Category Archives: Award Season

“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 86th Academy Awards)


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room on the Broom

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“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 85th Academy Awards)


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman

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Oscars/Academy Awards: The Fixing Debate


Pic taken from hive.slate.com

Pic taken from hive.slate.com

People have all sorts of ideas for how they want to make the Oscars less boring, but let’s face it: we’re going to argue over every new aspect that makes the cut. Something, of course, should be done with the program. It could have entertained spectators, say in the ‘70s, but our attention span has diminished considerably over the years. What’s more, the ceremony is supposed to be a celebration of movies, not a means for power and influence in the industry. And sadly, it is. Ideally, the Academy would let all that go and accept the fact that it isn’t what it should be today. Other than it being boring, it is also politically motivated. Frustrating, I know.

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Oscar Who? Don’t Miss the Spirit Awards This Saturday (Feb. 23rd)


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Did you know that there are two major film award shows happening this weekend? Before you head out to your Oscars party on Sunday, why not check out the Spirit Awards on Saturday? The ceremony, hosted by SNL favorite Andy Samberg, will air on IFC at 10pm EST. No livestream unfortunately. You can see the full list of independent films being honored HERE.

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Do You Know The Oscar Nominees For Best Short Film?


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Awards Season is my favorite time of year because I learn so much about every side of filmmaking today from the Hollywood insiders without having to fly to Los Angeles or be “in the biz”. Seriously, every film press site posts a new interview or panel at least twice a day and the real pros even dedicate a whole page to “Oscar talk”. The great folks at ShortsHD have curated a fantastic page celebrating the Best Short Film nominees.

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Golden Globes Results!


I love these girls!

I love these girls!

I don’t think I’ve laughed so much for an awards show. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should host more often. There were several surprises (“Girls” over “Modern Family,”) a few disappointments (Leo Dicaprio NOT winning), and a lot of laughs (Amy Poehler to Anne Hathaway – “I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars”).

There were some awesome speeches, namely from Adele, Jodi Foster, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain. All women, no less. 🙂 Too many great ones to choose from, but I especially love what Jessica had to say to Kathryn Bigelow: “When u make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for.” Love it!

Also, this happened:

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Oh, Them Oscar Noms!


In just 1 month and  2 weeks… THIS

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The only nominated films I’ve seen from the 2013 Oscar list are mostly in the animated category. Oh, and Skyfall and Hitchcock. I’ve got my work cut out for me before watching the Oscars in February.

I have no valid opinion (yet) on which I would like to see win the Best Picture award, but I’ll provide my thoughts anyway.

Full list of nominees here.

Best Picture

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Sean’s Thoughts on Zero Dark Thirty


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Note: This is pretty spoilery, but let’s be honest. You know how it ends.

Zero Dark Thirty has been shrouded in controversy. Both sides of this countries political spectrum have attacked it. Initially, some on the right were outraged a film about the death of Osama Bin Laden would be released during an election year. They claimed the film was made to boost Obama’s ratings and help him win the 2012 election. First of all, most of you won’t see the film until mid-January, and incase you didn’t know, Obama won the 2012 election a month and a half ago. So…. Yeah. Secondly, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were working on this film long before Bin Laden was killed May 1st, 2011 and actually had to scramble and change the film was his death occured. If Bin Laden had never been killed the film still would have been released this year, and then what? The left would have complained the film hurts Obama’s image by reminding us Bin Laden is still out there during an election year?
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LA Times Spotlights Images From Oscar-Worthy DP’s


"“We spent 21/2 months at this tank we built that was like 150 feet wide and 300 feet long and 50 feet tall. Doing that, we could create any weather and shape the lighting and sustain the mood. Initially I thought this was a smaller movie, but it didn’t turn out to be that at all. It got bigger and bigger” says cinematographer Claudio Miranda.  (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

“We spent 2 1/2 months at this tank we built that was like 150 feet wide and 300 feet long and 50 feet tall. Doing that, we could create any weather and shape the lighting and sustain the mood. Initially I thought this was a smaller movie, but it didn’t turn out to be that at all. It got bigger and bigger” says LIFE OF PI cinematographer Claudio Miranda.                       (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

Cinema is alive and well, folks. 2012 (especially this awards season) has brought out the most epic storytelling I have seen in a long time. There are many power players to thank for this. The Los Angeles Times just recently published a fitting profile of the masters of light, also known as cinematographers. An individual frame is to a movie as a sentence is to a novel. You may pass it over upon first glance and think nothing of it, but sometimes a second look is a wonderful thing.

