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Friday February 01, 2013

Joaquin Phoenix Praises Film Crew, Gives Nod to 'Up-and-Comer' Daniel Day-Lewis

“I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues. There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth. I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage. But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can't be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don't know your last name… there are too many to list. The truth is, you cannot separate my work from their's. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision. I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who's in a movie called 'Lincoln.' You should check it out.”

-- Joaquin Phoenix, a non-attendee, in a note of thanks for winning the London Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year. Very, very classy. In the same gathering, Jacques Audiard's “Rust and Bone” won best foreign language film. See it.

Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"

Freddie, by way of Joaquin, Paul, Philip, Amy, Megan, Mike, Karen, Tommy, et al.

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Posted at 09:51 AM on Feb 01, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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Sunday January 27, 2013

SAG Cast Award Goes to 'Argo'

Well, that's two of the three guild awards for “Argo.”

I don't agree, given the options (“Lincoln” is an acting tour de force), but the bigger question, or actually the smaller question, is what this means for its chances for the Oscar.

Over the last few weeks, “Argo” has won the Golden Globe, the Producers Guild Award, and now the Screen Actors Guild cast award. Has any movie won all three and not won the Oscar for best picture? Here's a chart (Eventual Oscar winner for best picture in bold):

Year
PGA SAG - CAST GG - DRAMA GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL
2012 Argo Argo Argo Les Miserables
2011 The Artist The Help The Descendants The Artist
2010 The King's Speech The King's Speech The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
2009 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Bastards Avatar The Hangover
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 No Country for Old Men No Country for Old Men Atonement Sweeney Todd
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine Babel Dreamgirls
2005 Brokeback Mountain Crash Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
2004 The Aviator Sideways The Aviator Sideways
2003 Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
2002 Chicago Chicago The Hours Chicago
2001 Moulin Rouge! Gosford Park A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge!
2000 Gladiator Traffic Gladiator Almost Famous
1999 American Beauty American Beauty American Beauty Toy Story 2
1998 Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic The Full Monty Titanic As Good As It Gets
1996 The English Patient The Birdcage The English Patient Evita

Since SAG started giving out the cast award in 1996, there have only been four years in which the Golden Globe, the SAG and the PGA all went to the same movie. In 2008, they all fell for “Slumdog Millionaire”; in 2003, they all sought out “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”; in 2002, they lusted after “Chicago”; and in 1999, they dropped dead for “American Beauty.”

All three won the Oscar for best picture.

On the other hand, the director of each film was nominated for and won an Oscar. Ben Affleck, director of “Argo,” was not and will not. Not sure how this changes things.

In other news that ain't much news, and that seems to presage how the Academy will vote, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway each won individual acting honors.

The big daddy, the DGA, is next week. But right now it's looking good for Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck in Iran in "Argo"

Ben Affleck: looking good.

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Posted at 07:50 PM on Jan 27, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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Saturday January 26, 2013

'Argo' Wins PGA

Tonight the Producers Guild of America awarded its best picture to “Argo.”

What does this mean? These are the PGAs best picture winners since 1989 (disagreements with the eventual Academy winnner in blue):

Year
PGA best picture
2011 The Artist
2010 The King's Speech
2009 The Hurt Locker
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2007 No Country for Old Men
2006 Little Miss Sunshine
2005 Brokeback Mountain
2004 The Aviator
2003 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2002 Chicago
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2000 Gladiator
1999 American Beauty
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1997 Titanic
1996 The English Patient
1995 Apollo 13
1994 Forrest Gump
1993 Schindler's List
1992 The Crying Game
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1990 Dances with Wolves
1989 Driving Miss Daisy

So the PGA has agreed with the Academy every year for the last five years but disagreed with AMPAS the three years before that. (I like the PGA's choices better in those years, by the way. Particularly 2005).

Does the win tonight mean Oscar momentum for “Argo,” whose director, Ben Affleck, wasn't even nominated best director by the Academy?

