Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

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As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

DRIVE Returning to the ArcLight Hollywood Theater; Albert Brooks to Do Q&A on January 6th

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It’s highly unlikely that Drive can still get into the an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, but one nomination that does seem sewn up is Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor.  That campaign will likely continue to pick up steam as the ArcLight Hollywood theater will bring Drive back for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning this Friday, January 6th, and Brooks will be in attendance to do a Q&A at 7:20 PM.

Hit the jump for the press release.  You should definitely attend if possible, but I would ask you to think carefully about shaking hands with Brooks.  Folks who have already seen Drive know that A) they’re dirty; and B) it could end very poorly for you.

Best Performances, Directing, Quotes, Kills, and More of 2011

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As we cruise through awards season, eventually all of the Oscar categories will firm up.  Four nominees will be certain and there will be a little debate concerning who gets the fifth slot.  Some of those choices will be correct and others will be boring and predictable.  After the jump, I’ve put forward my picks for best actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, director, cinematography, animated film and documentary.  I’ve also thrown in my choices for non-Oscar categories for Breakthrough Performance, “A Very Good Year”, Best Villain, “Who’s a Good Boy?”, Best Quote, Best Kill, Best Surprise, and Biggest Disappointment.  I hope that one day the Academy will recognize the validity and necessity of a “Best Kill” Oscar.

Hit the jump to check out my miscellaneous “Best of 2011″ picks.

What Awards Can DRIVE Actually Win?

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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken a look at the awards prospects of The Muppets and Bridesmaids; two films that, while critically and commercially successful, aren’t necessarily your typical awards season fare. Today we thought we’d consider the awards status of another impressive film from 2011: Drive. Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s violent genre pic premiered as a little independent film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The movie blew audiences away, and Refn nabbed the Best Director prize.

The film finally opened to general audiences this past September with plenty of advanced buzz and stellar reviews. While Drive didn’t exactly break box office records, critics and cinephiles fell in love with the peculiar drama, and now the film is headed into a very crowded awards stretch. Hit the jump to see our take on how Drive will fare during this year’s awards season.

Awards 2011: THE ARTIST Takes Top Prize from NYFCO and BFCA; THE DESCENDANTS Honored by LAFCA; THE TREE OF LIFE Takes SFCC

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Multiple critics associations announced their awards picks for 2011.  The awards race hasn’t really firmed up yet with The Artist winning the top prize from the New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) and the Boston Film Critics Association (BFCA), The Descendants grabbing Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), and the San Francisco Film Critics (SFFC) honoring The Tree of Life.  The acting and directing catagories aren’t firming up either.  The only performer who is starting to emerge as a front-runner is Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor for Drive.  He was honored by the New York Film Critics, the NYFCO, and the BFCA.

On the one hand, it’s exciting that currently no film is dominating, but on the other hand, I think even from here we can see that Harvey Weinstein will probably be able to muscle The Artist to a Best Picture Oscar.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners from the NYFCO, BFCA, LAFCA, and SFCC.

New York Film Critics Name THE ARTIST Best Picture; Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep Win Top Acting Prizes

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Awards season is officially in full-swing, with this morning’s announcements of the Gotham Awards winners and the full list of nominees for the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards. Now it’s the critics’ turn, as the New York Critics Circle have unveiled their list for the best in film of 2011. The Artist took home the top two prizes (Best Picture and Director), solidifying its status as an Oscar frontrunner. Brad Pitt was named Best Actor for his work in Moneyball and The Tree of Life, with the former also taking the Best Screenplay prize for Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian. As for Best Actress, the undeniably talented Meryl Streep took the honor for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

In the supporting categories, Albert Brooks was recognized for his dastardly role in Drive, while the prolific Jessica Chastain was named Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter. While The Artist was already running into the Oscars with a good deal of steam, Moneyball‘s two wins give the film a much needed boost heading into the thick of awards season. Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.

Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced; DRIVE, 50/50, and THE ARTIST Up for Top Prize

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The nominations for the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning with The Artist and Take Shelter each nabbing five nominations. In addition to The Artist and Take Shelter, Drive, 50/50, The Descendants, and Beginners will duke it out for the top prize. Absent from the Best Feature list is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, though the film was recognized in Best Supporting Male (Corey Stoll) and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes landed nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Male for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Ryan Gosling and Woody Harrelson were both singled out in Best Actor for Drive and Rampart respectively.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. Recognizing the best in independent film, the awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.

2012 Oscar Preview: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Ah, November. Leaves are falling, colder weather is here (depending on where you live), and the 2011 movie season is coming to a close. While angry shoppers and red Starbucks cups generally mean it’s time to start preparing for the many awkward/tense family encounters that are sure to come, it’s also time to start thinking Oscar. We’ve seen a few contenders throughout the year, but a plethora of heavyhitters will be opening over the next 5 weeks.

