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Oscar Contenders and other Such Award Nonsense!

 
 
Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 02:29 am
Hopefully, this thread can be the collective repository for all that is Oscar Award buzzworthy for this award season.

The Academy sent out the short list of films in consideration for the 2010 Best Documentary, Features award yesterday afternoon.
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The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)
Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)
The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)
Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)
Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)
Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)
Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)
Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC)
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)
Mugabe and the White African, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films Limited)
Sergio, Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)
Soundtrack for a Revolution, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)
Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)
Valentino The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)
Which Way Home, Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/academy-announces-oscar-feature-documentary-short-list

Admittedly, I have only heard of 4 of these films. And from those 4, I have only see Valentino The Last Emperor. That was an incredible and funny documentary about the fashion mogul, Valentino.

The only egregious omission from this list I can think of now is Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008). A documentary of a real life rock band trying to make a comeback by touring in Europe. The real life version of This Is Spinal Tap.

Last week, the Academy sent out it's 20 animated feature films that will be considered for the 2010 Best Animated Feature Film of the Year award.
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“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
“Astro Boy”

“Battle for Terra”
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
“Coraline”
“Disney's A Christmas Carol”

“The Dolphin " Story of a Dreamer”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”

“Mary and Max”
“The Missing Lynx”
“Monsters vs. Aliens”
“9”

“Planet 51”
“Ponyo”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”
“Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”
“A Town Called Panic”
“Up”

http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2009/20091111.html

These films tend to be of a higher profile and get bigger box office revenues and greater recognition then the documentaries that get nominated each year.

I've seen Up and Coraline. I have been desperate to see Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo as well as Wes Anderson's first animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox.

As of now, the award is for Up to lose. Pixar's megacritical/box office success will likely take the award as well as actually grab a Best Motion Picture of the Year nomination, a true rarity for an animated feature.

What do you guy and gals think of the recent rule change by the Academy to allow for 10 films in the Best Motion Picture of the Year category (rather then the typical 5 nominations)?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 02:36 am
@tsarstepan,
Go Max and Mary!!!!!!!
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 04:08 am
@dlowan,
I mean Mary and Max.

Up was fun, but didn't live up to the hype, for me.
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 07:29 am
@tsarstepan,
I doubt Up will get a best picture nomination. The whole purpose for creating a best animated category was to prevent movies without actors from getting best picture after Beauty and the Beast made a play for it.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 11:38 am
DATELINE: Beverly Hills, CA (October 15, 2009)
http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2009/20091015.html
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Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are:

Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director;
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, director;
Armenia, “Autumn of the Magician,” Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors;
Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;
Austria, “For a Moment Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi, director;
Bangladesh, “Beyond the Circle,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director;
Belgium, “The Misfortunates,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
Bolivia, “Zona Sur,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Nightguards,” Namik Kabil, director;
Brazil, “Time of Fear,” Sergio Rezende, director;
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director;
Canada, “I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “Dawson, Isla 10,” Miguel Littin, director;
China, “Forever Enthralled,” Chen Kaige, director;
Colombia, “The Wind Journeys,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Croatia, “Donkey,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “Fallen Gods,” Ernesto Daranas, director;
Czech Republic, “Protektor,” Marek Najbrt, director;
Denmark, “Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, director;
Estonia, “December Heat,” Asko Kase, director;
Finland, “Letters to Father Jacob,” Klaus Haro, director;
France, “Un Prophete,” Jacques Audiard, director;
Georgia, “The Other Bank,” George Ovashvili, director;
Germany, “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke, director;
Greece, “Slaves in Their Bonds,” Tony Lykouressis, director;
Hong Kong, “Prince of Tears,” Yonfan, director;
Hungary, “Chameleon,” Krisztina Goda, director;
Iceland, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam,” Oskar Jonasson, director;
India, “Harishchandrachi Factory,” Paresh Mokashi, director;
Indonesia, “Jamila and the President,” Ratna Sarumpaet;
Iran, “About Elly,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
Israel, “Ajami,” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, director;
Italy, “Baaria,” Giuseppe Tornatore, director;
Japan, “Nobody to Watch over Me,” Ryoichi Kimizuka, director;
Kazakhstan, “Kelin,” Ermek Tursunov, director;
Korea, “Mother,” Joon-ho Bong, director;
Lithuania, “Vortex,” Gytis Luksas, director;
Luxembourg, “Refractaire,” Nicolas Steil, director;
Macedonia, “Wingless,” Ivo Trajkov, director;
Mexico, “Backyard,” Carlos Carrera, director;
Morocco, “Casanegra,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director;
The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime,” Martin Koolhoven, director;
Norway, “Max Manus,” Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning, directors;
Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow,” Claudia Llosa, director;
Philippines, “Grandpa Is Dead,” Soxie H. Topacio, director;
Poland, “Reverse,” Borys Lankosz, director;
Portugal, “Doomed Love,” Mario Barroso, director;
Puerto Rico, “Kabo and Platon,” Edmundo H. Rodriguez, director;
Romania, “Police, Adjective,” Corneliu Porumboiu, director;
Russia, “Ward No. 6,” Karen Shakhnazarov, director;
Serbia, “St. George Shoots the Dragon,” Srdjan Dragojevic, director;
Slovakia, “Broken Promise,” Jiri Chlumsky, director;
Slovenia, “Landscape No. 2,” Vinko Moderndorfer, director;
South Africa, “White Wedding,” Jann Turner, director;
Spain, “The Dancer and the Thief,” Fernando Trueba, director;
Sri Lanka, “The Road from Elephant Pass,” Chandran Rutnam;
Sweden, “Involuntary,” Ruben Ostlund, director;
Switzerland, “Home,” Ursula Meier, director;
Taiwan, “No Puedo Vivir sin Ti,” Leon Dai, director;
Thailand, “Best of Times,” Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, director;
Turkey, “I Saw the Sun,” Mahsun Kirmizigul, director;
United Kingdom, “Afghan Star,” Havana Marking, director;
Uruguay, “Bad Day for Fishing,” Alvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, “Libertador Morales, El Justiciero,” Efterpi Charalambidis, director;
Vietnam, “Don’t Burn It,” Dang Nhat Minh.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Nov, 2009 11:43 am
@engineer,
I was thinking that Up will be a consolation nomination for Pixar to appease the very vocal critics who lamented the fact that Wall*E did not get a Best Picture nomination last year. In the rule book, animated features aren't explicitly ruled out of the Best Picture contention but as you stated...
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The whole purpose for creating a best animated category was to prevent movies without actors from getting best picture after Beauty and the Beast made a play for it

