February 27, 2012
Picture: The Artist , Thomas Langmann, producer Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Cinematography: Hugo , Robert Richardson Art Direction: Hugo , Dante Ferretti (production...
February 24, 2012
THE ACADEMY Award favorites this year - "Hugo" and "The Artist" - are movies about the wonder of movies, the sort that do well at Oscar time. "The Artist" is a love letter to cinema's adaptive power; "Hugo" a celebration of pioneer Georges Melies, an early effects wizard and audience-wowing showman. But here's a question: If Melies were alive today, what movie would he be watching? "Hugo" or that other backward-looking piece of nostalgia, "The Artist"? I think Melies would be scratching his head, wondering why the latter is not even tinted.
September 7, 2011 |
Eddie Murphy , who garnered his first and only Oscar nomination in 2007 for Dreamgirls , will own the show next year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that Murphy, 50, would host the 84th annual Academy Awards, live on ABC on Feb. 26. "I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Awards hosts, from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin, and Goldberg, among others," Murphy said in...
May 28, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The release of "The Adventures of Tintin" trailer last week revealed the look of director Steven Spielberg's long-gestating adaptation of the popular European comic series. The story of an intrepid young reporter on a hunt for a ship's treasure inspired by the work of Belgian artist Herge, "Tintin" was shot in a shadowy film-noir style using the same performance-capture technology that James Cameron deployed on "Avatar. " The trailer's scenes of photo-real characters adventuring in an animated world raise anew a question that has bedeviled the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recent years: how to treat films that use performance capture, or motion capture, as the technique is also called.
February 13, 2011 |
While the value of an Oscar is priceless, the price tag of an Academy Award campaign is dear. Yet the win isn't about the statuette alone; it's also about the film's enhanced earnings potential. This year, the average bill for the Oscar hunt of a multiple nominee is $10 million to $15 million, according to Tom O'Neil, whose website, goldderby.com, is the gold standard for all things Oscar. Ever since 1999, when mogul Harvey Weinstein ambushed contender Saving Private Ryan with his $15 million ad blitz for Shakespeare in Love , Oscar spending has exploded.
January 26, 2011
TODAY, OSCAR snubees are wondering what they have to do to get a nomination. Cut off an arm? Possibly. It worked for James Franco in "127 Hours," for "True Grit," and for "Winter's Bone. " All of these limb-rending epics scored nominations for cast and crew yesterday, while other folks went home . . . empty-handed. Like Chris Nolan. His hit "Inception" scored nine nominations, second only to "True Grit" (10) and "The King's Speech" (12), but he was again shut out in the race for best director (shades of "The Dark Knight")
October 6, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of the Academy Awards are ironing out the logistics of moving the ceremony up to late January or early February in 2012, and that could mean that Oscar voters may be watching contending films - and voting for the winners - on their laptops. Next year's ceremony will be held Feb. 27, but an earlier date could allow the academy to steal back some of the thunder from other award shows and boost TV ratings. But any date switch - which has yet to be approved by the academy - has been complicated by the National Football League, which is considering adding two games to its schedule.
February 24, 2009 |
IT'S THE DAY after the Oscars in economic-crisis America. Mind if we warm our cold fingers a little longer in that Swarovski-crystal glow? Scanning the post-show reviews, producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark scored well. With congenial song-and-dance hunk Hugh Jackman in the host-seat, the Oscars had more sizzle and less snipe - or, as Jackman promised Barbara Walters during her pre-show special, "a little more show and a little less biz. " Having previous winners laud nominees in specific categories got good reviews.
February 20, 2009 |
So the door slammed shut on The Dark Knight. James Franco wasn't nominated for Milk - or for his stoner dealer dude in Pineapple Express. Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" - how did that not get a best-song slot? (Hey, there are still two slots open - it's not too late!) And Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) - they wuz robbed. Get over it. The 81st Academy Awards ceremony is two days away - Sunday, 8 p.m., 6ABC - and while there are slights, omissions, and head-scratchers, there is still much to celebrate.