The Sundance Institute announced the recipients of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury prizes in a ceremony from Park City, Utah tonight. As usual, the juries spread the wealth a bit, but the surprises came in the audience awards.
'Like Crazy' and 'How To Die In Oregon' big winners
81st Academy Awards host's appearance is just a little too convenient
One of the more memorable moments of the breathtaking 81st Academy Awards was when first time host Hugh Jackman pulled nominee Anne Hathaway out of the audience and the two engaged in a quick, but well choreographed moment in that show's opening number. In fact, it's clear that sequence was one reason Hathaway was asked to co-host this year along with James Franco. Today, the Academy announced that Jackman would return to present at this year's Oscar shindig.
Promo shows an energy we haven't seen in some while
Can James Franco and Anne Hathaway bring glamour and laughs to this year's 83rd Academy Awards? Judging by this brand new ABC promo, it looks like it. Of course, the TV spot was created by the network and not show producers Don Misher and Bruce Cohen, but if this is the spirit the duo are going for, this could be an Oscar show for the ages (especially if Franco wins best actor for "127 Hours).
(Or perhaps we're just excited to transition from Sundance back to good ol' awards season.)
Plus: 'Here,' 'Gun HIll Road,' 'The Convincer' and more
PARK CITY - It's been a hectic week at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and throw in the Oscar nominations and you've got a scenario of a massive backlog of film reactions from Park City in the cue. With that in mind, here's a rundown of some of the films this pundit has been able to take in since Saturday. Quick and easy.
The Canadian filmmaker got little sleep last night
Be honest. If you found out you'd be nominated for an Academy Award chance are you'd (A) cry your eyes out (B) scream for joy or (C) jump up and down for joy like a little kid. Well, even though he thought he'd be cool about it, option C was director Denis Villeneuve's reaction. The Canadian filmmaker earned his first nomination in the best foreign language film category for his riveting drama "Incendies." Luckily for Awards Campaign, Villeneuve was up in Park City, Utah promoting the picture which is screening in the spotlight category (fellow nominee "In A Better World") and took some time to talk about the good news on camera.
The 'Knocked Up' star appears in what could be the biggest Sundance moneymaker this year
"My Idiot Brother" surprised many during its Saturday night premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by being a bit more heartwarming than the pre-screening buzz had indicated. After talking to director Jesse Peretz and star Paul Rudd, that shouldn't have come as a surprise. In fact, the movie turned out to be something of a family and friend affair.
A banner haul for the 'Slumdog Millionaire' director
Oscar nomination Tuesday is always hectic. Covering it from snowy Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival makes it even more interesting. Especially when you're playing phone tag with talent.
What are Christopher Nolan's peers telling him?
The big buzz this morning has been over the startling omission of Christopher Nolan in the best director category from today's Oscar nominations announcement, but there's a bigger story that needs to be immediately addressed: the amazing turnaround of "127 Hours."
First time nominee didn't 'think it had a chance'
In Debra Granik's world, even though she'd been given ample warning by distributor Roadside Attractions, landing an Oscar nomination wasn't even a possibility. The director and co-writer of "Winter's Bone" just returned home from the Arctic Circle yesterday (really) having presented her Sundance Film Festival prize winner at the Tromso International Film Festival. She was getting her kids ready for school when a rep from Roadside called her with the news that "Bone" landed four nods including best picture, best actor (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay for herself and Anne Rosellini.
An indepth conversation about the acclaimed new romantic drama
As I noted in my review of the remarkable Sundance Film Festival entry "Like Crazy," Anton Yelchin has come a long way. He's always shown talent from his work in the underrated "Alpha Dog," but he's quickly and almost surprisingly turning into a compelling leading man.