I believe the majority of Academy voters see it that way. Quelle domage!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 12:29 pm
Why did they have to do Anvil wrong?!

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/11/list_of_oscar_docs_doesnt_incl.html?mid=agenda--20091119
http://iseefilms.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/anvil1.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 04:52 pm
This one interests me - Crazy Heart - as I'm a mad Jeff Bridges fan and, besides, it sounds interesting, as was the tale of it's getting produced. I liked Beau and Lloyd too, back in the day. One of my favorite all time films was Cutter's Way, with Jeff.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/movies/19crazy.html?scp=1&sq=a%20surprise%20gets%20buzz%20for%20oscars&st=cse
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 05:06 pm
@ossobuco,
Another Jeff Bridges fan here, osso. He seems quite discerning about his choice of films. Most (that I've seen, away) have been pretty good. (Cutters Way is a long time favourite.)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 06:53 pm
@msolga,
Ah, slaps self, that was its, not it's. Not that anyone cares.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 06:55 pm
@ossobuco,
Did you or msolga see the highly underrated Door in the Floor? That was a heartbreaker of a Jeff Bridges film.
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 08:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
No, I didn't tsar. I'll see if it's available at my video shop.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 08:54 pm
@tsarstepan,
No, oopsie..
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 09:35 pm
@ossobuco,
My favorite Jeff Bridges roles/movies.
1. The Big Lebowski (1998) (my vote 10/10)
2. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) (my vote 10/10)
3. Tideland (2005) (my vote 9/10)
4. Starman (1984) (my vote 9/10)
5. The Door in the Floor (2004) (my vote 9/10)
6. TRON (1982) (my vote 9/10)
7. K-PAX (2001) (my vote 8/10)

Against All Odds (1984) (my vote 7/10)
I can't really remember anything about this film other then the Phil Collins song. Must have rated it awhile back.

ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 09:38 pm
@tsarstepan,
I don't know any of those, just that I simply love Cutter's Way and the book with it..
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 09:45 pm
@ossobuco,
If you have a mellow sense of humor? You have to see The Big Lebowski (1998). Especially if you have any appreciation for Zen Buddhism and stoner humor.

If you like or love the Rat Pack or Las Vegas style crooning, The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) is a witty heartbreaker of a film.

I should see if my library has a copy of Cutter's Way. I'm sure my small video rental place doesn't have a copy.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 10:11 pm
@tsarstepan,
I like the one where he survived the plane crash, and thought he was invincible.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 10:14 pm
@dlowan,
Fearless ... (I think). I haven't seen it.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 10:21 pm
@tsarstepan,
Sounds like it.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2009 10:22 pm
@dlowan,
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106881/
 

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