Among the many things I liked about yesterday's NBR champ "Her" is the sleek, subtle futurism of its design elements -- Casey Storm's costumes, in particular, are among my favorites of the year, and while I wouldn't expect the Academy to spring for them, I really hope the Guild takes notice of Storm's cleverly evolved silhouettes and punchy color palette. After all, it's the only film this year to inspire a range from a high-end fashion house: with Spike Jonze's collaboration, Opening Ceremony is introducing the technology-minded line this month. Says Storm of his designs: “The idea was to create a world that looks a lot like the world we live in, but just different enough to tell you that you are not 100 percent in the present.” [New York Times]
Also: On the early critics' award blitz, and a bit of Sundance fakery
Overthinking these early precursors does no one any favors
Following the awards race for a living can have depressingly season-warping effects: Christmas shoppers line the streets of London, my local grocer is flogging fir trees on the pavement, and yet it only really felt like December to me when people started arguing about the New York Film Critics' Circle awards on Twitter. The arguments varied -- some were over the worthiness of the Circle's actual selections, others over their impact on the Oscar race going forward, still others about the apparent racial implications of voting for Jennifer Lawrence. (I wish I was making that last one up.) Ah yes, 'tis the season. Isn't it lovely?
Everyone's favorite Foreign Press Assocaition is back
As Amy Poehler succinctly noted last January, it's once again time for the Golden Globes. The one night a year where the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television (we kid). Of course, that also means some of Hollywood's biggest names need to socialize with the dreaded Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in order to get that Golden Globes boost. While the Globes mean little in terms of actual Oscar nominations or final wins, they have been a big help at the box office. And, when it all comes down to it, that's what really matters most in awards season: money.
Zoe Saldana, Dane DeHaan, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader also featured in lineup
The lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been revealed, and it's among the starriest in recent memory. Take a look at new images from some of the films unspooling at the Park City event, featuring such Hollywood names as Anne Hathaway, Aaron Paul, Christina Hendricks, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Lena Dunham, and Dane DeHaan.
Check out the photos here:
'Twilight' actress is a long way from Forks
Kristen Stewart has come a long way from Forks.
The "Twilight" actress dons military fatigues in the very first image from "Camp X-Ray," an upcoming military drama slated to screen in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Peter Sattler (making his feature-length helming debut with the film), "Camp X-Ray" centers on Stewart's character Cole, a young American soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who strikes up a friendship with a Muslim prisoner (Peyman Moaadi) who's been held there for eight years. The title is a play on a now-defunct temporary detention facility at Gitmo that opened in 2002.
Check out the image below.
A complete look at the U.S., World and Next competition slate
Bruce Dern and Emma Thompson take top acting honors
Make it a second film in as many days that I had pretty much figured out of the Academy's likely grasp that has been given a big boost on the precursor circuit. After the New York Film Critics Circle named David O. Russell's "American Hustle" the year's best film yesterday, the New York-based National Board of Review has chimed in today by naming Spiike Jonze's "Her" the top film of 2013. The group also gave Jonze the Best Director prize.
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The director's former partner in crime will accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award
Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved.
Film categories will follow on January 2
I never realized that the Producers' Guild of America announces their TV nominations separately from their film ones, but I suppose it makes sense -- the buzz around the feature film nominees sucks up a lot of oxygen, so this way, everyone gets to feel special for a time. (The PGA actually announced their documentary nominees last week, so they really are spreading the joy.)