The Oscars are this Sunday, and I for one am woefully unprepared to make my picks in the annual bet I have with my friends. I have seen almost literally none of the films nominated this year, and I only have a few days left to get caught up if I'm going to stand a chance at winning the coveted prize of lunch at the local Chinese buffet. Thankfully, the tiny folks at Copycat Kidz have put together a highlight reel of sorts to cover the major players in this year's Academy Awards.
We already knew that James Franco
probably wouldn't be facing off against any damn dirty apes in Matt Reeves
' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes
. And now we know who'll be fulfilling the role of ostensible-lead-because-they're-human-but-really-we-all-know-Andy-Serkis
-is-the-star-here: Zero Dark Thirty
's Jason Clarke
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
"I find it very sad that media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry. Filming The Help was the most amazing experience and yet, that is the film Im most asked about in regards to 'fighting on set'. Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along? I think all of the actresses recognized this year have given incredible performances. But more important, they've all shown themselves to be filled with generosity and kindness. I've done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I've told her how beautiful her film work is. Please don't allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women arent supportive of each other. Everytime an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer. For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women. With support and encouragement, we help to inspire this industry to create opportunities for women. And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film." - Zero Dark Thirty and Mama actress Jessica Chastain writing on her Facebook page in what appears to be a response to a ShowbizSpy story, "Jessica Chastain Hates Jennifer Lawrence."
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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I Guess I Can't Argue With That
name has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her film Zero Dark Thirty
. The film, based loosely on the intelligence effort that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, has had supporters and detractors but got people talking about the serious issue of torture. But there's another issue Bigelow would like to get the word out for and that's women in national security. She's hoping a large-scale Twitter campaign, and you, will help.
Not all that glitters is gold
This morning saw the announcement of the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, the lighter, boozier, less important cousin of the Oscars. (Hey, it makes a difference that attendees can drink at the former but not the latter.) Typical awards season films like Lincoln
and Silver Linings Playbook
picked up plenty of noms, but so did some more niche-interest (read: Geeky) fare.
The awards show, taking place on January 13th, is being hosted by Tina Fey
and Amy Poehler
. They did a short video promoting the Globes, which you can check out under the jump along with a rundown of the geeky movies, people, and shows to be nominated.
And That's Terrible
If there's one thing I don't like about Twitter, it's how it's given people an easy platform to say stupid things that they should have just kept to themselves. Case in point: Author Bret Easton Ellis
tweeted that "Kathryn Bigelow
would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she's a very hot woman she's really overrated." And the follow-up: "Kathryn Bigelow: Strange Days, K-19 The Widowmaker, Blue Steel, The Hurt Locker. Are we talking about visionary filmmaking or just OK junk?"
Ahhh, I see what's happening here. Ellis is framing his sexism against Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Directing (because obviously there's no other explanation for a women achieving success in a male-dominated field than her sleeping around or mesmerizing guys with her boobs or something) as some ass-backwards defense of the integrity of the Oscars.