February 29, 2008

An Early Look at the upcoming Oscar® Race!

It's finally here, our first Oscar® 2008-2009 Preview! From Australia to Frost/Nixon, we have a few words for each of next season's big awards contenders.

Click here to read our early look at the Most Promising Films of the 2008-2009 Awards Season.

And don't forget to add your two cents, what are your early awards contenders?

February 27, 2008

Keeping the foundation of an Igloo strong...

Joey here...just wondering what suggestions you guys have for making the site the best site...EVER!

What should be improved? (Especially for me personally, tear me a new one people...lemme have it!)

What do you like?

What new additions to the site would you appreciate?

Open forum ladies and gents...have at it!

February 26, 2008

Did you hear?

A record-low 32 million viewers tuned in to last sunday's Oscars, making it the lowest rated Academy Awards telecast of all time! By contrast, when box-office juggernaut Titanic swept the Oscars in 1998; 55 million americans tuned in...

Expect crowdpleasers like American Gangster and Hairspray to dominate next year's Oscar race... (just kidding).

Anyway, Can you imagine next year's disaster when the 50% that tuned in this year just for Juno don't return?

February 25, 2008

No Country for Complaints?

Hardly, these are the Oscars...

Personally, I'm very satisfied with this year's results:

Best Picture, Director, A. Screenplay & Supporting Actor
No Country for Old Men won as many Oscars as we predicted it would, and they were all pretty deserving.

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis is a class act and there is no doubt he can still win a third Academy Award in the near future. Don't you agree?

Best Actress
As many of you know, I chose Marion Cotillard as my favorite performance of 2007 but I was sure AMPAS would deny her the Oscar due the foreign language barrier. I'm glad the voters got it right this year and chose the best among the very competitive lineup. Now, what's next for the likeable Cotillard?

Best Supporting Actress
We were among the few buzzers not jumping on the Blanchett bandwagon and thankfully, the risk paid off. Tilda Swinton deserved to win.

Best Original Screenplay
Diablo Cody swept this awards season and it's always nice to see a woman getting recognition in a big category.

Technical Categories
Michael Bay and Transformers got a huge bitchslap from the Academy tonight, was it really deserving? I think Transformers, even if a bad film, was technically superior to any other this year...

Overall, I was pleased but you know; your opinion is the one that really matters...

What did you think of this year's Oscars?

I'm Still Here...

if anyone wants to comment any more on tonight, here's the place to do it!

February 24, 2008

80th Academy Awards Winners!

How did you do?

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: No Country for Old Men (2007) - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men (2007)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Juno (2007) - Diablo Cody

Best Documentary, Features
Winner: Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) - Alex Gibney, Eva Orner

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: Freeheld (2007) - Cynthia Wade, Vanessa Roth

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: Atonement (2007) - Dario Marianelli

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: There Will Be Blood (2007) - Robert Elswit

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Once (2006) - Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová(“Falling Slowly” )

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: Fälscher, Die (2007)(Austria)

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - Christopher Rouse

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Marion Cotillard for Môme, La (2007)

Best Achievement in Sound
Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - Scott Millan, David Parker, Kirk Francis

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - Karen M. Baker, Per Hallberg

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: No Country for Old Men (2007) - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton (2007)

Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: Peter & the Wolf (2006) - Suzie Templeton, Hugh Welchman

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: Mozart des pickpockets, Le (2006) - Philippe Pollet-Villard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007)

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: The Golden Compass (2007) - Michael L. Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris, Trevor Wood

Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: Môme, La (2007) - Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Ratatouille (2007) - Brad Bird

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) - Alexandra Byrne

As Do I

I'm up in a few hours. May the next year in film be as good as this one, and may our coverage be more thorough and thus, our predictions more accurate.

Though to be fair: who had Tilda Swinton? Honestly.

Signing Off....

I work tomorrow

I swear

I had Michael Clayton with the upset.

Denzel Washington presenting:

Best Picture

Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

And the OScar goes to....No Country for Old Men


There is No Country for any other film tonight...

Who has the nerve?

Who says Blood over No Country

Martin Scorsese presenting:

Best Director

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn), Julian Schnabel
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight), Jason Reitman
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.), Tony Gilroy
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax), Paul Thomas Anderson

And the Oscar goes to....Joel Coen & Ethan Coen



Helen Mirren presenting:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

George Clooney in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DW/Paramount)
Tommy Lee Jones in "In the Valley of Elah" (Warner Independent)
Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" (Focus Features)

And the Oscar goes to....Daniel Day-Lewis


Go Diablo Cody!

Harrison Ford presenting:

Best Original Screenplay

"Juno" (Fox Searchlight), Written by Diablo Cody
"Lars and the Real Girl" (MGM), Written by Nancy Oliver
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.), Written by Tony Gilroy
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
"The Savages" (Fox Searchlight), Written by Tamara Jenkins

And the Oscar goes to....Juno

There Was No Way

Moore was going to get put up at the podium.

I was rooting for Taxi... It really is an important film.


what Michael Moore will say if Sicko wins...

Tom Hanks still presenting:

Best Documentary Feature

"No End in Sight" (Magnolia Pictures) A Representational Pictures Production: Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience" (The Documentary Group) A Documentary Group Production: Richard E. Robbins
"Sicko" (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company) A Dog Eat Dog Films Production: Michael Moore and Meghan O'Hara
"Taxi to the Dark Side" (THINKFilm) An X-Ray Production: Alex Gibney and Eva Orner
"War/Dance" (THINKFilm) A Shine Global and Fine Films Production: Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine

And the Oscar goes to....Taxi to the Dark Side

Tom Hanks presenting:

Best documentary short subject

"Freeheld" A Lieutenant Films Production: Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
"La Corona (The Crown)" A Runaway Films and Vega Films Production: Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
"Salim Baba" A Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Production: Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
"Sari's Mother" (Cinema Guild) A Daylight Factory Production: James Longley

And the Oscar goes to....Freeheld

Jonny Greenwood

Should have been nominated and consequently should have won this category.

For Three 6 Mafia to be Oscar eligible with hip hop samples, yet Greenwood's brilliant score is too influenced to be eligible is absurd to the point of being offensive.

Why not DQ Depp's Jack Sparrow nomination because it was Keith Richards' inspired?

Amy Adams presenting:

Best Original Score

"Atonement" (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
"The Kite Runner" (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics): Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

And the OScar goes to...Atonement

I Was Reading Old Reviews

of "Persona," one of my favorite films, when Ingmar Bergman appeared on the screen. That's the beauty of great art. In the middle of the tribute, it totally escaped me that he was even gone.

Hilary Swank presenting

In Memoriam

Cameron Diaz presenting:

Best Cinematography

"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.): Roger Deakins
"Atonement" (Focus Features): Seamus McGarvey
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn): Janusz Kaminski
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Roger Deakins
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Robert Elswit

And the Oscar goes to....There Will Be Blood

Why I suck?

You try to be different and you're wrong on every award.


is behind Once as well!

The Crowd

is behind "Falling Slowly" and it is so overwhelmingly evident.

John Travolta presenting:

Best Original Song

"Falling Slowly" from "Once" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush" (Warner Bros.): Nominees to be determined
"So Close" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

And the Oscar goes to....Once

Does John Travolta seem more gay than usual?

Patrick Dempsey presenting

Final Song from Enchanted

"So Close"

And The Winner is Not...

Romania or any of the half a dozen amazing films that France didn't choose. (Or the one they did that didn't make the cut.)

Congrats to Mongol though on their sympathy nom.

[/political commentary]

Before I Forget Again

John Travolta has the most embarrassingly fake hair of all time.

Penelope Cruz presenting:

Best Foreign Language Film

And the nominees are:
"Beaufort" Israel
"The Counterfeiters" Austria
"Katyn" Poland
"Mongol" Kazakhstan
"12" Russia

And the Oscar goes to...The Counterfeiters

We Are Waiting For...

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary
Best Foreign Film
Best Original Song
Best Original Score
Documentary Short Subject

I Am Astounded

at the surprise winners tonight.

Next year, I'm pulling names out of a hat.

Nicole Kidman presenting:

Honorary Oscar to Robert Boyle.

United 93

That's what Christopher Rouse should have won for.

Renee Zellweger presenting:

Best Film Editing

"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Christopher Rouse
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn): Juliette Welfling
"Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment): Jay Cassidy
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roderick Jaynes
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Dylan Tichenor

And the Oscar goes to....The Bourne Ultimatum

oh god...

the song from Once does amazing things for me!
just had to get that out lol

Jack Nicholson presenting:

Best Picture montage

Once's Song

Colin Farrell presenting

Good for Marion

she was so excited!

Did Alba Call THAT one?


Bourne movies apparently not as bad when only listening and not watching.

Nintendo Wii

is amazing!

Ellen Page!

pretty pretty please...

(screw objectivity for the moment)

Forest Whitaker presenting:

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal)
Julie Christie in "Away from Her" (Lionsgate)
Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse)
Laura Linney in "The Savages" (Fox Searchlight)
Ellen Page in "Juno" (Fox Searchlight)

And the Oscar goes to.....Marion Cotillard

Is Matt Damon the new Chuck Norris?

apparently, as his sheer force of will is propelling Bourne to some serious wins...

This is bittersweet...

I love Bourne but Transformers is hurting right now!

Poor Kevin and Greg!

Always A Bridesmaid....

will this be the year for Kevin O'Connell and Greg P. Russell?

most likely....unless the hatred for them and Transformers continues...we shall see

Are they about to...

let Transformers go home empty handed!


Jonah Hill & Seth Rogan next...

Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing

"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Skip Lievsay
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Matthew Wood
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins

Sound Mixing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal) Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate): Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

And the Oscar goes to for Sound Editing.....The Bourne Ultimatum
And the Oscar goes to for Sound Mixing.....The Bourne Ultimatum

Enough with the Disney garb

Play the Once song.

