When he first read the book, Ang Lee said the same thing that everyone else, including many other ambitious filmmakers, said of the philosophical novel: “Life of Pi is un-filmable.” Last week at the Crosby Street Hotel in downtown Manhattan, director Ang Lee, screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland), and editor Tim Squyres (all films by Ang Lee
Well, last night happened. Seth MacFarlane hosted, balancing the did-you-just-go-there style of humor for which he’s so often known and the showmanship you’d expect from an Oscar host. He took to the challenge, and for the most part, he landed. Yes, I would more openly welcome Tina Fey and Amy
Every day of this Oscar season has been, as Sheryl Crow would say, a winding road – more than any other awards season I can recall. At last, we’ve almost reached the end: Oscar Sunday is just two days away. All the red carpets, all the acceptance speeches, all the
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unsurprisingly handed its best film and best director prizes to Ben Affleck’s Argo this past Sunday. The only major precursor left comes as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) reveals its picks for the best original and adapted screenplays of 2012
Surprise, surprise. Ben Affleck’s Argo won the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) top prize on Saturday. With the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) doling out its prizes on Sunday, we should again anticipate a win for the thriller, though Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln might instead prevail. The Writers
The Oscar Nominations were announced today by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, and, well… I paid attention to the Oscars somewhat near the end of 2007 when the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men took the big wins, but my first full year of keeping tabs on Oscar was
It’s the eleventh hour of Oscar Watching. After countless Twitter discussions and blog posts, the Oscar nominations finally arrive tomorrow. Seth MacFarlane, who will host the ceremony next month, and Emma Stone, who presented at the ceremony last year, will announce the nominees at 5:30 a.m. PT. But before delving
Here’s hoping everyone’s had a great holiday season! But for avid Oscar watchers, this time of the year brings more than gay happy meetings and silent nights; it also gives us one of our favorite things: the heart of the Oscar season.
Each of the top eight races boasts a front-runner or two, but what about the other three or four nominees in each race? It’s both a frustrating change of pace and a welcome one. It makes predicting the Oscars more difficult, but it also makes pinpointing the season a bit more exciting, doesn’t it?
Despite the production and marketing challenges of supposedly “unfilmable” books, they are all the rage in Hollywood, from the narrative Rubik’s Cube that is Cloud Atlas to the ‘how-do-you-dare-film-this?’ adolescent violence of The Hunger Games. The trend continues with the visually breathtaking Life of Pi, based on the Yann Martel
We might as well talk about some actual awards. The New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review both announce their picks next week, but the indie circuit brought the major awards updates of the week. The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place on Monday night and offered
The Twilight Saga is over! The series finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, opened to nearly $141.1 million in the States over the weekend. Kristal quite enjoyed it, but I wasn’t impressed. But Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is less divisive when it comes to Oscar since
On Friday, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi kicked off the New York Film Festival and received high marks from the critics. The epic scale, lauded visual effects, and story about humanity might tug the heartstrings of Oscar voters, and if there’s a movie out there to grab “the heart vote,”