Oscar Facts and Figures

The Associated Press wrote up some facts about this years nominees.

FIRST-TIMERS: It’s never too late for an Academy Award nomination. Just ask June Squibb, who is a first-time Oscar nominee for her supporting role in “Nebraska” at 84 years old. Other first-time acting nominees joining her this year are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins and Lupita Nyong’o.

RUSSELL HUSTLE: After receiving back-to-back nods for directing and writing, “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell joins the company of six other filmmakers who have achieved the same feat: Billy Wilder, David Lean, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Richard Brooks and, most recently, Woody Allen for “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978).

RECORD BREAKERS: Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 18th nomination for “August: Osage County.” Woody Allen adds to his record number of writing nominations with his 16th nod for “Blue Jasmine.” ”The Wind Rises” filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki now has the most nods in the animated feature film category with three.

TWICE AS NICE: “American Hustle” and “Her” producer Megan Ellison is the first woman and the fourth person to receive two best picture nods in the same year. She joins Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos, who were both nominated for “The Godfather: Part II” and “The Conversation” in 1974, and Scott Rudin, up for “The Social Network” and “True Grit” in 2010.

RINSE AND REPEAT: Seven of this year’s nominees are previous acting winners: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence, who is the youngest three-time acting nominee at 23 years old. Lawrence and her “American Hustle” co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams were also nominated last year.





AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY received mixed reviews at Toronto, but best reviews came from the acting.  Many of the negative reviews were in reference to how the film ends, with many call a cop out.  The Weinsteins are considering changing how the film ends before it’s official release in the US.

A new trailer has been released and it reminds us that Meryl Streep can act!




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GoldDerby.com is reporting that Meryl Streep will be eligible for Best Supporting Actress for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.  That would put Streep in direct competition with Oprah Winfrey, who could get a Best Supporting Actress nom for LEE DANIELS, THE BUTLER.  Streeps role in OSAGE COUNTY is a leading role, but that would put her in competition with Julia Roberts, who they are also pushing for a lead actress nomination.  It is unlikely that both Steep and Roberts would get nominated for the same category.  Splitting them gives each one a better chance.  Both movies are from the Weinstein Company and they know how to win Oscars.

This is done all of the time. Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman was changed to Best Supporting Actor for THE MASTER.  Even though him and  Joaquin Phoenix were the leads.  Both of them received nominations.  Phoenix for Best Actor, Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor.

This is bad news for Winfrey. Its tough to compete against Meryl Streep in a role that many predicted would get her another Best Actress win.  Great news fro Julia Roberts.





The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 5-15. It is known to launch movies into the Oscar race. Last years Best Picture winner ARGO had its premiere at Toronto and THE KINGS SPEECH the year before.

THE FIFTH ESTATE will open the festival.  It stars Benedict Cumberbach as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Opens October 18th.



16 Galas were announced with a screening of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. With Meryl Streep (already a Best Actress contender) and Julia Roberts.



Also premiering will be Matthew McConaughey as a man who fights his HIV diagnosis by creating medications himself. You may have seen pictures of a very thin McConaughey during the making of this film. Fresh from great preformances in MUD, MAGIC MIKE and BERNIE, this could be his first Best Actor nom.

Exclusive... Matthew McConaughey And Family Leaving Church

Also set to premiere is Steve McQueen’s slavery tale 12 YEARS OF SLAVE.



Ron Howard’s Formula racing movie RUSH.



Two films with actors last performances will also be shown. ENOUGH SAID with James Gandolfini reportedly , ALL THE WRONG REASON which co-stars the late ” Cory Monteith.



GRAVITY which is opening the Venice Film Festival, will also play at Toronto. Comic-Con was a buzz last week after an exclusive extended clip was shown.

Here is a clip:



Here is a complete list of movies playing Toronto:


The Fifth Estate Bill Condon, USA (World Premiere)


Life of Crime Daniel Schecter USA (World Premiere)


American Dreams in China Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China (North American Premiere)
The Art of the Steal Jonathan Sobol, Canada (World Premiere)
August: Osage County John Wells, USA (World Premiere)
Cold Eyes CHO Ui-seok and KIM Byung-seo, Korea (North American Premiere)
The Grand Seduction Don McKellar, Canada (World Premiere)
Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas, USA (International Premiere)
The Love Punch Joel Hopkins, France (World Premiere)
The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany (North American Premiere)
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom Peter Chadwick (World Premiere)
Parkland Peter Landesman, USA (World Premiere)
The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
The Right Kind of Wrong Jeremiah Chechik, Canada (World Premiere)
Rush Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany (International Premiere)
Shuddh Desi Romance Maneesh Sharma, India (Canadian Premiere)
Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Myers, USA (World Premiere)