Enjoy the vote split.

Miley Cyrus presenting:

"That's How You Know" from Enchanted

Sid Ganis

Hi Sid!

this category (adapted screenplay)

is No Country's first big test...hmmm

James McAvoy & Josh Brolin presenting:

Best Adapted Screenplay

"Atonement" (Focus Features), Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
"Away from Her" (Lionsgate), Written by Sarah Polley
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn), Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax), Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

And the Oscar goes to....No Country for Old Men

Jessica Alba

Johnny Alba's sister...

SCI-FI Tech Awards

Did Alba Seriously Have That One?

Who does he know that the rest of planet Earth doesn't? I had her in a distant 4th place. I swear Alba has the envelopes months in advance.

Johnny Alba is better at life than I am.

The only one who called it...

Alan Arkin presenting:

Best Supporting Actress

And the nominees are...
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
Ruby Dee - American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton

And the Oscar goes to....Tilda Swinton

Bee Movie Bee presenting:

"I Met the Walrus" A Kids & Explosions Production: Josh Raskin
"Madame Tutli-Putli" (National Film Board of Canada) A National Film Board of Canada Production Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
"Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)" (Premium Films) A BUF Compagnie Production Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse
"My Love (Moya Lyubov)" (Channel One Russia) A *beep* Studio, Channel One Russia and Dentsu Tec Production Alexander Petrov
"Peter & the Wolf" (BreakThru Films) A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

And the Oscar goes to....Peter & the Wolf


The Tonto Woman was robbed!

(Needless to say I've never seen any of these shorts.)

Owen Wilson Presenting

Live Action Short Film

"At Night" A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production: Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth
"Il Supplente (The Substitute)" (Sky Cinema Italia) A Frame by Frame Italia Production: Andrea Jublin
"Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)" (Premium Films) A Karé Production: Philippe Pollet-Villard
"Tanghi Argentini" (Premium Films) An Another Dimension of an Idea Production: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans
"The Tonto Woman" A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown

And the Oscar goes to.....The Mozart of Pickpockets

Who gets these anyway?

That little girl...

is the next winner of American Idol in six years

What I Wouldn't Have Given...

to see Eddie Vedder singing one of the songs from Into the Wild...sigh...i'll have to settle for what should be a great performance from Once

Keri Russell presenting:

"You Raise Me Up" from August Rush

The Golden Compass

The single clip of Transformers was more impressive than any effect in The Golden Compass.

if only...

Hal Holbrook could get recognized.....commence holding breath...NOW!

Jennifer Hudson presenting:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

And the nominees are:

Casey Affleck in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.)
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Charlie Wilson's War" (Universal)
Hal Holbrook in "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
Tom Wilkinson in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)

And the Oscar goes to.....Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men!

The Demon Joey of Fleet Street...

Joey here to jump on...damn campus jobs not knowing this is more important!

I suck at life...

...just for the record!

Cate Blanchett presenting:

Best Art Direction

"American Gangster" (Universal): Art Direction: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
"Atonement" (Focus Features): Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Golden Compass" (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners): Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount): Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Art Direction: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

And the Oscar goes to....Sweeney Todd

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson presenting:

Best Visual Effects

"The Golden Compass" (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners): Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney): John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

And the Oscar goes to....The Golden Compass!!! NO!!!!

(that face melting scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark scared me too Rock!)

Amy Adams performing:

"Happy Working Song"

Katherine Hiegl Presenting:

Best Makeup

"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
"Norbit" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount): Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney): Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

And the oscar goes to...La Vie en Rose

Hiegl looks amazingly hot by the way!!!

Steve Carell & Anne Hathaway Presenting:

Best Animated Feature:

The Nominees are...

Surf's Up

And the oscar goes to.....Ratatouille

Kelly Doucette...

...the only one who called the Elizabeth win.

George Clooney presenting:

talking about 80 years of Oscar.


Speaking of AMPAS recognizing bad movies...

I'm 0 for 1

It's all downhill from here.

Jennifer Garner presenting:

Best Costume Design

And the nominees are:
"Across the Universe" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Albert Wolsky
"Atonement" (Focus Features) Jacqueline Durran
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal) Alexandra Byrne
"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Marit Allen
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Colleen Atwood

And the Oscar Goes To......Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Jon Stewart is funnier than ever...

these are too funny.


makeup SEX that is


"tonight Welcome to the makeup set."
on the writer's strike!

Host Jon Stewart!

Everyone claps!

I want an Oscar..

Hopefully in the next two years, you ALL will see me on stage!

Closed Captioned

Opening Montage!

So it starts!


(I'm feeling all gitty)

Bill Conti ROCKS!

3 minutes left!

Ellen Page just turned 21...

