Awards Watch Archive for November, 2014

20 Weeks To Oscar: The Trouble With Biopics

We’re close to an all-biopic Oscar season. Maybe that’s why it’s such a blur right now. The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Selma, Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes, and American Sniper are all specifically biopics. Boyhood and Birdman are fiction, but have major biographical elements driving them. Lots of bios.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: First Major Event

Guild nominations are rarely outside of the well-established box. It takes a series of those events in coordination to change the game. Critics awards… lovely. But enjoy them for what they are, because they may not match nominations, much less winners.

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Seven Lessons In Creativity From The Director Of The Imitation Game

Seven Lessons In Creativity From The Director Of The Imitation Game And – How Designers Recreated Alan Turing’s Machine

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Mike Ryan On Selma And Ferguson, 11 Miles From His Hometown

Mike Ryan On Selma And Ferguson, 11 Miles From His Hometown

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“The undeclared subject of Citizenfour is integrity—the insistence by an individual that his life and the principle he lives by should be all of a piece. Something resembling an aesthetic correlative of that integrity can be found in the documentary style of Laura Poitras.”

“The undeclared subject of Citizenfour is integrity—the insistence by an individual that his life and the principle he lives by should be all of a piece. Something resembling an aesthetic correlative of that integrity can be found in the documentary style of Laura Poitras.”

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Gurus o’ Gold: Thanksgiving Week

This week, The Gurus offer up opinions on Best Picture and the two Supporting Acting categories. Also, what movies should voters try to see this holiday weekend before nominations commence? It’s a pretty big list, which is a sign of a strong year of movies, if not easy awards choices.

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Reese Witherspoon On Keeping The “Perky” Out Of Wild

Reese Witherspoon On Keeping The “Perky” Out Of Wild

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Will These Be 2014’s Oscar Visual Effects Contenders?

Will These Be 2014’s Oscar Visual Effects Contenders?

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Brent Lang Sez Citizenfour Deserves A Best Picture Nom

Brent Lang Sez Citizenfour Deserves A Best Picture Nom

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week From Thanksgiving, aka Screener Time

There’s been a march on the Top Ten and the man leading the charge has moved up the Actors list as well. The field narrows as the holiday gets closer.

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Talking With The Authors Of Gone Girl And Wild

Talking With The Authors Of Gone Girl And Wild

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“What makes Inherent Vice, the book and the movie together, an artifact of such beautifully revisionist history is that it shows us another way the ’70s could have gone—the pigs washed away on an unstoppable tide of grooviness, the bungalows left standing and the suburbs taken under. But it’s just a proposition.”

“What makes Inherent Vice, the book and the movie together, an artifact of such beautifully revisionist history is that it shows us another way the ’70s could have gone—the pigs washed away on an unstoppable tide of grooviness, the bungalows left standing and the suburbs taken under. But it’s just a proposition.”

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Angelina Jolie Says Unbroken Was An Emotional Journey

Angelina Jolie Says Unbroken Was An Emotional Journey

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Eddie Cockrell Drops Hints From Sydney Preem Of Unbroken

Eddie Cockrell Drops Hints From Sydney Preem Of Unbroken

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20 Weeks To Oscar – The Ides Of November

It’s still early. And it’s so late! There are a few titles floating out there, waiting for their moment in the spotlight. But it’s getting awfully late to make a first impression.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Sets Homevideo Sales Record For Fox-DreamWorks Animation

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Sets Homevideo Sales Record For Fox-DreamWorks Animation

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Caroline Siede Sez, “Unfortunately, The Winter Soldier was the best female-driven superhero film of 2014″

Caroline Siede Sez, “Unfortunately, The Winter Soldier was the best female-driven superhero film of 2014″

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Scott Feinberg’s Rationale For Supporting The H’wd Film Awards

“My position has always been that, like them or not, the HFA are worthy of coverage by awards columnists/bloggers like myself because most of the top Oscar contenders show up for them, and when they do anything en masse, especially in front of a massive audience (as was the case this year when the Hollywood Film Awards,…

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37% Of Oscar-Submitted Docs Directed By Women

37% Of Oscar-Submitted Docs Directed By Women

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Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski Sez Big Eyes Has A Bigger Picture

Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski On Big Eyes‘ Bigger Picture

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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.

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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