Monday, December 2, 2013

And Sasha Says.../See A Lot of Llewyn/Bruce Almighty Continues/Redford on a Roll/The Music of 12 Years/This Week's Precursors

Good Monday All...back in the Panhandle of Oklahoma after a fantastic weekend at the Rio Grande Art and Craft Festival in Albuquerque, NM.  It was a great time!


Today, I am continuing to break down the Oscar predictions from a number of Oscar experts and their predictions as they relate to films from Telluride #40 (and a little bit of TFF #39).  Today, as promised, I'm taking a look at the current predictions from Awards Daily's Sasha Stone.  If her prognostications are 100% correct this is how Oscar nominations would shake out for films from TFF #40:

"12 Years a Slave" (14 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costumes, Score and Makeup.  (Personally, I think "12 Years" is good for 11 noms...I'm not seeing the Sound nominations or Makeup).

"Gravity" (10 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Actress, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Score and Visual Effects.

"Nebraska" (6 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing.  (I actually think Bruce Dern is going to get a Best Actor nomination).

"Inside Llewyn Davis" (6 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costumes

"All is Lost" (4 nominations): Best Picture, Best Actor, Original Screenplay, Film Editing (I suspect "All is Lost" also has a pretty good shot in the Sound Mixing and Editing categories).

Stone also has single nominations for:

"Labor Day": Adapted Screenplay
"Prisoners": Cinematography
"Gloria": Foreign Language Film
"The Past": Foreign Language Film
"Tim's Vermeer": Documentary
"The Unknown Known": Documentary
"The Wind Rises": Animated Feature

and TFF #39 title "The Act of Killing" for Documentary.

Overall, at this point, Awards Daily's Sasha Stone has TFF #40 films with a mind blowing 47 nominations and an additional nomination for TFF #39.

Personally, I think a TFF #40 total of 40 nominations is more likely, which is still an incredible total number for the films of Telluride #40.


The Playlist has linked three clips from the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" over the past few days.  For those of you that didn't see the film in Telluride or elsewhere, here's a chance to look at a good portion of the film.  The three clips come in two separate posts and include a musical performance featuring Llewyn himself (Oscar Isaac) singing "Green Green Rocky Road":


The Wrap's Steve Pond sat down with Oscar hopeful and the lead from Alexander Payne's "Nebraska", Bruce Dern for a talk about the film and Dern's long career:


Perhaps the stiffest challenge to Bruce Dern getting an Oscar nomination is the other 77 year old that has roared back to acting prominence this year.  Robert Redford will almost certainly be nominated for J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" and a number of Oscarologists question whether the five man field will be big enough for 2 septuagenarians (I'm betting that it WILL be).

Redford was the subject of a recent session with Pete Hammond of Line.  That's here:


Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood spent some time with composer Howard Britell who worked (and succeeded I think) to give Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" its musical verisimilitude.  You can review that article here:


Two big precursor announcement coming this week as The New York Film Critics announce their choices for the Best in film from 2013 tomorrow and The National Board of review will announce their choices on Wednesday.  I'll post those here as soon as they're announced and parse their meaning...if they have Thursday's blog post.

More on Thursday...

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