...she's adorable! She looks like she just wants to chill.

and YUCK! Hilary Swank ::vomit::

According to Nick Plowman

This is the lineup:
(Jennifer Garner): 5:54 PM (PT)

(Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway): 5:54 PM (PT)

(Katherine Heigl): 5:57

PERFORMANCE - SONG #1 (26) 6:03:09
“Happy Working Song”(2:07)
(Amy Adams-vocals, orchestra)

(Dwayne Johnson): 6:09

(Cate Blanchett): 6:13

Here Jon Stewart will joke about Blanchett’s double nomination as Queen Elizabeth and as Bob Dylan.

More, way more, after the cut
(Jennifer Hudson): 6:18

(Keri Russell)

“Raise It Up”
(Jamia Simone Nash, Impact Repertory Theatre of Harlem [21],
Total Praise Community Choir [15], Orchestra)

(Owen Wilson): 6:30

(Barry B. Benson): 6:36

(Alan Arkin): 6:39

(Jessica Alba)

(James McAvoy, Josh Brolin): 6:50

(Miley Cyrus) haha - no award presenting for her.

“That’s How You Know”
(Kristin Chenoweth-vocals, Dancers [32],
Marlon Saunders-singer, Steel Drummer,
Kids [2], Tuba Players [4], Chorus [16]): 7:00

(Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen): 7:06

(Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen): 7:09

(Forest Whitaker): 7:15

“Falling Slowly”
(Glen Hansard-vocals, gtr, Marketa Irglova-vocals, piano,

Here Jack Nicholson will present a montage of Best Picture winners over the last 80 years.

(Renée Zellweger): 7:33

(Nicole Kidman, Randy Thomas VO-Live, Robert Boyle): 7:38

(Penélope Cruz): 7:47

(Patrick Dempsey)

“So Close”
(Jon McLaughlin-vocals, Featured Dancers [4],
Ballroom Dancers [14], Band Member Extras [9],
Bill Conti-Conductor)

(John Travolta, Ballroom Dancer-Valentina): 7:55

Here Stewart will perform a comedy bit with a Wii console.

(Cameron Diaz): 8:04

IN MEMORIAM TRIBUTE (3:00) 8:11 - Heath
(Hilary Swank)

(Amy Adams): 8:15

(She will refer to the most famous musical phrases in movies, e.g: Jaws, Close Encounters and Rocky).

(Tom Hanks, Special Guests [6] VTPB): 8:19

(Tom Hanks): 8:22

(Harrison Ford): 8:30

(Helen Mirren): 8:37

(Martin Scorsese): 8:47

(Denzel Washington): 8:49

(Jon Stewart)

Men Get Better Roles Than Women?

For someone who owned her category last year, Helen Mirren was annoyingly political

11 minutes and counting...

it will begin!

Daniel Day-Lewis

...does not like to watch his own movies.

He's wearing hoop earrings. We have something in common.

Cameron Diaz talking about Daniel is quite classy.

Amy Adams wearing a cute green dress. Can't wait to see her perform

Jennifer Garner

...don't really like the black dress. Ew!

I want to sit in the bleacher seats...


More stars....

Laura Linney looks beautiful,

Javier Bardem, strapping as always...

Marion Cotillard looks stunning!

I'm hoping she sneaks by and takes the award tonight!

I also love the dress.

Regis hosting the Red Carpet

A look at George Clooney. (his girlfriend is HOT!)

LIVE on BOARD Tonight!

Igloo Writers blogging:
Blog Owner, Clayton Davis
Website Editor & Owner, Johnny Alba
Staff Writer, Danny West
and after he gets out of work, Joey Magidson. lol.
You should post, telling him to quit his job. It's Oscar night!

What will be the first award announced?

I say either Sound Editing or Visual Effects...

Harrison Ford has an earring....

Barbara Walters is interviewing him and he has an earring. What a bad ass! LOL

For the Record

This will probably be the worst anyone will ever do for precentage of winners predicted:
I expect many surprises...This will be my worst year yet, I'm sure.

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The 80th Annual Academy Awards show is about to start and of course, we'll be here reporting and commenting about all the big happenings of tonight's telecast. Who will win Best Supporting Actress, the toughest race to call this year? Will Cotillard or Page upset in Best Actress? Will ex-stripper Diablo Cody get the award or not? How many George W. Bush jokes will host Jon Stewart make? What film will WIN Best Picture?

Join us Live in a few more minutes for the complete details and please; make sure to particularly enjoy tonight's show because we all deserve it (after long weeks of cancellation-panic)!

The Humble Opinion

It is my belief that The Diving Bell and The Butterfly is better than everything that will win an Oscar tonight.

I will join you this evening Oscarites.

Academy Idol Finale


It's here.....8 hours and counting!

February 23, 2008

Academy Idol and YOU SAY.....

