Awards Update Archive for December, 2012

Critics Top Tens Update

The first 100 lists and Zero Dark Thirty leads the Top Tens by a significant margin. Further down the list, The Dark Knight Rises and The Sessions move into the Top 20, and The Master makes a leap forward. Still lots more lists to come …

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Ebert Top-10s, With A Promise Of More To Come

Ebert Top-10s, With A Promise Of More To Come

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The 2012 Top Ten Lists Updated

It’s still early, but Zero Dark Thirty, Amour and Lincoln rule the top of the Top Ten lists, while Looper, Django Unchained and This is Not a Film make moves upward.

See individual Top Ten Lists here.

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Gurus o’ Gold: All We Want For Christmas Is Our Two Best Pics…

The Gurus wish you all a happy holiday.

But they would be even happier if they could pick a couple of surprise Oscar nominations. And there are also a few nominations that they think might be surprise gifts left under the ol’ Oscar tree.

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2012 Top Tens: The First of the Lists

As the first lists roll in, Zero Dark Thirty and Amour lead the chart. With just 21 lists, there are more than 85 movies mentioned so far… seems to be a lot of love to go around.

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Gurus o Gold: And All That Was Left Were The Oscar Nominations…

There wasn’t a lot of movement in chart placement this week, though a lot of individual votes shifted.

For a slightly more expanded look at the race, The Gurus each voted for 11 Best Picture candidates and 7 candidates in each of the acting categories and director. Just how close do The Gurus think Javier Bardem, Emmanuelle Riva, and Nicole Kidman are to being nominees? Take a look.

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20W2O: You’ve Been Globed

Given where this season is… these nominations are pretty much a non-event. Really, the one thing that turned up here that could move the meter a touch when Oscar voting starts on Monday (and ends in 3 weeks and a day) is Rachel Weisz, who has now been honored here and by NYFCC. But the rest… not really anything outside of the curve as has been laid out for weeks and months.

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Golden Globes Nominations

ARGO – 5

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Gurus o’ Gold: Post-NYFCC/Pre-Globes Nominations

The Gurus patiently waited to opine this week, though about half of the group felt that waiting for Nation Board of Review to announce was completely unnecessary.

The big mover this week was Zero Dark Thirty and director Kathryn Bigelow. There was also a bit of a bump for Django Unchained. Otherwise, it was mostly tightening, including a 6-man race for Best Actor.

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2012 European Film Awards Winners

THE 25th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: WINNERS The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy—filmmakers from across Europe—have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2012: AMOUR France / Germany / Austria, 127 min Written & directed by Michael Haneke produced…

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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