Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Oscar Calendar Weekly Watchlist for May 13 to 20, 2012

I’m back with another edition of the Oscar Calendar’s Weekly Watchlist.

It seems to be a slow week for film festivals. The Stuttgart International Animation Festival finished last week (fans of animation should go check out their offerings), and the Seattle International Film Festival opens this week. But other than that all we have is a little gem known as CANNES!

Yes, my friends, I have become one of those people who now gets more excited about the
Cannes Film Festival than all those summer blockbusters. Granted, part of that is because last year’s festival had such an amazing lineup, with The Artist, The Tree Of Life, Midnight In Paris, Drive, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Melancholia and Footnote all premiering. This year’s lineup looks pretty exciting too, and my friend Bonjour Tristesse is covering it in great detail, from the Official Competition to Uncertain Regard, so make sure to check him out all this week.

Those who follow the Oscar shorts races will note the following directors qualified for next year’s Oscar consideration over the past week:

1. Martin Snopek and Ivana Laucikova for The Last Bus (Posledney Autobus) (Animated)

At the commercial theaters, we’ll see Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator go up against Battleship and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Other films opening this week include a series of documentary, independent and foreign films such as Elena, Polisse, Hysteria, American Animal, Beyond The Black Rainbow, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Lovely Molly, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, If I Want To Whistle I Whistle, The Samaritan, Virginia, Crooked Arrows, Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog, The Yankles and Mansome

Finally, please remember that the nomination period for the Lammy Awards is underway, so kindly Consider Me for your ballot if you are an eligible voter!

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!


  1. Silly Seattle, why on Earth would anyone run a festival in parallel with Cannes?

    Thanks for the mention. I'll be covering mainly the competition films, and a select few that interest me or manage to generate big buzz from the other sections.

    1. In fairness to Seattle, they may be competing for press coverage, but most residents probably don't have the luxury to fly off to France anyway. They claim to be the largest film festival in the US, but a good many of their films aren't premieres. But again, it's great for the residents who get the chance to see them early.

      Looking forward to your Cannes coverage!