Monthly Archive for February, 2011

: February, 2011

Bottoming out: the debacle that was last night’s Oscars

The Oscar telecast has been in terrible trouble — as a TV show — for quite a while now, basically because all of those other movie awards shows have stolen its thunder. 30 or 40 years ago, Oscar night

Scenes from Judi Dench’s brilliant career

Judi Dench sets us straight right at the start of her brisk new memoir, “And Furthermore” (St. Martin’s Press): “I do not consider this an autobiography. I have neither the time nor the skill to write

Oscar roulette: or, don’t forget the year ‘Crash’ won

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay For a few weeks every year, people who aren’t even that interested in movies

Best director: Can David Ficher score an upset?

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Oscar history tells us that the winner of the Directors Guild of America award

Best actor: Dust off your mantle, Mr. Firth!

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay A lock, a lead pipe cinch, no contest. Choose your term for “no surprises

Best actress: The deranged ballerina vs. the worried lesbian

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams all gave outstanding

Best supporting actor: A second Oscar for Geoffrey Rush?

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Most industry analysts assume Christian Bale will win here for his powerhouse

Best supporting actress: Will a ‘King’s Speech” sweep include HBC?

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay The supporting categories have traditionally resulted in some of the most

Best adapted screenplay: The movie of the year gets thrown a bone

QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for “The Social Network” is an amazing combination of

Amanda Knox: cold-blooded killer or victim?

Controversy has been swirling around the made-for-Lifetime movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” set to debut Monday night at 9 p.m. Knox’s parents have made legal threats to stop the airing