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Why Movies Tailor-Made for Oscar Often Kinda… Suck

19 September 2013 10:22 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Doreen Alexander Child


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Based on the number of stars in the cast of August: Osage County, the big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film looked like a sure-fire best picture Oscar contender. Some even began referring to it as “August: Oscar County” before anyone had even seen a frame of it. But then the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and was met with reviews that one might call very mixed, if one was feeling generous. Some of the performances that it showcases were cheered — particularly those of Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale — but the movie itself clearly had problems, with director John Wells even admitting that its ending might have to be changed prior to its Christmas Day release.

This isn’t the first time that a film that looked like an Oscar powerhouse on paper »

- Doreen Alexander Child

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Cold Mountain

16 July 2013 7:31 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Charles Frazier's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of love against the brutal backdrop of the American Civil War is brought vividly to life by British director Anthony Minghella. Flawlessly acted by an all-star cast led by Jude Law as a Confederate deserter and Nicole Kidman as the Southern belle awaiting his return, it's as rich, intelligent and characterful as period dramas come. Renee Zellweger adds zest in one of her feistiest performances and the mouth-watering cinematography doesn't hurt either. »

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