Awards Archive for October, 2007

An Oscar Lock?

It seems that the smart folks at Fox Searchlight did qualify the short, Hotel Chevalier, for Oscar before releasing the film on iTunes.
And so the question… how could the film not be nominated? And how could it not win? There are often some terrific shorts out there, but Wes Anderson did the best work of his year in this short… and he is one of our most talented, even when at his most self-indulgent.


Next Academy DVD…

Come on…
The quote on the letter in the package…
“A cultural event. It feels like one of the key movies of the era…”
Okay… you give up…
Find the answer after the jump.

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Next DVD In The Mailbox

Paramount Vantage follows Searchlight’s early lead (The Namesake, Once, Waitress) with A Mighty Heart, which started landing on Friday.
Next Up… La Vie En Rose? Ratatouille? Hairspray? Resurrecting the Champ?


Will The Academy Kill Lars

Word is that the AMPAS committee that sets official screenings has taken a pass on Lars & The Real Girl, the Toronto Film Fest phenom starring Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling. This call could well be the beginning of the end for any Best Picture Oscar hopes for this film, which gets a great reaction from audiences who see it and real resistance to the premise from people who have not. A poorly attended official Academy screening can be as bad as none at all… but for a small indie-level release, that foot in the door means a lot.
Of course, good box office momentum, starting with this weekend


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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier