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Awards Season Roundup: Brits honor Boyle, “Secretariat” targets faith-based crowds

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

127 Hours” director Danny Boyle will receive the BFI Fellowship next month, the highest accolade handed out by the British Film Institute.

Boyle’s film also is competing with Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Kelly Reichhardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff,” Catherine Breillat’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and others for the BFI London Film Festival’s top prize. Patricia Clarkson chairs this year’s Best Film jury. Winners will be announced early next month.

Following a trail blazed by “The Blind Side,” Disney is courting Christian groups and faith-based organizations for Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat.” The film, which opens Oct. 8, also is getting some decent awards buzz, having just received the Critics Choice seal of distinction from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (which hands out the Critics Choice Movie Awards each January).

While still riding high on the buzz surrounding her “Black Swan” performance, Natalie Portman reportedly is looking ahead to future projects, and has entered “active negotiations” with Warner Bros. to star in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller “Gravity.” It’s also being rumored that Portman is up for the Lois Lane role in the planned “Superman” reboot, but I think that’s only because her “Black Swan” director, Darren Aronofsky, has been linked to the high-flying project, as well.

This is an old interview, but relevant given the fact that we just saw the teaser trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit remake. Back in 2009, Ethan told IGN that their version would be closer to the original book and not to the 1969 John Wayne film. “I think it’s much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humor … It also ends differently than the movie did,” he said. To read more, click here.

And finally, Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days,” with Russell Crowe, has a new poster.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • October 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Can’t wait for that new Russel Crowe flick!

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