The Academy Idol polls close at midnight ET.
By a large margin Daniel Day-Lewis will win Best Actor.
And by a very close call, Marion Cotillard will beat out favorite Julie Christie for the Best Actress.
Collectively you've said...
Best Picture - No Country for Old Men
Best Director - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress - Marion Cotillard
Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem
Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett

Juno hits BIG with the Indies

List of Winners of the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Supporting Male
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Talk To Me

Bests First Screenplay
Diablo Cody, Juno

Best First Feature
The Lookout

Best Supporting Female
Cate Blanchett

John Cassavetes Award
August Evening

Best Foreign Film

Best Male Lead
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages

Best Screenplay
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

Best Documentary
Crazy Love

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Robert Altman Award
Todd Haynes, Laura Rosenthal and the cast of I’m Not There

Best Director
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Female Lead
Ellen Page

Best Feature

In The "Spirit" of a certain Awards Show...

Joey here....the Spirit Awards are upon us and wanted to see what people thought about them....are they the younger, sexier sibling to Oscar or just a kiss of death for the hip indie film of any given year?

I think this is going to be a night for two films...Juno and I'm Not There

what do you guys think?

February 21, 2008

Who Do You Think WILL / SHOULD Win?

Our final predictions are ready, our forum members are already debating each others' theories and I bet you, just like our writing team and everybody who follows the Oscars as well, are having a hard time separating the personal vs the realistic winner choice.

Some categories have strong favorites like Best Actor and Best Director but what about Best Supporting Actress? That's some drama...

Let us know your Big 8's Will/Should Win picks! (but please, make your case)

Battle of the Idols...

hey all...Joey here...just curious which movie you guys are supporting in the contest, Knocked Up or There Will Be Blood?

I must say I am favoring Knocked Up, but a win for either would please me
Sound off! What film gets your vote?

American Idol Top 12 Girls & YouTUBE Oscar

They pretty much all sucked! I'm being completely honest. I would kick them all off and start over again.

But since we can't, I'm not even going to comment on all of them.

BEST (if there is any) >>>Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado, Asia'h Epperson, Alaina Whitaker, & Kady Malloy

Predicted Elimination>> Kristy Lee Cook & Joanne Borgella (which sucks because she's from Hoboken, NJ, right next door to Jersey City :( ))

Make sure to vote in The Academy Idol Finale on the right side of the page. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Oscar night.

Also, The AMPAS has an Oscar site on YOUTUBE, you can't embed, so you have to go visit for yourself. They have some cool videos. Click here

February 20, 2008


Who do you think will in last place or least likely to win? We'll never get our answer but its nice to discuss, isn't it? Comment!

My picks:
Picture - Atonement (sad but true)
Actor - I think Viggo. As statistics might say Jones, I think when he finally got nominated, the Academy threw him a little bit of votes here and there.
Actress - Cate Blanchett. You can't possibly vote for her twice. Can you?
Supporting Actor - Philip Seymour Hoffman. Once honored in a mediorce film puts him last.
Supporting Actress - Saoirse Ronan - actually any of the women can win but she's the youngest and the "least due"
Director - Tony Gilroy - I think they like Reitman a little bit more.
Original Screenplay - I'm going to go with Lars and the Real Girl but The Savages may not be too far ahead.
Adapted Screenplay - I picked Away from Her to upset No Country for Old Men which likely will be wrong but in the case I am right, Atonement takes it again.

Sweeney Todd, Compass, & Blades are winners

Hollywood Reporter reports:

“Blades of Glory’s” Julie Weiss landed in the spotlight Tuesday as winners of the 10th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced.

While Weiss received the award for contemporary film for outfitting the Will Ferrell starrer, veteran designer Colleen Atwood won for period film for outfitting Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and others in “Sweeney Todd.” Ruth Myers won for fantasy film for “The Golden Compass.”

February 19, 2008

American Idol Day 1 Episode 1: Top 12 Boys

Well, I know its Oscar week and we all anxiously waiting on the results on Sunday. But since we based Academy Idol off the popular television show and tonight was the 1st night the Top 24 performed, I thought it only appropriate to comment on them.
The Top 12 Guys went tonight and this is how I feel they were based on ranks (By the way, it was 60s night and their allowed to use instruments if they want)
  1. David Archuelta, 17, Murray, UT: This kid has got it and looks very promising on this show. I see him in the Top 3 already.
  2. Michael Johns, 29, Buckhead, GA: This Australian born singer has the Chris Daughtry flavor but with less arrogance.
  3. Jason Castro, 20, Rockwall, TX: The only guy to use an instrument tonight gave a cool rendition of a 60s song I can't remember. LOL.
  4. Robbie Carrico, 26, Melbourne, FL: Florida boy who claims to be a rocker but used to sing pop and tour with Britney Spears is not too shabby. Reminds me a bit of Bucky Covington.
  5. David Cook, 25, Blue Springs, MO: This other rocker may be better than perceived this evening. I see him in the Top 12 easy.
  6. David Hernandez, 24, Glendale, AZ: He kicked off the night but turned out to be just okay. But he does have one of the better voices of the guys but with the wrong song.
  7. David Noreiga, 18, Azusa, CA: This very flamboyant 18 year old sang Jailhouse Rock and nearly killed it but had great energy. He did insult Simon a bit, in his own way.
  8. Colton Berry, 18, Staunton, VA: This theater guy also sang an Elvis number, "Suspicious Minds" and turned into something listenable, just not incredible.
  9. Jason Yeager, 28, Grand Prairie, TX: Jason who? His song was really boring and his kid looks like he's something out of the Addams Family. (I know thats mean) I don't even remember what the judges said and I think he was about to cry when they said it.
  10. Chikieze Eze, 22, Inglewood, CA: He has the coolest name out of the guys but the worst fashion sense ever. Orange suit, no way man. His song sucked too.
  11. Luke Menard, 29, Crawfordsville, IN: Another one I can barely remember, who the hell are you anyway. I don't even remember him auditioning. I remember starting to count the tiles on my friend's kitchen floor in the middle of his performance.
  12. Garrett Haley, 17, Elida, OH: This kid is so creepy because he smiles too much and he looks like he just rose from the dead. Worst of the night. Hope he won't be our new Sanjaya! (even though Sanjaya was a guilty pleasure.)

