I’m back with another edition of the Oscar Calendar’s Weekly Watchlist.
May 27 is the final day of the nomination period for the Lammy Awards, so kindly Consider Me for your ballot if you are an eligible voter. Seriously, if you haven’t voted yet, you should bookmark this page for later and go vote before the polls close!
The Cannes Film Festival is getting most of the buzz this week, with strong reviews for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (already showing in limited release here in the states), Michael Haneke’s Amour, Leos Carax’ Holy Motors and Andrew Dominick’s Killing Them Softly are getting good reviews, as is Marion Cotillard’s performance in Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone. Meanwhile, Walter Salles’ On The Road, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and John Hillcoat’s Lawless appear to be getting much more mixed reactions. Antonio Mendez Esparza won the big prize at Cannes Critics Week for Aqui Y Alla, with Sofia’s Last Ambulance, God’s Neighbors and The Wild Ones also receiving honors. For even more information, Bonjour Tristesse and Movie On are covering the festival in great detail from afar, while Marshall And The Movies, Blue Print Review, FilmLand Empire, and Virginie’s Cinema give us an on-the-ground perspective.
The Seattle International Film Festival is still going strong as well, although to be honest I haven’t heard any news from those parts.
Those who follow the Oscar shorts races like I do know that The Academy hosts a Student Academy Awards each year honoring student short films. This past week they announced the winners in unranked order. Gold, silver and bronze placements will be announced June 9, with the gold medal winners for each category (except documentary) automatically qualifying for full Academy Awards consideration, and on a few occasions the silver and bronze winners have gone on to get nominations as well. You can learn more about the nominees on their Tumblr page, or watch the trailers for many of them (and in one case the full movie) by clicking the links below.
Amanda Tasse for The Reality Clock (trailer)
Note that Ms. Tasse was the only winner in this category, so her film automatically qualifies for Oscar consideration!
David Wolter for Eyrie (Full Movie)
Mark Nelson for The Jockstrap Raiders (Trailer)
Eric Pragh for My Little Friend
Ellen Tripler for Dying Green (Trailer)
Keiko Wright for Hiro: A Story Of Japanese Internment (Trailer)
Heather Burky for Lost Country (Trailer)
David Winstone for For Elsie (Trailer)
Thomas Stuber for Of Dogs And Horses
Elmar Imanov for The Swing Of The Coffin Maker
Justin Tipping for Nani (Trailer)
Ryan Prows for Narcocorrido (Trailer)
Mark Raso for Under
At the commercial theaters, the nostalgic Men In Black 3 seems to have the best chance of taking down The Avengers among popcorn audiences, while limited audiences will have the honor of watching Sy Omar’s Cesar Award winning performance in The Intouchables and Cannes opener Moonrise Kingdom. Other releases include Chernobyl Diaries, Cowgirls N’ Angels, Might Fine, Arjun The Warrior Princess, Hide Away, OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger’s Movie
Finally, for those of you who didn’t do so at the beginning of this post, I’ll add another reminder to please Consider Me for your Lammy Award ballot!
For more on what is coming up in the world of movies, be sure to check out the full Oscar Calendar, and let me know in the comments which of these films you are most looking forward to seeing!