So far, one of the biggest hits at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival has been Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale. Today The Weinstein Company has announced that they have acquired the rights to distribute the film. See the official release and read more about the film after the jump.
A representative for the Weinstein Company has just confirmed that Christoph Waltz’s role in Django Unchained will be campaigned as a Supporting role for the rest of the awards season. Waltz, who plays Dr. King Schultz ,will now compete against co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who just won the National Board of Review’s award for Supporting Actor and Academy Award nominee, Samuel L. Jackson. Waltz was named one of the runner-ups in the recent New York Film Critics Circle. just earlier this week.
We spoke about this possibility on a podcast a few weeks back but it seems that a source as confirmed to Tom O’Neil of Gold Derby that Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz will be campaigned as a lead actor in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, who plays a slave-turned-bounty hunter that is searching for his wife will compete against Waltz along with the entire roster of the Weinstein Company. Read more on Gold Derby Confirms Christoph Waltz being campaigned as Lead Actor…
Anyone who’s seen Joaquin Phoenix in ‘I’m Still Here’ should know that this is a man who’s not afraid to be different or unpopular. While his incredible work in ‘The Master’ has him at the top of most people’s Oscar predictions (including mine), it’s worth remembering that he’s not exactly tailor-made for the campaign circuit. Well, whether we were trying to forget about that or pretend that Phoenix is now a completely different sort of person, we got a strong reminder of that recently with his sure to be controversial comments while doing an interview with Elvis Mitchell. You can see interview here at Interview Magazine. I still think he’s going to get nominated, but there’s a chance that he just kissed the win goodbye, depending on what Harvey Weinstein has to say about things.
For those of you who are already setting up your charts for your 2013 Oscar predictions (guilty as charged), you can now move Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels’ (Precious) The Butlertowards the top of your list.
If Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible doesn’t work out for Ewan McGregor, the Weinstein Company announced today that McGregor will be joining Academy Award Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the upcoming adaptation of August: Osage County. The film is directed by John Wells and is adapted by Tracy Letts who wrote the play as well.
Sunday is always a very bust at TIFF largely because the studios are here with junkets and getting around is a tad more difficult than other days. Cabs are scare, the Bell Lightbox buzzes with people and the theaters are jammed. Case in point the first screening this morning was packed to capacity, good news for The Weinstein Company as the company enjoys what could be their most impressive year yet.
The breakthrough performance of the festival could be Michael Shannon in The Iceman, a film which came in with very little buzz but will leave with Shannon a potential Oscar nominee for Best Actor. I know the next time I change my picks he will leap onto the prediction page for me as a nominee. Anyone who has seen the film is talking about Shannon, and only Shannon, good news the difficult little film about a real life hit man for the mob who was also a serial killer. Read more on TIFF: Lawrence owns “Playbook,” Visuals Stun “Atlas,” and Over-Saturation Hurts “Watch”…
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is gearing up to released later next month and with the recent announcement that it will have a screening at TIFF, this could be the beginning of a critical darling sweep. Early word is that Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are incredible but the narrative is a struggle for some. Sasha Stone from Awards Daily said on our recent podcast that many say “it has no plot.” It’s hard for Oscar to get enthused about something when they don’t get it. We’ll have to see but The Weinstein Company have convinced voters that Chocolat, Shakespeare in Love, and The Reader were worth a place on a Best Picture lineup. Hence, this should be an easy get.
Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task. The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.
It’s August. Summer’s coming to an end. Eight months have passed and we have one, count, one, Best Actress contender on the chart. Quvenzhané Wallis is more and more looking like the little engine that could for her heartbreaking turn in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. While many are shouting from the rooftops that she could be the one to hold the Oscar, barely reaching the microphone, and being a Cinderella story for the millennium, there’s no one to challenge her as of now.
In the past week, Carey Mulligan has dropped off due to the “sudden” push of The Great Gatsby to summer 2013. Was that telling of something? We’ll discuss on this week’s episode of Power Hour if it was. With Mulligan out, we are struggling to find spots filled from performances coming down the pike. Read more on “Best” Actress Award or “Whatever We Have Left Over”…
An article in a Chicago newspaper states The Master will play at both Venice and TIFF before the film opens in early September, though neither festival officials, or anyone at Weinstein will comment.
Director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson has been to TIFF before with Boogie Nights (1997) as a work in progress, which still knocked critics out, and Punch Drunk Love (2002) which also drew a strong response. Read more on The Master could play at TIFF?…