Awards Watch Archive for January, 2010

January 28

Gurus goes all percentage-y this week. Who is considered 92.5% likely to win?

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7 Weeks To Go, Ten Is Good

At this quiet moment, between a rock rippling the voting pond and a hard count of nominees, a moment of reflection on the State of The Oscars. I couldn’t be happier with the 10 nominee thing. Sure, it has taken an annual narrow race and made it wider, but still narrow. The group of films…

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BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards 2009 Awards

Best Picture The Hurt Locker Best Animated Movie Up Best Comedy Movie The Hangover Best Action Movie Avatar Best Director Kathryn Bigelow Best Original Screenplay Inglourious Basterds Best Adapted Screenplay Up in the Air Best Acting Ensemble Inglourious Basterds Best Actor Jeff Bridges Best Actress (tie) Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock Best Supporting Actor Christoph…

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Page 3 for Decade

Joe Bardi | Owen Gleiberman | Peter Hartlaub | Tom Johnson | Lou Lumenick | Lisa Schwarzbaum | Kyle Smith | Dusty Somers | Peter Travers | Greg Vellante Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle 1 You Can Count on Me 2 Children of Men 3 Memento 4 The Dark Knight 5 LOTR: The Two Towers…

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Page 2 for Decade

Marshall Fine | Matt Goldberg | Mark Krzos | Zac Oldenburg | Richard Roeper | Scott Sawitz | Michael Stickings | Gary Sundt | David Theis | Chris Vognar Matt Goldberg 1 Lord of the Rings 2 Pixar Movies 3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4 Shaun of the Dead 5 Kiss Kiss…

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Page 1 for Decade

Al Alexander | David Germain | Kirk Honeycutt | LA Film Critics | Christy Lemire | Anne Thompson | Shawn Edwards | Peter Ranier | Mike Ward | Gary Wolcott David Germain Associated Press 1 Pan’s Labyrinth 2 You Can Count on Me 3 The Barbarian Invasions 4 Once 5 O Brother Where Art Thou?…

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The Top Ten Chart for the Decade Scoreboard

With 13 mentions, together and individually, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is the top vote getter.

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Page 24

Karen Durbin 1 Hunger 2 Hurt Locker 3 White Ribbon 4 Treeless Mountain 5 Precious 6 Bright Star 7 Where the Wild Things Are 8 Private Lives of Pippa Lee 9 Inglourious Basterds 10 Jennifer’s Body Quentin Tarantino 1 Star Trek 2 Drag Me To Hell 3 Funny People 4 Up in the Air 5…

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Page 23

Betsy Pickle 1 That Evening Sun 2 Up in the Air 3 (500) Days of SUmmer 4 Avatar 5 The Messenger 6 Inglourious Basterds 7 In the Loop 8 Bright Star 9 An Education 10 Julie & Julia Al Alexander 1 Inglourious Basterds 2 Up in the Air 3 Up 4 In the Loop 5…

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Page 22

Nell Minow AWFJ 1 Up in the Air 2 Where the Wild Things Are 3 Precious 4 Fantastic Mr. Fox 5 (500) Days of Summer 6 District 9 7 Coraline 8 Up 9 Star Trek 10 An Education Jessica Barnes 1 Where the Wild Things Are 2 The Hurt Locker 3 Moon 4 Inglourious Basterds…

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Page 21

Susan Wloszczyna 1 Up in the Air 2 The Hurt Locker 3 Up 4 Precious 5 A Serious Man 6 An Education 7 Zombieland 8 Coraline 9 Fantastic Mr. Fox 10 Inglourious Basterds David Walsh 1 Everlasting Moments 2 Of Time and the City 3 The Country Teacher 4 Laila’s Birthday 5 Where the Wild…

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Page 20

Amy Taubin Film Comment 1 35 Shots of Rum 2 The Hurt Locker 3 The Headless Woman 4 Tulpan 5 Tokyo Sonata 6 The Informant 7 Lake Tahoe 8 Police, Adjective 9 The Sun 10 Sugar Chuck Wilson LA Weekly 1 Bright Star 2 The Hurt Locker 3 Everlasting Moments 4 A Single Man 5…

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Page 19

Whitney Matheson USA Today PopCandy 1 Fantastic Mr. Fox 2 Star Trek 3 Inglourious Basterds 4 The Rock-afire Explosion 5 Tyson 6 Whip It 7 Humpday 8 Coraline 9 Best Worst Movie 10 Adventureland Don Sanchez ABC-7 1 A Single Man 2 An Education 3 Avatar 4 The Blind Side 5 The Hurt Locker 6…

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Page 18

C. Robert Cargill 1 District 9 2 Fish Story 3 Avatar 4 Star Trek 5 Moon 6 Fantastic Mr. Fox 7 The Road 8 Up 9 Taking Woodstock 10 Up in the Air Amanda Mae Meyncke 1 Bright Star 2 Inglourious Basterds 3 The Brothers Bloom 4 A Single Man 5 Public Enemies 6 (500)…

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Page 17

Peg Aloi 1 Fantastic Mr. Fox 2 Bright Star 3 O’Horten 4 Inglourious Basterds 5 Moon 6 An Education 7 Summer Hours 8 In the Loop 9 Sin Nombre 10 Star Trek Dwight Brown Tri-State Defender 1 Avatar 2 Fantastic Mr. Fox 3 Hunger 4 The Hurt Locker 5 Invictus 6 Precious 7 Public Enemes…

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Page 16

Gary Dretzka 1 The Hurt Locker 2 Up 3 Avatar 4 The Maid 5 The Baader-Meinhof Complex 6 Bronson 7 Up in the Air 8 In the Loop 9 Burma VJ 10 Sin Nombre Ray Pride 1 Limits of Control 2 The Hurt Locker 3 The Headless Woman 4 A Serious Man 5 Summer Hours…

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Page 15

Jay Stone Calgary Herald 1 Bad Lieutenant 2 A Serious Man 3 A Single Man 4 District 9 5 The Hurt Locker 6 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 7 Precious 8 Up 9 An Education 10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Katherine Monk Calgary Herald 1 The Hurt Locker 2 District 9 3 Polytechnique 4 Up in…

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Page 14

Matt Singer 1 Two Lovers 2 Summer Hours 3 Drag Me to Hell 4 Up 5 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 6 The Hurt Locker 7 The Headless Woman 8 In the Loop 9 The White Ribbon 10 Crank: High Voltage Alison Willmore IFC 1 You, the Living 2 Fantastic Mr. Fox 3 The Hurt…

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Page 13

Malcolm Fraser Montreal Mirror 1 Anvil! Story of Anvil 2 Bad Lieutenant 3 A Serious Man 4 I Love You, Man 5 Adventureland 6 Drag Me To Hell 7 Last Train Home 8 (500) Days of Summer 9 I Killed My Mother 10 Antichrist Christopher Sykes Montreal Mirror 1 The Class 2 35 Shots of…

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Page 12

Zorianna Kit California Literary Review 1 The Hurt Locker 2 A Serious Man 3 A Single Man 4 An Education 5 Precious 6 Inglourious Basterds 7 The Hangover 8 The Cove 9 Avatar 10 Up Joanne Thornborough The Daily Journal 1 The Hurt Locker 2 An Education 3 Fantastic Mr. Fox 4 Up in the…

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Awards Watch

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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