September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Several trailers for the two-part Harry Potter finale have hit the web over the past few months, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to post the latest. It’s two minutes of rapid-fire scene changes sure to leave Potter fans (such as myself) salivating for the film’s release this November.
Oscar chances are always surprisingly slim with this series, despite the technical and dramatic quality. And I have a sneaking suspicion that Oscar might wait until the very final film to honor it (a la Return of the King).
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
With Toronto, Venice, and Telluride now but a memory, Oscar season has officially kicked off. Most of the major contenders have screened for critics, and as such we have a much better read on what films are headed towards the Kodak. I’m going to update my predictions in all categories this week, starting with The Big One: Best Picture.
September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone wrote up a nice little piece about the awards potential of Hollywood’s newest young star, Easy A‘s Emma Stone. While I think most would agree that Stone likely has a Golden Globe nomination locked up, Stone puts forth the possibility of Oscar. As interesting a notion as that is, I have a hard time visualizing Stone seriously entering the Oscar race, let alone winning a nomination in such a competitive year for Best Actress. She might win the Golden Globe, unless Annette Bening is entered into the Comedy category (which is a definite possibility). Of course, strangers things than Best Actress nominations for teen comedies have happened, but if Reese Witherspoon failed with Election, Lindsay Lohan failed with Mean Girls, and Winona Ryder failed with Heathers, I don’t see how Stone could pull it off.
September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
The formerly distributor-less Nicole Kidman vehicle Rabbit Hole (an adaptation of a Tony-winning play) made a huge splash at Toronto this past week, and now finds itself with both a distributor (that’d be Lionsgate, which also picked up The Conspirator for a 2011 release) and a plans for an Oscar campaign. Though a firm release date has yet to be set, Lionsgate is planning on putting out to theaters sometime this fall.
All indications are that this is Kidman’s best performance in years, and could very well be a comeback of sorts for her. If the Best Actress race wasn’t already so crowded, I’d go so far as to say that she’s basically a lock for a nomination. So though I fully plan on having her in my Top 5 for my post-Toronto predictions update, I don’t think she necessarily has this in the bag. Dianne Wiest is another story… With the Supporting Actress category wide-open, she could easily establish herself as a frontrunner. As for Aaron Eckhart (whose performance has been slightly more divisive), I could definitely see a Golden Globe nom… Oscar less so.
September 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
This might just be the biggest wild card in this year’s Oscar race. It could really go either way. Tyler Perry doesn’t scream Oscar, but it’s hard to argue against this cast of criminally-underrated African-American actresses and the source material (which scored big at the Tonys). Not sure what elements would even gain awards traction… Adapted Screenplay possibly? As for the acting categories, the supporting actress category is still so wide-open that any one of these ladies could score a nomination. But with such a large and talented cast it’ll be hard for a single performance to stand out. If that were to happen, though, I’d put my money on either Loretta Devine or Phylicia Rashad. Both have the industry respect and experience to warrant Oscar noms.
September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
I would definitely not consider myself a Clint Eastwood fan. Million Dollar Baby was one of the least-deserving Best Picture winners of last decade, and the less said about Gran Torino and Flags of Our Fathers the better (although Letters From Iwo Jima was one of the best films of 2006). His newest film, which is looking to do better with the Academy than last year’s underwhelming Invictus, stars Matt Damon as a psychic who can talk to the dead. Also appearing in the film are Bryce Dallas Howard, Cecile de France, Jenifer Lewis, Richard Kind, and the 2005 tsunami.
The trailer didn’t exactly blow me away. Perhaps it was just the overwrought music, but it looks like it dips into the maudlin and melodramatic a bit too much for my liking. Damon didn’t really do much for me, though the supporting cast showed promise (I could see any one of the ladies get awards traction, especially since the supporting actress category is so weak). Not sure if the supernatural elements will work against it’s favor Oscar-wise, especially if it’s critically divisive.
September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
After much speculation, Terrence Malick‘s oft-delayed film The Tree of Life has been bought by indie powerhouse Fox Searchlight. This comes after news that it’s originally distributor, Apparition, was suffering from severe financial woes. So while we will definitely see The Tree of Life, it won’t be anytime soon; Searchlight is holding off on a theatrical release until 2011.