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Oscar’s Unchained: 2013 SAG Award Nominees


the-master-joaquin-phoenix-sailorIf Bradley Coopers gets a Best Actor Nominees at this years Academy Awards over Joaquin Pheonix I’m going to lose my mind. Let’s be serious here. Pheonix’s performance in The Master is something special, an all time performance. Bradley Cooper’s performance in Silver Linings Playbook? Merely serviceable. But it’s really starting to look like Pheonix is going to be snubbed, especially after the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominee this morning. COntinue reading for the nominees and some of my thoughts. Continue reading

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Read The Indie Screenplays That Could Win Oscar Gold


It’s finally here! Awards season is my favorite time of the year. Indie film has never felt stronger to me and I think that there are quite a few little guy (and gal) contenders for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay noms.

With each Oscar season, it seems like studios are growing more comfortable with audience transparency. This is a huge advantage for us aspiring screenwriters. Now the words of today’s most talented scribes are right at our fingertips. A big thanks to Scott Myers of Go Into The Story  for reblogging the script catalog from Brad Brevet’s Rope of SiliconMy favorite thing to do is read scripts of films that I’ve already seen (LOOPER, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) and discover the story changes from page to screen.

PDFs of those films and many more are waiting for you HERE. Gotta do something productive until February 24th, right?

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Don’t Miss the Gotham Awards Streaming Live This Monday (Nov. 26th)


Almost a month ago, the nominee for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced. Now the big night is hours away. In case you don’t have a golden ticket to the live event, have no fear! The show will be streaming live on www.ifp.org at 7:30pm EST.

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The House I Live In is Important, but Frustrating


The War on Drugs has never been about drugs.” Whoa. That’s not exactly a statement you hear in everyday life. Let alone used to advertise a movie, but that’s the tagline for the Grand Jury Prize winning documentary, The House I Live In. “The war on drugs is a holocaust in slow motion.” This is what David Simon says about the war on drugs in the trailer, and towards the end of the film. This is a huge, potentially controversial statement said to really make people sit up (and it’s a great moment in the film). “Finally,” I thought, “Someone is going to critique of the racist ‘drug war’ that been that’s been ruining people’s lives for the last 40 years!”  Unfortunately  The House I Live In tackles the issue from an incredibly privileged, white perspective.  Continue reading

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Unchained Review: The SIlver Linings Playbook


What is The Silver Linings Playbook? Is it great? Or just good?  Is it the film that proves Jennifer Lawrence is one of the best actresses of her generation? Reminds us Robert Deniro is possibly the best actor of any generation? Reveals Bradley Cooper is actually good (with a talented filmmaker I guess)?  Does it prove David O. Russell is one of the best filmmakers working today? That he’s gone soft? Or that he’s smooching with the Hollywood elite until we can make evocative, personal films again? Is it the feel good film of the year? A real crowd pleaser? Is it a cute romantic comedy? The 2012 version of Jerry Maguire? Is it a dark comedy? The funniest film of the year? Is it Oscar bait? Exploits mental illness for laughs and awards?  Continue reading

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Rock The Vote: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Makes Top 5 Gotham Audience Award Nominees


It’s no secret that today is a big deal. Many will trek out to the polls to choose the next President of the United States. But there’s another voting campaign close to my heart that I want to share today as well. One of the most poignant films I have seen so far, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has made it to the final 5 round in the Gotham Independent Film Audience Awards.

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Wuthering Heights Is Why You Should Never Walk Out of a Movie


You can’t judge a film before the credits roll. Andrea Arnold’s brilliant and emotionally devastating adaptation of Wuthering Heights is the most recent film to hit me over the head with this knowledge. As I noticed fellow viewers get up and leave I couldn’t help but think about all the people who walk out of films without giving them a chance to reveal their characters or themes. When the lights went black and I sat alone, utterly devastated, I couldn’t stop thinking about the people who walked out of Wuthering Heights after 15 or 30 minutes and missed the most powerful film of the year. Continue reading

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The Master is Next Level Filmmaking


Jesus.” That word basically fell out of my mouth when Paul Thomas Anderson cut from black to reveal the first shot of his brilliant film, The Master. Since this is PTA you might have expected some intricate 3 minute tracking shot, but it was just the ocean, and it was beautiful. I have never seen that shade of blue in a film before. It was immediately clear shooting 65mm was a brilliant decision. More importantly, that shot, followed by the dizzying first 15 minutes of The Master revealed Paul Thomas Anderson was working on a different level than most American filmmakers. Continue reading

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When Recognition Happens to Good Movies


This morning’s announcement of Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations included three very powerful Black stories from Sundance 2012. Congrats for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh Zeitlin (Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director), MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ava DuVernay (Breakthrough Actor, Best Feature) and AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY by Terence Nance (Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You) have been overflowing on my social media timelines and I couldn’t be happier.

I remember watching these films back in January, just hoping the powers that be would be paying attention too. It turns out they were.

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