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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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

Bing!

One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump