Caryn James

Clooney vs. Dujardin: Can Subtlety Ever Win The Best Actor Oscar?

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  • February 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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The Oscar for best Actor doesn't usually reward subtlety. Look at the past two years: Colin Firth won last time around for his stuttery role in The King’s Speech, while the year before his infinitely more nuanced and better performance in A Single Man lost to Jeff Bridges’ roaring drunk country singer in Crazy Heart. You get the picture: the Academy voters’ motto is We Love Big Gestures.

Watch Sundance Panel "The Power of Story ..."

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  • January 30, 2012 6:42 PM
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If you missed the Sundance panel “The Power of Story: In the Beginning” – my conversation with four terrific screenwriters who also direct, produce and perform – you can watch the entire lively, witty discussion here.

Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

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  • January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
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The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

Best Films of 2011

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  • December 19, 2011 9:21 PM
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If there were ever a year to be wimpy and declare a tie, this would have been it: choosing between my Number 1 and Number 2 films was just silly. One is big, the other smaller; both are ambitious and perfectly made, but in wildly different ways. I adore them both.

George Clooney In Alexander Payne's Brilliant, Touching "Descendants"

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  • November 16, 2011 10:13 AM
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Watch George Clooney as he runs around a corner in The Descendants,  shot from a distance. If he had a little more weight he might waddle, but that flat-footed run  -- in boat shoes and shorts and a golf  shirt - is enough. This is the way a middle-aged guy moves, and the character,  Matt King, is no movie star. He’s a family man racing to ask his best friends to give him the name of the Other Man his critically injured wife had been sleeping with.    

George Vs. Leo For Best Actor

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  • November 10, 2011 10:19 AM
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I would still so love to see George Clooney win the Best Actor Oscar for "The Descendants," one of the year’s best films. His performance is witty, touching and as always understated – and I could almost see his chances trickling away with every prosthetic added to Leonardo DiCaprio’s face in "J. Edgar." Here’s what it comes down to: Clooney is great in a lovely, touching, relatively small family drama. DiCaprio is good and nearly unrecognizable in a big, bad film. Hmmm.

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