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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“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