When the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are announced less than 12 hours from now many of the nominations won't surprise you. "Silver Linings Playbook," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom" should all receive multiple nods. The question is where will the Spirit nominating committees pull a fast one? Because, let's face it, they always do. Whether it's deciding "The Artist" qualifies as an American production (don't get me started on this one) or basically ignoring "Midnight in Paris" or giving "The Last Station" a best feature nod, half of the Spirit nominations are almost never what you expect. That being said, they are somewhat predictable in their unpredictableness. Here are five things you should look for when the nominations are revealed at 10 AM PST.
Ah, the Gotham Awards. New York's smaller cousin to the Independent Spirit Awards. Part tribute show, part awards showcase, the Gothams are if nothing but entertaining.
The program is being streamed by IFP here, but feel free to enjoy this live blog of the evening's highlights. The audience may already be buzzed, but we won't be.
8:13 PM EST - Jimmy Kimmel comes out (via tape) and tells everyone to be quiet. "You are there to celebrate the best independent films of 2012 and Matt Damon" and then rips all his commercial hits. "No one embodies the spirit of independent film like Matt Damon."
There is something very disheartening about the box office performance of "Rise of the Guardians" this past holiday weekend. When Paramount and DreamWorks Animation first previewed footage from "Guardians" early this year there was genuine excitement in the media and animation circles. After surprising moviegoers with an unexpectedly adult-friendly "Puss and Boots" and somehow improving critically with "Kung Fu Panda 2," DWA seemed intent on continuing to break the mold with their upcoming slate. Principally, "Guardians" was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro (who seemed to work wonders for "Boots") and was their first property acquisition since "Shrek" back in the day. And that was just the beginning of its impressive creative credentials.
WEST HOLLYWOOD - "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow up to her Oscar-winning thriller "The Hurt Locker," made its formal screening debut in both New York and Los Angeles on Sunday, but the West Coast audience had the pleasure of a formal discussion with the director and some of her cast members immediately following.
NEW YORK - In the 1950's and early '60s, Alma Reville was a creative power unbeknownst to the moviegoing public. The wife of acclaimed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, Reville was an accomplished screenwriter, defacto producer and editor who was responsible for much of her husband's success. While some may question a number of the more salacious storylines in Sacha Gervasi's new drama "Hitchcock," no one will complain that the film is finally giving Reville her long awaited due.
Seemingly as always, Hollywood has a lot to be thankful for. The box office has been on an upswing the past six weeks and with "The Hobbit," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" arriving next month ticket sales should remain strong. But for many consultants and movie marketers this holiday weekend won't be a relaxing vacation.
LOS ANGELES - Last Thursday, "Twilight" fans everywhere were anxiously getting ready to take their final bite of Bella, Jacob and Edward. And, as we soon discovered, history fans across the country were scouring to see if "Lincoln" was playing in a multiplex close by. I, on the other hand, ended up revisiting one of this season's expected awards season players, "Anna Karenina."
Fox Searchlight had a strange predicament on its hands. How do you hold a U.S. premiere for a movie when your leading man - the actor who plays the title character of the picture no less - is an ocean away? Thankfully for the mini-major, the director and producers of "Hitchock" found a supporting cast with prestige credentials and paparazzi appeal.
With Anthony Hopkins in London, the New York premiere for "Hitchcock" featured the film's co-lead, Dame Helen Mirren, "Avenger" Scarlett Johansson, Toni "shouldn't I have another Oscar nomination by now?" Collette and Jessica "she's more talented than she gets credit for" Biel. And yes, James D'Arcy and director Sacha Gervasi were there too, but this special screening surpassed the world premiere at AFI Film Fest earlier this month because there were actual stars in the house.
And when you're opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 16 theaters a little attention from the press ain't such a bad thing. Check out the talented ladies in the gallery embedded in this post or read my AFI review here.
Are you looking forward to seeing "Hitchcock"? Do you think Hopkins and Mirren have a shot at nominations? Share your thoughts below.
Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick and rapper-actor Common will present the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees.
The three presenters will unveil the nominees in a press conference at 10:00 am PT on Tuesday, November 27 at The W Hollywood.
Co-Presidents Sean McManus and Josh Welsh jointly made the announcement today.
As the annual Oscar season unfolds, there are a number of expected events that traditionally make or break a best picture winner. These signposts usually indicate who is the frontrunner, who is gaining traction and who isn't.