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Boston Society of Film Critics Announce

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The BSFC, one of my favorite critics groups, just made a surprise announcement of their awards for the year. Guess who won? All of this love almost makes me feel guilty. Almost. It’s not necessarily a surprise win, but definitely a big win, as well, being that it defeated “The Fighter” which is all Boston, all day long. Definitely the highlight of these awards is Jesse Eisenberg’s huge win against Colin Firth. I’m still not convinced that he is a huge contender for the win. However, every day there is growing proof that his NBR win was no fluke. Also, I’m very happy that Juliette Lewis snagged this, even if it’s her only award of the season. As I highlighted in my review, she is a true standout.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Picture
The Social Network
Runner up: Toy Story 3

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Runner up: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech (by one vote)

Best Actress
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Runner up: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale for The Fighter
Runner Up: Andrew Garfield for The Social Network

Best Supporting Actress
Juliette Lewis for Conviction
Runner Up: Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Best Director
David Fincher for The Social Network
Runner up: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Runner up: Nicole Holofcener for Please Give

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins for True Grit
Runner Up: Matthew Libatique for Black Swan

Best Documentary
Marwencol
Runner up: Inside Job

Best Foreign-Language Film
Mother
Runner Up: I Am Love

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 3
Runner Up: The Illusionist

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
Andrew Weisblum for The Black Swan
Runner Up: Lee Smith for Inception

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
Jeff Malmberg for Marwencol
Runner Up: David Michod for Animal Kingdom

Best Ensemble Cast
The Fighter
Runner Up: The Kids Are All Right

Best Use of Music in a Film
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
Runner Up: Carter Burwell for True Grit

Pete Hammond Thinks “The Fighter” has Chops

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Like myself and many other critics and bloggers have been saying, it really seems, and has seemed for a while that the Best Picture race has really come down to two horses: “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.” However, insider Pete Hammond believes that David O’Russell’s “The Fighter” might be breaking its way into serious contention.

Here is an excerpt from his article over at Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com:

“It’s a great movie, it really is,” one major writer/director told me last night. An exec close to the film’s campaign says the studios are starting to hear this a lot and points out one director branch member who came up after the film and told her, “I think I’ve just seen the Best Picture of the year.”  This exec says , “I know I should be drinking coffee but I am starting to drink my own Kool Aid. I think this thing is really starting to take off.”

While I definitely see Christian Bale becoming the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo is definitely gaining a lot of recognition, I don’t buy into this Best Picture logic. First of all, even though Mark Wahlberg isn’t just the new kid on the block anymore (no pun intended, but still kind of amusing), I don’t think he has the power or ability to lead role a film into a Best Picture win. Granted his only nomination came from the Best Picture winning film, “The Departed,” though it definitely helped to have Martin Scorsese behind it. Speaking of directors, David O’Russell is not the most-liked individual in Hollywood. Many have seen his tirades in the leaked Youtube videos of him practically throwing down with Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman, or heard the stories of getting into fistfights with George Clooney or putting producers into headlocks on the red-carpet. He is a publicity nightmare, and really kind of a jerk.

Finally, is it really possible that Oscar has not yet had its fill of boxing movies, for God’s sake. You’ve got one of the most overrated Best Picture winners of all time in “Rocky,” as well as a reasonably undeserving winner in “Million Dollar Baby.” In the meantime, amidst all that, you’ve got “Cinderella Man,” “Ali,” “The Hurricane,” and of course, “Raging Bull,” (the latter would have been enough for me). Is it really possible that Oscar has not yet had its fill of this often-melodramatic psuedo-sport genre and is this installment really good enough to be its standard bearer?

I refrain from believing so, but only time will tell.

National Board of Review Announces Winners!

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

AND SO IT BEGINS…….

Best Film: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Foreign Language Film: Of Gods and Men
Best Documentary: Waiting for “Superman”
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble Cast: The Town
Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Debut Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
Spotlight Award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere
William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl
Production Design Award: Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island

Ten Best Films
(in alphabetical order)
Another Year
The Fighter
Hereafter
Inception
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Five Best Foreign-Language Films
(in alphabetical order)
I Am Love
Incendies
Life, Above All
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Five Best Documentaries
(in alphabetical order)
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Restrepo
The Tillman Story

My comments on these wins to come later this evening. But I believe the mood summed up here at Camp Social Network would be…well…..yippee.

NEW “The Fighter” Trailer

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

So, about a month ago, Paramount Pictures released it’s trailer for David O’Russell’s “The Fighter,” which chronicles the true story of boxer Mickey Ward. The preview did not excite me at all. It seemed like a sappy, Rocky-style, baity piece of boxer fare, nothing really new or interesting. However, last night, a new trailer was released during the season finale of “Mad Men” which greatly changes the tone of the film. It appears to be more of a dark character piece with a lot of internal conflict working with the leads. I’m officially stoked.