Predicted Elimination: Chikieze & Garrett

Top 12 girls go tomorrow with results on Thursday! Stay tuned and remember to visit the Writer's Staff's Who Will/Should Win Special on the MainSite.

Late Night at the Guilds

hey all...Joey here...we missed out on a few of the guild awards over the weekend so I wanted to just make sure that we put them out there:

The ACE awards gave their top prizes to The Bourne Ultimatum, Sicko, and Sweeney Todd for cinematography.

The Art Directors Guild rewarded There Will Be Blood, The Golden Compass, and No Country for Old Men.

No Country for Old Men beat out Transformers and Bourne for Sound.

Essentially, No Country continued to clean up


February 18, 2008

YOU Say....

Javier Bardem will WIN the Oscar for No Country for Old Men!

In a not so close second place is Hal Holbrook for Into the Wild and close third, Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

February 15, 2008

In the coming days!

Things to come in the next couple of days:

The Oscar Igloo's Annual Who Will Win/Should Win Articles by each of the critics. Final Chart Predictions where some of will put our foot in our mouths trying to make bold predictions.

What are your bold predictions? And keep voting in the reader polls to see who is favorite to win in each category.

So far:

Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There

Some Things to Cover

A list of winners of the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards:

Motion picture: “The Great Debaters.”
Actor in a motion picture: Denzel Washington, “The Great Debaters.”
Actress in a motion picture: Jurnee Smollett, “The Great Debaters.”
Supporting actor in a motion picture: Denzel Whitaker, “The Great Debaters.”
Supporting actress in a motion picture: Janet Jackson, “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”
Directing in a motion picture: Kasi Lemmons, “Talk To Me.”
Writing in a motion picture: Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa, “Talk To Me.”
Independent or foreign film: ” Honeydripper.”
Documentary: “Darfur Now.”
At a press conference held at the Academy’s headquarters today (Thursday), Cates and Ganis announced the presenters scheduled to date, including all four of last year’s winners in the acting categories—Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker—as well as Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger.

Cates and Ganis also announced the performers of the nominated songs. Amy Adams will sing “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” (music by Alan Menken and lyric by Stephen Schwartz). Also from “Enchanted” (and written by Menken and Schwartz) will be “That’s How You Know,” sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders, and “So Close,” to be performed by Jon McLaughlin.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will perform their nominated song, “Falling Slowly,” from the motion picture “Once,” and Jamia Simone Nash will perform “Raise It Up,” from “August Rush,” with the IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem, headed by Jamal Joseph, who shares the song’s music and lyric credit with Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas.

Also scheduled to return to the Oscar telecast team will be writers Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan, Jon Macks and Bruce Vilanch.

Second-time Oscar show host Jon Stewart will also bring on several writers to work on the telecast.
Pete Hammond asks:

For the first time since 1953 (and potentially only the second time in Academy history), the Coens could earn individual victories in four separate categories. Only Walt Disney, as producer of three live-action, animated and documentary shorts in addition to a documentary feature, was able to leave an Oscar ceremony with four statuettes in hand.

If the Coens can pull off the same feat, they would be the first to do it for a single film. Orson Welles for “Citizen Kane,” and Warren Beatty for both “Heaven Can Wait” and “Reds,” each had four nods but walked off with only a single Oscar (Welles shared the 1941Screenplay prize while Beatty won Best Director in 1981 for “Reds”). A few artists have won three Oscars in one night, including Billy Wilder, James L. Brooks, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Marvin Hamlisch and others. However, the Coens would join Disney as the only ones to take four.

But there is a catch.

In the best editing category, they credit themselves under their joint pseudonym Roderick Jaynes. Should the Coens win that category , the Academy confirmed this week that there will be only one statuette presented and it would later be engraved as belonging to Mr. Jaynes. This means the brothers would only get that statuette and official Academy record books would technically not list Joel and Ethan Coen as the rightful recipients of four Oscars should they win in all of their categories.

