Awards Update Archive for December, 2014

The Top Ten Lists: There’s Boyhood and Then the Rest of the List

First, there’s Boyhood – still and probably forever – at the top of the chart. In other news, The Lego Movie and Leviathan both crack the top 20.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Oscar Zit Of The Day

Wasn’t it just 48 hours ago that I wrote about the foolishness of reconsidering Selma as a work of art because of what may a legitimate beef on the detail of the film by a witness to a part of the history the film covers? Now we have an eruption from the only participating central subject in Foxcatcher, Mark Schultz. He is angry, angry, angry at Bennett Miller…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: History Is Written By…

I don’t care whether Selma is a work of precise historical accuracy. I do care how it makes me and other audiences feel, how it makes us think, what it has to say. This is just as true of The Interview and American Sniper and Foxcatcher and The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything and Unbroken and Big Eyes and The Penguins of Madagascar.

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The Top Ten Lists: And Boyhood Stands Alone

Two Days, One Night and Only Lovers Left Alive move into the Top 20, displacing Interstellar and The Lego Movie. And Boyhood stays alone at the top.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Academy Members, Please Watch…

The Gurus wish you a Merry Christmas and whisper the names of the films they hope will end up in the Academy membership’s viewing stockings to be watched before the new year. At the top of the list, NightcrawlerA Most Violent YearTwo Days, One Night

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The Top Ten Lists: The Lists Keep Coming

It’s still early, but Boyhood has a pretty commanding lead so far. The Lego Movie is falling back a little, and Foxcatcher, Ida and Citizenfour have made the top 20. Stay tuned!

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Top 8 Categories Heading Into The Holiday Break

The Gurus take on the “Top 8″ categories… Picture, Acting, Screenplay, and Director. Selma continues to fly high, but the big mover this week is The Grand Budapest Hotel. And the biggest loser? Foxcatcher across the board.

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The Nominees: Reaction to the Golden Globes Nominations

“We are honored to receive this Golden Globe nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Big Hero 6! We share this nomination with our incredibly talented team who worked tirelessly to bring this beautiful film to the screen.  We can’t wait to give them a big Baymax fist bump!” – Don Hall & Chris…

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Gurus o’ Gold(-n-Globes)

The Gurus pay tribute to The Golden Globe nominations (due Thursday morning), but projecting the Picture, Actor & Actress races. And of course, this week’s update on Oscar’s Best Picture race.

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“‘Gone Girl’ Is The Oscar Contender Hollywood Needs, Audiences Deserve”

Scott Mendelson Argues “Gone Girl Is The Oscar Contender Hollywood Needs, Audiences Deserve”

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The Overnighters’ Director And Subject On The Doc’s Moral Complexity

The Overnighters‘ Director And Subject On The Doc’s Moral Complexity

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Box Office

After The Hurt Locker won with less than $15 million in the box office till… after The Artist won with $32 million… And even 12 Years A Slave at $50 million and 4 well-respected contenders over $100 million… does “a wasted vote” exist anymore?

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Introducing The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent

“Horror is a pure form of cinema. There are some modern-day filmmakers our there who understand that. The films that will stand the test of time are the ones that have depth—Let the Right One In, or Honeymoon and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” Introducing The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Rise of Selma

The Gurus are back from the holidays with a look at Best Picture and Best Director, where Ava Duvernay is red hot and some of the big names aren’t diddly squat.

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“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