Note Pad Archive for November, 2005

Sony Classics

In previous years, Sony Classics has been loathe to spend the money to send out all their candidates on DVD to BFCA members. That changed today as the entire SPC collection arrived. Good show. Nominations for Capote, Breakfast on Pluto, and Junebug are legitimate possibilities… even for phillistines like us.

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Not So Indie Spirit

The InDependent Spirit nominations were announced this morning. Laura Linney came in from New York and was stuck mispronouncing a wide array of names, as did her indie co-presenter Mark Ruffalo. (Guillermo Arriaga is a good one to learn, Mark… better than Rob Reiner for you.) But that’s just meaningless folderol… The winners? Sony Classics…

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Gurus O’ Gold – Week 2

Best Picture & The Best Actress Possibilities. What do you think?

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Thanksgiving Turkeys

What’s your choice of stuffing?

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Sasha Stone Reports…

NBR back to Dec 7…

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O’Neil’s Tight Best Actress Race

Comically, Tom O’Neil takes the position that the race for Best Actress is strong this year. But even he can barely come up with enough names to fill the Golden Globes ballot. In total, he offers 13 possibles. Three are mentioned on page one (Huffman/Zhang/Knightley). Three more are mentioned on the next two pages (Danes/Kilcher/Witherspoon)…

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More Movies…

Today was the first real arrival of a bunch of movies at one time and I suspect it wil continue tomorrow and Wednesday. Six films, all with Techinicolor Secutity markings, from WIP, NL, and DW. Two of WIPs films arrived, interestingly, in small DVD covers, not the traditional DVD box. I can’t imagine they save…

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The Gurus o’ Gold

Who do the Oscar prognosticators think is out in front? Now you know.

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NBR Date

I’m really not sure if this has been reported, but I gather that NBR will push its award announcement to December 9 to accomodate a Munich screening. They will still be first to announce, followed by BFCA and HFPA, I believe. (Added, Sat 8p – A rep from Universal says they know nothing about this…

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HFPA Moves Hustle & Flow To Drama

Supporters of the film see this as a positive move. I see it as an easy way of leaving the film and Terrence Howard out of the nominations without being accused of racism. After all, who is going to argue that George Clooney or David Strathairn or Russell Crowe or Ralph Fiennes shouldn’t make it…

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Ten Films to Compete for Animated Feature Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — Ten films will compete in the Best Animated Feature Film category in the 2005 Academy Awards® competition. The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy’s Board of Governors…

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20 Weeks – 15 Weeks To Go

“What drew me onto the Brokeback bandwagon at this moment was that I don’t think Geisha will draw 80% of the “romantic saga” voters at the Academy. Moreover, in direct comparison, Geisha suffers from its limitations. Brokeback has the dryness and love of inaction that pushed me away from it… but it is still more…

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Academy Announces Documentary Films in Competition for 78th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the list of films that will continue on in the voting process in the category of Best Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two films had been eligible in the category. The 15 films from which the five nominees will…

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First Cinea Disc…

And on top of being unable to be viewed on any DVD player other than your own, including other Cinea players, there was shrink wrap, two taped sides of the container and… Then, when you actually pop the disc in the Cinea, you get this message… And then a request for yet another pledge of…

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The Final Oscar Short List

How short is a list of 15 films amongst 82 eligibles? That would make the Best Picture shortlist (based on last year’s 269 eligible entries) at 49. Are there really 49 B.P. eligible films that you think are worth of consideration? The one good thing is that this list will give, I hope, lots of…

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The Oscar Short List

The dozen begin to get notified… so far… 39 Pounds of Love (HBO/No Theatrical) After Innocence (New Yorker/Showtime) The Boys Of Baraka (ThinkFilm) Darwin’s Nightmare (International Film Circuit) The Devil & Daniel Johnston (SPC) Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (IFC) Favela Rising (ThinkFilm/HBO) Mad Hot Ballroom (Par Classics) March of the Penguins (WIP)…

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Wow! adds another “expert” with good gathering, but almost no analytical skills… Box Office Mojo man Brandon Gray. It’s becoming almost fun to watch them flail.

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The Envelope Tries To Fill Space, Episode 15

James Bates counts Harvey out of the Oscar race, based on… anyone?… anyone?

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The BFCA Made-For-TV Movie Category

We have a front-runner… TNT’s Into The West. How do I know? They sent us the whole thing in a DVD set. The people who send their films have a huge advantage in BFCA voting because the group is made of writers who don’t get to watch that much TV. And so few television networks…

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Depp Honor Coming

On Friday, 11/11, Johnny Depp gets the Tribute treatment at AFI in a move for The Libertine, which he really wants to help succeed.

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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.


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