The Hollywood Reporter's annual roundtables with actors and directors always make for enjoyable reading, though one rarely loses the sense that it's being treated as a campaign exercise by all involved. Their first ever cinematographers' roundtable, however, is quite a fresh, candid affair. Five DPs, including Sean Bobbitt ("12 Years a Slave"), Barry Ackroyd ("Captain Phillips") and Bruno Delbonnel ("Inside Llewyn Davis") get together for a chat on subjects from 3D to film-versus-digital to why their films never look the way they should on Blu-ray. Interestingly, no one speaks in favor of 3D -- Ackroyd deems it a "gimmick," Dryburgh "unnecessary," and Bobbitt is "mystified" by it. Still, they'll have to make their peace with losing the Oscar to "Gravity." [Hollywood Reporter]
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The 'Nebraska' star will receive the fest's Career Achievement Award
If Oscars were awarded purely on the basis of who wants it the most, Bruce Dern would be a tough man to beat this year. The 77-year-old veteran's first and last Oscar nomination came 35 years ago for "Coming Home," and he's seemingly revelling in the greatest amount of critical and media attention he's had since then, or perhaps ever.
Annual telecast will air Saturday March 1 on IFC
While the awards season is often full of intense competition and tear-jerking films, Patton Oswalt promises to bring some funny this time around.
The comedian will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
It's not the Oscar ceremony, but at least we can watch it
Kris gave a great recap of the Governors' Awards over the weekend, but as mentioned in this morning's roundup, there are still plenty of people who would rather see the presentations for themselves instead of reading about them. The debate over the pros and cons of separating honorary Oscars from the actual Academy Awards ceremony will resurface annually until (if ever) the Academy reintegrates them. If it was a little more vocal this year, it's because it's not often that a superstar still at her professional peak -- that'd be Angelina Jolie, the youngest ever recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- is among the honorees, together with two household-name veterans.
Michael J. Fox took an honorary award
The work of the casting director has received increased attention in the industry this year, with the Academy's long-demanded creation of a casting directors' branch prompting many to suggest that they should have a competitive category at the Oscars too. Coincidentally, the British Independent Film Awards fed into that conversation last week, taking an unusual step by nominating two films' casting directors alongside a composer, a sound designer and an editor for their all-purpose Technical Achievement Award. Until a Best Casting Oscar is created -- if, indeed, one ever is -- the Casting Society of America's Artios Awards will remain the discipline's highest honor.
'Saving Mr. Banks' star is only individual to win Oscars for both acting and writing
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that it will bestow its highest honor, the Modern Master Award, to "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson at the 29th edition of the fest on Feb. 8, 2014.
Also: Down with character posters, and the documentary Oscar glut
I know, I know, I link to Mark Harris a lot in these roundups. But he's always a pleasure to read, and rarely more on-point than in his impassioned piece about last weekend's Governors' Awards -- the separation of which from the Oscar telecast is an issue that still gets his goat, particularly in a year when the speeches of Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin would all have made good television for a relatively mainstream audience. "Of all the ways of nodding to the past, it is grotesque that the only one that has survived on the main telecast is the in memoriam roll call," he writes. "It’s pious sentiment, and also profound hypocrisy, to bow to Hollywood history by honoring those who are no longer around while shoving its living representatives off to November lest they ruin your TV show." Do you think he has a point? I do. [Grantland]
Tons of events and a lot of great movies make this one to remember
I honestly didn't know my iCal application could hold this many events. The reminder jingle on my phone is going off constantly, jogging my memory of this shindig or that Q&A. The circuit has, in no uncertain terms, become unhinged with phase one glut, and it seems like it's only getting worse...depending on how you look at it.
The 19-year-old Oscar nominee once harbored dreams of waitressing
On the nature of truth in drama with two of the funniest guys around
LOS ANGELES — Paramount brought out some artillery on behalf of "Nebraska" star Will Forte Sunday afternoon as the actor's fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Jason Sudeikis moderated a post-screening Q&A with the Best Supporting Actor hopeful for a capacity audience filled with mostly Screen Actors Guild members.