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So much for stereotyping all online critics as fanboys. Good set of nominees this year, veering from the usual suspects in a couple of key ways that are rather interesting.
Like Avatar for Director, but not Picture. No acting nominations that seem like completely lazy voting -- i.e. no one is getting nominated strictly because they were cast in a musical or a Clint Eastwood picture. Though I guess one could argue that three acting nods for Inglourious Basterds might be the online equivalent of those default kind of choices.
- NATHANIEL R
Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) (top); Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment) (bottom) The Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2009. Avatar may be a huge blockbuster-in-the-making, but Ofcs members apparently weren’t that impressed. James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure epic earned three nominations: best director, best cinematography (Mauro Fiore), and best editing (Steve R. Moore, John Refoua and Stephen Rivkin). Actually, that’s not bad at all, but … The Hurt Locker, with about $12 million in grosses at the domestic box office, received seven nominations, including best picture, best director (Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s former wife), best actor (Jeremy Renner), best supporting actor (Anthony Mackie), [...] »
- Anna Robinson
In Defense of Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones
It has just been announced that Peter Jackson will be granted knighthood for his “services to film.” The timing couldn’t be any better. The man who created the most commercially successful movie trilogy of all time in Lord of the Rings continues to show his presence as a major player. Over the years, a career that began with low-budget, horror camp has richly blossomed into one with an expansive filmography both interesting and diverse. After his long-awaited return to cinema, Sir Jackson has had a terrific year.
He has recruited a virtual unknown in Neil Blomkamp (District 9) and helped make him an international filmmaking contender (perhaps he can do the same for fellow New Zealander Sean Byrne?). Sir Jackson has also made a film of his own.
Say what you want about his most recent achievement, The Lovely Bones. But »
- Charlie Wachtel
2009 was a great year for films in general, particularly if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre. The year also saw the return of a beloved franchise to the big screen as well as the latest film by one of our best modern directors. And even with the current condition of the country and the economy, audiences still managed to fill theaters and the movies enjoyed record breaking successes that hopefully will continue on into the new year.
Even with all the great movies in 2009, there were also some not so great ones. Sadly, there will always be some real bombs, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, there were also quite a few standouts that helped keep us entertained, enthralled and excited about going to the movies in 2009.
As usual with lists of this type, I need to disclaim and say this is my list of what I »
- Chris Ullrich
#1 movie predicted correctly: 9 Weeks in a Row 1. Avatar After Christmas the box office tends to fall around 27 percent, but the box office was so massive last weekend that I've got to think it will come down slightly more. I still can't ding anything more than 40 percent, and I'm only knocking Avatar 35.7 percent. Luckily for Cameron and Co., that's still enough to win the derby. It will be the third weekend in a row for Avatar, though the year of 2009 wraps with no films having accomplished that feat, as Avatar will get there too late. The last film to do it? Tropic Thunder. Estimate: $48.6 million 2. Sherlock Holmes Avatar has been crushing Sherlock in the daily returns, which could mean: 1) Avatar is building momentum and Sherlock will get beaten badly this weekend or 2) Demand will be higher this weekend for Sherlock Holmes because the working folk haven't been going during the week. »
- Laremy Legel
In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."
Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film of 2009
.The Hurt Locker.
Best 10 Films of 2009
1. .The Hurt Locker.
2. .Up in the Air.
3. .Inglourious Basterds.
4. .(500) Days of Summer.
5. .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire.
6. .A Serious Man.
8. .District 9.
9. .Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Kathryn Bigelow, .The Hurt Locker.
Best First Feature
Meryl Streep, .Julie & Julia.
George Clooney, .Up »
The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.
Here's the complete list of winners:
Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)
(500) Days of Summer
Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Acting Ensemble
The cast of Inglourious Basterds »
Although it had some alien invaders to contend with this week, some hard-partying buddies in Vegas managed to repeat atop the DVD sales charts this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Hangover hung on to the top spot on the DVD sales charts, for the week ending December 27, although it did face some stiff competition.District 9 debuted in second place on the DVD sales charts behind The Hangover, selling 61% of the units that The Hangover sold in its second week on the shelves. District 9 did manage to bump The Hangover off the top of the DVD rental charts and the Blu-ray sales charts as well, with The Hangover dropping to second place in both charts, a week after sweeping all three in its first week. The Bd sales charts race was fairly close, though, with The Hangover still performing strongly, selling 90% of the units that the District 9 Bd sold. »
It's been a nice week. Thanks to the lack of news I was able to focus on my top 25 movies of 2009, but it won't be slow for long.
This past Monday ballots for the 2010 Oscars were mailed to the 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and one day later ballots for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards were sent out to nearly 100,000 actors. Oscar ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010 and SAG ballots are due two days earlier, by noon Pst on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
Speaking of ballots, Steve Pond at The Wrap posted a brain-bender of an article concerning the Oscar balloting system, which includes 11 different ballots in 11 different colors covering 15 of the 24 Oscar categories. He then proceeds to explain a couple of the peculiarities regarding each of them. It all sounded like a hot mess if you ask me. »
- Brad Brevet
Okay, so the first round went moderately well, even though some voters tried to game the system by not following the rules and not voting for the full five films. Fortunately I caught the problem and was able to fix it in time to get as accurate a result as we could expect. No problem though, things go wrong the first time around and you learn from it.
