Awards Watch Archive for January, 2008

Best Actor, Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood Hard to slow a roll this intense George Clooney – Michael Clayton It’s there for him to challenge… but he doesn’t seem anxious to do so Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd He coulda won it… but the ship took him down…

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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment No Country For Old Men Just keeps winning… Michael Clayton Can Warners move the dial on the most agreeable Best Picture choice Juno No longer an underdog movie… should be thrilled to have made it this far There Will Be Blood The milkshake is flowing somewhere else Atonement Too…

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24 Days To Go

Somehow, this may be the first Oscar season in memory without The Great Settling. It’s not really clear whether it’s because of the films themselves or because of the WGA strike or the fact that the latest entry into the race – in Hollywood showings, not theatrical release date – was There Will Be Blood,…

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34 Days To Go And The Noms Are… As Expected

So … Few real surprises.  A couple pleasant.  A couple less so. The score from There Will Be Blood was disqualified at the last minute … so that is a shame.  Rather brilliant work. Laura Linney ran well under the radar in critics’ world … and still got in. Tommy Lee Jones got a nod,…

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Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on…

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Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on…

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Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film GG Comment Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy His reward if MC wins Best Picture and PTA wins for directing. Juno Diablo Cody * Front-ran long enough to become a small problem The Savages Tamara Jenkins The writers will make sure she gets what she deserves Lars & The Real Girl…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film GG SAG Comment Ellen Page – Juno M/C A The accessible, loveable rising star, modest, smart and ready to be a much bigger star Julie Christie – Away From Her D A Away From The Spotlight Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose M/C A Perhaps the defining moment of…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film GG SAG Comment George Clooney – Michael Clayton D A Hollywood’s heartthrob little engines a shocker. Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood D A Scenery chewing wears thin over time. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd C/M Quickly becoming this season’s Eddie Murphy of last year… deserving, but dragged…

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Best Director

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film DGA GG Comment The Best Picture Runners The Coen Bros – No Country For Old Men * * Yes. Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood * A tour d’ force behind that camera Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton * A complete, powerful, classic movie with a real sense…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Release Date Picture Studio Globe Nom Comment Nov 9 No Country For Old Men Mira D Now aiming on the win Oct 5 Michael Clayton WB D DGA crosses the “t,” dots the “i” Dec 5 Juno FoxS M/C The most impressive financial success at just the right moment The Candidates For The…

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7 Weeks To Go Mutually Assured Disinterest

The Golden Globes are dead… long die The Golden Globes. The Wheel O’ Strategy is spinning hard at the studios these days.  A film like Hairspray, which ended up joining now-presumptive Best Picture nominees There Will Be Blood and Juno as the only multiple Critics’ Choice Award winners, is suddenly thrilled about being a nominee…

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Seven Films Vie for 2007 Makeup Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition for Achievement in Makeup for the 80th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” “La Vie en Rose”…

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Seven Films Vie for 2007 Makeup Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition for Achievement in Makeup for the 80th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” “La Vie en Rose”…

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Scott Renshaw Charleston City Paper 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Once 3 My Kid Could Paint That 4 Joshua 5 The Host 6 The King of Kong 7 Into the Wild 8 Day Night Day Night 9 Walk Hard 10 There Will Be Blood Keith Cohen Sun Publications 1 Sweeney Todd 2 Hairspray…

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Bob Strauss LA Daily News 1 I’m Not There 2 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days 3 Away From Her 4 The Bourne Ultimatum 5 Control 6 Offside 7 Atonement 8 Gone Baby Gone 9 Grindhouse 10 Juno/Lars and the Real Girl Glenn Whipp LA Daily News 1 There Will Be Blood 2 I’m Not…

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Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal 1 Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2 Ratatouille 3 There Will Be Blood 4 Atonement 5 Into the Wild 6 Juno 7 Lars and the Real Girl 8 Manufactured Landscapes 9 Once 10 Waitress David Poland Movie City News 1 I’m Not There 2 Lake of Fire 3 Michael Clayton…

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The Austin Chronicle 1 No Country for Old Men 2 The Lives of Others 3 There Will Be Blood 4 Persepolis 5 Diving Bell and the Butterfly 6 Juno 7 Atonement 8 3:10 to Yuma 9 The Bourne Ultimatum/Eastern Promises 10 Ratatouille Geoffrey Cheshire Independent Weekly 1 Into the Wild 2 Into Great Silence 3…

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Matt Brunson Creative Loafing 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Gone Baby Gone 3 Juno 4 Two Days in Paris 5 No End in Sight 6 The King of Kong 7 Ratatouille 8 Across the Universe 9 Assassination of Jesse James 10 Lake of Fire Jeremy Smith CHUD 1 No Country for Old Men…

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Tom Charity CNN 1 There Will Be Blood 2 Into the Wild 3 Zodiac 4 Assassination of Jesse James 5 No Country for Old Men 6 Once 7 Black Book 8 Persepolis 9 Syndromes and a Century 10 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Alonso Duralde MSNBC 1 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days 2…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon