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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):

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:

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.

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 it 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:

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

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

Posted at 07:08 PM on Jan 08, 2013 in category Movies - Awards
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Tuesday December 11, 2012

AFI's Top 10 Movies of 2012

Yesterday the American Film Institute released its list of the top 10 movies of 2012. It's a bit pedestrian since the organization is obviously limited to American film.


American Film Institute logo (AFI)Of the five I've seen (linked above), only two will probably make my top 10. Feel free to guess.

The surprise, of course, is “The Dark Knight Rises,” which has all sorts of problems but did well at the box office. If it's box office they're after, why not “The Avengers,” a better movie, which did better box office? Why not “Skyfall”? (Oh right, Brit.) Why not “Ice Age 3: Continental Drift”? (OK, now you're getting silly.) Why not “Chasing Ice”? Yeah, why not? Or doesn't AFI do docs? How about a “Ice Age 3”/“Chasing Ice” double feature?

For some reason, the year-end lists this year are depressing hell out of me. Maybe because there's no “Tree of Life” or “Un Prophete” or “Up” to choose from.

Posted at 06:51 AM on Dec 11, 2012 in category Movies - Awards
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Monday December 10, 2012

D.C., Boston, Choose ZERO DARK THIRTY for Best Film; LA Says AMOUR

More year-end critics awards were announced recently:

Washington, D.C.  Boston Los Angeles
Film Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty  Amour
Director Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Actress Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Emmanuelle Riva, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supp. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Supp. Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Sally Field, Lincoln Amy Adams, The Master
Screenplay Rian Johnson, Looper/ David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Tony Kushner, Lincoln Chris Terrio, Argo
Documentary Bully How to Survive a Plague The Gatekeepers
Foreign Amour Amour Holy Motors
Animated ParaNorman Frankenweenie Frankenweenie
Cinematography Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master Roger Deakins, Skyfall

LA loves itself some “Master,” doesn't it?

Don't understand the “Looper” love. Wasn't a fan.

Missed out on “Amour” thus far — although it's Haneke, which isn't a good sign for me. Also missed out on most of the year's good documentaries. Did they come through town? If so, where was I?

Inspired choice: Ezra Miller for best supporting actor.

Meanwhile, controversy begins to haunt the frontrunner. Does “Zero Dark Thirty,” against all available evidence, suggest that waterboarding led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden? Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seem nonchalant about the matter in Dexter Filkins' New Yorker piece. A better defense, for them, is constructed by Spencer Ackerman in WIRED.

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

“The nuns taught us there were two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow.”

Posted at 05:12 PM on Dec 10, 2012 in category Movies - Awards
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