No Country and Juno

Posted Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

That old “what defines independent” chestnut gets a little tiresome but I read this from Andrew O’Hehir at Salon with interest: “The academy showers its laurels on a film that has made about $63 million in domestic box office, while the big winner at the supposedly independent Spirit Awards has grossed double that amount.” Boring Oscars. Interesting Times.

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The Oscars in 60 Seconds

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2008

This could have saved me 2 hours and 59 minutes in front of the telly last night!

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Oscar Snoozefest

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2008

It’s always long and a little bit silly but I found last night’s Oscars more exhausting than usual. I liked that Diablo Cody was so genuinely choked up and Marion Cotillard’s speech was lovely but everything else left me a little cold. Although it was nice to see Euro-folk win so many awards. Tilda Swinton is beyond cool (even in that bizarre dress). Amusing titbit from the Guardian Film Blog: “Every year it’s the same thing. The five nominees for

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Spirit Award Winners

Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

You can see the full list of Spirit Award winners on indieWIRE. Congrats to all, both winners and nominees. I have to confess that I hadn’t seen a few of the narrative nominees until quite recently and had to do some cramming so I could cast my vote (as a member of IFP). It was really gobsmacking to think that there is so much talent out there that just doesn’t get seen – even when you really love films and

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Oscars, Spirits, and other joys

Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2008

There’s so much going on at the moment I feel rather gleefully overwhelmed. The Spirit Awards will be broadcast live on IFC tomorrow at 5pmET but I’m also going to be watching a webcast of the red carpet on IFC.com at 2.30pmET with commentary from SXSW’s Matt Dentler and IFC’s Alison Willmore. And then of course on Sunday there’s some Oscar something or other happening. I’m going to find a friend with a bigger TV than mine and make some

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Academy changes rules for docs

Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2007

The Academy has changed the rules for documentaries for the 81st Awards (ie. for the Oscars taking place in 2009), dropping the requirement for a multi-city rollout. Instead docs will now have to screen for 7 days in BOTH Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan, rather than in one or the other as the rules stand now. Films that reach the semifinal round of voting will no longer be required to provide two film prints to the Academy

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