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Wednesday February 20th, 2013

Potential Upset Looms Over Anne Hathaway And The Best Supporting Actress Race As Oscars Approach

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor


From the moment the first trailer for Les Miserables hit the web, Anne Hathaway was pegged as the frontrunner and odds-on favorite for Best Supporting Actress. The initial press screenings did nothing to dissuade that line of thinking, and things only solidified for Hathaway when the film opened. Going into the precursors, she seemed to be sitting pretty.

Here’s where it gets funny, though. Hathaway has swept the precursors, but unlike Daniel Day-Lewis, her candidacy has only gotten shakier, not sturdier. She’s won everything, but support has slowly withered.

Why is this happening to only her? It’s hard to say, but the awards season always seems to have people turning on their own, and I think this is one of those cases. It may ultimately not matter, but Hathaway’s star has dimmed at least a little bit as the season comes to a conclusion.

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Monday January 14th, 2013

Which Film Festivals And Release Periods Were Most Effective For This Year’s Oscar Nominees?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor


If you’re like me, you’re still recovering from the surprises that the Academy threw us on Thursday. In an attempt to try and move away from figuring out the “why” of the Oscar nominations last week, I decided to look at the “when” and “where” of the films and performances that were nominated. I’m curious to see which release period of the year and which film festivals were the most effective launching pads for award nominees in 2012.

It’s no secret that certain periods of the year and certain festivals are lighter than others. Fests like Tribeca and months like January just don’t jive with Oscar. In fact, I recently looked at the festival season in a previous article (found here) to see which ones contributed the most awards players this year. Likewise, when I removed the late-season releases a week or so ago from the Oscar race (found here), I found just how many contenders are from the last few months of the year.

Now that we have the nominees for the Academy Awards at our disposal, we can look at the main categories and see if there’s anything more we can learn. Did any one film festival wind up doing especially well? Was there a choice period of release for the movies and performances that were cited by Oscar voters? Let’s take a look …

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Monday January 7th, 2013

What Would Happen To The Oscars Race If Late-Year Releases Were Removed?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor


I always enjoy looking at alternate versions of the Oscar race. It’s just an experiment, but there are still a number of interesting dynamics that I notice about the year in awards contenders when playing around with eligible films.

In years past, I’ve wondered what were the No. 11 films in the two years that Oscar had a guaranteed crop of 10 Best Picture nominees. I’ve also considered what the Oscars nods would have looked like if you removed every contender that was actually nominated. This time around, I’m trying something a little different.

With the Academy only days away from announcing their noms, I wanted to look at how the race would look if you took out any of the contenders that hit in the final part of the year. Essentially, if you disqualified the films that went into release after September, what might the Oscar nominations look like this week?

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Saturday December 29th, 2012

‘Silver Linings’ Oscar Contender Bradley Cooper Says He’s Living His Dream (Video)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter


I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the actor Bradley Cooper for an extensive interview about his life, career and acclaimed performance opposite Jennifer Lawrence,Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in David O. Russell’s dramedy Silver Linings Playbook. You can watch highlights of our conversation at the top of this post.

Wednesday December 14th, 2011

FEINBERG FORECAST: Predictions for the 18th Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

On Wednesday morning, the Screen Actors Guild will announce its nominations for the 18th annual SAG Awards. This is exciting news because, over the years, SAG Award nominations — which are determined by a nominating committee composed of a randomly selected 3% of the union’s overall membership (2100 for film categories and 2100 for television categories) — have become the single best predictor of which performances will go on to receive acting nods from the Academy.

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Saturday February 5th, 2011


Last night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented its Virtuoso Award to five very different actors who enjoyed breakthroughs, of one sort or another, in 2010: Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”), a Golden Globe nominee for best supporting actor, who will soon be seen in the “Spider-Man” reboot (and who was unable to attend the ceremony due to a last-minute filming conflict); John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”), a best supporting actor SAG and Oscar nominee, who is finally being recognized for decades of strong work that has heretofore flown under most people’s radars; Lesley Manville (“Another Year”), the National Board of Review’s best actress winner, who is writer-director Mike Leigh’s most frequent collaborator; Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), a best supporting actress SAG and Oscar nominee, who is only 14 years old; Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”), a best supporting actress Golden Globe and Oscar nominee, who is a 63-year-old giant of Australian stage and screen.

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Wednesday January 19th, 2011


Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)

Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer); column six about Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer), “Made in Dagenham” (Sony Pictures Classics, 11/19, R, trailer), and “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer); column seven about Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/29, PG-13, trailer), “Fair Game” (Summit, 11/5, PG-13, trailer), and “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, PG-13, trailer); column eight about Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer), “The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer), and “True Grit” (Paramount, 12/22, PG-13, trailer); column nine about The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer), The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer), and “The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer); column ten about Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/3, R, trailer), “Conviction” (Fox Searchlight, 10/15, R, trailer), and “I Am Love” (Magnolia, 6/18, R, trailer); and column eleven about his nomination ballots.

