Awards Update Archive for February, 2011

Oscar Night

It’s Oscar Night .. have you filled out your ballot yet?

Get a little help from the Gurus and the results of the Guild Awards and the Critics Scoreboard.

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Gurus o Gold… The FINAL Last Minute Changes (Round 3)

If you are interested in some last minute changes of heart in Doc, Short Doc, and Live Action Short, you’ve found the right link.

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Gurus o Gold… Last Minute Changes (Round 2)

The Last Full Gurus Chart Last Minute Changes (Round One) Gregory Ellwood Best Documentary Feature * Inside Job – 1 Best documentary short subject * The Warriors of Qiugang – 1 Best live action short film * Na Wewe – 1 Original screenplay * The King’s Speech – 1 Pete Hammond BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher…

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3 Days To Oscar

We’re almost there… just a few more parties… a few more gowns… a few more hours of watching the Sunday sound and fury… and then… we start all over again!

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Gurus o’ Last Minute Changes (Round 1)

Here are 10 last minutes changes that Gurus would like to make to their
final ballots
.

We’ll be back on Thursday and then again on Saturday if there are any more last second flashes of insight!

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Gurus o’ Gold – What Would The Oscars Look Like As Of Today?

All the Gurus votes are now in for the last round of voting the complete list of categories. Oscar ballots are due in by Tuesday.

The last group of votes put Melissa Leo back at the top of her category. What other surprises will there be… if The Gurus are right, 8 days from the show?

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Gurus o’ Gold – The Final Ballot, pt 3 of 3

In the last round of the last vote, the Gurus hand four Oscars to Inception, matching The King’s Speech’s four, The Social Network’s three and True Grit’s two. But are The Gurus the boss of The Academy?

We’ll know in nine days.

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Gurus o’ Gold – The Final Ballot, pt 2 of 3

We got your doc categories, your editor, your music, your make-up, your foreign language, and your animated short.

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17 Days To Oscar: Just Keep Swimming

In the end, after all the shouting, it is about The Movie and The Academy Demographic. It is forever tempting to see The Academy as a monolith. It’s not. 5800 people is a lot of people. But the basic principles of movie marketing apply. Flukes happen, but there are movies that appeal to certain demographics and not to others. And The Academy, big as it is, has certain kinds of taste.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Has Anything Changed This Week?

As voting continues, The Gurus are asked, “Anything? Anything?”

And the answer is…

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Gurus o’ Gold – February 3, 2011

This week, the Gurus offer their view of the Best Picture race. (Not much happening there.)

Also, what are the most likely upsets on the big night? You’ll have to look for yourselves, but ladies first.

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DP/30 – 43 Oscar Nominees

30 minutes, charring with an Oscar nominee. Either you can sneak into the Nominees Lunch on Monday or you can watch them hanging out on DP/30…

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DP/30 @ Sundance: Reagan, Eugene Jarecki

Being released just in time for Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, political documentarian Eugene Jarecki (The Trials Of Henry Kissinger/Why We Fight) delivers a powerful film covering the life, politics, and ideas of Ronald Reagan. We talked about the work at Sundance.

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“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