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by Matt Mazur

11 Feb 2013


That Jennifer Jason Leigh, who took her second name from family friend Jason Robards, has missed out on even a single Oscar nomination during her courageous and lauded career simply does not make sense.

JJL started off her career strongly, with a performance in the television film The Best Little Girl in the World that showed a ferocious commitment to using her body as a tool to show not only her character’s specific physicality, but also their complete history. This Strasbergian talent for transforming has become something of a trademark for the actress, who the very next year appeared in the landmark Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which made her a household name and branded her a breakout star of her generation.

by Ben Travers

8 Feb 2013


As an awards season prognosticator, it’s my job to follow every race from beginning to end. Whether it’s Actor, Actress, Director or Picture, I have to be there from when the National Board of Review releases its Top 10 list all the way through the announcement of who won Best Director at the DGA awards. It’s a fairly brief, rapid-fire season, and it’s only getting shorter. I’m starting to think, though, that we should shorten it even further.

Let’s shorten it to nothing.

Precursor ceremonies are the necessary evil of an awards season; except for the life of me I can’t figure out why they’re necessary. Perhaps it’s the democratic way to allow every random group of film fans to have their day in the sun, shining a light on whatever films and performers they so choose.

by Jose Solis

7 Feb 2013


There was a thing such as good Germans during WWII and this seems to be the entire premise behind Lore, but then again, not really. It’s easy to see how people will most likely be offended and shocked by the notion that stories taking in place in Germany during the war don’t necessarily have to vilify every single person in the country and as such Lore might be one of the most controversial movies released this year.

The film is Cate Shortland’s sophomore effort after her multi awarded Somersault, which came out almost ten years ago. Like she did in her debut, she proves she has a rare kind of sensitivity that bypasses all notions of cheap sentimentality in search of a bigger truth. Lore (played by Saskia Rosendahl) is the name of the heroine in this story, a teenager who suddenly has to become caretaker to her younger siblings after their wealthy Nazi parents are taken away by the triumphant Allied forces.

by Matt Mazur

5 Feb 2013


Oscar’s nominees:

Glenn Close ... The World According to Garp
Teri Garr ... Tootsie
Jessica Lange ... Tootsie
Kim Stanley ... Frances
Leslie Ann Warren ... Victor Victoria

The five women nominated for Best Supporting Actress of 1982 were all pretty much deserving, if conventional choices. Far be it for me to deny Jessica Lange an Oscar win, but she is the leading lady of Tootsie, and the film’s emotional center. Since the Best Actress Oscar had been long-since preordained to go to Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice, Lange’s bid for a win in that race was not ever going to happen as much as she deserved the win. Since Lange’s electric turn in Frances already had everyone buzzing, voters saw fit to knock down her Tootsie co-lead to supporting status, thus securing Lange a win in arguably one of the most important years of her entire career. That said, I would personally cite her as Best Actress of the year for both films.

by Ben Travers

4 Feb 2013


So, remember last week when I wrote Argo‘s Golden Globe win for Best Picture didn’t mean anything? Well, by itself, that’s still true. However, when you pair that with wins at the Producers Guild Awards and SAGs last week, it means quite a bit.

Before its impressive run last week, I wrote the attention paid to the film would help it attract a few extra votes, but would need many, many more Oscar voters to change parties to make it a serious contender for the Academy’s top prize. After all, there wasn’t much love for it during the nominations process.

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