This week, he assesses three more awards hopefuls: All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer), “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 8/13, R, trailer), and “The Way Back” (Newmarket, 12/29, PG-13, trailer).

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Thursday January 13th, 2011


On Tuesday morning, I had the opportunity to spend about 20 minutes in New York with the Australian actress Jacki Weaver, who was in town to accept the National Board of Review’s best supporting actress awards later that night for her haunting performance as “Smurf,” the diminutive and deceptively sweet matriarch of a ruthless crime family in David Michod’s feature debut “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 8/13, R, trailer). Weaver’s has been a household name for decades in Australia, where she has starred in over 100 theatrical productions, appeared in dozens of film and television productions, and won three acting awards from the Australian Film Institute, the Aussie equivalent of the Academy Awards. Now, at the age of 63 and after 48 years as an actress, she is finally generating a great degree of attention stateside, too. She will be a best supporting actress nominee at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Friday night and the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, and at this point it seems more likely than not that her name will be among those called when Oscar nominations are announced on January 25.

Friday December 17th, 2010


Dear Readers:

Before the end of the year, I will reveal my annual “top 10 list” in a post here on the site. In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to share yours in the comments section of this post. On the day that I post my list, I will pick five of your lists out of a hat and send their authors a T-shirt featuring best supporting actress Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom,” courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. (This is one of several giveaways that we plan to hold throughout the remainder of the awards season, and we invite any other studios that wish to provide swag for one of them to contact me via email.)

I look forward to reading your lists, and wish you the best of luck with this contest!


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Tuesday December 14th, 2010


To see a full list of the film nominees, click here!

Key Factoids

Noteworthy Inclusions

  • The Tourist” may have bombed at the box-office and been panned by critics, but that didn’t stop the HFPA from recognizing it in all three major categories in which it was eligible: the film for best picture (musical or comedy), Johnny Depp for best actor (musical or comedy), and Angelina Jolie for best actress (musical or comedy). How could the HFPA resisted that kind of star power?!
  • Halle Berry, returning to the screen after a three-year absence, was a surprise nominee for best actress (drama) for her performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder in “Frankie and Alice.”
  • Emma Stone, the 22-year-old actress who will next be seen in the reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, is now a certified member of Hollywood’s A-list thanks to her nomination for best actress (musical or comedy) for “Easy A.”
  • It was rumored that HFPA members really liked the unusual action flick “Red,” and indeed the film was nominated for best picture (musical or comedy), if not for the performances by its aging cast.
  • Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, the stars of the controversial indie “Blue Valentine,” were nominated for best actor (drama) and best actress (drama), respectively. These nominations were anything but assured.
  • Both female stars of “The Kids Are All Right,” Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, were nominated for best actress (musical or comedy). There was certainly a dearth of options in the category this year, but this could pre-sage a rare double-nomination at the Oscars.
  • Many people speculated that even if “The Fighter” did well, its director David O. Russell, who still bears scars from a YouTube shouting incident from years ago, would be left behind. This was not the case. Indeed, “The Fighter” was nominated in every major category in which it was eligible — the film for best picture (drama), Mark Wahlberg for best actor (drama), Christian Bale for best supporting actor, both Amy Adams and Melissa Leo for best supporting actress, and, yes, Russell for best director.

Noteworthy Snubs

  • True Grit,” the last major awards contender to be released this year, has been greeted warmly by critics, but was completely snubbed by the HFPA. There was always some doubt about whether Hailee Steinfeld, who arguably gives it finest performance, would be left behind due to category confusion (the HFPA wanted her in lead and Paramount wanted her in supporting), but several other nominations still seemed likely — the film for best picture (drama), Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for best director; Jeff Bridges for best actor (drama), and Matt Damon for best supporting actor.
  • The British dramedy “Made in Dagenham” was thought to be a serious contender in several categories — the film for best picture (musical or comedy), Sally Hawkins for best actress (musical or comedy), and possibly even Miranda Richardson for best supporting actress — but it wound up with zero nominations.
  • Love and Other Drugs” was denied a best picture (musical or comedy) nomination even though both of its stars were nominated — Jake Gyllenhaal for best actor (musical or comedy) and Anne Hathaway for best actress (musical or comedy).
  • A number of HFPA favorites from years past were denied nominations this morning: seven-time nominee/one-time winner Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated in the best actor (drama) category for either of the two performances for which he was eligible, the one in “Inception” (even though the film was nominated for best picture, best director, best screenplay, and best original score) or the one in “Shutter Island”; six-time nominee/two-time winner Jim Carrey was not nominated in the best actor (musical or comedy) category for his performance in “I Love You Phillip Morris”; and five-time nominee/two-time winner Robert Downey, Jr. was not nominated in the best actor (musical or comedy) category for his performance in “Due Date.”

Photo: Halle Berry in “Frankie and Alice.” Credit: Freestyle Releasing.