November 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm #43014
I can’t find that we have a thread for this here.
This year’s secret ceremony is this weekend, which other than some attention to Winfrey will mostly be ignored, rather than the winners being awarded in front of hundreds of millions of people. The Academy considers this a good thing.
They will post clips of the speeches on Sunday at their website if they continue their recent pattern.
Last year began what I suspect is going to be the case in the future – many of the attendees were potential nominees, with this event marking the beginning of the real campaign (screeners start getting sent out in earnest in the next couple weeks). So it will be interesting to see who is there that normally wouldn’t have bothered.
Also, this occurring amid all the recent brouhaha will likely be noted in speeches and much discussed.November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm #43016
James Earl Jones will unfortunately not be there in person.
He is in London on stage with Vanessa Redgrave in “Driving Miss Daisy”.November 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm #43017
And in the meantime they have three, not four, honorees.
Since the Academy is hosting the first-time-ever tribute to someone outside the US shortly for Redgrave in London, it sounds quite possible he’ll presented with it there.November 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm #43018
I think he is participating by satellite for the ceremony this weekend.November 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm #43019
The awards will be given out around 9-10 PM LA time, which is 5-6 AM in London, so not exactly convenient (although if I recall West End theatres are dark on Sundays so it is a bit less disruptive for him).
It’s likely then they’ll have someone give him the Oscar there at that time.November 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm #43020
Ben Kingsley presented the Oscar to JEJ at this afternoon’s matinee (I was lucky enough to be there).November 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm #43021
How thrilling Andrew to have been there. Would yo tell us a little what it was like.
Ben received a “thanks” in the credits of Margin Call. Was curious about that.November 13, 2011 at 1:37 am #43022
Happy to. We were told that the curtain call would be filmed but I assumed this was just for publicity. Then, at the end Vanessa Redgrave spoke on the microphone, telling us there was a special ceremony and then introduced Sir Ben to award the Oscar. The no camera rule was broken quickly! It was a memorable moment and Redgrave was so enthusiastic for it all, which made it feel even more memorable. JEJ’s speech was long and winding, and referenced his many bad films and thanked a few directors in particular (Kubrick, Martin Ritt, and I forget the others). Not what I expected at all for a matinee of Driving Miss Daisy!November 13, 2011 at 6:36 am #43023
JEJ didnt deserve a special oscar in the first place..and for him to not be there in person just bothers me to no end…November 13, 2011 at 8:22 am #43024
Here’s a list of who was campaigning last night (from Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood, who has a complete report from the dinner)
Here’s a partial list: Glenn Close and Janet McTeer from Albert Nobbs, Demian Bichir and director Chris Weitz from A Better Life, Jean DuJardin and director Michel Hazanavicious from The Artist, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and director Tate Taylor from The Help, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen from Shame, Shailene Woodley and Robert Forster from The Descendants, director Gore Verbinski from Rango, Evan Rachel Wood from The Ides of March, Gary Oldman from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Patton Oswalt from Young Adult, Director Bennett Miller from Moneyball, Woody Harrelson from Rampart, Tilda Swinton from We Need To Talk About Kevin, Ellen Barkin and director Sam Levinson from Another Happy Day, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black from J. Edgar, Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids.January 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm #43025
Douglas Trumbull, at the high end of my prospective honorary Oscar winners, has been given the Gordon Sawyer award at the tech Oscars dinner. It is a statuette (that is, an Oscar).
Trumbull should have shared the special effects Oscar for 2001, which Kubrick took credit for by himself. He has been a huge influence in this field, and this is long overdue.