The Editors guild, however, says it will be happy to give both Coens, a.k.a. Jaynes, Eddie awards if they win there Sunday and they can have whatever name they want engraved on them. A spokesperson at the guild said they would be thrilled just to have them show up!

February 14, 2008

V-Day Movie D-Day

Hi everybody! (Hi Doctor Nick!) Joey here on Valentine's Day (shudder) and in the spirit of things, asking what everyone would pick for their "romantic" movie for today.

I actually liked The Notebook a lot, and adore Love Actually, but I would go with the Richard Linklater combo job of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset....I dig realism.

How bout y'all? What movie gives your tear ducts a workout?

February 11, 2008

Not so much Episode XXVIIII - Trailer Week

So, my plan to put up an Academy Idol Video failed due to copyright problems with the trailers. I've put up the trailers down below. Watch each trailer and vote and the sidebar. Results will be up later this week. Keep voting as much as you can...

You Say.....

Cate Blanchett will win Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. Now vote in the poll for Best Supporting Actor.

Also, remember to vote in Academy Idol Top 3 on the sidebar. Video up later today, it's Movie Trailer week.

February 10, 2008

BAFTA Winners: La Vie en Rose gets 4, Atonement is Best Picture

From BAFTA's official press release:

Atonement was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House.

La Vie en Rose received the highest number of wins with 4 BAFTAs. No Country for Old Men won 3 BAFTAs, with Atonement and The Bourne Ultimatum receiving 2 BAFTAs each.

Marion Cotillard received the BAFTA for Leading Actress for La Vie en Rose for her portrayal of Edith Piaf. The film also won awards for Music, Make Up & Hair and Costume Design, presented posthumously to designer Marit Allen.

Joel and Ethan Coen won the Director award for No Country for Old Men and Javier Bardem was named Supporting Actor for his performance. The film also received the Cinematography BAFTA.

In addition to winning the Best Film BAFTA, Atonement also won the Production Design award. The Bourne Ultimatum won the awards for Sound and Editing.

Anthony Hopkins was awarded the Academy Fellowship, the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA, in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Daniel Day Lewis won Leading Actor for his performance as oil baron Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. The Supporting Actress award was presented to Tilda Swinton for her role in Michael Clayton.

This is England was named Best British Film, one of 6 award categories decided by BAFTA jury. The Film Not in the English Language award was won by The Lives of Others.

The Original Screenplay BAFTA was presented to Diablo Cody for Juno and the Adapted Screenplay award went to Ronald Harwood for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The award for Animated Film was won by Ratatouille. The Special Visual Effects BAFTA was presented to The Golden Compass.

Writer Matt Greenhalgh won The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film for Control.

The Pearce Sisters won the Short Animation award and the Short Film award was presented to Dog Altogether.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards were hosted by Jonathan Ross and broadcast on BBC ONE at 21:00. The Awards were sponsored by Orange for the 11th year running and the awards broadcast was produced by Whizz Kid Productions.

Any effect on the Oscar race?

Public Speaking

Hi all...Joey here...I just was thinking about the acceptance speeches we've heard this season so far and for the first time in a long time, i'm looking foward to hearing Daniel Day-Lewis speak when/if he wins for There Will Be Blood at the Oscars. Why? It's simple, he isn't just thanking everyone except his proctologist. He's paying tribute to his fellow nominees and talking about people other than himself, and of late, speaking in glowing terms about Heath Ledger. This man is the epitome of class and his speech will be no doubt the most interesting to listen to if he wins (perhaps aside from Diablo Cody if she wins for Original Screenplay...and speaking of Juno, the soundtrack rocks!).

What do you guys think? Has Daniel Day-Lewis avoided the curse of a boring speech so far this season, and if he wins, are you anticipating hearing him talk again?

February 9, 2008

Some things to address...

Ratatouille won 9 Annie Awards the other night. Is it locked and loaded for the win? or is Persepolis sneaking up fast? Surf's Up even won two awards respectively, maybe we'll be in for a shocker...
We took a week off from Academy Idol. The top 3 episode will premiere this week with the results a few days later. The next week following will be the Academy Idol Finale where the Final Two will battle it out. The winner of Academy Idol will be announced on Oscar night before the ceremony. In case you may be wondering: Juno, Knocked Up, There Will Be Blood are the Top 3.
In the meantime, some viewers had been asking about previous Oscar years and favorites. Over at the Davis Blog, I'll be announcing nominees, top 10s and winners for the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow, Sunday is the BAFTA's which I believe is going to be televised here in the states. WGA's announce their winners tonight.

BAFTA Predictions - Atonement should prevail?

