman, ARTFORUM

1. Gravity 2. “Hannah Arendt,” as embodied by Barbara Sukowa 3. Imaginary Double Projection: The Bling Ring/Computer Chess 4. Le Pont Do Nord 5. Portrait Of Jason 6. Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan/People’s Park/Manakamana) 7. Triscuits, Amy Sillman 8. “Video” column, NYTimes, by Dave Kehr 9. Watching Crime and Punishment (Omirbaev’s Student/Diaz’s Norte, The End Of…

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Erika Balsom, ARTFORUM

1. Luther Price, Oberhausen 2. A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness 3. Imitation Of Life (Poledna) 4. The Essay Film 5. Narcisa Hirsh and Michael Snow In Conversation 6. Provenance 7. Norte: The End of History 8. Out 1: Noli Me Tangere 9. A Touch Of Sin 10. They Grew Up On The Outside…

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Amy Taubin, ARTFORUM

1. “Jean-Luc Godard: The Spirit Of The Forms” 2. A Touch Of Sin 3. Spring Breakers 4. Computer Chess 5. Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man 6. Only Lovers Left Alive 7. Top Of The Lake 8. The Grandmaster 9. Bastards 10. Le Joli Mai

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: John Waters, ARTFORUM

John Waters, ARTFORUM 1. Spring Breakers 2. Camile Claudel 1915 3. Abuse Of Weakness 4. Hors Satan 5. After Tiller 6. Hannah Arendt 7. Beyond The Hills 8. Blue Jasmine 9. Blackfish 10. I’m So Excited Waters’ list, is, as every year, a sweet read. In the December-January ARTFORUM!

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Gurus o’ Gold: We Would Be Thankful For…

It’s time to give thanks and to offer what we would be thankful for. The Gurus offer up their personal choices of who and what they would be thankful for in acting (male and female) and in any category they like. There are many great choices offered up here, whether they got lots of votes or few, making The Gurus especially thankful of having so many great films and performances from which to choose.

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Cahiers du Cinema

1. Stranger by the Lake 2. Spring Breakers 3. Blue Is the Warmest Color 4. Gravity 5. A Touch of Sin 6. Lincoln 7. Jealousy 8. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon 9. Les rencontres d’après minuit 10. La bataille de Solférino

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THE 29th ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

 – $75,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers – LOS ANGELES (November 26, 2013) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent…

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Marche On The New Wave Of Pop Culture Tackling Racism

Marche On The New Wave Of Pop Culture Tackling Racism

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Janusz Kaminski Directs 11 Short-Shorts Of Award Season Contenders

Janusz Kaminski Directs 11 Short-Shorts Of Award Season Contenders

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20W2O: What About Mandela?

At the center of the film are two performances that are, simply, undeniable. Idris Elba grabs hold of all the things that have drawn audiences to him over the last 20 years and puts it all into this telling of a life – a great man who remains a man – showing a range heretofore unasked of him. 50 years… and it never once feels like a stunt. You feel the power this man must have to lead so many so effectively for so many years.

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Blue Comedy Is A Warm Color, Too

“You don’t have to be a lesbian to know how to make love to a woman.” “Judd Apatow. I really want to meet him, he is the master of awkward situations and dialogues.” Blue Comedy Is A Warm Color, Too And – A Clip Of  Adèle Exarchopoulos On Apatow From DP/30

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Gurus o’ Gold: What If…

This week, the Gurus consider their usual Best Picture list, but then a couple of categories that don’t really exist. First, Best Screenplay, without a distinction between Original and Adapted. Then, a proposed category (which not all the Gurus agree should be created) for Best Casting of A Motion Picture.

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Esquire On Josh Oppenheimer’s Follow-Up To The Act Of Killing

Esquire On Josh Oppenheimer’s Follow-Up To The Act Of Killing

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Alexander Payne, Auteur Of The New Male Weepie

Alexander Payne, Auteur Of The New Male Weepie

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Rushfield At The Academy’s Governors Awards

“The Governors Awards are one of the highest honors an actor can receive in mid-November. So many have used the word genius tonight that I might as well say it about Steve Martin.” Rushfield At The Academy’s Governors Awards

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Nebraska Screenwriter Rob Nelson: The 9-Year Overnight Success

Nebraska Screenwriter Rob Nelson: The 9-Year Overnight Success

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Why RADiUS-TWC Thinks It Has Four Documentary Oscar Possibilities

Why RADiUS-TWC Thinks It Has Four Documentary Oscar Possibilities

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“McConaughey is known as many things—a movie star, a notorious public exerciser famous for shirtless “stretchin’,” “a genius” (according to his friend Woody Harrelson)—but what he considers himself to be first and foremost is a storyteller.”

“McConaughey is known as many things—a movie star, a notorious public exerciser famous for shirtless “stretchin’,” “a genius” (according to his friend Woody Harrelson)—but what he considers himself to be first and foremost is a storyteller.”

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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