Awards Watch Archive for August, 2014

Richard Linklater Shouts Out Some Came Running, If, The 400 Blows, Nashville And Sullivan’s Travels

Richard Linklater Shouts Out Some Came Running, If, The 400 Blows, Nashville And Sullivan’s Travels

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Awards Contenders Descend On Telluride

Awards Contenders Descend On Telluride

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Bill And Stella Pence Talk About Telluride’s Beginnings

Bill And Stella Pence Talk Telluride’s Beginnings

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Jon Stewart On Making His Directorial Debut With Rosewater

THR Cover-Stories Jon Stewart On Making His Directorial Debut With Rosewater

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pre-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field

It’s time for another award season to begin. And The Gurus o’ Gold are back. This week, a look at the field before the fall festivals launch. Each Guru was asked to pick 15 titles, in no order, that they see as the top contenders for Best Picture this season. Besides setting the field, it is worth noting that in the last four seasons, every film that has gone on to win Best Picture has been selected on this chart by all the Gurus or by all Gurus except for one. Take that for what it’s worth.

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Bill Murray Will Attend Bill Murray Day At Toronto Film Fest

Bill Murray Will Attend Bill Murray Day At Toronto Film Fest

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Justin Chang Handicaps Telluride Vs. Toronto

Justin Chang Handicaps Telluride Vs. Toronto

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Cieply Measures The “Toronto Effect” On Awards Season

“The films get hurt, and the filmmakers get hurt.” Cieply Measures The “Toronto Effect” On Awards Season

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Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

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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