Add these to the chorus of critics who’ve already chimed in, most ahead of yesterday’s start of voting for Oscar nominations. A couple of passing thoughts here as the cavalcade of precursor best-of awards/nominations keep tumbling out ahead of Oscar itself:
1) “The Master” finally picked up a little critical support, something it got too little of in year-end votes after what had been a very promising initial response when it debuted in September. Will the London critics encourage any voters to take another look in Oscar (or for that matter, BAFTA) races?
2) “Skyfall” love here continues to suggest growing interest in at least a nomination or two for what is easily the most critically lauded James Bond film in just about the entire history of the venerable series. It may be the most challenging mission yet for Bond, M-tastic Dame Judi Dench, bad guy Javier Bardem and the rest of the crew. Might they sneak into one of the 10 Best Picture nominations? Probably not, but it’s certainly fun to ponder.
A day after the new James Bondfilm, “Skyfall,” crested the $100 million mark in domestic box office (worldwide, it’s passed $500 million), Deadline’s Awards Editor Pete Hammond reports that both “Skyfall” and Steven Spielberg’s splendid “Lincoln” drew packed houses and extremely enthusiastic receptions at members-only screenings at the Motion Picture Academy’s theater in Beverly Hills, always a Very Good Sign when it comes to Oscar hopefuls.
Pete says there’s a growing chorus for Oscar recognition for “Skyfall,” which (based on my own response watching it on an IMAX screen Friday night) seems more than reasonable. The film is a superb entertainment, and the talent of Oscar winners/multiple nominees on both sides of the camera definitely shines through. (Read Pete’s story here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/james-bond-academy-best-picture/ )
Have you seen “Skyfall” yet? Do you think it belongs among the ten Best Picture nominees? Would you like to see nominations for Judi Dench or Javier Bardem, director Sam Mendes, cinematographer Roger Deakins or others on the crew? Let us know what you think. The possible late entry of the movie into the Oscar race is one of the more intriguing developments so far.
On a day when “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond pic, zipped past the $100 million barrier while in release in only 25 overseas markets, it seemed entirely appropriate to reblog this dandy little bit of GIFfage.
Daniel Craig’s third run at the Bond franchise is also pulling in a ton of critical praise, his crackling work further bolstered by the Oscar-winning talent around him on both sides of the camera, from director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem.
"In a climate of fear and remakes–is Sony Pictures actually remaking “Jumanji,” a film that came out less than 20 years ago?–it would be grand to see Warner Bros have the stones to take the kind of daring risk that seems only to be taken by the likes of HBO, Showtime, AMC and other pay and cable TV networks. It’s that risk taking that has put those networks in a position of being at the center what will eventually be viewed as a golden age for daring quality TV series."
With a major casting shift from one Oscar winner to another, a script on the way from an Oscar-winning screenwriter for an Oscar-winning director and producer, this project has all kinds of high-end DNA attached. Now comes the hard part, bankrolling a massive investment, perhaps the biggest since “The Lord of the Rings” hit a moon shot, for about the cost of going to the moon.
Read more here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/warner-bros-has-dark-tower-decision-looming-and-russell-crowe-is-in-the-mix/
Looks pretty good, as you might expect with the revived franchise and its crack cast and crew. What do you think? Looking forward to it? Don’t really care about Bond? Love the classics and this doesn’t look like one of them?