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A couple of days ago the San Diego Film Critics Association named their nominees for the best of 2103. Today they’ve chosen their winners. Best Film Her Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, »
- Ryan Adams
Have you all recovered from the SAG nominations? While there will be some more analysis regarding ensembles tomorrow, it’s time to turn our gaze on the Golden Globes, who are set to announce their nominees tomorrow morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is well-known for its boozy awards show, star loving nominations, and desire to predict the Oscars. This year’s race is no exception in any of those regards, but due to the campaigns of the studios, we could be in for one of the most anticipated Musical/Comedy races in some time.
American Hustle, Before Midnight, August: Osage County, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, This is The End, Enough Said, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Way, Way Back, Don Jon, Frances Ha, The Spectacular Now, Black Nativity, About Time, Frozen, Best Man Holiday, The World’s End, The Heat, »
- Terence Johnson
First up, Ao Scott, who definitely needed a top twenty: 1. ‘ Inside Llewyn Davis’ The musical performances — especially from Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character — are hauntingly lovely, and they »
- Sasha Stone
From Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is struggling to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Relying on friends for a couch to sleep on and scrounging for whatever work he can find, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, many of which are of his own making, while never really catching a break. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella. At the films press day, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen spoke at this roundtable interview about what led them to cast Oscar Isaac as their lead, the challenges of finding someone who could convincingly act and perform music live, the unusual nature of working with cats, why they chose to shoot this on film instead of digital, what their »
- Christina Radish
The marketing campaign on "Inside Llewyn Davis" has been remarkable, pushing the film from Cannes and the fall film festivals to its boffo limited opening last week. The film's promotion has had an authentic tilt to it, stressing the music more than any other aspect of the Coens' heartfelt tribute to the folk scene of the early 60s. I got some questions about the film answered by the Coens, T-Bone Burnett, and Oscar Isaac (who I interviewed here and below). Anne Thompson: What music did you grow up listening to and caring about? Joel Coen: During this period, we were very young. I wouldn't say we even listened to music; it was 1961, I was 5, 6 years old and Ethan was 3. Ethan Coen: The music that we first started listening to was what everyone else was listening to. A lot of Bob Dylan, maybe more than most people, but a lot of rock and roll. »
- Anne Thompson
The San Diego Film Critics Society has just announced "Her" as the year's best film. Spike Jonze's latest picked up three awards total, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. "12 Years a Slave" led the way with Tuesday's nominations announcement, but was ultimately shut out of the winning pool entirely. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won top acting honors, while Matthew McConaughey received a special prize for his body of work in 2013. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit. Best Film: "Her" Best Director: Alfonso »
- Kristopher Tapley
If it seems as if we’ve been covering the soundtrack from the Joel and Ethan Coen’s newly released Inside Llewyn Davis quite a bit around these parts as of late, that’s a totally fair observation, simply because it’s true. The sixties-set film about the eponymous New York City folk singer that never hit the big time is appropriately steeped in music, and all of it just so happens to be damn good. Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of the year, but its soundtrack is easily the best soundtrack of the year. But if something like “Please Mr. Kennedy” is an unabashedly joyful jam (and it is) that proves that not all folk music needs to be morose and depressing (it does not), where does that leave the sadder songs of the soundtrack? Turns out, in pretty good standing, because while the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack may feature some upbeat »
- Kate Erbland
The nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced in Los Angeles and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads the pack with four nods, closely followed by August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which each received three.
12 Years A Slave picked up nominations in categories for Main Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Supporting Male Actor Michael Fassbender, Supporting Female Actor Lupita Nyong’o and Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Other leading actors nominated include Bruce Dern for his role in Nebraska, Tom Hanks in hijack thriller Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey as a man diagnosed with HIV in Dallas Buyers Club and Forest Whitaker as the title character in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
In the female actor category, nominees included »
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Oscar Isaac stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week to promote Inside Llewyn Davis, and he showed off his folk singing skills with an unexpected song. Fallon supplied the guitar, and after quoting his character - "If it was never new and it never gets old, then it's a folk song" - Isaac launched into a really fantastic folk version of Katy Perry's "Roar." It's short but really sweet, especially because at one point Fallon kind of goofs the words but just keeps going with it. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards announced this year’s nominees Wednesday, Dec. 11, with some upsets and surprises along the way. Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave leads the pack with four nomination, including Ensemble Cast, followed by The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and August: Osage County, which each got three nominations of their own. The SAG Awards have been considered a good barometer for the Oscars as actors make up the largest group of Oscar voters.