Best Film - Atonement
>No Country for Old Men
Best British Film - Atonement
>The Bourne Ultimatum
Director - Joe Wright-Atonement
>Joel Coen & Ethan Coen-No Country for Old Men
Original Screenplay - Tony Gilroy-Michael Clayton
>Diablo Cody-Juno
Adapted Screenplay - Christopher Hampton-Atonement
>Ronald Harwood-The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
Film Not in the English Language - The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
>The Lives of Others
Animated Feature - Ratatouille
>Shrek the Third
Leading Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis-There Will Be Blood
>James McAvoy-Atonement
Leading Actress-Julie Christie-Away from Her
>Cate Blanchett-Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Supporting Actor - Tom Wilkinson-Michael Clayton
>Javier Bardem-No Country for Old Men
Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett-I'm Not There
>Kelly MacDonald-No Country for Old Men
Music - Dario Marianelli-Atonement
>Jonny Greenwood-There Will Be Blood
Cinematography - Atonement
>The Bourne Ultimatum
Editing - Atonement
>American Gangster
Production Design - Atonement
>Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Costume Design - Atonement
>Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Sound - The Bourne Ultimatum
>No Country for Old Men
Visual Effects - The Golden Compass
>Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Makeup -La Vie en Rose
>Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Rising Star Award - Ellen Page
>Sam Riley

Writers Guild Predictions

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody-Juno
Alternate: Tony Gilroy-Michael Clayton
Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen-No Country for Old Men
Alternate: Paul Thomas Anderson-There Will Be Blood

February 7, 2008

Strike is Over, There Will Be Oscars!

"A deal has been struck between the major media companies and the Writers Guild of America to end the writers' strike, former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner revealed on CNBC"

Read more.

You can start planning your Oscar Party now...

February 5, 2008

Just A Friendly Reminder...

Joey here...if you live in a state holding a primary today and haven't gone yet, "GET OUT AND VOTE!"

Let your opinions be heard!

February 3, 2008

There's No Country for the PGA

Associated Press reports:

LOS ANGELES— "No Country for Old Men" grabbed another award before the Oscars later this month, winning the best feature film award presented by the Producers Guild of America on Saturday.

The film, which stars Javier Bardem as a determined hit man pursuing Josh Brolin, beat out other nominees "There Will Be Blood," "Juno," "Michael Clayton" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

Scott Rudin and Ethan and Joel Coen were given the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award. The film was released by Miramax/Paramount Vantage.

"No Country for Old Men" has already garnered the top prizes from the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. The film is nominated for eight Academy Awards.

"Ratatouille" from Disney-Pixar was chosen as best animated film by the producers guild.

The award for episodic TV comedy went to NBC's "30 Rock," while HBO's "The Sopranos" won in the drama category.

Other PGA awards included HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" in the long-form television category; Michael Moore's "Sicko" in the documentary division; and Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" won for best nonfiction television program.

Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" won a PGA award for live entertainment/competition.

The year in Quotes...

Joey here...just wondering what quotes you guys liked from the films this year. Doesn't have to be an Oscar nominated flick (though they're more than welcome too...my pick is from one), just whatever quote from a movie tickled you or made you feel good. It can be from something like Knocked Up or Superbad or Grindhouse all the way to American Gangster or Into the Wild

my choice is actually from Juno...but not the one that most people will be expecting. The quote I chose just really made me fall even more in love with the movie than I already was (i've now seen it 5 times, the most of any film this year). If you've seen the movie, you'll recognize the quote, and if you haven't seen the movie...go now!!

This is my favorite quote of the year:

Juno MacGuff: It ended with a chair....

Now, your turns!

February 2, 2008

Davis Film Award Winners Announced!

Over at The Davis Blog, I have announced the winners of the Davis Film Awards, along with the Predicted Oscar Winners on the sidebar. The winner of the contest I ran will be announced by the end of next week. Thanks to all who entered.
Coming tomorrow: Academy Idol Top 4 Results!
Coming Soon to the Igloo: Top Ten of the Entire Staff, more articles on nominees, and much more! Stay tuned!

Academy Idol Episode XXVI: Top 4

PGA Predictions

Tonight, The Producers Guild of America will announce their winners. The nominees are:
The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
No Country for Old Men is definitely the undisputed frontrunner right now, but watch out for Paul Thomas Anderson's oil epic story, There Will Be Blood to make a sneak attack. Jason Reitman's Juno has a fair shot as well to make a play here. The PGA did go for Little Miss Sunshine last year so a Juno win isn't out of the question. Michael Clayton's FYC Ads are hard at work and they pushing hard for it. You never know. Who do you think will win?
Predicted Winner: No Country for Old Men
Spoiler: Juno

February 1, 2008

Academy Idol Up Later

Academy Idol Video will be up later today. The poll is up however, and you can begin voting. It's Major Guilds Week. (WGA, SAG, PGA, DGA Mentions throughout the season)

A Better Academy...

Hello Hello...Joey here...just pondering some Oscar related things and was wondering what you guys would do if you were able to make one change to the Academy Awards? Not replacing a nominee, but something having to do with the rules of presentation of the awards.

I think i'd lean towards seperating Best Pic into comedy and drama, or relax the oddball restrictions having to do with the Original Score and Song categories....that's just me though.

What do you guys think?

Lemme know how you would make the Oscars even better!