December 20, 2006 |
IT'S no secret that Oscar campaigns are a lot like political campaigns. They're run by wily consultants, fueled by endless flesh-pressing (the Hollywood meet 'n' greet assuming the role of a campaign appearance), tirelessly critiqued by bloggers and financed by huge outlays of advertising dollars. If the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award winners are the equivalent of the Iowa caucuses, then the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics awards represent the New Hampshire primary.
February 25, 2007 |
The Life After 1: The first collaboration between director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe was the 2000 epic "Gladiator," which won the best picture Oscar and an Academy Award for the New Zealand-born actor. But their second teaming, "A Good Year," fizzled with critics and audiences last fall.
February 13, 2007 |
Not only is Martin Scorsese one of the most influential filmmakers of the last four decades, the iconoclastic director consistently delivers superior audio commentaries that offer rare insight into his life and the directing process. Unfortunately, there is no Scorsese audio commentary on the two-disc set of "The Departed" (Warner, $35).
December 13, 2006 |
"The Departed," "Babel," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Dreamgirls" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s nominees for the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Tuesday with seven nods each. Also competing for best picture are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93." "Letters," which is in Japanese with English subtitles, is also nominated for best foreign film -- a first in the awards' history.
December 6, 2001 |
Let the movie awards season begin. The race for the Oscars kicked off Wednesday with "Moulin Rouge," Baz Luhrmann's expressionistic and audacious musical drama, being named best film of 2001 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. "It's fabulous news," said Luhrmann, reached in London where he is casting the opera version of "Moulin Rouge." "I think there has been a building acceptance of 'Moulin Rouge' over the past three months....
January 6, 2008 |
"There Will be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of oil, power and greed, was named best picture of 2007 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The complex and ambitious adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" also won best director for Anderson, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best cinematography for Robert Elswit. Both the drama and Day-Lewis have been gaining momentum this awards season. Last month, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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December 15, 2002 |
"About Schmidt," Alexander Payne's comedy-drama about a recently widowed retiree, was voted best picture of 2002 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. "Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes' paean to '50s movie melodramas, was the runner-up. "About Schmidt" won three awards Saturday. Besides best film, the New Line release picked up best-actor honors for Jack Nicholson and screenplay honors for director Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor.
December 9, 1998 |
MOVIES And They're Off!: The pre-Oscar awards season kicked off in earnest Tuesday with the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures selecting Ian McKellen's "Gods and Monsters" as best film and McKellen as the year's best actor.