Ultimately, of the 1,319 voters, I was able to correct the system so every single vote was by someone that voted for at least four films. This resulted in 53 films being carried over into this second round as four films tied for the 50th spot. Inglourious Basterds and Avatar are the clear-cut front-runners moving into this round taking the top two spots in the first poll followed by Up, The Hurt Locker and Up In the Air for the top five spots with blockbusters such as Star Trek, »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Fox Searchligh Pictures / Universal Pictures / The Weinstein Co. We hadn't done an audio commentary in quite some time, but lightning struck and Laremy came to the table with a question. He asked if there were any films I would particularly champion this Oscar season or perhaps any I would root against should they find themselves part of the Academy's list of ten Best Picture nominees. So we sat down, recorded it and offer up the commentary below and hope you will continue the discussion in the comments.
Have a movie related question you think would be a good topic for an upcoming audio commentary? Let us know in the comments below! »
- Brad Brevet
By Steve Pond
In this morning’s roundup of Oscar news and notes from around the web, the Library of Congress doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Oscar voters.
Tom O’Neil takes aim at the pundits, yours truly included, who don’t agree with him that “Inglourious Basterds” is going to win Best Picture. He also thinks that we’re slowly coming around to his way of thinking. I certainly agree that the lack of enthusiasm shown for late entries like “Nine” and “The Lovely Bones” has strengthened “Basterds’” hand as a near- »
- Steve Pond
Though everyone is buzzing about Avatar ’s best-picture prospects, Tom O'Neil was an early predictor of Inglourious Basterds snagging the top Oscar prize—and now he’s defending his position. Even though it came out eons ago (in August), the disappointing performance of many much-hyped late-year films leaves Basterds in a position to make a “late-year dash” a la Gladiator or Braveheart , he writes in the Los Angeles Times . Beyond that, all the frontrunners face problems: Avatar is too sci-fi, The Hurt Locker doesn’t have enough stars, Precious is too gritty, and Up in the Air has no gravitas. Meanwhile, Basterds »
Another year, another overseas record.
According to preliminary estimates from the six Hollywood major studios, total 2009 foreign boxoffice -- from all territories outside the U.S. and Canada -- notched a new all-time record of $10.7 billion.
The offshore total represents an increase of 7% from 2008's record boxoffice of $9.942 billion and 11% above the then-record $9.5 billion notched in 2007. The 2009 tally is nearly 20% more than the $8.6 billion grossed three years ago, which was also a record.
Of 2009's top 10 best-grossing domestic titles, only three failed to gross more overseas than in the U.S. and Canada: Warners' "The Hangover" ($277 million domestic vs. $190 million foreign); Paramount's "Star Trek" ($258 million vs. $128 million); and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens" ($198 million vs. $183 million). Warners' "The Blind Side" has not yet been released overseas.
Foreign boxoffice propelled worldwide gross action for a broad array of titles and genres including "Michael Jackson's This Is It," which rolled »
- By Frank Segers
Well, that was some year - but were you paying attention?
We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
b. Oksana Grigorieva
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
b. Colin Firth
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
c. Eva Amurri
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
b. Ron Howard
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
a. Kim Cattrall
c. Michelle Ross
30. c. »
My 2009 Top 10 comes in shy a few films that I've personally missed (The Box, Up In The Air, Nine, The Road) due to holiday travels and kid wonderment fulfillment. Regardless of the ones I missed, I really loved some of 2009 and have put together my top 10 films that provided me the most enjoyment and pleasurable viewing experiences that stuck with me for days weeks and hours. So check out my list below and feel free to leave a comment in agreement or in rebuttal discussing your own favorites of 2009. Happy New Year kids! 10. The Informant! Soderbergh’s The Informant! is probably his most cohesive film since Traffic, balancing all of his greatest directorial strengths: spot-on cinematography; soundtracks with purpose and meaning; quirky, yet sometimes uncomfortably dark, humor; incredibly strong and unrestrained acting performances; highly imaginative costume and set design; and bitterly relevant political and social commentary (sometimes via metaphor, other »
- Dave Campbell
With 2009 at an end the time has come to look back over things with my personal picks for my favorite films of the year, the biggest disappointments, and a list of promising young directors to watch out for going forward. Please bear in mind that my bottom list is not necessarily what I consider to be bad films (though most of them certainly are) but the films that I was most disappointed by. It's an important distinction. As always it's worth noting that there are both good films (ie Mother) and bad films (ie Giallo) that don't appear because I haven't seen them yet and this is, of course, all purely subjective ...
Todd's Favorite Films Of 2009:
The latest from Lars von Trier is provocative and transgressive in all the right ways. I've been a fan of von Trier from his student days and his return to conventional style »
My list consists of some studio products, festival favorites and a few that deserve a wider audience.Happy New Year yall!
The first film I saw at this year's Fantastic Fest and the one I think stuck with me the most. The depute feature from Jonathan auf der Heide tells the story of a group of prisoners stuck on the island of Tasmania, known then as Van Diemen's Land. They escape from their captors and venture in to the vast wilderness of the island which was probably not the best idea they ever had. Based on a true story the film is a tour de force in both performance and visual terms. If Terence Malick ever made a cannibal movie then this would be it.
Another feature depute from a young genius but this time aided with considerable more funds and the guiding hand of one Peter Jackson. »
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Although The Hurt Locker was eligible for last year’s Spirit Awards, neither the Iraq War drama nor director Kathryn Bigelow (above) were nominated. But a year — and lots of good buzz — can make a hell of a difference. That’s why Bigelow is now considered the front-runner for the best director Oscar even if Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air or (Bigelow’s former husband) James Cameron’s Avatar or Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds take home the best picture Academy Award. As a woman directing a "men’s picture," i.e., a movie about war, violence, bloody mayhem (only fake men like romantic tales), Bigelow has done quite well for herself. She has topped the lists of 14 Us-based critics’ groups [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
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