In Contention

OFF THE CARPET: Dolla billz, y’all!

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:15 am · November 8th, 2010

A reader comment got me thinking on box office and Oscar as the usual blockbuster and genre fare led the way in ticket sales this weekend.  It dawned on me that pickins might be extra slim when it comes to representing populist filmmaking in 2010′s Best Picture crop. Box office and finding room for ratings-friendly [...]

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Interviews with the winners

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and [...]

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Nut up or shut up: final predictions

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:36 am · March 6th, 2010

As I look over my final predictions for tomorrow night’s Oscar ceremony, I notice that I’ve made only one change — in the Best Live Action Short category — since taking my initial stab the day of the nominations.  And I haven’t made a single change since I started the Oscar Guide series. Am I [...]

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2/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:01 am · February 22nd, 2010

• Scott Feinberg talks at length with Harvey Weinstein, who had a busy week of Pied Pipering the Oscar bloggers last week. [And the Winner Is...] • Presumed costume design frotnrunner Sandy Powell sure is making the rounds.  She sits down with Paul Gaita to discuss the threads of “The Young Victoria.” [The Envelope] • [...]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Top shots, Berlin coverage and more

Posted by Guy Lodge · 5:44 pm · February 19th, 2010

• You asked for it, you eventually got it: our annual list of the Top 10 shots of the year, part one and part two. • In our ongoing Oscar Guide series, we dug into the supporting actor, foreign language film, art direction, makeup and sound editing races. • Guy’s Berlinale coverage continued, with “The [...]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Makeup

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:50 am · February 19th, 2010

The Academy’s makeup category is one of two fields that calls for a whittling down of the contenders via a “bake-off.” Reels of the work from the seven finalists are screened, so an impressive assemblage is all you need. The work on the whole isn’t really being considered, so this can yield surprises in the [...]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The crafts of ‘Star Trek’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 3:08 pm · February 18th, 2010

One of the year’s biggest blockbusters redefined a franchise and even made it palatable to those unfamiliar with or uninterested in its vibrant history. The film, of course, was “Star Trek,” and as below-the-line craftsmanship goes, it was one of the most impressive efforts of the year. Director J.J. Abrams’s mandate was “to renew and [...]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Sound Editing

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:43 am · February 16th, 2010

This year marked the first year in recent memory that the Motion Picture Sound Editors offered up its list of nominees prior to the Oscar nominations announcement rather than after. Generally that batch of tea leaves is therefore elusive for those of us looking for indicators along the way. Nevertheless, there wasn’t a huge shift [...]

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘Kells’ screens and the writers talk

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 3:09 pm · February 6th, 2010

It’s been a slow ramping up for me in Santa Barbara, coverage wise.  I’ve had some Wi-Fi difficulties that are being sorted and I’ve posted when I can from where I can, but a couple of notes on the last two days. Yesterday I took in a late afternoon screening of Tomm Moore’s “The Secret [...]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Visual Effects

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 1:30 pm · February 5th, 2010

The field of visual effects contenders didn’t seem to need the annual bake-off reduction to know which way the wind was blowing this year.  Three films seemed to be headed for recognition from the outset, and on nomination morning, the category made for one of the least surprising collectives of the day. Furthermore, it has [...]

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February winner predictions

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:18 am · February 3rd, 2010

These appeared at Movie City News’s Gurus o’ Gold page this morning, so you probably already saw them.  Here they are in any case, since, you know, I guess it’s about that time: Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker” Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart” Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, [...]

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Guy’s final predictions

Posted by Guy Lodge · 6:18 pm · February 1st, 2010

Right, there comes a point every year in predicting the Oscar nominations when you realize you’re just shuffling names to dodge commitment. I’ve reached that point, so it’s time to put myself out my misery. Kris has already had his say — and stolen some of my best guesses from last week in the process. [...]

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THE LONG SHOT: The pre-nomination shuffle

Posted by Guy Lodge · 6:53 pm · January 27th, 2010

This, ladies and gentlemen, will be the last Long Shot column I write before the 2009 Academy Award nominations are announced, and it’s not just because it’s the column’s 17th week that the well of subject matter is looking rather dry. I have followed longer awards seasons than this one (the awards used to take [...]

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SAG wins for ‘Basterds,’ Bullock, Bridges

Posted by Guy Lodge · 3:53 pm · January 23rd, 2010

Gotta love all those B’s, right? Overall, no real surprises — we knew Best Actress was going to be a close-fought contest between Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock, and it’s entirely likely that Streep’s win last year tipped it towards Hollywood’s new golden girl. While the widely anticipated ensemble win for “Inglourious Basterds” makes no [...]

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‘Avatar,’ ‘Star Trek’ lead the way with MPSE

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:13 am · January 22nd, 2010

For the first time I can ever remember, the Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced their list of nominees BEFORE the Academy has announced the Oscar nominees.  Because these always came a few days after the big announcement, I have to say, I have never bothered to see how often they match up with the [...]

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CAS nominees

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 7:56 pm · January 20th, 2010

Ironic that his release drops tonight just as I’m transcribing an interview with sound mixer Greg Russell for tomorrow’s Tech Support column. The list of nominees for the Cinema Audio Society doesn’t exactly hold any surprises.  The only film on the list that isn’t being predicted in the sidebar as of right now is “District [...]

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SAG on the way

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 3:57 pm · January 20th, 2010

Saturday night the Screen Actors Guild Awards will go down, televised on TNT, and I can’t really believe the race is THIS sewn up.  Right down the line, most are calling it for Bridges, Streep, Waltz and Mo’Nique.  There are some differences of opinion on the ensemble performance category, but for the most part, those [...]

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The home stretch

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:57 am · January 20th, 2010

Pete Hammond’s story concerning Academy members tapping out before listing a full slate of 10 nominees on their ballots is getting some traction today, but it’s hardly new news.  Many voters never even bothered to come up with five nominees, so the switch to 10 was always going to yield a number of incomplete ballots. [...]

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