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Oscar Contenders and other Such Award Nonsense!

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jul, 2010 11:34 pm
@tsarstepan,
Watched the very powerful documentary, Restropo this Friday afternoon after work.
http://www.restrepothemovie.com/#/videos

I believe that it should well be one of the chosen 10 Best Picture nominations for the 2011 Oscars.

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The documentary Restrepo is set in an alien world and has a touch of the surreal, but it’s the furthest extreme from escapism. In 2007, directors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (the best-selling writer) got themselves embedded with Battle Company’s Second Platoon, the “tip of the spear” in the remote Korengal Valley in Eastern Afghanistan, in makeshift hillside outposts not far from the mountains of Pakistan. Hetherington and Junger shot the film themselves and kept their cameras going during the frequent firefights, although this isn’t what you’d call smooth cinematography: You can feel the fight-or-flight instincts in how their cameras swerve and point at the ground or the sky. Experiencing their terror vicariously, you might wish they were holding weapons instead of cameras.

By David Edelstein Published New York Magazine, Jun 18, 2010

http://nymag.com/movies/reviews/66799/index1.html

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jul, 2010 11:44 pm
@tsarstepan,
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 17 Sep, 2010 10:39 pm
I believe that Carey Mulligan is a lock and will earn her second leading actress nomination for her most excellent performance in Never Let Me Go.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:55 pm
@tsarstepan,
Saw Ben Afflecks' ode to Charlestown! His latest film generically entitled The Town.

It's a great crime thriller! Great acting performances to boot!

I believe this film (so far) is the movie to beat for the top prize.
My early guesses for its nominations.

Highly likely:
Best Picture;
Best Adapted screenplay;
Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Jeremy Renner;
Performance by an actress in a supporting role: Rebecca Hall;
Performance by a Major League Baseball stadium: Fenway Park!

Less likely:
Performance by an actor in a leading role: Ben Affleck. He's really good in this one. I think if he doesn't make the nomination list he'd might end up getting a Golden Globe nomination.;
Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Chris Cooper ~ his screen time is pretty short but it's a great performance while he's there.

Achievement in film editing: It's a category which I find a tad too difficult in figuring out what's what. It's rare that I notice a really the editing of a film. Great film editing is seamless and invisible. I think Inception steals this category.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2010 09:34 pm
The 2010 awards season has officially begun!

The 2010 Gotham Awards nominations have arrived:
http://www.ifc.com/news/2010/10/the-nominees-for-the-2010-goth.php
Okay so they're mostly unknown independent films ...
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Best Feature
"Black Swan" by Darren Aronofsky
"Blue Valentine" by Derek Cianfrance
"The Kids Are All Right" by Lisa Cholodenko
"Let Me In" by Matt Reeves
"Winter's Bone" by Debra Granik

Black Swan should be a high profile Oscar bait film when released in early December. And Let Me In is the high profile vampire remake flick of the critically acclaimed Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Nov, 2010 12:07 am
@tsarstepan,
Should be going out to see Danny Boyle's Yet Another Critically Well Received Yet Hardly Will Be Seen By Any Large Theatrical Audiences Film 127 Hours this Sunday afternoon.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/127_hours/

According to the Vulture Blog, Danny Boyle and James Franco are top contenders in their positions for their respective category nominations and possible wins.
Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 7 Nov, 2010 08:42 am
@tsarstepan,
Incredible story. I remember seeing multiple interviews with Ralston and thinking 'they should make a movie'. They did.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Nov, 2010 09:32 pm
@Irishk,
I watched it this afternoon and the infamous scene is difficult to watch but not that difficult that it would cause feinting or projectile vomiting.

Best (qualified) lead actor performance I've seen from this year's crop of great films. Second best performance overall behind Édgar Ramírez's gluttonous antihero lead as the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, which can not be nominated as it will never qualify considering Carlos is a television miniseries.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Nov, 2010 09:51 pm
@tsarstepan,
This important list of sadly unknown foreign language films has slipped by me without notice:

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Final List of Foreign Language Academy Submissions
by Peter Knegt (October 13, 2010)

The submission list for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has been finalized, with 65 countries having now announced their selections. The selection includes high profile entries on this year’s festival circuit, including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful” (Mexico), Xavier Beauvois’s “Of Gods and Men” (France), Apichatpong Weerathesakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Can Recall His Past Lives” (Thailand), Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” (Denmark) Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” (Canada), and Oliver Schmitz’s “Life, Above All” (South Africa).


My one disappointment is that Soul Kitchen did not get Germany's submission onto the list.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/soulkitchen/

I haven't seen any of accepted submitted films. I haven't read of any reviews of most of these films (or at least remember glancing over their reviews) and I wonder if any have had their respective limited US releases yet.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/updated_list_of_foreign_language_academy_submissions/#

These two films are the only ones I am aware of ... Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful” (Mexico) and Apichatpong Weerathesakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Can Recall His Past Lives” (Thailand).

I've seen the trailer for Biutiful and based on the trailer alone, Javier Bardem looks like a solid lock for the lead actor nomination.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/biutiful/
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 06:18 pm
In preparing for the documentary feature film nominations, here is a short list of feature length docs that just might make the 2011 Academy Award cut:
The Tillman Story
Inside Job
Waiting for Superman: I have no interest in seeing such a dreadfully boring film.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: I'm debating on whether to see this depressing political flick this Friday 23 November.
Countdown to Zero
Restrepo: I have seen this incredibly moving documentary and I'll be really disappointed if it's passed over.
Tabloid
Freakonomics


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2nd or 3rd Week in November: Short List for Documentary Feature

Is when the official shortlist of feature length docs gets released by the Academy.

