Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Producers Guild/Art Directors Guild/The Descendants and Shame/Latest Oscar Predictions and Critics/New Feature

Good Morning Mr. & Ms. America and all the ships at sea...

GUILDS....
PRODUCERS...



Ten films named by the Producers Guild of America this past week as the Best of the year.  Here's the list (via The New York Times Carpetbagger):


“The Artist” (Thomas Langmann, producer)
–“Bridesmaids” (Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend)
“The Descendants” (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
–“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (Ce├ín Chaffin, Scott Rudin)
–“The Help” (Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green)
–“Hugo” (Graham King, Martin Scorsese)
–“The Ides of March” (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver)
–“Midnight in Paris” (Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum)
–“Moneyball” (Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt)
–“War Horse” (Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg)


As expected only two TFF #38 films make the grade, "The Artist" and "The Descendants".  I was a little surprised to see "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Bridesmaids" and "Ides of March" make it and also a little surprised that "Extremely Loud" "Drive" and "Tree of Life" did not.  Many pundits are saying that kills their chances at Best Picture.  I'm saying "Let's hold on til we see the DGA nominations next Monday.


PGA stories and analysis from The Hollywood Reporter:

The New York Times/Carpetbagger:


Movie City News:

ART DIRECTORS



The ADG announced its nominees in 3 separate categories yesterday.  Keep in mind that the Academy doesn't segment their Art Direction Oscar into three different categories.  Here's the list of nominees from Awards Daily:

Writers" Guild and USC Scripter nominations are to be announced later today and the Directors' Guild nominations are due out on Monday.

THE DESCENDANTS AND SHAME



Fox Searchlight keeps plugging away with Awards season links.  Here's the latest Descendants featurette from them:
http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/5068

And David Poland's interview with Judy Greer for The Movie City News:
http://moviecitynews.com/2012/01/dp30-2011-the-descendants-actor-judy-greer/



And a new Michael Fassbender/Shame featurette via The Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/michael-fassbender-shame-video-oscars-278014

OSCARS AND CRITICS



The latest Oscar predictions from Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscar-race-predictions-war-horse-drive-ballots-277274

Also from Dave Karger at Entertainment Weekly:
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/01/03/oscar-predictions-after-producers-guild/

And finally another compilation (and it IS massive) of critics from The Movie City News:
http://moviecitynews.com/2012/01/analyzing-the-top-10-list-of-lists-2011/

NEW FEATURE

Starting tomorrow, the Film Awards Clearinghouse will begin a more frequent category by category analysis of the looming Oscar race.  Nominations are due to be announced on Jan. 24th.  Tomorrow we'll look at this year's Best Actor race.

Until next time America, which means Monday...

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