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Bob Picture 6 years ago

Elswit tops ASC Awards with "There Will Be Blood"

Robert Elswit won in a tough field Saturday night at the American Society of Cinematographers awards when he topped the feature competition for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood." Elswit, who has shot all of Anderson's movies dating back to the filmmaker's 1996 feature debut "Hard Eight," is also vying for an Oscar.
In fact, the Academy's nominees are in perfect alignment with those of the ASC for only the second time in the ASC's 22 years of bestowing awards, with Roger Deakins ("No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James") having claimed two slots in both competitions. The last time the two organizations matched noms, John Seale won both contests for "The English Patient," a film with which this year's ?Atonement? ? shot by ASC and Oscar nominee Seamus McGarvey ? has been often compared.

Whether Deakins' two noms created a split vote among the ASC's 298 members can only be left to conjecture. And if one were to view Elswit's ASC win as an Oscar bellwether, one must consider that the ASC's membership represents only a fraction of the Acad's 6,500-plus members who are eligible to vote for Oscar's winning cinematographer.

TheMovieFilmGuy
Bob Picture 6 years ago

9 Foreign Language Films Advance in 2007 Oscar® Race

Nine films advance in voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the
80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, The Counterfeiters, Stefan Ruzowitzky, director
Brazil, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Cao
Hamburger, director
Canada, Days of Darkness, Denys Arcand, director
Israel, Beaufort, Joseph Cedar, director
Italy, The Unknown, Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Kazakhstan, Mongol, Sergei Bodrov, director
Poland, Katyn, Andrzej Wajda, director
Russia, 12, Nikita Mikhalkov, director
Serbia, The Trap, Srdan Golubovic, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2007 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 63 eligible films and their ballots determined the above shortlist.

A Phase II committee, made up of ten randomly selected members from the Phase I group, joined by specially invited ten-member contingents in New York and Los Angeles, will view the shortlisted films and select the five nominees for the category.

Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

... surprising omissions include:
France, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, directors
Japan, I Just Didn?t Do It, Masayuki Suo, director
Mexico, Silent Light, Carlos Reygadas, director
Romania, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu, director

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Death Defying Acts

Death Defying Acts

(2008)
6 years ago via Flixster

Sure it looks nice, but lack of chemistry between the two stars leaves this film kinda of flaccid. Saoirse Ronan is stellar though.

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(2008)
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Fun and endearing. Katherine Heigl continues her path to stardom. The real standout here is James Marsden. He just keeps getting better and better.

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(2008)
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