To aid in your Oscar polls (or to quench your curiosity) we’ve compiled a state of the race preview as of this lovely Thanksgiving week. Granted, a lot can change from now until February, but a good portion of the major players have already been screened and we’re starting to get a sense of how it could all play out. We’ll be examining all the major categories over the next four days, kicking things off with the infamously unpredictable Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Hit the jump to see where things stand.

TOP 5: A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, BREAKING DAWN, 21 JUMP STREET, Albert Brooks Interview, American Film Market Coverage

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Happy Saturday, folks. I’m writing to you this week surrounded by a mountain of used facial tissue (that’s right, I’m not endorsing Kleenex on the site without some sort of kick back…wait, dang it). Cold season has officially set in which means I’m on a daily regimen of Dayquil (which I have no problem endorsing), warm tea, and self-pity. In case you’re a longtime reader of the “Top 5″ and you’re wondering to yourself, “Wasn’t Jason just complaining about the summer heat?”, the answer is yes. Out of the 52 yearly weeks, I’m generally not complaining about the weather for approximately 2 or 3 of them. It’s sad, I know.

In this week’s “Top 5″ you can find our video interviews with the cast of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and more from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 junket, the red band trailer for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s  21 Jump Street, a sit-down with the great Albert Brooks, and our coverage to date of this year’s American Film Market. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Albert Brooks Talks DRIVE, TAXI DRIVER, Improvising, Future Projects, Where’s the DEFENDING YOUR LIFE Blu-ray & Turning Down Roles

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When you think of Albert Brooks, most don’t think “tough guy.”   But after his stellar performance as Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I think Brooks might have a lot of casting directors calling.  At least I hope they do.  Because I’d love to see Brooks take on more movie roles as he’s been very selective over the past decade.

Anyway, the other day I spoke to Brooks and we talked about a wide variety of subjects.  We discussed why he agreed to take on Drive and his response to the critical success.  We talked about just how much he improvised in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, the possibility of Defending Your Life coming to Blu-ray, his thoughts on Finding Nemo getting a 3D re-release, and the roles he turned down that he still thinks about.  Finally, I asked if he plans to direct another movie.  Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.

Very Bloody Red Band Stills from DRIVE

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s much buzzed-about Drive opened in theaters this past weekend, and I finally got to see the movie everyone’s been talking about. I loved it, and I absolutely think it’s one of the best films of the year. It’s like a John Hughes movie, except with more people getting stabbed in the eye with forks. Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks give outstanding performances, and the music is fantastic. I was afraid the film may have been too overhyped for me to rightfully enjoy it as much as my peers, but my apprehension was quickly put to rest. Today, some red band stills from the film have been released. They’re pretty spoilery, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet I’d advise you to wait.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks. Drive is in theaters everywhere right now, so there’s no excuse for you to not see it. Seriously, go.

DRIVE Review

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With Drive getting released today, here’s my review from Comic-Con

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive works across time and genre. It’s set in present-day Los Angeles, uses an 80s score and soundtrack, features a tragic 50s noir protagonist, and wraps everyone up in archetypical figures that manage to feel fresh through strong performances and gorgeous cinematography. It’s a film that confidently walks the line between alienating its audience with bold choices but it never strays so far into the obtuse or the strange that you lose the hard-boiled crime story simmering underneath. It constantly challenges the audience to look away with its intensity, its thoughtfulness, and its brutality, but it’s too damn entertaining to look away.

Six New Character Banners for DRIVE

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Six new character banners from director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Bronson) crime drama Drive have landed online. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Isaac, the film centers on a stunt driver (Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman for hire. Matt screened the film at Comic-Con last month and loved it. Steve also loved it and I’m currently angry at both of them for having seen it already. So there.

Check out the new banners after the jump. Drive opens on September 16th at which point my vendetta with my Collider colleagues may finally come to an end.

New Clip from DRIVE

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How much did I love Drive?  I want to see it again more than some other films I haven’t seen this year.  I don’t know how much mainstream appeal it has but I honestly don’t care.  It’s a great movie and folks will either warm to it or not.  But for those who are offput by the violence or the fact that it’s not the cookie-cutter product they’ve come to expect, they’ll be missing out on excellent performances, taut drama, and killer action.

This new clip is only 43 seconds long and it briefly demonstrates all three.  Also, since this clip features Albert Brooks as mobster Bernie Rose, I want to reiterate what I said in my review: If FilmDistrict makes a serious push to get Brooks a Best Supporting Actor nomination, I think they’ve got a good chance at getting it.  But whether the flick gets some awards buzz or not, you still have to see it.  Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Drive opens September 16th.

Comic-Con 2011: DRIVE Review

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive works across time and genre.  It’s set in present-day Los Angeles, uses an 80s score and soundtrack, features a tragic 50s noir protagonist, and wraps everyone up in archetypical figures that manage to feel fresh through strong performances and gorgeous cinematography.  It’s a film that confidently walks the line between alienating its audience with bold choices but it never strays so far into the obtuse or the strange that you lose the hard-boiled crime story simmering underneath.  It constantly challenges the audience to look away with its intensity, its thoughtfulness, and its brutality, but it’s too damn entertaining to look away.

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