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Sunday February 26th, 2012

ANALYSIS: Can ‘The Artist’ Break the Indie Spirit Awards’ 25-Year-Old Oscar Curse?

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.

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Thursday January 26th, 2012

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”…

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Thursday January 5th, 2012

WGA Award Noms of Limited Value for Forecasting Screenplay Oscar Noms (Analysis)

A short time ago, the Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the 64th annual WGA Awards, which celebrate the year’s best adapted and original screenplays. The nominees will be feted and the winners announced on February 19 during simultaneous ceremonies on both coasts.

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Thursday January 5th, 2012

Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) Have Announced Nominations

By Josh Abraham

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2011. Winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York.

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Thursday December 8th, 2011

The State of the Screenplay Races

What follows is my latest assessment of the two Oscar categories devoted to screenplays — best adapted screenplay and best original screenplay — along with commentary about which contenders in each have positive and negative momentum at the moment. I welcome your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the post.

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Friday December 2nd, 2011

Oscars: “50/50” Writer Will Reiser on His NBR Win, the Indie Spirit Awards, and the Power of Anjelica Huston

By Sean O’Connell

Will Reiser is having one of those hard-to-imagine weeks.

It started with the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations, which recognized Reiser’s comedy “50/50” in three key categories, including Best Feature and Best First Screenplay for Reiser, himself. It’s ending with a National Board of Review recognition in the Best Original Screenplay category.

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Wednesday November 30th, 2011

Seth Rogen Dishes on “50/50,” the Indie Spirit Awards and the One Aspect He Felt Was Overlooked

By Sean O’Connell

“It will be nice to go to an awards show where I’m not afraid green goo is going to fall on me.”

Seth Rogen’s reflecting on – and joking about – the three Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations earned by Jonathan Levin’s “50/50,” which starred the funnyman as a supportive friend helping Joseph Gordon-Levitt through an unexpected bout with cancer. The film took a successful lap around the fall film festival circuit (our review can be found here), and is now in the thick of the discussion surrounding awards season.

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