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‘The Hurt Locker’ Takes 6

Posted in Film News on March 8, 2010 by Carlo Chong

And when all was said and done, the little film that could, the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner in Oscar history, took home top honors at this year’s Academy Awards, placing Kathryn Bigelow among the ranks of Hollywood immortality.

It was a shame however that Up in the Air couldn’t muster up a single win, though the Precious Adapted Screenplay win was a pleasant surprise.

15/24 of my predictions were right on – and well, I could’ve done a lot worse.

Full list of winners after the cut…

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Peas-in-a-Pod for Toy Story 3

Posted in Film News on February 12, 2010 by Carlo Chong

The new character from the soon to be released sequel, Toy Story 3.

Oscar Nominations Are In – ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Avatar’ Lead with 9 Each

Posted in Film News on February 2, 2010 by Carlo Chong

The Blind Side blind sides us. And what the hell is The Secret of Kells?

Well we all know now… And well, 70/96 in the categories I predicted isn’t so bad! Good way to start off the countdown to the March ceremony.

Full list of nominees after the cut…

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‘Winter’s Bone’ Heats Up Sundance

Posted in Film News on February 1, 2010 by Carlo Chong

Debra Granik’s Ozark drama Winter’s Bone, while givingĀ The Burning Plain star Jennifer Lawrence a career role, received the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for the US Dramatic category.

Her 2004 debut film Down to the Bone took home top directing honors at Sundance that year and put Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga on the map, and looks to do the same with its female lead in Lawrence.

The film also bagged screenplay wins for Granik and co-writer Anne Rosselini and with last year’s big winner Precious lighting up the awards and Oscar circuit this year, it won’t be a surprise to see this film in contention at the end of the year.

Winter’s Bone is set in the enigmatic backdrop of the Ozark Moutains where Lawrence’s character, Ree Dolly, is in search of her missing father whose debts may cause them to lose their home.

Full list of winners after the cut…

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A First Look at ‘The Social Network’

Posted in Film News on January 31, 2010 by Carlo Chong

Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake star in the David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) comedy-drama about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network.

ComingSoon.net has a first look several production photos from the film.

The Social Network is slated for release in October 2010.

Kathyrn Bigelow Takes the DGA

Posted in Film News on January 31, 2010 by Carlo Chong

Momentum has shifted dramatically and the once heralded Oscar frontrunner, the James Cameron sci-fi epic Avatar, has been overtaken significantly by the taut Iraq war film The Hurt Locker.

Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, has just snagged the coveted Directors Guild of America Award and is the first woman to ever take home the coveted prize. The DGA is often cited along with the Producers Guild Awards as the two most parallel awards-giving bodies to the Academy Awards. Bigelow’s DGA win solidifies her film’s standing as the one to beat at this year’s Oscars, even after failing to nab the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

The other three nominees were Quentin Tarantino for his Holocaust satire Inglourious Basterds, Jason Reitman for his recession dramedy Up in the Air, and Lee Daniels for his coming of age drama Precious.

‘The Hurt Locker’ Upsets with Stunning PGA Win

Posted in Film News on January 25, 2010 by Carlo Chong

In an unexpected turn of events, Kathryn Bigelow’s gleaming yet gritty war film The Hurt Locker topped the James Cameron favorite Avatar to snatch the coveted Best Picture award at the prestigious Producers Guild Awards earlier today.

The box office sci-fi behemoth was the clear frontrunner heading into today’s ceremonies following a big win at the Golden Globes a week ago, with the PGAs historically favoring money making hits over smaller, more critically acclaimed films. This undoubtedly makes the race for the Best Picture Oscar a LOT tighter, with the award most likely going down to the wire between the ex-spouses.

Best Animated Film on the other hand went to Pixar’s Up and Best Documentary Feature was awarded to the dolphin massacre expose The Cove.

Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead in a strong field rounded up by Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds and Precious. The films face off once again in next week’s Directors Guild Awards.