All Is By My Side John Ridley, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Attila Marcel Sylvain Chomet, France (World Premiere)
Bad Words Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
Belle Amma Asante, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Blue Is The Warmest Color Abdellatif Kechiche, France (North American Premiere)
Burning Bush Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic (North American Premiere)
Can a Song Save Your Life? John Carney, USA (World Premiere)
Cannibal (Caníbal) Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France (World Premiere)
Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée, USA (World Premiere)
Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan, USA (World Premiere)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Ned Benson, USA
Dom Hemingway Richard Shepard, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA (Canadian Premiere)
The Double Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Enough Said Nicole Holofcener, USA (World Premiere)
Exit Marrakech Caroline Link, Germany (International Premiere)
Felony Matthew Saville, Australia (World Premiere)
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina (World Premiere)
Gloria Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain (North American Premiere)
Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France (World Premiere)
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy (North American Premiere)
Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele Nigeria/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson, USA (World Premiere)
L’intrepido Gianni Amelio, Italy (North American Premiere)
Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland (World Premiere)
The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Joe David Gordon Green, USA (North American Premiere)
Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA (World Premiere)
Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan (North American Premiere)
Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China (North American Premiere)
MARY, Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland (North American Premiere)
Mystery Road Ivan Sen Australia (International Premiere)
Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA (North American Premiere)
Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (North American Premiere)
One Chance David Frankel, USA (World Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, USA (North American Premiere)
The Past (Le Passé) Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy (North American Premiere)
Philomena Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway (International Premiere)
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve, USA (World Premiere)
Quai d’Orsay Bertrand Tavernier, France (World Premiere)
REAL Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan (North American Premiere)
Starred Up David Mackenzie United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Third Person Paul Haggis, Belgium (World Premiere)
Those Happy Years (Anni Felici) Daniele Luchetti Italy (World Premiere)
Tracks John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia (North American Premiere)
12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Violette Martin Provost, France/Belgium (World Premiere)
Visitors Godfrey Reggio, USA (World Premiere)
Walesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.) Andrzej Wajda, Poland (North American Premiere)
We are the Best! Lukas Moodysson, Sweden (North American Premiere)
Le Week-End Roger Michell, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
You Are Here Matthew Weiner, USA (World Premiere)
Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) François Ozon, France/Belgium (North American Premiere)


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Jonathan Levine (free screening)



**Thanks to Awards Daily for publishing good list for me to copy

According to TMZ, Abigail Breslin has some motivation to campaign for an Oscar:

Most 17-year-olds feel pressure to get into a good college, but not Abigail Breslin … the teenage A-lister has $100,000 riding on whether or not she can nab an Academy Award from her upcoming flick.According to Abigail’s minor’s contract — recently obtained by TMZ — the lil star was paid $75,000 for two weeks worth of work on a film called “August: Osage County” shot last fall. It also stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.Now here’s the interesting part … in AB’s contract a special clause was added just for awards … which states if Abigail wins the Golden Globe for best supporting actress she nabs a $50,000 bonus.There’s more … if Abigail wins an Oscar she gets ANOTHER $50,000. And if she wins both, they throw her the whole shebang. Plus all that other stuff like: respect, honor, esteem, … yadda, yadda.Of course with moves like these, it’s in the bag …


It has become a Cannes tradition. The Weinstein Company previews their Fall releases and of course what Harvey deems Oscar worthy. Two years a ago he announced NINE and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Last year the Weinsteins created a frenzy by showing 10 minutes of DJANGO UNCHAINED.. He also showed sneaks of Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER and David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (ugh).

This years announcements have all of the makings of an Oscar nomination:


Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. A five minute teaser was shown and the reviews were mixed. Movie Critic Pete Howell says,

Kidman does a convincing Kelly, but she doesn’t exactly disappear into the role. It seems she’s striving for a convincing evocation of Kelly rather than a mirror image, much as Michelle Williams did for Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.”

This will all be about Kidman’s performance much like MY WEEK WITH MARILYN or THE IRON LADY. Both not particualy great movies, but the the performances make the film.



Directed by David Lowery and Rooney Mara as Ruth Guthrie. The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

It was one of the best films to come from Sundance this year and received the   U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award. This might be more of an Indie Spirit Awards movie, but it is still on the Oscar radar.


Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler.  The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. 

Originally titled FRUITVALE, it got a lot of attention at Sundance. I won the top audience award as well as some jury prizes.  and is shaping up to be this years PRECIOUS or BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. It is a small movie, but Weinstein the Oscar whisperer believes that it can win him some more awards.

If you are really bored and want to watch the 2 minute standing ovation it got at Cannes, here it is. (How did this camera get into the screening?)

You can read about the tragedy that inspired FUITVALE STATION HERE: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/fruitvale-station-true-story-video/


Directed by John Wells. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Ewan McGregor. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

People seem to be divided on how this movie will play. Early reviews have been mixed, but Streep could get her 18th Academy Award nomination.


Directed by Morgan Neville. This documentary that profiles backup singers who live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Look for TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM on the list of Best Documentary features.


downloadDirected by Justin Chadwick and 10 years in the making. 

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

It has tested well so far in the US.

Some who have seen the trailer are concerned that it looks like a hip-hop action flick, not awards playing drama.



Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling. Their first movie since DRIVE.

Set in Bangkok. Gosling plays a Yank who runs a boxing club as a front for the family narcotics business. His scary, vengeful mom is Kristin Scott Thomas, who pushes him to hunt down his brother’s killer.

A 3 minute was played for the Cannes crowd and was the only clip that garnered applause.  Here is the clip that they were shown:

Not all of these will win awards, but with Weinsteins record, many will.