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Oscar Winner List

For the five people left that haven’t heard, here is the list of winners from the 82nd Annual Academy Awards:

Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker

Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Read the rest of this entry

1st Annual Lucifer Awards

The Devil’s Advocates present the first annual Lucifer Awards, celebrating what we believe to be the best of film in 2009. Here are the results: Read the rest of this entry

BAFTA Award Winners Announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their winners list yesterday. 

 If I may editorialize for a moment here:

Surprises…Avatar getting trounced by The Hurt Locker and Kristen Stewart winning a “Rising Star” award.

Not so surprising…Duncan Jones’ “Outstanding Debut” award and Mo’Nique and Christoph Waltz waltzing away with the Best Supporting Actress and Actor awards.  Read the rest of this entry

The Lucifers Nominations

Here at the Devil’s Advocates, I’ve been busy polling my fellow film critics to determine the very best of 2009. Many of them responded (one reviewer who shall remain nameless refrained out of protest over The Blind Side’s Oscar recognition), and I’ve compiled a list of the top choices for each of the eight major categories. By the end of the month, we will have voted again and decided on the winners of the first annual Lucifer Awards, or the Lucies for short. Here are the nominees: Read the rest of this entry

James Cameron Thinks Win-Win

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, James Cameron, the creator behind Titanic, and the recent juggernaut Avatar, expressed his desire to see his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow win Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker, rather than himself.  He did add one caveat, that for the sake of “Team Avatar” it would be nice to win Best Picture. 

Awards and Award Season: Golden Globes 2009

Most people usually see the Golden Globes as the pre-cursors and foreshadowers of the Academy Awards, but there’s one big difference: Best Picture is divided into Drama and Musical/Comedy. This allows for a lot of variety, plus two winners in each of the biggest categories: Picture, Actor, and Actress. The Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor/Actress awards are lumped together, so it becomes a bit more prophetic of the Oscar race than the others (for example, the winners of Best Actor were Sean Penn (the eventual winner) and..ahem…Colin Farrell). This year’s three front-runners for Best Picture-Drama (and the coveted Best Picture Oscar) are Up in the Air (likely for Screenplay), The Hurt Locker (likely for Director, unless the “King of the World” has any say about it) and Precious (which is more actor-driven than production), with blockbusters Avatar and Inglourious Basterds weak competition. The Best Picture-Musical or Comedy section has the same variety: indie darling (see my piece on the Spirit Awards) vs. big-budget musical (the most viable candidate) vs. silly comedies (The Hangover? way to defy expectations, you snooty critics). Here’s the full list: http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/ Read the rest of this entry

(300) Days of 2009: Our Oscar Picks So Far

The Oscars are upon us already! Just yesterday they announced the hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. To get prepared for the upcoming season, I asked each member of the staff (if they could find the time, which is difficult these days) to make a list of their 5 favorite films so far and two picks each for the other major categories (although they didn’t have to use all the spots). Here are the full lists for those who were able to participate: Read the rest of this entry

3-2-1…The Summer Summation

Summer means a lot of different things to a lot of people.  Time off from school.  Days at the beaches.  Baseball.  And for those of us working here, it’s all about the stale popcorn and pertified “soft” pretzels. 

We spent a lot of time at the movies this summer.  In fact, this site went live with X-Men Origins:  Wolverine, the first film of the summer and our first film reviewed.   It only seems fitting that we sum up how our time was spent based on our likes and dislikes.   We’ve decided to go with a 3-2-1 format:  3 summer favorites, 2 summer disappointments, and 1 post-summer prospect (something we’re really, really looking forward to in the last half of ’09).   In a collaborated effort we bring you the summer as seen through the eyes of The Devil’s Advocates: Read the rest of this entry

The Hurt Locker (Lil Devil Review)

The Hurt Locker is an action-packed yet serious look at the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of a military bomb squad. In it, we follow a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD) as it gets a new leader for their last month in Iraq. That’s how we meet James (Jeremy Renner from 28 Weeks Later), the new EOD squad leader. He’s been transferred to Iraq from Afghanistan and immediately starts to do things his way. Like, stopping a speeding taxi while on his way to inspect IED’s by standing in it’s way and shooting out the windows when the driver refuses to obey orders. “If he wasn’t an insurgent he is one now.”, James says as Marines yank the driver out of the taxi.

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