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— Sasha Alexander (@SashaAlexander1) December 11, 2013
Katy Perry's "Roar" has taken a folksy turn in the hands of "Inside Llewyn Davis" star Oscar Isaac. The acclaimed actor took a stab at the No. 1 pop hit with nothing more than an acoustic guitar on Monday night's "Jimmy Fallon," putting his musical training for the Oscar-buzzed Coen Bros. film to good use as Fallon broke in with a harmony. Check out all the magic in the video below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
There are many, many reasons to see the Coen brothers' new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Fantastic acting, striking cinematography, a wrenching story of an artist's struggle against himself, yada yada. The main thing people will take away, though, is that the movie just sounds incredible. It's hard to argue that any film from this year has a better soundtrack than Inside Llewyn Davis, and much of that is due to star Oscar Isaac (though Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan make for a few very memorable tracks as well). Isaac is an actor first and singer second, but you'd never know it considering how natural it sounds when he picks up a guitar. And while there are plenty of moments in Inside Llewyn Davis that make that clear, his gift doesn't just stop when...
- Peter Hall
Oscar Isaac is everywhere at the moment and this is a good thing; the deeply underrated actor is gaining major plaudits for his lead role in the Coen Brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Not only is Isaac immensely talented as a thespian, the guy can actually really play a mean guitar lick and howl a good tune (it’s the reason he got the Coen Brothers gig over bigger stars). We listed the actors among our 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention list and he’s certainly going to go on bigger and better things (if this year wasn’t so crazy, he’d be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination; as it stands it could still happen). “If it was never new and get never gets old it’s a folk song,” Llewyn Davis says in the movie, and so to that perhaps ironic effect, he played a »
- Edward Davis
Oscar Isaac is singing his way into stardom as the grumpy, yet talented lead in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and on Monday he sang his way into the hearts of any Katy Perry fans watching “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” When Fallon handed Isaac a guitar and asked him to play something, the actor opted to finger pick his way through Perry’s “Roar.” Also read: How Oscar Isaac’s Career Fallback Landed Him ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ “Llewyn Davis at one point in the movie says, ‘If it was never new, and it never gets old, than it’s a folk song, »
- Greg Gilman
The measure of a truly wonderful song? Its ability to still sound great when someone else covers it. Inside Llewyn Davis's Oscar Isaac gets it, grabbing Katy Perry's infectious "Roar" and giving it a folk spin. Should Llewyn Davis have just released a cover album? Well, he was friends with Justin Timberlake. (Give us a ten-minute folk version of "Mirrors" and we'll call it even.) »
- Lindsey Weber
Carey Mulligan is an actress in demand. Nowhere was that more evident than at this year's Cannes Film Festival where Mulligan was on hand to promote two high profile entries, opening night selection "The Great Gatsby," and the Coen brothers' latest "Inside Llewyn Davis," which walked away with the Grand Prix prize. Since nabbing an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough turn in "An Education," Mulligan has stuck to 'auteur-ish' projects from the revered likes of Steve McQueen ("Shame"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Oliver Stone ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"). In "Inside Llewyn Davis" (which opened in select theaters last Friday and goes wide December 20), Mulligan is barely unrecognizable under a mop of long black hair as Jean, the bitter and potty mouthed ex-flame of the titular folk artist, played by Oscar Isaac. Up next for the actress is Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of "Far From the Madding Crowd." Read »
- Nigel M Smith
While it may not be their most well-received piece of work, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, still has a lot of people talking. It follows the titular musician, played to perfection by Oscar Isaac, as he tries to achieve fame and fortune in the Greenwich Village music scene circa 1961.
While many critics can’t stop praising Isaac for what is no doubt an awards worthy performance, there’s a lot more to like about Inside Llewyn Davis than just its leading man. Whether it’s the excellent music, the witty humor or wonderful storytelling, you’ll definitely find something to enjoy here and as awards season begins to heat up, Inside Llewyn Davis will no doubt start to receive some attention.
Recently, at the film’s La press day, we had the chance to sit down with Isaac, his co-stars John Goodman and F. »
- Macario Hernandez
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has seen more than a few tie victories in recent years: The very first time I voted, in 2006, there was a lead-actor split between Forest Whitaker and Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2010, we awarded best director to David Fincher and Olivier Assayas, and just last year, Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva shared the actress prize. Whenever this happens — usually as the result of a deadlock between a near-certain Oscar contender and a gonzo left-field choice — something like a general cheer goes up from the membership for having arrived at such a happy but unexpected compromise.
Still, in my eight years as a Lafca member, I’ve never seen us share the wealth quite so lavishly as we did during yesterday’s spirited and sometimes contentious five-and-a-half-hour voting meeting, which resulted in no »
- Justin Chang
Add another awards show to keep an eye on to the list: The 265 members of the Online Film Critics Society, an org focused on Internet-based film journalism, announced their nominees for the 17th annual Ofcs Awards. Several winners of past years have gone on to win best picture Oscars, including “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty” and “No Country for Old Men.”
The winners will be announced Dec. 16. The nominees are listed below.
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wind Rises”
Best Animated Feature
“The Wind Rises”
Best Film Not in the English Language
“The Wind Rises”
Joel Coen, »
- Alex Stedman
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