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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Movie awards watch: Directors, cinematographers weigh in

For those watching the movie awards season, a couple of major announcements have been made this week. The Directors Guild of America has announced the five finalists for its top award: Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), David Fincher (“The Social Network”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) and David O. Russell (“The Fighter”). The DGA nominations tend to match up nicely with the Oscar noms (many DGA members are also Academy members), so this is seen as a sign of weak support for the Coen brothers (“True Grit”), who’ve been recognized by the DGA before. Aronofsky, Fincher, Hooper, Nolan and Russell can probably go right ahead and get fitted for their Oscar-night tuxes; at minimum, these five movies are a cinch for the best picture category (as is “True Grit,” for that matter), and I’d be surprised if these weren’t the five director nominees as well.
Meanwhile, the American Society of Cinematographers have announced their nominees for the year’s best cinematography, and you’ll see a certain sameness in the list of movies here: Matthew Libatique (“Black Swan”), Wally Pfister (“Inception”), Danny Cohen (“The King’s Speech”), Jeff Cronenweth (“The Social Network”), and Roger Deakins (“True Grit”). Though I wouldn’t argue for a second about Deakins’ inclusion here — he’s one of the great cinematographers working today, and is being recognized by the ASC for the ninth time — I do wonder about the absence of “I Am Love,” “Winter’s Bone,” “Never Let Me Go,” and some other beautifully shot and yet less award-friendly titles.
In other random news: Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries version of “Mildred Pierce,” starring Kate Winslet, now has an air date: March 27. And the Irish movie musical “Once,” which won an Oscar a few years back for the song “Falling Slowly” (I’ll pause while we all remember the song, which was lovely), is headed for Broadway, with additional songs by the movie’s team of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The good news: There are no spider suits involved.

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