The Muriels

(some of my old Muriels posters) It’s my own fault really for conveniently forgetting every year that The Weinstein… er Independent Spirit Awards vote is open to anyone who wants to pay $100 every year to join Film Independent. Of course there are lots of smart people who participate every year, I know many of (read…)

Argo is on a roll. Ben Affleck has been chosen the best director by the Directors Guild of America and Argo’s Oscar chances are looking unstoppable. Feature: Ben Affleck, Argo Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul, Searching for Sugar Man Animated Feature: Rich Moore, Wreck It Ralph TV Miniseries: Jay Roach, Game Change Drama Series: Rian Johnson, (read…)

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo" (2012)

So, Argo looked to be DOA when Ben Affleck failed to get a directing Oscar nomination, but after a streak of wins including The Golden Globes, The Producer’s Guild of America and now The Screen Actors Guild, it’s chances are looking bright indeed. I thought Silver Linings Playbook might turn out to be the film (read…)

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo" (2012)

Here are the Producers Guild of America Awards as reported by @StevePond who was at the ceremony tonight in Beverly Hills. That’s right bitches, I was 3 for 3 in PGA movie predictions. Yeah I know that means nothing, but I’m so often wrong I need to point out when I’m not. Movies: Theatrical Motion (read…)

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo" (2012)

Movies: Drama: Argo Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Musical/Comedy: Les Miserables Actor, Musical/Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables Actress, Musical/Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Director: Ben Affleck, Argo Foreign Language Film: Amour Animated Film: Brave Screenplay: (read…)

Press release: AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE  63RD ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST EDITING OF THE YEAR IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES Universal City, CA, Jan. 11 –American Cinema Editors (ACE) today announced nominations for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television (read…)

Oscar botches the documentary category more often than not, but you can usually count on Cinema Eye Honors to get it right. Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking “5 Broken Cameras” Outstanding Achievement in Direction Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, “Detropia” Outstanding Achievement in Production “The Imposter” Outsdanding Achievement in Cinematography “Chasing Ice” Outstanding Achievement in (read…)

Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Lincoln got the most nominations this morning with 12 including Best Picture, Director, Editing, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. It’s one of only three films to receive nominations in Best Picture plus the key categories of Directing and Editing. The other two are Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. I think you can (read…)

BAFTA, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has spoken. BEST FILM ARGO Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney LES MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh LIFE OF PI Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark LINCOLN Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison OUTSTANDING BRITISH (read…)

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC Les Miserables, Danny Cohen, BSC Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda, ASC Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski Skyfall, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC Good for Claudio Miranda. That’s all I got.

Cinema Audio Society Sound Mixing Noms Live Action Sound Mixing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Les Misérables Lincoln Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty   Animated Sound Mixing: Brave Frankenweenie The Lorax Rise Of The Guardians Wreck-It Ralph

Ben Affleck, Argo Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Ang Lee, Life of Pi Tom Hooper, Les Miserables No big surprises here. As I said last night, that last slot was up for grabs in my opinion by several different directors and previous winner Hooper was one of the most likely. Not my (read…)

Press Release The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 16th annual movie awards. Ben Affleck’s film Argo, about the fake film shoot that was used as a cover to extract six Americans from Iran during the Iran Hostage Crisis, was named by the organization as the Best Picture of the 2012. (read…)

Best Picture: Amour Best Director: Michael Haneke Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master Best Nonfiction Film: The Gatekeepers Best Experimental Film: This Is Not a Film Film Heritage Prizes: Laurence Kardish; Milestone Film and (read…)

The only one I got wrong was picking Cloud Atlas instead of Perks of Being a Wallflower for Adapted. I kind of knew Cloud Atlas was screwed, but I never would’ve predicted that Wallflower would get it. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures The Master, (read…)

Screw the ADG for leaving Moonrise Kingdom out of the Period category. I predicted that instead of Argo, but got the other ones right. Fantasy I had Avengers and Hunger Games instead of The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus.  Contemporary I had Silver Linings Playbook and Magic Mike instead of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and (read…)

Fairly predictable set of choices. I predicted 9 of 10 correctly with only my guess that Flight would get in instead of Beasts of the Southern Wild being wrong. “Argo” (Warner Bros.) Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn “Django (read…)

Best Picture Argo Holy Motors The Master Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Secret World of Arrietty Wreck-It Ralph Best Film Not in the English Language Amour Holy Motors Rust and Bone This Is Not a Film The Turin Horse   Best Documentary The Imposter The Invisible War Jiro (read…)

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2013 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012 1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. ARGO Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures b. DJANGO UNCHAINED The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing c. LIFE OF PI Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century (read…)

19th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONs THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight) HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – (read…)

BEST PICTURE Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln The Master Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty   BEST ACTOR Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln” John Hawkes – “The Sessions” Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables” Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master” Denzel (read…)



Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Picture: Amour (Runner Up: The Master) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master (Runner Up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty) Actress (tie): Emmanuelle Riva, Amour and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master) (Runner Up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors) Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master (Runner Up: Anne (read…)


Here are the 2012 International Documentary Association awards. Check out the interview I did with the director of the Pare Lorentz Award-winning Island President here. Also check out Jackson’s interviews with Sugar Man subject Rodriguez here and director here. 2012 IDA Documentary Awards: CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ARNOLD SHAPIRO JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD DAVID (read…)

NAMED 2012 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW *** 2012 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 hosted by Meredith Vieira   New York, NY – (December 5, 2012) – The National Board of Review has named ZERO DARK THIRTY the 2012 Best Film of the Year. Below is a full list of the (read…)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with (read…)

Zero Dark Thirty

I love these picks top to bottom. Sure, I can think of other choices down the line that are deserving, but I’m really excited about all of these. For those of you keeping score at home, I was right about film, director, actor, foreign and screenplay. I didn’t pick cinematography or animated. I missed actress, (read…)

Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians receive 10 nominations each. This year’s GKIDS entry is The Rabbi’s Cat. Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – Focus Features Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation The Pirates! Band of (read…)

Moonrise Kingdom

I admit it, the love for Silver Linings is a complete head scratcher to me. Not that it’s a bad movie. It’s fine. It’s good. It’s enjoyable. It’s just… I don’t know. Anyway, good for Moonrise Kingdom. Good for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Bernie. Good for Middle of Nowhere and Starlet. BEST FEATURE: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook

Moonrise Kingdom

In case you missed them, here are the Gotham Winners: Moonrise Kingdom and Middle of Nowhere’s Emayatzy Corinealdi are of particular note in my book.

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