Awards Watch Archive for December, 2010

Oscar Nomination Ballots Mailed To 5,755 Voters

Oscar Nomination Ballots Mailed To 5,755 Voters

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Justin Timberlake’s Oscar Drive

Justin Timberlake’s Oscar Drive

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The Top Tens: December 24, 2010

The lists keep coming in, but the chart remains (almost) the same. Carlos and The Ghost Writer move up a notch, and the top five stay locked in place. The Social Network stays on top by a wide, wide margin.

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin Alliance of Women Film Journalists A Film Unfinished Another Year Autobiography of Nicholae Ceausescu The Fighter The Kings Speech Made in Deganham Mother Rabbit Hole Sweetgrass The Town

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Drew McWeeny

Drew McWeeny HitFix Black Swan Blue Valentine Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Rabbit Hole I Saw the Devil Toy Story 3 Four Lions True Grit Inception A Serbian Film

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: David Fear

David Fear Time Out, New York Winter’s Bone The Social Network Red Riding Trilogy Another Year Exit Through the Gift Shop Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench The Exploding Girl Last Train Home I Am Love Enter the Void

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf Time Out, New York The Social Network Exit Through the Gift Shop Carlos Another Year Winter’s Bone Dogtooth The Kids Are All Right Lourdes A Prophet 127 Hours

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Keith Uhlich

Keith Uhlich Time Out New York Wild Grass The Ghost Writer Step Up 3-D Boxing Gym Shutter Island The Strange Case of Angelica Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Another Year You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Have You Heard from Johannesburg?

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Ty Burr

Ty Burr Boston Globe Exit Through the Gift Shop The Social Network The Kids Are All Right Toy Story 3 Marwencol Boxing Gym The Fighter A Film Unfinished Last Train Home True Grit

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris Boston Globe THE FIGHTER INSIDE JOB JACKASS 3D  MACHETE  MOTHER AND CHILD  SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD  THE SOCIAL NETWORK SWEETGRASS TOY STORY 3 VINCERE 

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek Toronto Sun 1. Winter’s Bone 2. The Town 3. The Social Network 4. Marwencol 5. Restrepo 6. Kick-Ass 7. Black Swan 8. Inception 9. True Grit 10. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Liz Braun

Liz Braun Toronto Sun 1. The Social Network 2. The Town 3. Carlos 4. The King’s Speech 5. The Fighter 6. Black Swan 7. True Grit 8. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Rebel and Activist 9. Winter’s Bone 10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson Toronto Sun 1. The Social Network 2. Inception 3. Winter’s Bone 4. Animal Kingdom 5. The Ghost Writer 6. True Grit 7. Black Swan 8. How to Train Your Dragon 9. The Fighter 10. Kick-Ass

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Cary Darling

Cary Darling Star-Telegram 1. 127 Hours 2. The Disappearance of Alice Creed 3. Animal Kingdom 4. The King’s Speech 5. The Social Network 6. The Fighter 7. The Ghost Writer 8. Fish Tank 9. The Kids Are All Right 10. The Square

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly Star-Telegram 1.  Carlos 2.  The Ghost Writer 3.  Toy Story 3 4.  Inside Job 5.  I Love You Phillip Morris 6.  A Prophet 7.  Waiting for Superman 8.  Let Me In 9.  Joan Rivers:  A Piece of Work 10.  The Town

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Oklahoma Critics Love The Social Network, But Hated Sex In The City 2

Oklahoma Critics Loved The Social Network, But Hated Sex In The City 2

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Oklahoma Film Critics 2010 Awards

Best Picture  The Social Network Top Ten  The Social Network Inception Black Swan The Fighter Winters Bone True Grit The Kings Speech Toy Story 3 The Kids Are All Right 127 Hours Best Director  David Fincher, The Social Network First Feature  Chris Morris, Four Lions Obviously Worst Movie  Sex & the City 2 Not-So-Obviously Worst…

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The Utah Film Critics Spread The Love Between 127 Hours And The Social Network

The Utah Film Critics Spread The Love Between 127 Hours And The Social Network

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Gurus o’ Gold: Last Licks 2010

With overwhelming domination of the Critics Groups, The Social Network overtakes The King’s Speech for the top spot by 1 point. The other mover is Black Swan, which leaps from #7 to #4.

And The Gurus bid a fond farewell to Sean Smith, off to do serious things with his life. And we ring in the New Year with Anthony Breznican flipping to Entertainment Weekly from USA Today. The more things change…

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Utah Film Critics 2010 Awards

Best Picture 127 Hours and The Social Network (tie) Best Achievement in Directing Christopher Nolan, Inception and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie) Best Lead Performance by an Actor James Franco, 127 Hours Best Lead Performance by an Actress Natalie Portman, Black Swan Best Supporting Performance by an Actor Christian Bale, The Fighter Best Supporting…

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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