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:27 pm
Got off work early, chose to see Client 9.
An excellent poldoc that politicophiles NEED to bear witness to....
Definite Oscar Lock!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 15 Nov, 2010 08:58 pm
15 films brought up by the Academy for the 2011 Animated Feature Film award:
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/awards/contenders/news/15-animated-films-submitted-for-oscars-animated-feature-award/
Alpha and Omega
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Despicable Me
The Dreams of Jinsha
How to Train Your Dragon*
Idiots and Angels
The Illusionist*
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Megamind
My Dog Tulip: I would love to see this guy get some national recognition. If not an Oscar perhaps an Annie Award. http://annieawards.org/
Shrek Forever After
Summer Wars
Tangled
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Toy Story 3

RED: Likeliest to receive the 3 actual nominations.
*Haven't seen yet.
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All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee(s). After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate from 3 to 5 motion pictures for this award. In any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. In any year in which 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 16 Nov, 2010 04:58 am
@tsarstepan,
Hey, thanks for bumping this up! Is The Chicago Eight gonna come out in time for this awards year?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 16 Nov, 2010 05:39 am
@jespah,
I don't think so.

Spielberg's version is scheduled for 2012:
The Trial of the Chicago 7
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000229/#Director;

And this independent project, The Chicago 8 apparently is out in October of 2011: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1511476/combined....

Jespah... Did you happen to catch the animated documentary film: Chicago 10 (2007)?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0905979/combined
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 07:36 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

In preparing for the documentary feature film nominations, here is a short list of feature length docs that just might make the 2011 Academy Award cut:
The Tillman Story
Inside Job
Waiting for Superman: I have no interest in seeing such a dreadfully boring film.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: I'm debating on whether to see this depressing political flick this Friday 23 November.
Countdown to Zero
Restrepo: I have seen this incredibly moving documentary and I'll be really disappointed if it's passed over.
Tabloid
Freakonomics


Quote:
2nd or 3rd Week in November: Short List for Documentary Feature

Is when the official shortlist of feature length docs gets released by the Academy.



The official list of 15 choices has come down from the Academy mountain:
http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2010/11/15-documentary-features-advance-in-2010-oscar-race/
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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)

“Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)

“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)


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“Gasland,” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

I'm interested if Farmerman has seen this documentary because it should be up his alley.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1558250/

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“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)

“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)

“The Lottery,” Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)

“Precious Life,” Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)

“Quest for Honor,” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)


“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)

“This Way of Life,” Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)

“The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)

“Waiting for ‘Superman’”, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

RED = Never heard of the films.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2010 06:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
The two guaranteed locks of the year for Animated Feature Film:
How to Train Your Dragon 10/10;
Toy Story 3: 10/10


The Illusionist: theatrical release on Christmas day:
http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi996383001/
Sylvain Chomet already has 3 Oscar nominations under his belt so it will help his cause when this guy hits the limited theatrical release to get as many positive reviews as possible.
My Dog Tulip 10/10;
Despicable Me 9/10.

These final 3 films will be the competing for the final 3rd nomination slot with Tangled being the big blockbuster that is the last wildcard in the animation race.


I had a chance to see Idiots and Angels this October but I wasn't in the mood. I also was unsure of it even being Oscar qualified since the film was finished in 2008 and has been passed around via the film festival circuit those 2 years.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2010 07:05 pm
@tsarstepan,
I can never guess during the movie season any of the original songs but I have a strong feeling that "Sticks and Stones" from How to Train Your Dragon might be in the running.


There are a couple of songs in Toy Story 3 ...
"We Belong Together"
Written and Performed by Academy darling Randy Newman and
"You've Got A Friend In Me (para Buzz Español)"
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman/Performed by Gipsy Kings . Not sure if the latter can be considered as an original song as though the English version was written for and nominated for the original Toy Story film, does translating the English lyrics into Spanish turn it into an original song?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Nov, 2010 11:57 am
4 minutes til the King's Speech. Double Oscar potential header
today with the doc Inside Job this evening.
Anyone jealous?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Nov, 2010 04:37 pm
@tsarstepan,
5 minutes til the worst fiancial crisis of our generation is Explained to its fullest, (Inside Job).
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BTW: Colin Firth deserves this year's Lead Acting award for his regal yet mostly humble performance of King George VI.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 02:49 am
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"Inside Job," Waiting for 'Superman," "The Tillman Story" and "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" are among the documentaries nominated for the 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Friday.

This list of PGA nominated docs will likely be the four films listed to get the featured documentary Oscar nominations.

Really disappointed in Restrepo's omission from the recognition from at least a nomination.

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Shortlisted doc "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the art-world film directed by graffiti artist Banksy and one of the most celebrated non-fiction films of the year, did not make the list of PGA nominees.

Good on the omission! There has been much stink about Exit not being a real documentary at all but a publicity stunt and prank of a very straight-laced mockumentary.

http://www.thewrap.com/awards/column-post/pga-documentary-nominees-serious-matter-22990
 

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