Last night, thanks to a very kind gesture on the part of my editor, I was able to realize a lifelong dream and sit in the audience at the Academy Awards. I covered the Oscars from the backstage press room three years ago, which was a thrill in and of itself, but, as someone who has spent a huge chunk of my life researching, writing, and talking about the Oscars, you can imagine how much more excited I was to have the chance to watch the ceremony unfold with my own two eyes. And, I’m pleased to report, the experience did not disappoint.
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The 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards, presented by Film Independent, were dished out this afternoon in a tent by the beach in sunny Santa Monica. Comedian Seth Rogen hosted the ceremony, which brings together the best and brightest of the indie film community, past and present, for an Oscar-weekend celebration of the struggle that is independent filmmaking. While the event is known for being lots of fun (how many other awards shows encourage day-drinking?), it is not known for its prowess at predicting the Oscars (voting for which closes before the Spirits are dished out anyway).
Indeed, only one of the winners of the Spirit Awards’ top prize, best feature, has ever won the best picture Oscar, and that was 25 years ago (Platoon, 1986), and only 11 of the 100 performances that it has rewarded with acting prizes — 26 in each of the two lead categories and 24 in each of the two supporting categories — were subsequently recognized with Oscars in their respective categories: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, 2009) for best actor; Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful, 1984), Frances McDormand (Fargo, 1996), Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, 1999), Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003), and Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010) for best actress; Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) for best supporting actor; and Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway, 1994), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008), and Mo’Nique (Precious, 2009) for best supporting actress.
Most pundits, however, believe that this trend will be broken at tomorrow’s 84th Academy Awards — at least as far as the best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor Oscar races are concerned.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to The Artist, The Descendants and Margin Call at this afternoon’s 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards. My Week With Marilyn, Beginners, 50/50, A Separation and The Interrupters also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
The Irish know how to party (believe me, I’m one of them). And so it was a “wilde” evening last night in Hollywood as the U.S. – Ireland Alliance held its seventh annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film.
Academy Award nominees John Logan (“Hugo,” “Rango”), Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”) were honored at J.J. Abrams Santa Monica production company, Bad Robot. Among the 300 guests in attendance were Stephen Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Motion Picture Association Chairman Chris Dodd, Colin Farrell, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Jim Sheridan.
The 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on Sunday evening. I’ve already shared my picks and rationale for the eight TV categories; now it’s time to tackle the five film categories!
Oscars’ Biggest Snubs: Steven Spielberg, Ryan Gosling, David Fincher, ‘Harry Potter’ Among Academy’s Notable Omissions
As was inevitably going to be the case, this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement made a lot of talent, publicists, and studios very happy, but also baffled and disappointed just as many if not more. Here’s an in-depth, category-by-category look at the highest-profile “snubs”…
Nine films were nominated for best picture for the first time: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.
I am very pleased to bring you the twelfth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” THR‘s weekly awards podcast.
Each installment features a discussion between me and a different guest — a film blogger, critic or journalist of some other variation — about 10 different awards-related topics (which we list in the text accompanying the audio so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for) and runs for approximately 30 to 40 minutes (so that if one topic is not of particular interest to you it will only be about three or four minutes before we’re on to the next one, which hopefully will be).
I was delighted that my friend Dave Karger – a senior writer for Entertainment Weeklywhose work appears both in print and online, and who is one of the best Oscar prognosticators out there — agreed to join me for this episode. I really enjoyed our chat, during which we tackled the following 10 questions…
By Sean O’Connell
“Gossip Girl” actor Aaron Tveit is graduating to some serious company now that he has been cast as a rebellion leader in tom Hooper’s planned adaptation of “Les Miserables.”
By Sean O’Connell
Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” continues its march through the awards season, topping the Orange British Academy Film Awards with 12 nominations including Best Film, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Make Up and Hair, Costume Design, Sound and Production Design, Director, Leading Actor and Leading Actress.