Awards Archive for January, 2010

All Not Together Now

When I saw this foursome on the SAG Awards (oddly without the present Ms Loren), I was struck by how this group of four women looked as though they had barely ever met. And the movie feels just like that, even though each individual got a wonderful chance to stretch and play.


PGA Offers An Actual Surprise In Award Season

The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Kathryn Bigelow
Mark Boal
Nicolas Chartier
Greg Shapiro
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Jonas Rivera
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Fisher Stevens
Paula DuPr


SAG Awards

No surprises at all.
Winners after the jump… for the sake of avoiding spoilers for late West Coast viewers…

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Globes Catch-Up

My take on The Golden Globes this year was a little unexpected.
I thought Ricky Gervais did a solid job that was perfect for The Globes and will never be appropriate for The Oscars. Good call on both teams.
There were a few goofy choices… and that’s fine. The only award of any significance was Sandra Bullock in a category that has some great work in it, but is by no means an intensely competitive group of “must votes.” The Bullock win (and the co-win at BFCA) will get Academy members who hadn’t put the DVD in the player to do just that. The urge to offer a loving hand to a well-liked and high-grossing member of the community may do the rest.
The most significant element of The Globes is always the impression that winners make at these shows with their speeches, Was Mo’Nique’s speech genius or a melodramatic bore? Did Jim Cameron come off as a good-natured winner or will Academy members really want to see Kathryn Bigelow speak and make history? That kind of thing.
I went to the parties afterward and was reminded that, indeed, we are all part of a big high school. I am not a studio exec or an actor or director… but I am some kind of member of the family and as such, an evening out at the penultimate high school reunion creates its own perspective. There are so many levels of communication going on at once… so many people whose lives touch, but work on so many different layers of intimacy (or lack thereof).
A night of thousands of indifferent people becomes a lovely thing with a few moments with people you are genuinely happy to see. This is a note to myself for when I get angry about the absurdity of it all. I will always get sucked into rage over hypocrisy. But there is never a real question about why I still work in this world. I love it. And I am lucky to have my passion indulged.


Golden Globes BYOB

Have at it if you like… not much for live blogging…


PRESS RELEASE – LAFCA's Top 13 Of The Decade

LOS ANGELES, January 12, 2009


PRESS RELEASE – ACE Awards For Editing

(embargoed until tomorrow… embargo broken by Variety… embargo no withdrawn)
Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E., John Refua, A.C.E. &
James Cameron, A.C.E.
District 9
Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker
Bob Murawski & Chris Innis
Star Trek
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. & Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E.
Up in the Air
Dana Glauberman, A.C.E.
500 Days of Summer
Alan Edward Bell
The Hangover
Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.
Julie & Julia
Richard Marks, A.C.E.
A Serious Man
Roderick Jaynes


ASC Noms

Barry Ackroyd, BSC for


Press Release – WGA Noms

2010 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominees Announced
LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK — The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the past year. Winners will be honored at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
(500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight
Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox
The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.
The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment
A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features
Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight
Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud


DGA Noms

What is there to say?
DGA is remarkably consistent in matching 4 of 5 Oscar nominees.
2009: Oscar nominee Stephan Daldry in for DGA nominee Christopher Nolan
2008: Jason Reitman in for Sean Penn
2007: Clint Eastwood in for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Paul Greengrass in for Bill Condon
2006: Exact Match
2005: Mike Leigh in for Marc Forster
I would guess that Lee Daniels will be the odd man out. I would guess that Clint Eastwood or Lone Scherfig takes the slot. But this could be one of those rare No Change years. Invictus is weak, though its primary appeal is with the older crowd that is better represented in The Academy. (This is also true o Eastwood himself.) Scherfig is a bit of a long shot, as An Education has faded a bit in recent weeks,


The WriGAms

ADD: 11:17p – An e-mail landed at 5:44p from a publicist – “You’re probably already aware but just in case you’re not, wanted to bring to your attention that Disney/Pixar’s UP is unfortunately ineligible for DGA and WGA Awards because the filmmakers are not signatory members of either guild.”
Nice job by Steve Pond in pointing out the real story on why The Weinsteins didn’t chase WGA noms for three of their awards season films. The films just weren’t eligible.
Add to that An Education, which was DQed because its WGA member, Nick Hornby, is not a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and did not write the Brit-made, non-Sony-funded film under their CBA. To wit;
To be eligible, a theatrical motion picture must have been written under the WGA MBA or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild (collectively,


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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

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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