116 posts categorized "OSCARS"

Jan 16 2015
Gayness @ The Oscars Comments (0)

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Peter Knegt chats with Gordon Bowness about gay content in this year's nominated films and which films have gay creative teams...

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Jan 15 2015
Oscar Nominations Are In: When Do We March? Comments (0)

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The Oscar nominations are in, and there are some snubs and surprises.

Most shocking to me was the hardcore snubbing of Selma. It's a really good film, a biopic with a lot of nuance and artistry. It's absolutely, unequivocally on par with and I would argue better than—as a film, as a piece of direction, as a collection of performances—The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game—and yet the achievements by director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo were ignored. (This guy's pissed, too.)

I have to say I must be living in a bubble, because I had thought Nightcrawler and Jake Gyllenhaal were going to be nominated. It was my favorite movie of the year, it's got nearly universal praise (far better reviews than The Theory of Everything and American Sniper), and it's a subject I would have thought voters would find engaging. It's a shame.

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I wasn't in the least bit surprised that Jennifer Aniston didn't get nominated. I haven't seen Cake, but no matter how good she is, I think it is perceived pretty clearly as a naked attempt at awards, a true, old-fashioned vehicle. And Aniston has not built up the kind of serious-effort points from the Academy to be this year's Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon. Plus, the film has been negatively reviewed even if her performance has drawn compliments.

The most irritating development to me (aside from the out-of-nowhere embrace of American Sniper, the movie with the worst reviews of the eight nominated and a movie I have zero interest in seeing and now many have to) is the strong showing by Foxcatcher. I found that movie compelling throughout in a dry way, but as much as I love Steve Carell, I truly think his performance is silly. It comes off as phony and the fake nose changes from scene to scene. Why is the prosthesis even necessary? His character was not that famous to the average filmgoer that capturing his exact appearance was that important. The film's credibility is also seriously damaged by what feels like a strong-armed attempt to make it into a dated ick-fest regarding a creepy homo. To be sure, du Pont was almost certainly getting off on being surrounded by those jocks, but the framing the director used of this story feels exploitative and vaguely homophobic.

Check out all the nominations after the jump, with my notes, and please feel free to share yours. Blue are the ones I say will win, and if there is a pink choice, that's the one I wish would win. Otherwise, I'm happy for the one I think will win. Got it?...

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Dick Poop...That's An Interesting Name Comments (0)

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, prez of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has created this year's Adele Dazeem early—in announcing an Oscar nomination for cinematographer Dick Pope, she called him Dick Poop. Standing next to Chris Pine might or might not have been an extenuating circumstance.

 
Jan 14 2015
Dragging The Oscars Comments (0)

AxrO5

A list of films most deserving of a Best Picture nomination that did not get one...it's crazy that some of these were snubbed.

 
Jan 02 2015
Old Gold Comments (0)

Douglas-Slocombe

You must check out Nathaniel's list of the 100 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees!

 
Jan 01 2015
It's Only A Movie? Comments (0)

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Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum in the so-so thriller Foxcatcher, has suddenly realized that the film makes him look gay, or gay for Olympic gold. In response, he's gone off his rocker in a series of Twitter insults and a long rant claiming he takes back anything positive he's ever said about the film

One thing the movie got right was Schultz status as a dim bulb—even on first viewing, the film can only be read as the story of a gay creeper and the briefly complicit, ultimately grossed out, straight boy he nearly succeeds in buying, body and and soul. That's what makes the movie work—it's clearly the narrative crafted by the director.

SchultzSchultz with the actors of Foxcatcher, in happier times

No idea if it's based on reality, since so many other real things were changed or left out, but that's what the movie is.

Now, Schultz is worried his legacy is tarnished because a movie implied he might've let a rich old guy rub himself off on him while they wrestled in the middle of the night

Pretty pathetic all the way around.

014-schultzbrothers-600x364The Schultz Brothers

I do hope it helps keep the movie from getting Oscar nominations, though. Like a lot of movies that are highly questionable politically, it's definitely interesting—I was screwed to my seat (sorry, Mark) the entire way through, and found some of it quite good. But overall, it's an okay movie and the prosthetics on Carell are pretty bad and distracting. Tatum is good in spots but seems to forget to be Schultz occasionally. And I don't like when movies that purport to be about real events take outrageous liberties with what really happened just for the sake of the film. If it's inconvenient that du Pont had mental issues or that he didn't murder the man he murdered until many years after his confrontation with Schultz, then change all the names and call it something else.

 
Dec 30 2014
Luise Rainer Slips The Surly Bonds Of This GOOD EARTH: Dies @ 104 Comments (0)

Luise-RainerRainer (L) at the peak of her fame and (R) winking at her Oscar glories at 100ish

Luise Rainer, the oldest living Oscar winner and the first person to win back-to-back acting Oscars, has died at 104, just a few weeks shy of her 105th birthday.

GiphyIf Luise calls, I'm here!

Rainer's role as Ziegfeld's wife in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) is noted for her amazing performance with a telephone (remember those?), while her performance the following year in The Good Earth remains an achingly modern, naturalistic portrayal, even in the face of the Austrian-accented actress playing a Chinese peasant. Rainer was the only Caucasian in the film to do without extensive “yellowface”; her work exposes her power as an actress while Paul Muni's is marred by ridiculous prosthetics. I suggest you watch this film if you haven't, and pay special attention to a scene where Rainer's character faces execution.

Luise Rainer in The Good EarthAs O-lan in The Good Earth

After those two Oscar-winning roles, her career tapered off. She had virtually retired after 1954, with just four more (eclectic) acting gigs: on a 1965 episode of Combat!, an engagingly nostalgic role on The Love Boat (1984), in the 1991 TV film A Dancer, and in 1997's The Gambler—based on Dostoevsky's novel.

Combat1Rainer at the time of her appearance on Combat!

Luise-Rainer-Love-BoatIn her dual Love Boat role, with leading men Don Ameche and, uh, Fred Grandy

Gambler-1997-01-gPlaying a grandmother in her final film, The Gambler

Rainer, who at 100 was the oldest person to fill out Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire, was one of the world's longest-lived actors—ever.

After the jump, watch her speak about her favorite memories from her short time in Hollywood...

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Dec 15 2014
Pyle-ing On Comments (0)

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Don't miss Missi Pyle's fantastic contributions to The Film Experience; she talks the Oscars, Madeline Kahn, Gone Girl, Ryan Gosling and more.