Here's a question that's easier to answer: Has a film ever won the Golden Globe and the PGA and not won the Oscar for best picture? Yes. Four times since 1989:

PGA GG - DRAMA GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL
Argo Argo Les Miserables
The Artist The Descendants The Artist
The King's Speech The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
The Hurt Locker Avatar The Hangover
Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
No Country for Old Men Atonement Sweeney Todd
Little Miss Sunshine Babel Dreamgirls
Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
The Aviator The Aviator Sideways
Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
Chicago The Hours Chicago
Moulin Rouge! A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge!
Gladiator Gladiator Almost Famous
American Beauty American Beauty Toy Story 2
Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
Titanic Titanic As Good As It Gets
The English Patient The English Patient Evita
Apollo 13 Sense and Sensibility Babe
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump The Lion King
Schindler's List Schindler's List Mrs. Doubtfire
The Crying Game Scent of a Woman The Player
The Silence of the Lambs Bugsy Beauty and the Beast
Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves Green Card
Driving Miss Daisy Born on the 4th of July Driving Miss Daisy

Either way, it mixes things up a bit. “Argo” now feels like the frontrunner despite its lack of director nomination, supplanting “Lincoln.” In case you're wondering, the last time a picture won best picture without a nomination for its director was in 1989: “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Bruce Beresford.

In other news, “Searching for Sugar Man” won best documentary.

The SAG awards are tomorrow.

Stay dry, Jeff.

Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in ARGO

“If I'm going to make a fake movie, it's going to be a fake hit.” — Fake producer Lester Siegel, now honored by real producers.

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Posted at 10:26 PM on Jan 26, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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Sunday January 13, 2013

Golden Globes Continue to Diverge from the Academy

The Golden Globes are always fun. Jodie Foster's speech wlll be dissected and celebrated for days to come. Daniel Day-Lewis' line to Tony Kushner was as eloquent as anything Kushner wrote in “Lincoln.” And “Argo.” Remember “Argo”?

But what does the Golden Globes mean?

Nothing. At least it means nothing in terms of the Oscars.

Here are the Golden Globe winners for the last 20-odd years with matching Oscar winners in bold:

Year GG - DRAMA GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL
2012 Argo Les Miserables
2011 The Descendants The Artist
2010 The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
2009 Avatar The Hangover
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 Atonement Sweeney Todd
2006 Babel Dreamgirls
2005 Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
2004 The Aviator Sideways
2003 Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
2002 The Hours Chicago
2001 A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge
2000 Gladiator Almost Famous
1999 American Beauty Toy Story 2
1998 Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic As Good As It Gets
1996 The English Patient Evita
1995 Sense and Sensibility Babe
1994 Forrest Gump The Lion King
1993 Schindler's List Mrs. Doubtfire
1992 Scent of a Woman The Player
1991 Bugsy Beauty and the Beast
1990 Dances with Wolves Green Card
1989 Born on the 4th of July Driving Miss Daisy

The Globes and the Academy used to agree more often: 12 out of 15 times from 1989 to 2003. Since 2004? Twice in 8 years: “Slumdog” in 2008 and “The Artist” last year. I think it'll be twice in 9 years since I don't see either “Argo” or “Les Miserables,” neither of whose directors were nominated by the Academy, winning the big one.

And yes to “Girls.” But “Boardwalk Empire” needs to get a little more love. Not to mention “Bored to Death.”

But please invite back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Please. Their opening monologue here.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes

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Posted at 08:41 PM on Jan 13, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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Tuesday January 08, 2013

The DGAs Are In: Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, Lee, Spielberg

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for outstanding direction in a feature film in 2012. Its nominees:

As mentioned before, whoever wins the DGA almost always wins best director; and whoever wins best director, their movie almost always wins best picture.

Since 1990, the line from the DGA's best director to the Oscar's best picture has been broken only four times: in 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2005.

As for a best picture coming from a director who wasn't even nominated for a DGA? That's only happened once since 1969.

In other words, “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained” and “The Master”? SOL, dudes.

I think we're actually down to two films: “Lincoln” and “Argo.” I think the torture issue is sinking “Zero Dark Thirty.” (When you lie to us, Kathryn, we hurt you.) I think “Les Miz” isn't respected enough. I think “Life of Pi” is mostly forgotten.

The Academy roars Thursday morning. I'll be blogging early with reaction.

2012 DGA nominees for best feature film: Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow

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Posted at 07:08 PM on Jan 08, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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