Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oscar and Telluride/And Our Attention to Turns To...

Good Morning to All...


Last Sunday the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (#39) found itself as having been the North American host for 3 films that collectively earned 5 Oscars.  "Paperman (Best Animated Short) and "Amour" (Best Foreign Language Film) each won one apiece while "Argo" won 3: Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film.

The SHOW continued this year to be a part of the awards season.

I have pointed out in the last few posts that Telluride has been the jumping off point for 4 out of the last 5 Best Picture winners.  Others have noticed as well.  John Horn posted a piece in the Los Angeles Times a couple of weeks ago making the same point and just this week The Hollywood Reporter noted that Telluride is or has been a crucial part of the awards season as one of the festivals that mattered most.  Joey Magidson's post  is here:

Magidson also wrote a similar piece immediately after Oscar nominations were announced much to the same effect.  That's here:

And for good measure, here's the link again for the John Horn/LA times piece:,0,3533282.story

Denver Post film critic Lisa Kennedy posted recently that Telluride could, in fact, claim some credit for "Argo's" success.  That's here:

It makes for interesting reading and, as you might expect, I'll have more to say about this subject in the next couple of weeks.


MTFB changes course now.  Oscars are over and it's time to start thinking about TFF #40 and begin playing the game of trying to ferret out what films may come our way over Labor Day weekend.  To that end I have included a link to a piece from Movie City News' Jeff Howell speculating on the possible films for the Cannes Film Festival in May. 

Regular readers of this space and Telluride attendees know that Cannes and Telluride usually share many films.  Take a look at the Howell post...we'll talk on Monday:

And that's all this morning for a truncated version of Michael's Telluride Film Blog.  I'm still in recovery mode...

More on Monday...

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