2010 Academy Award Winners

If you’re tuning in to this post while the Oscars are actually going on, be sure to head over to our LIVE OSCAR BLOG and check out all of the drunken commentary by readers and contributors here at RowThree. Wait til the anger flies when Avatar wins best picture or the swooning over Penelope Cruz and Colin Farrel begins. It’s gonna be fun. Hope to see you there!

I’m sure we’ll have lots of post-Oscar coverage in podcasts and articles as well, but in the meantime, we’ll be updating all of the winners below as they’re announced. You’ll see the winners marked in bold red as they’re announced. If the live chat room isn’t your thing, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

An Education
A Serious Man
District 9
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
The Blind Side

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
James Cameron (Avatar)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
Lee Daniels (Precious)

Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up in the Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
Matt Damon (Invictus)

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Gabourey Sibide (Precious)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)

Mo’Nique (Precious)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
Penelope Cruz (Nine)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Secret of Kells
The Princess and the Frog

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Indie Spirit Awards Tonight: Like the Oscars but with Whiskey!
(and no Avatar)

What is probably my favorite movie awards show of the season airs tonight at 11pm(est) on the IFC. The much more laid back version of the Oscars known as the Independent Spirit Awards (hosted by King Hussein of Jordan) should be a real hoot tonight for all involved (if Will Farrell is there for some reason, be prepared for some intense shenanigans).

We’ll be right there in the third row and updating the winners (below) as they are announced. Leave your commentary in the appropriate section below as we’ll be in there quite laboriously as well. There might be some fun *expletive deleted* happening on Twitter as the night goes on and more and more alcohol is imbibed.

This post will return to the top of the page at time of airing. For now, all of the nominees are below and you’ll see the winners show up in bold red as they are announced later tonight.

Best Feature

  • (500) Days Of Summer
  • Amreeka
  • Precious
  • Sin Nombre
  • The Last Station

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Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse hits VOD


In the months since seeing it, Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse (review) is one that I’ve thought about on more than one occasion. I didn’t completely love the film the first time I saw it, though I did like it enough that I keep having a nagging feeling that on second viewing, I might like it a little bit more.

Part ghost story and part romance, the film stars Ciarán Hinds, Aidan Quinn and Iben Hjejle in a two way battle for a woman’s heart. It’s a very mature story, one that isn’t frivolous with anything from the dialogue to the scares.

McPherson’s film has been making its way through various festivals and is due to hit screens on March 26th but it’s also arriving in North America a little early by way of VOD. The film is now available for viewing via both XBox Live and Amazon.

Trailer, in case you missed it, tucked under the seats.

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Mamo #161: Mamo in Underland

It’s 2 days to the Oscars, and our intrepid Mamo hosts consider the decaying nation of 3-D, the sideways evolution of TRON, and zombie career of Tim Burton: been dead for a while, still going. Plus, we prep for our annual semi-live Oscar podcast, coming at you this Sunday, March 7, via Twitter (@tederick and @mattmovies).

After the Credits Episode 82 – March Preview

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Dale (Digital Doodles), Colleen and Marina look ahead to the films opening in March.

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Booksmarks for March 1-4

  • Artifice and truth: From Mean Streets to Shutter Island
    To salute the surprise success of “Shutter Island” (top of the box-office for two weeks running), [Jim Emerson] took some excerpts from an introductory interview Scorsese did for the now out-of-print 2005 MGM DVD release of “New York, New York” and interpolated frame grabs from that movie and others. The result might serve as a primer on how to watch any Martin Scorsese picture.
  • Jeff Bridges Voice-overs Almost Scotched Hyundai Oscars Ads
    With just a few weeks to go before the March 7 Oscar ceremony, Hyundai was told its commercials were unfit for air. The problem? Actor Jeff Bridges has been doing voice-overs for Hyundai since 2007. But Mr. Bridges is also a nominee for best actor in this year’s contest for his role in “Crazy Heart.” So the automaker is keeping the ads but has enlisted seven other celebrities to read the marketing copy.
  • An End Without End: Catastrophe Cinema in the Age of Crisis
    “Dusting off the tedium and ash deposited by Hollywood’s recent spate of catastrophe movies, Evan Calder Williams takes aim at their world-affirming pessimism and calls for some real apocalypse”
  • Are You F*cking Kidding Me? Junket Jornalism Gone Bad.
    Not that the bar was ever set high for the Junketeering set, but this Alice In Wonderland conference seems particularly high in the doofus quotient.
  • A Third Way: The Rise of 3D
    Anthony Lane gives an exhaustive overview of cinema and the Z-axis
  • We Champion Stuff – Five Years of Twitch Love.
    “Twitch turned five years old back in September of 2009 and over those years Todd and his small army of writers have turned up trailers, shed light on numerous ‘strange films from around the world’ and have become a happy crossroads between the art-house and the grindhouse.”


You can now take a look at RowThree’s bookmarks at any time of your choosing simply by clicking the “delicious” button in the upper right of the page. It looks remarkably similar to this:

See This! Barry Munday Trailer

So I get this email. It reads: OMG, you have to see this.

I take a look and it turns out to be a trailer for Chris D’Arienzo’s Barry Munday, a film which is scheduled to premiere at SXSW. With these tidbits of information I venture forth to watch the video.

Here are my impressions, in the order in which they came to me:

1. This looks kind of fun.
2. Who the heck is that guy? He looks vaguely familiar.
3. Ooooo. Judy Greer, I like her.
4. OMG, the guy is Patrick Wilson!
5. Wow, this is actually funny!
6. I’m so seeing this!

Trailer tucked under the seats.

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14 Karats



For some reason or other, of late I’ve been thinking about Gold. Not the colour, but the precious metal used for things like jewelry, crowns and the occasional medal (like, say, 14 of them). Not sure why – maybe it’s due to the fast approaching Oscars and their little gold statues or because of those who seek to invest heavily in the yellowish ore due to the economy. Whatever the case, it’s been on my mind for about the last 2 and a half weeks or so.

So in honour of that most malleable of metals, here’s a list of 14 films (hmmm, there’s that number again…) that are centered around good old atomic number 79:

Barbary-Coast Bunny

(1956 – Chuck Jones)

As fine as the rest of these films are, this is likely my favourite of the bunch. One of the classic Warner Brothers Looney Tunes, it’s Bugs Bunny at his best. Perhaps not as visually beautiful as some of their shorts or as inventive as the all-time classic Duck Amuck, but it’s filled with Bugs’ pithy comments, witty retorts and sly efforts to get his revenge.

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