Awards Update Archive for November, 2010

Gurus o’ Gold: True Grit Week – Episode One

This is Round 1 of 2 rounds of voting this week, as True Grit rolls out for most of the Gurus. Will it change the complexion of the race? Tune back in on Friday to see, as The Gurus vote on all of the Top 8 categories. Today, Winter’s Bone moves into a Top Ten tie.

Read the full article » 6 Comments »

Frenzy on the Wall: How to Fix the Oscars

I am an unabashed fan of the Academy Awards. I have watched every telecast since I was a young boy and I still anticipate Oscar Day as much as I always have. Historically, I have never really been a fan of the choices the Academy has made, but I still see the show itself as…

Read the full article » 20 Comments »

Gurus o’ Gold – November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving all. Some votes have changed and three films have fallen off The Chart, but the Top Ten remains unchanged from last week. This week’s special categories are Unexpected Nods I’d Be Thankful For and a pair of categories in memory of Ronni Chasen.

Read the full article » 4 Comments »

Gurus o’ Gold – November 16, 2010

The Gurus have landed on their regular weekly date, Tuesday, but no changes in Best Picture since last week. But they are looking at the Supporting Acting races, with veterans up front and a youthful newcomer in each category. Plus, they look at the Globes’ Best Comedy/Musical race, offering 18 possible candidates.

Read the full article » 3 Comments »

Clips Of The 2010 Governors Awards

Clips From The 2010 Governors Awards Francis Talks His Irving With – Salutes From Lucas, Bigelow, De Niro, And His Son Roman And – Clint On Eli And – Tony Bennett Serenades Wallach And – Anne Jackson, Wife Of 62 Years, Toasts Him Then – Eli Wallach Accepts With – Kevin Brownlow And – Film…

Read the full article »

Gurus o’ Gold – November 12, 2010

Not much movement by The Gurus on Best Picture, though Hereafter, How Do Yo Know and Secretariat have fallen from the chart. Also this week, a look at Best Director and the Animation category… we rank 5, though the category may only manage 3 nominees.

Read the full article » 15 Comments »

16 Weeks To Oscar – The Ongoing Story Of 10

The difference between being “in” and being “out” is, in most cases, no less dramatic or emotional for Academy nominees than for Project Runway contestants. A Best Picture nomination would significantly change the financial life of many films, if not in theatrical release, in DVD and other ancillary markets. But even more so, it would elevate the filmmakers and actors involved with those films, even though they all have serious credentials going in.

Read the full article » 3 Comments »

Gurus o’ Gold, November 4, 2010

The Gurus are back!

They’ll be with you every week through the next months of the award season, letting you in on who is up… and who is down. This week, a little movement at the bottom of the Best Picture chart, but the Actors & Actresses seem to be locked in… for now.

Read the full article » 11 Comments »

17 Weeks To Oscar: It’s Raining Men

There are 7 Undeniable Best Actor performances this year… and only 5 slots. And that doesn’t even touch on another group of performances that will still draw serious attention and could pass up the Undeniables. What’s an Oscar voter to do?

Read the full article » 25 Comments »

Awards Update

Quote Unquotesee all »

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg