The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up. Here are some of the frontrunners for nomination consideration, who will suddenly feel much better if they're announced among the chosen this Thursday. Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (above). The French favo ... More >>
I started thinking those breakthroughs could simultaneously happen if both Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva get nominated for Best Actress on January 10, when the Academy's list of chosen folk is announced. Wallis, now 9, has gotten acclaim for her startling turn as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the ... More >>
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
A child—and child performer—thrive despite adverse conditions
Beasts of the Southern Wild--opening on the 27th--is a beautifully filmed, award winning tale of a girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her dad in the Southern delta, learning the ropes of living as dad gets sick, the ice caps melt, and giant pigs roam the swamps. It's evocative, charming, and drama ... More >>
Broken social and economic systems, and the broken lives and homes they leave in their wake, have been a big theme at Sundance this year. Across documentaries and fiction features, broached directly and indirectly, it seems the new American dream is a longing for the old normal; accumulation or a ... More >>