Awards Watch Archive for October, 2014

20 Weeks To Oscar: Sell Short

In the real world, where studios are just selling movies with massive marketing campaigns, the marketing windows have shrunk in recent years. Big TV buys can wait for 3 weeks out if the awareness has been pumped up via publicity for the months and months before. Have Oscar campaigners taken this lesson to heart? Are the early September festivals just an awareness play, followed by a 6-to-8 week window of lingering, and then the real campaign in the course of just a few weeks?

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The Academy Lists The 134 Docs Submitted For Oscar 2014; Shortlist Of 15 Comes In December

134 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2014 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq” “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” “Algorithms” “Alive Inside” “All…

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Mark Harris On “The Curse of Crash: The Narratives That Doom Oscar Movies”

Mark Harris On “The Curse of Crash: The Narratives That Doom Oscar Movies”

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“Much of my time with Boseman went like that. ‘You’ve got to watch what you say,” he admitted, which is why I can’t tell you much about the hilarious pick-up lines he suggested he’d woo Rihanna with. (They were all immediately retracted, and amazing.)”

“Much of my time with Boseman went like that. ‘You’ve got to watch what you say,” he admitted, which is why I can’t tell you much about the hilarious pick-up lines he suggested he’d woo Rihanna with. (They were all immediately retracted, and amazing.)”

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James Marsh On Directing The Theory Of Everything

James Marsh On Directing The Theory Of Everything 2’20” vid

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Mike Leigh Regards Mike Leigh

“On the whole I kind of quite like my films without watching them every night like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. But I do actually think they are alright. A lot of filmmakers say ‘I can’t watch myself’ and, very often it is because the film that got made isn’t the film they wanted to…

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Emanuel Lubezki Goes Behind The Birdman Scenes With Prize Pics

Emanuel Lubezki Goes Behind The Birdman Scenes With Prize Pics

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Theory Of Everything’s Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Theory Of Everything‘s Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

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Oscar Producers Zadan And Meron Set 3-Year Development-Production Pact With B’wy’s Shubert Organization

Oscar Producers Zadan And Meron Set 3-Year Development-Production Pact With B’wy’s Shubert Organization

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Behind The Scenes With Fox’s Worldwide Marketing Co-Chieftains, With Stories About Gone Girl And Pictures Of Eccentric Memorabilia

Behind The Scenes With Fox’s Worldwide Marketing Co-Chieftains, With Stories About Gone Girl And Pictures Of Eccentric Memorabilia

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Does Birdman Know Oscar’s Long Love For Cinema About Greasepaint?

Does Birdman Know Oscar’s Long Love For Cinema About Greasepaint?

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Surveying The Board

Interstellar lands this week.

That leaves Unbroken, The Gambler, Selma, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year, Into The Woods, Big Eyes, and Exodus: Gods & Men

That’s a lot of movies, given an already pretty narrow field.

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“Honestly, I’m going through exactly what Riggan is going through in this movie. I go, ‘Oh, you think you’re the greatest.’ Then someone says, ‘You’re the greatest. You’re wonderful.’ Then 20 minutes later, I’m going, ‘No, you’re not any of those things. You’re just plain Michael Keaton.'”

“Honestly, I’m going through exactly what Riggan is going through in this movie. I go, ‘Oh, you think you’re the greatest.’ Then someone says, ‘You’re the greatest. You’re wonderful.’ Then 20 minutes later, I’m going, ‘No, you’re not any of those things. You’re just plain Michael Keaton.’”

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Kevin Lincoln On “Edward Norton’s Abandoned Movie Stardom”

Kevin Lincoln On “Edward Norton’s Abandoned Movie Stardom”

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Fine Young Filmmaker Barry Jenkins Goes Bird—- For Birdman

“The infinitude of time as conveyed in Birdman’s unbroken stream of visuals is its most prescient conceit; were this a drama about radio or cinema, it would not work. On the stage where there is no barrier between performer and audience, where the performance—like life—unfolds without edits in a fluid stream of happenings (and non-happenings), there is…

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Gurus o’ Gold: After New York…

This week, the Gurus take on Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, and Director. And if The Gurus are right at this point, all five of these individual honors would got to first-time winners and 3 of the 5 would have never been nominated before.

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Jeff Jensen On-Sets Interstellar

Jeff Jensen On-Sets Interstellar

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Emma Stone On Not —-ing Up Birdman

Emma Stone On Not Messing Up Birdman

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Michael Cieply Sez World War II May Be Battle That Wins Oscar

Michael Cieply Sez World War II May Be Battle That Wins Oscar

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Variety Cover-Stories “Saint” Bill Murray

Variety Cover-Stories “Saint” Bill Murray

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Awards Watch

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh