The Road to Oscar: Best Actress

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Continuing on with our “Road to Oscar” feature, today we’re going to take a look at how the race for Best Actress played out over the past 12 months.  With the 85th Academy Awards taking place this coming Sunday, we figured this week would be a nice opportunity to reflect on how a number of Oscar categories got to where they are today.  Join us after the jump as we break down the race for Best Actress.

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nominations, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees.  As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11.  The big story here, though, is the Best Director category.  Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.  The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern WildDavid O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour.  It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively, but shockingly neither made the cut.  Apparently those films just directed themselves.  Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.

Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly).  The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.

AMOUR Review

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We’d like to see all love stories end happily ever after.  The “ever after” part would presumably mean the two characters die happily in their sleep at the exact same time.  However, much like love at first sight, this kind of ever after is somewhat rare.  Instead, the end of a loving relationship is likely filled with grief and loneliness.  Michael Haneke‘s Amour looks at the slow, painful decay of a marriage where we’re forced to question how love can endure when a loved one cannot.  The experience of watching his movie is exceedingly agonizing, and is more horrific than any film featuring a lunatic with a chainsaw.  And yet for all of its brutal honesty, Amour can’t help but feel obvious, which makes the emotional impact feel more exploitative than revelatory.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names AMOUR Best Picture; New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics Award ZERO DARK THIRTY

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Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty continues its dominant critics awards path, as it has picked up two more Best Picture wins from the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics groups, adding to its previous wins from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.  Bigelow also won Best Director from both organizations, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for LincolnEmmanuelle Riva won Best Actress from New York and Boston, while she shared the award in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Los Angeles broke from the mold a bit by naming director Michael Haneke‘s devastating French-language film Amour the Best Film of the year.  They also awarded Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director for The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry the Best Supporting Actor honor in a couple of pleasant surprises.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners from all three critics groups.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Actor and Best Actress

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The 2013 awards race is in full swing, and what better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday then to take a closer look at how the categories are shaping up thus far?  Over the next few days we’re providing a bit of an overview of what the state of the race looks like at this point in time.  Yesterday we ran down the contenders for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and today we’ll be taking a look at the fiercely competitive categories for Best Actor and Best Actress.  Hit the jump to read on.

Two New Clips from Director Michael Haneke’s AMOUR, Winner of the 2012 Palme d’Or at Cannes

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Two new clips have gone online for director Michael Haneke’s 2012 Palme d’Or-winning drama, Amour.  The touching story centers on a married couple in their eighties and the struggle they endure as each others’ mental and physical health begins to fail.  I haven’t seen the film, but if these two incredibly poignant and emotional clips are any indication, then Amour certainly has more awards in its near future.

Amour, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, opens domestically in limited release on December 19th.  Hit the jump to see the new clips. 

Director Michael Haneke Set to Reunite with Isabelle Huppert for THESE TWO

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Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke is set to reunite with his Piano Teacher starring Isabelle Huppert in the simply titled These Two. The film, also starring Jean Louis Triningant (My Night at Maud’s) and Emmanuelle Riva (Blue) is set to focus on the “humiliation of the physical breakdown in the elderly” per the The Playlist.

The film was previously set to go in production a year ago but Haneke canceled the project due to a similarity with recently released films Away from Her and The Barbarian Invasions; although from the brief synopsis given, I fail to see how Haneke’s film could have anything in common with the sweet Sarah Polley film or the satirical classist comedy other than that all three star older people. Nevertheless, it’s great to see perhaps the most hateful, sadistic filmmaker working today get behind the camera once again. There is no greater experience than inviting a group of people over to watch a movie and then plopping in one Haneke’s classics (I’d suggest Benny’s Video or The Piano Teacher or, for maximum discomfort, the original Funny Games). Watching your guests’ fresh welcoming faces distort into images of disgust and shock and outrage is a thing of beauty in and of itself – something I’m sure Haneke would approve of.

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