Monday, September 16, 2013

The Final (Combo) Telluride Film Ratings/12 Years Takes Toronto/Anne and Scott Say.../Post Telluride Echoes/One Last Thing...100,000

Good Monday Everyone...


Over the past two weeks I have collected and posted both "The Professionals Telluride": reactions by film critics, bloggers and industry pros as well as "The Peoples Telluride": ratings from those of us who attend the festival as average Joes.  Today is the final ratings post (and a new concept that I did not do last year) and that is the Combined Telluride Ratings.  I have put the two lists together for this final review of how the films shook out at this year's incredible festival.  17 films were shared between the two lists (The Pros had 20 that meant my original criteria and 21 films were on the Peoples list).

Adding the two lists made a composite possible perfect score of 10.

Here's where they landed when the ratings were combined.  Their combined rating is in parenthesis.  The Pros position and the Peoples position follow each film in brackets.

1) 12 Years a Slave (9.25) [1/2]
2) Tim's Vermeer (8.97) [4/1]
3) Gravity (8.75) [3/3]
4) Nebraska (8.38) [5/6]
5) All is Lost (8.26) [6/7]
6) Inside Llewyn Davis (8.25) [7/5]
7) Blue is the Warmest Color (8.15) [2/11]
8) The Past (7.71) [9/10]
9) The Lunchbox (7.55) [13/4]
10) The Wind Rises (7.1) [18/8]
11) Labor Day (7.0) [10/14]
11) (tie) Prisoners (7.0) [12/13]
13) Tracks (6.84) [16/12]
14) Palo Alto (6.4) [16/17]
15) The Invisible Woman (6.19) [20/18]
16) The Unknown Known (5.73) [15/20]
17) Under the Skin (5.1) [18/21]

Again, as I wrote last week, huge differences between The Pros and The People on "Blue is the Warmest Color", "The Lunchbox"and "The Wind Rises".


The audience response that we first saw when Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" bowed as a "Sneak Preview" in Telluride two weeks ago continued unabated at the Toronto International Film Festival which concluded this weekend with its selection as the Audience Award winner for that fest.  Stephen Frears "Philomena" was runner-up with Denis Villenueve's "Prisoners" (which also was a "sneak" at Telluride) finishing as second runner-up.

The Hollywood Reporter filed this story about the "12 Years" win and the other prizes handed out at TIFF this weekend:


I'm continuing to check in with a number of industry handicappers who have begun to assess the upcoming awards season and focus specifically for where they think nominations might occur with respect to this year's Telluride lineup.  Today I'm looking at Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood and Scott Feinberg, chief awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter.

Neither Anne nor Scott have set a complete set of predictions, limiting themselves this early to the "major" categories.  Thompson looks at five categories, Feinberg at 11.  Additionally, Thompson restricts her list of "frontrunners" to films that she's actually seen.  That being noted here's what each of them think at this early point in the season:

Thompson says:

12 Years: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay
Gravity: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director
Nebraska: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director
All is Lost: Best Actor
The Past: Best Actress

Feinberg says:

12 Years: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay
Gravity: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay
All is Lost: Best Picture, Best Actor
Inside Llewyn Davis: Best Original Screenplay
The Wind Rises: Best Animated Feature
Best Doc: Tim's Vermeer, The Unknown Known (and Stories We Tell from TFF #39)
The Past: Best Foreign Language Film
Gloria: Best Foreign Language Film
The Lunchbox: Best Foreign Language Film


Among the hundreds of articles/posts that have now been written about Telluride #40's films and their further play at Toronto, I am linking to three that seemed pretty interesting.

Steve McQueen, director of "12 Years a Slave" did an interview with Kristin McCracken of The Playlist and talked about the film, the process and Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.  It's here:

And John Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films talked to The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg about the process of awards season and the effect it is having on the films his company has in its hands: "Blue is the Warmest Color" and TFF #39's "Frances Ha".  You could say he's a little frustrated.

Here's the link:

Anne Thompson analyzes the post_Telluride and Toronto filmscape and offers her take on which films got a boost and which didn't:

ONE LAST THING....100,000

Michael's Telluride Film Blog/The Film Awards Clearinghouse rolled past its 100,000th view sometime last night.  100,000 views is mind blowing to me.  Thanks readers!

More on Thursday...

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