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Wednesday January 28, 2015

Match César Nominees with IMDb Synopsis

The nominees for the 40th annual César Awards (the French Oscars, yo), were announced the other day, and the movies on the left are the choices for best film. On the right, the IMDb synopsis, shortened somewhat for space. See if you can match them.

Best Film Synopsis
1. Les Combattants
A. Benjamin is sure he will become a great doctor, but his first experience in his father's service does not turn out the way he hoped.
2. Eastern Boys
B. An actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she takes part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
3. La Famille Bélier
C. A girl, who lives with her deaf-mute parents, discovers that she has the gift of singing.
4. Saint Laurent
D. A cattle herder and his family find their quiet lives—typically free of Jihadists—abruptly disturbed.
5. Hippocrate
E. Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one ... until he runs into Madeleine.
6. Sils Maria
F. Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, when the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career.
7. Timbuktu
G. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on Marek, but doesn't know he has fallen into a trap.

Answers in the comments field.

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Posted at 06:43 PM on Jan 28, 2015 in category Movies - Awards
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Sunday January 25, 2015

SAG Divvies Up the 2014 Acting Awards

The second industy award has spoken. The Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, has given out its awards for, among others, film actor, actress, supporting actor and actress, as well as—unique to SAG—the cast award. 

The cast award is seen as SAG's best picture, and it's often used to try to predict Oscar winners for best picture. It shouldn't. It's the least accurate: only 50 percent over 18 years. Past recepients have included “The Help,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Full Monty.” It's a whole other category. 

Where SAG and the Academy agree most? Lead actor: 16 of 20, and the last 10 in a row. 

Indeed, over the last five years, SAG and the Academy have matched up almost exactly:

  Lead Actor Lead Actress Supporting Actor Supporting Actress
2013 Matthew McConaughey Cate Blanchett Jared Leto Lupita Nyong'o
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis Jennifer Lawrence Tommy Lee Jones Anne Hathaway
2011 Jean Dujardin Viola Davis Christopher Plummer Octavia Spencer
2010 Colin Firth Natalie Portman Christian Bale Melissa Leo
2009 Jeff Bridges Sandra Bullock Christoph Waltz No'Nique

Only 2012 supporting actor (Oscar: Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained”) and 2011 lead actress (Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”) haven't matched, and I'd have to give it to SAG on both of them. 

So get ready if you're in any Oscar pools. Here are this year's winners: 

  Lead Actor Lead Actress Supporting Actor Supporting Actress
2014 Eddie Redmayne  Julianne Moore  J.K. Simmons   Patricia Arquette

Cast went to “Birdman.” 

All are frontrunners with maybe the exception of Redmayne (many are predicting Keaton)  so I could see the Academy matching this exactly. We'll know in a month. 

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Posted at 07:19 PM on Jan 25, 2015 in category Movies - Awards
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Quote of the Day

“All these films have a believable voice and would not exist if there were not an [individual] expression behind them. And only the people who made it could have made it; they were not designed as products but as real expressions of human emotions.”

--Alejandro G. Iñárritu, accepting the Producers Guild of America award for best film of 2014, and talking about the other talent in the room—specifically, one imagines, Richard Linklater's “Boyhood,” Wes Anderson's “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Bennet Miller's “Foxcatcher,” Damien Chazelle's “Whiplash” and Dan Gilroy's “Nightcrawler.” Pretty much my feelings. Some have complained that 2014 was a weak year for movies but I think the opposite. Even better, those films have been recognized not just by critics but by the industry, which tends to recognize and reward corporate products.

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Posted at 06:48 AM on Jan 25, 2015 in category Movies - Awards
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Saturday January 24, 2015

And the Producers Guild of America Award Goes to ...

Birdman wins PGA for best film

... “Birdman.”

Most of the pundits assumed “Boyood.” Maybe because the critics awards generally went to “Boyhood.”

The PGAs, for what it's worth, often presage Oscar's best picture winner. At least they have 17.5 times out of 25:

Year PGA: Best Picture
2013 Gravity/12 Years a Slave
2012 Argo
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

SAG is tomorrow night, the DGAs take place on February 7. And if you're wondering if a film has ever won the PGA and DGA and not the Oscar, the answer is yes: three times. In 1995, the GAs went for “Apollo 13” (instead of “Braveheart”), in '98 for “Saving Private Ryan” (instead of “Shakespeare in Love”) and in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain” (instead of You Know What.) Each time, I'd argue, Oscar blew it.

The PGAs went a different route than the Academy in two other movie categories this year. For best animated feature, it chose “The LEGO Movie,” which the Academy failed to nominate. And in best documentary, it went with “Life Itself,” about the life and times of Roger Ebert, which ditto. 

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Posted at 10:33 PM on Jan 24, 2015 in category Movies - Awards
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Tuesday January 13, 2015

2014 DGAs Announced: And We're Down to 3 American Indies and 2 (Wait, 1) British Biopic

2014 DGA nominees: Anderson, Eastwood, Linklater, Inarritu and Tyldum

The Fantastic Five.

The Directors Guild of America nominated its five best directors for 2014:

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Clint Eastwood, “America Sniper,”
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu,Birdman
  • Richard Linklater,Boyhood
  • Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game” 

Three of these would be among my five nominees. Not? Eastwood, whose movie I haven't seen (and have doubts about), and Tyldum, whose movie I have (and don't). 

So why does Tyldum get the nod over Whatshisface who directed the other British supersmart biopic, “The Theory of Everything”? Who knows? And think of the dozen, two dozen, more deserving directors that could've, should've, been nom'ed: Bennet Miller, Michael R. Roskam, David Ayer, Ira Sachs, Dan Gilroy, Damien Chazelle, Jean-Marc Vallee, Ava DuVernay, and Paul Thomas Anderson. And that's just from the American movies. 

Seems “Theory of Everything” is out of the running now. So is “American Sniper,” really. It didn't get a nom for SAG cast and the last film that won the AA for best pic without a SAG cast nomination was “Braveheart” in 1995.

What's left? The three American indies (“Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Grand Budapest”) and the British biopic (“Imitation Game”). 

This is the first DGA nomination for Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum. It's the second for Inarritu (“Babel” in 2006) and the fourth for Eastwood (“Unforgiven,” “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby”).

Oscar nominations Thursday.  

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Posted at 07:57 PM on Jan 13, 2015 in category Movies - Awards
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