September 27, 2016

“Margaret,” “Extremely Loud” and “Bridesmaids” lead today’s Oscar stories – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: An Oscar blogger’s work is rarely done. And so, while the town buttons up for the holidays, we have a few last-minute news items to cover regarding the current Oscar contenders. Here we go:

– “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” helmer Stephen Daldry will be honored as Director of the Year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The exquisite film got into the Oscar race late, and thereby missed out on a handful of early critics’ and guild recognitions. But notices like this only help the film’s Oscar momentum, which appears to be picking up.

– Steve Pond at The Wrap thinks there will be 8 Best Picture nominees, then explains why.

– According to The L.A. Weekly Film Critics’ poll, the year’s best film was Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.”

– Man, alive, Team “Margaret” keeps going and going. Fox Searchlight needs to figure out how to get this in front of more critics (this one, included!)

– As mentioned, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” plans to open earlier than expected.

– And finally, as the conversation around “Bridesmaids” continues, Universal sinks some money into TV ads on the film’s behalf. Interesting.

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

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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