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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Ruffalo’

Friday March 1st, 2013

Joey Magidson’s Initial Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards in 2014

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor


Being an Oscar prognosticator for over a half decade now, I’ve developed some odd habits. One of the things that I do that I know makes people question my sanity is posting my Oscar predictions for the another season as soon as the previous one has ended. I like getting a jump on things and actually started organizing contenders for the 2014 show a few months ago, but unless you’re as hardcore a film junkie as me, that’s crazy-talk.

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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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Monday January 23rd, 2012

Casting Confirmed for Normal Heart Film

By Samuel Negin

Confirming earlier speculation, Oscar winner Julia Roberts has signed on to play Dr. Emma Brookner opposite Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They will be joined by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin as Ned’s brother Ben Weeks, White Collar star Matt Bomer as Ned’s lover Felix Turner (the role that won a Tony for John Benjamin Hickey in the 2011 Broadway revival) and The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will reprise his Broadway role as AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright.

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

THE FINISH LINE: Angelina Jolie Honored by U.N.; Anna Paquin’s ‘Margaret’ Tanks

Today’s recommendations of important, interesting and eccentric stories pertaining to the awards race…

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Friday February 11th, 2011


The great Mark Ruffalo finally received the first Oscar nomination of his career last month, garnering a nod in the best supporting actor category for his performance in “The Kids Are All Right” as a one-time sperm donor who is years later contacted by the products of his “contribution.” I just dug up some footage of an interview that I conducted with Ruffalo back on November 15, 2008, when he came to Brandeis University to participate in a Q&A with me (in my former capacity as a Los Angeles Times blogger) and undergraduate students (most of whom were studying film and/or theater) following a screening of “What Doesn’t Kill You” (2008), a little movie in which he starred that was inspired/directed by Brian Goodman, who joined Ruffalo on-stage. Unfortunately, the collapse of the Yari Film Group, the film’s distributor, prevented the film from getting much of a release, but Ruffalo’s performance in it — much like his performance in “You Can Count on Me” (2000) — should have brought him Academy recognition long ago.

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Wednesday February 9th, 2011


In the op-ed that I posted yesterday about Melissa Leo, the best supporting actress hopeful for “The Fighter,” I mentioned how much she impressed me during her November 13, 2008 visit to Brandeis University to participate in a Q&A with me (in my former capacity as a Los Angeles Times blogger) and undergraduate students (most of whom were studying film and/or theater) following a screening of “Frozen River,” the film for which she would ultimately receive a best actress nomination. As you can see by checking out this footage of the 50-minute “Inside the Actors Studio”-style session, Leo was as gracious, frank, and ultimately down-to-earth as anyone could be during the Q&A, just as she was during our dinner beforehand and while mingling with students in the lobby afterwards. We had a lot of other terrific people participate in this screening/Q&A series — among them Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Jenkins, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Shannon — but no one quite like Melissa.

Tuesday February 8th, 2011


As an Oscar blogger, I strive to not just regurgitate studio press releases and publicist-implanted narratives, but rather to take my readers with me behind-the-scenes of the awards race and provide them with the unvarnished truth about the films and people who are at its center.

Today, I want to set the record straight about one of them, Melissa Leo. Leo, 50, is the veteran character actress whose electric performance in “The Fighter” as Alice Ward — the irrepressible mother/manager of boxers Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) and Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) — recently earned her best supporting actress honors at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and led to her second Oscar nomination in three years. She is also my friend.

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Sunday December 26th, 2010


PLEASE NOTE: The following rankings and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led most of you to my site, and any failure to do that will undoubtedly lead you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.

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Monday December 13th, 2010


The Social Network,” which was recently named the best picture of 2010 by the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and numerous other awards groups, was today voted that same honor by the members of the New York Film Critics Circle. The NYFCC’s and Academy’s best picture winners have corresponded 30 out of the 75 years in which they have both been given, most recently last year when “The Hurt Locker” (2009) claimed both.

The Kids Are All Right” also made a big impression with the group: Annette Bening, who has long been regarded as a serious Oscar contender for best actress, finally won a major precursor award in the category; Mark Ruffalo won for best supporting actor; and Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko’s original screenplay beat out Aaron Sorkin’s adapted screenplay for “The Social Network,” which has won virtually everywhere else up to this point, for best screenplay.

The full list of winners follows…

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Friday December 3rd, 2010


Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for — every week until the Academy Awards. He will help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process by sharing his thoughts about the films he sees and, ultimately, his nomination and final ballots, as well. 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); and 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).

This week, he assesses three more awards hopefuls: “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer)

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