Trailer for Moneyball, in theaters September 23rd.
This. Looks. Fantastic.
The Tree of Life takes home Cannes’ coveted Palme D’Or
The most prestigious award given at the festival, the Palme d’Or, was awarded to Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. The award recognizes the best film of the festival, putting Malick’s film above those by Lars Von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Julia Leigh, Nicolas Refn, and others
Congrats to Malick, and all who worked on the film!
Other awards distributed at the ceremony are as follows:
Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress for her role in von Trier’s Melancholia, the only award given to the film, potentially due to von Trier’s expulsion from the festival for comments made earlier last week.
Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for his role in the silent, black and white film The Artist.
The Kid with the Bike and One Upon a Time in Anatolia tied for the Grand Prix, considered “second place” after the Palme.
Third place, or Prix du Jury, went to Polisse.
Nicolas Refn won Best Director for his film Drive starring Ryan Gosling.
Joseph Cedar won Best Screenplay for his work in Footnote
Missing out on awards were the much-discussed We Need to Talk about Kevin, the Tilda Swinton-driven, provocative film that is already receiving Oscar talk in the States.
Men to watch for - Oscars 2012
The male category of Best Actor doesn’t seem to have the level of competition that it did last year (at least at this point in the game) and certainly does not live up to its female counterpart (opposite of the 2010 Awards). However, some men will certainly stick out this season for the award of Best Actor.
John C. Reilly
Women to watch for - Oscars 2012
It’s early. Very early. But never too early to start thinking about who or what could be recognized come February of 2012. This is preliminary to the max, as these movies at least predominantly have not been released.
Supporting Actress Possibilities:
For those interested,
Extensive updates to “Movies to See in 2011”
Many many good films coming out in the next 6 months. I’ll probably post a very very pre-Oscar chatter roundup sometime in the next week or so.
Sounds a lot like a cross between An Education and Juno, in my opinion. Should be interesting.
Ryan Gosling stars in the dramatic piece, directed by Nicolas Refn and co-starring Oscar Nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education). Premiered at Cannes on May 11, with a release date of September 16, 2011, it’s much too early to discuss the real successes of the film yet.
But this is not a bad start.
Gosling and Mulligan on set in Drive.
Films to look for in 2012 and beyond
An extension of my other list of films for 2011. In need of extensive updating.
Gambit - 2012 - Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman - Dir. Michael Hoffman
Stoker - 2012 - Mia Wasikowska, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman - Dir. Chan-wook Park
Superman: Man of Steel - Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane - Dir. Zack Snyder - December, 2012
The Raven - John Cusack, Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen - Dir. James McTeigue - March 9, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises - Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Michael Paine, Morgan Freeman - Dir. Christopher Nolan - July 13, 2012
Ted - Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis - Dir. Seth MacFarland - July 13, 2012
The Danish Girl - Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz - Dir. Lasse Hallström - 2012
The Great Gatsby - Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher - Dir. Baz Luhrmann - 2012
The Avengers - Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson - Dir. Joss Whedon - May 4, 2012
Thanks for Sharing - Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins - Dir. Stuart Blumberg - 2012
End of Watch - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña - Dir. David Ayer - 2012
The Silver Linings Playbook - Mark Wahlberg - Dir. David O’Russell - 2013
Oz: The Great and Powerful - James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams - Dir. Sam Raimi - 2013
Liberace - Matt Damon, Michael Douglas - Dir. Steven Soderbergh - 2013
Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry - 2015 - Natalie Portman (rumored), Brad Pitt (rumored) - Dir. Greg Mottola (rumored)
Cannes was a big day for Jolie, who’s recently titled film, In the Land of Blood and Money, was picked up by FilmDistrict (Soul Surfer, Drive, The Rum Diary) for distribution in the United States.
The film is due to be released December 23 (the same day as Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson’s We Bought a Zoo and the same week as David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), a date known for being a prime entry time for award season contenders.
My thoughts on the film are mixed. The Bosnian War is one area of history that I am very passionate about, and the fact that Jolie chose this era and used local actors to portray her film is fantastic. However, I have read, and understand, concerns from some in and around Bosnia who fear marginalization or flighty ignorance from the film’s subject.
The premise of the film is the separation of a couple, one a Bosnian and the other a Serbian, due to the war. The mere historical context proves this a difficult plot to achieve without offending or ignoring the still very raw emotions throughout the Balkans.
I could go on for hours about how this could go wrong. But I am going to assume that both Jolie and the Bosnian, Croatian, and other national actors who portrayed the characters of the film have worked their hardest to make this film into something magnificent.
Rest assured I will be seeing this one.
(Note, the IMDB Page has not been updated since November of 2010 at the date of this posting. I expect it will be changed to reflect these new changes soon.)
Due to finals and working and stressing, I have been mostly absent from this blog for awhile. But luckily, with the coming of summer break, so comes more posting from yours truly! Thanks to everyone who stays tuned to this blog despite my absence!