It’s a big week here at Award Contenders. I will be extremely busy wrapping up my final Oscar predictions, as well as giving you the last two installments in our first annual Aycee Awards.
On Thursday evening, at 10 p.m. EST, I will be participating in Jason O’Brien’s annual Oscar Predictions show on BlogTalkRadio. Please join me and 3 other experts as we unveil who we think will win the Oscars this year. It is always a fun show to listen to, and I am honored to be invited to participate. There is a fun chat room included with the presentation, so you can chime in with your opinions and predictions as well. This is where I will be releasing my final predictions first, which will then appear on the site on Friday. So be sure to listen! Go here to check it out. You can listen as a guest and participate in the chat, but if you want your name to show up then you will have to sign up (free and easy). Otherwise, just click on the link at that time to listen in!
Don’t forget to fill out your own free Oscar ballot on our site for a chance to win any of the Best Picture nominated films on DVD or Blu-Ray. Be sure to include your name and email address at the end of the ballot, or else you won’t be eligible to win. The voting ends this Friday.
Check out the winners of the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Awards after the jump…
It’s almost Oscar time. Whatever you think, however you feel about the Academy Awards and awards in general, there’s little arguing with the eighty plus years of history and rich tradition of this still most prestigious and popular of movie honors.
For many years now the most interesting part of the awards for me, and my favorite category has been the “Best Foreign Language Film” division. I look forward to it each year, both for the agony as well as the ecstasy.
It’s also the category I’d most like to see abolished.
As many of you know, Meryl Streep will be playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming film, The Iron Lady. Could this role earn her the much deserved 3rd Oscar she has been chasing for 27 years?
Streep has said of the role: “I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own.”
I would bet it does. There is nothing this actress can’t do.
Today on video we have a whole lot of movies that I decided to pass on in 2010. The one I did manage to see was It’s Kind of a Funny Story, starring Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Keir Gilchrist, and Emma Roberts. This is definitely a cute film, well worth a rent. You can read my brief summary here, in what was the first and only segment of my Watercooler Reviews.
Also out today are My Soul to Take (looked like a I Know What You Did Last Summer rip-off), Tamara Drewe (which might be the sleeper renter here), Paranormal Activity 2, Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle, Middle Men, Life As We Know It, You Again, I Spit On Your Grave, and For Colored Girls.
If you have seen any of those films, feel free to chime in and let us know if they are worth a rent or not.
The 7th [ and final….FINALLY!!!] part of the Aycee Awards is here! This last set includes Original and Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and of course, Best Film of 2010.
Here is a recap of all the Aycee Awards categories:
Breakthrough Male Performance
Breakthrough Female Performance
Ending of a Film
Movie of 2010
Voting will remain open until February 12th and then as we countdown to Oscars, we will unveil the winners you have chosen.
Vote in Part 7 of the Aycee Awards:Original Screenplay Inception Black Swan The King’s Speech The Kids Are All Right Animal Kingdom The Fighter Adapted Screenplay The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 127 Hours True Grit The Social Network Winter’s Bone The Ghost Writer Best Director Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit Christopher Nolan – Inception Danny Boyle – 127 Hours Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone David Fincher – The Social Network Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan David O. Russell – The Fighter Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech Best Film of 2010 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo The King’s Speech Winter’s Bone True Grit Inception Toy Story 3 How to Train Your Dragon The Kids Are All Right The Town The Social Network Blue Valentine Animal Kingdom The Fighter Black Swan 127 Hours
There is some talk going around about how Melissa Leo may have hurt her chances at taking home an Oscar later this month for her performance in The Fighter. Having won a load of critics awards, a Golden Globe, and the SAG, most pundits have Leo out in front for Oscar, with Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) closing in. The smear campaign is based on the fact that the above “consider” ads were taken out by Leo personally, after her being upset about all of the covers going to younger people.
When I read the obit of actor Tony Curtis last September I uttered “thank God!” under my breath.
Not thank God that he was dead, but thank God that by a stroke of serendipity I had somehow managed to have a brief, interesting encounter with him about this time a year ago, a mere seven months before his death at age 85.
I was at work that day and we were busy. I help train new hires for a home shopping call center. Most of our customers are elderly ladies you have to spend a long time waiting on while they search for their glasses to read you their credit card numbers while cursing their cat or dog for getting in the way.
Occasionally a celebrity calls.
Once a film legend called, and I spoke to him.
Read the rest of Gary’s incredible encounter after the jump…