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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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“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