In this morning’s Observer, Richard Siklos writes about the Academy Awards’ new voting system, and the lengthy politicking process that has everyone hopeful of bringing down the front-runners. “[T]he extra time has also allowed awards campaigners to reach deep into their bag of tricks,” he writes.
A little too deep apparently. The L.A. Times Read More
To call this the year of Jews in film sounds like the setup for a bad joke. What, runs the imagined punch line, is it also the year of Canadians in curling?
Well, yes, actually. Jews are having something of a Hollywood moment. No fewer than three of the nominees for best picture at Sunday’s Read More
This Sunday night, watch the Academy Awards on television, count to 10-and wait for the controversy over vote counting to begin.
The big question mark surrounding this year’s Oscars is not so much who is going to win, but how. This year, the Academy expanded the field of nominations from 5 to 10, and introduced Read More
The Academy Awards may belong to Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that The Observer and fellow New Yorkers can’t boldly declare what Ought To Be. We give you Oscar picks by coastal sensibilities–and who’s got the edge in the end.
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Even for serious Oscar ballot competitors, a few categories resist preparation. Foreign films, documentaries and shorts are not something most people think about until handed their ballot, leaving “Funniest Name” as the only reliable criterion. But for the last five years, IFC Center has been trying to change those odds.
The Academy Awards may belong to Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that The Observer and fellow New Yorkers can’t boldly declare what Ought To Be. We give you Oscar picks by coastal sensiblities–and who’s got the edge in the end.
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Don’t look now, but the Oscars just got interesting. No, not because of the ten potential Best Picture nominees—as we’ve already discussed , this has a chance to be the worst field of Best Picture candidates since … well, last year—but rather because of the actual telecast. The improvements started with the news that so-boring-paint-drying-itself-would-flip-the-channel Read More
Yes, we know it’s way too early to be thinking about the 2010 Oscars (Or is it? You know Hollywood started a year ago.) And no, we haven’t seen 90 percent of the Big! Fall! Movies! But that doesn’t mean we can’t predict how the rest of the year will shake out. With the announcement Read More
It’s not like anyone ever accused the Academy Awards of having good timing, but even by their standards, putting out a major press release on a Friday—following the death of Michael Jackson—has to rank as a poor decision. Since you, like the rest of the developed world, probably missed it: The Read More
Running Time 131 minutes
Written by Kundo Koyama
Directed by Yojiro Takita
Starring Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Yojiro Takita’s Departures (Okuribito), from the screenplay (in Japanese with English subtitles) by Kundo Kuyama, won last year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in an upset victory in this category over Read More