Twitter inspired me today.
Craig Kennedy of Living in Cinema along with my staff and other followers joined in a conversation with me about some films we are not expecting. It happens every year. We think we have nailed down the categories to about five, six, or seven films and/or performances that could fill the potential lineup. Oscar nomination morning rolls around and the President of the Academy along with Forest Whitaker or Anne Hathaway or Jennifer Lawrence come out and say it:
“The Reader, nominees to be determined.” – Whitaker
“The Blind Side, nominees to be determined.” – Hathaway
“and…Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Scott Rudin, producer.”
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It’s our FINAL podcast BEFORE Oscar nominations are announced. I’m sure you all have a lot on your mind. You don’t have to just submit questions this time around, you can give some nice, well-thought out theories on how the race could go as well as general inquiries. We’ll be reading them on the podcast when we record tomorrow evening.
Please leave your questions here in the comment section or on our Facebook page or send it in via Twitter (@AwardsCircuit).
Looking forward to them! Read more on Taking Questions for Power Hour!…
The Full Winners Are:
Best Picture: “Amour” (28)
Runners-up: “The Master” (25); “Zero Dark Thirty” (18)
Best Director: Michael Haneke, “Amour” (27)
Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” (24); Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” (24)
Read more on National Society of Film Critics awards Haneke, Riva, and ‘Amour’…
The ballots are all in!
After months of speculation, whining, theorizing, the Oscar ballots have been turned in and the nominations will be announced this Thursday, January 10 @ 8:30 am Eastern Time. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the staff and I will be broadcasting a LIVE Nominations Edition of Power Hour on Thursday morning. We will likely jump on at about 8:00 am ET, talk about last minute theories and give our reactions from the curve balls that Oscar is sure to throw.
As the Writers Guild of America announced their nominations yesterday, I tried to think like an Oscar voter and try to assess which films or performances could someone be passionate about on the last day of voting. Did AMPAS really look to Critics Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG for recognition? As Best Picture looks like a five-horse race, which film will be the most nominated film of the day?
Read more on Oscar Ballots Are In, Which Films are Out?…
If I were composing (and this isn’t to say I won’t) a the top ten list of working actresses in line to win an Oscar, Michelle Williams would be near the front of the pack. I would have never thought that “Jen” from “Dawson’s Creek”, my favorite WB show when I was in seventh grade, would one day become one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood let alone an Oscar-nominee.
The uneducated Oscar follower will think that her big break came in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain as Alma, the young wife that discovers her husband’s dark secret. The truth is Ms. Williams started gaining independent attention in films like The Station Agent (2003), in which she was nominated along with her co-stars for Cast Ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild Awards; she also captured attention as “Ruby” in Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Prozac Nation (2001) with Christina Ricci and as Lana in Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty (2004), a performance that netted her a Best Actress nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards. Read more on In Line: Michelle Williams…