Jason Guerrasio thinks Javier Bardem should be nominated for an Oscar for "Skyfall": "If you haven’t figured it out yet, Javier Bardem plays a damn good villain. He proved that when he won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 2008 for playing psychotic killer Chigurh in 'No Country for Old Men,' so it’s not out of the question to think he could pull off the Oscar feat again for his role in 'Skyfall.' As Silva, Bardem creates one of the better Bond villains in recent memory (some think it’s among the best of all time). A one-time Double-O agent, Silva isn’t into world domination like most Bond bad guys; he is driven by his hatred for M and will do anything to put her through the pain he’s endured." FILM.COM
Presented announced for the American Music Awards. From the press release: "dick clark productions (dcp) has announced the presenters for 'The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards.' The roster includes 50 Cent, Ashley Benson, Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Colbie Caillat, Cyndi Lauper, Elisha Cuthbert, Eric Stonestreet, Florida Georgia Line, Gavin DeGraw, Ginnifer Goodwin, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Morrison, Jenny McCarthy, Karmin, Kerry Washington, Lady Antebellum, Lucy Hale, Luke Bryan, Neon Trees, Ne-Yo, Paula Abdul, Phillip Phillips, Ryan Seacrest, Stacy Keibler and will.i.am in addition to some surprise appearances. 'The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards' will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, November 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC."
Richard Corliss on the "Silver Linings Playbook" Oscar push: "When I saw David O. Russell’s 'Silver Linings Playbook' at the Toronto Film Festival in September, I found it a tiny picture with few ambitions and some agreeable performances — a possible pleasure boost for art-house audiences but not nearly of awards caliber. Apparently I wasn’t looking hard enough. Boosted by The Weinstein Company, which won the two most recent Best Picture Oscars with 'The King’s Speech' and 'The Artist,' Russell’s romcom has vaulted toward the front of the Academy Awards morning line." TIME
Will "Argo" hold on to its status as Oscar frontrunner? "Everybody make way for the behemoth known as 'Argo.' When Ben Affleck‘s latest movie first came out in theaters, every other film that came out before it was put in second place, awards-wise. It helps that 'Argo' is a magnificent flick . Currently Oscar predictors are convinced the picture will have Oscar fame and glory. But will the front runner stay that way for long? That’s this week’s Oscar Scuttlebutt." SCREEN CRAVE
Six Oscar hopefuls sit down for the Hollywood Reporter's wrtiers' roundtable: "The Hollywood Reporter roundtables typically draw diverse groups of talented people. But the six men who gathered Oct. 2 at The Residences at the W Hollywood might be among the most eclectic bunch we've ever assembled. Journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, 39, chronicles the manhunt for Osama bin Laden in his still-unfinished 'Zero Dark Thirty,' while comedy kingpin Judd Apatow, 44, takes funny aim at his own family life in 'This is 40.' German auteur Michael Haneke, 70, brought along a translator to help him discuss his Palme d'Or-winning 'Amour' with sitcom star-turned-scribe John Krasinski, 33, who wrote the anti-fracking drama 'Promised Land' with Matt Damon. And veteran writer David Magee, 50, shared stories about his fantasy spectacle 'Life of Pi' with Chris Terrio, 35, whose 'Argo' marks his first feature screenwriting credit." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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