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We’re nearly a month away from the 85th Academy Awards, and Oscar prognosticators now turn their attention to the various guild awards ceremonies that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. The guilds are a major bellwether for Oscar since the crossover between guild voters and Oscar voters is significant, and the Producers Guild Awards were handed out last night, making this already wide open race even more interesting. Argo won the top prize at the ceremony, positioning the film as a serious Best Picture contender despite Ben Affleck’s lack of a Best Director nomination. Hit the jump for the full list of winners and what this means for Argo’s Oscar chances.
Statistically speaking, an Oscar Best Director nomination is crucial to a film’s Best Picture chances. The last film to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination was 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy. As we move closer to Oscar, experts seem to be taking two stances regarding Argo: they either think the film could pull out a Best Picture win because Affleck was left off the Best Director list, as a sort of compensation by the Academy to make up for the directors branch’s misatke, or they think Argo will follow in Apollo 13’s footsteps. Apollo 13 won the PGA, DGA, and SAG awards in 1996, only to see Ron Howard left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations and to lose Best Picture to Braveheart.
Personally, I think Argo just might pull off the big win to close ...
The first full trailer for HBO’s Game Change has gone online. Directed by Jay Roach (Recount), the film follows the behind-the-scenes turmoil of the 2008 John McCain Presidential campaign. While we’ve previously seen tiny bits of Julianne Moore’s performance as Sarah Palin, this full trailer puts her front and center with stunning results. Moore has gone above and beyond here to embody the former Vice Presidential candidate, and nails all the nuances of Palin’s character. Roach and screenwriter Danny Strong previously teamed up for the stellar Recount, and it looks as though they've expertly executed yet another real-life political drama. While some of Palin’s behavior in the trailer might come across as staged, the film is based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book of the same name which was the culmination of their unrivaled access to both Presidential campaigns.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston, Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston, Larry Sullivan, Jamey Sheridan, and Melissa Farman. Game Change premieres on HBO March 10th.
HBO has released their first teaser trailer for Game Change, a telepic about John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. It is a well-structured 52 seconds. First, Ed Harris looks just like McCain when you stick a hairpiece on him. A speech by Woody Harrelson (playing McCain's advisor Steve Schmidt) builds nicely to the big reveal of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Plenty have tried on a Palin impression in the last couple years. Is it any surprise that Moore's, in just one sentence, sounds good enough to sustain a feature-length character arc?
Ron Livingston, Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston, Larry Sullivan, Jamey Sheridan, and Melissa Farman also star. Game Change was directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, who previously collaborated on the HBO movie Recount, which centered on the 2000 election. Game Change will premiere in March 2012. Watch the trailer after the break.
Below is the synopsis for Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime which serves as the basis for Danny Strong's adapted screenplay. Since there is no listed actor playing Clinton or Obama, I assume Strong borrowed mostly from the McCain/Palin portions of the book.
In 2008 , the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and ...
Entertainment Weekly has the first look of Ed Harris as Senator John McCain in the new HBO film Game Change.
The movie, based on the bestselling book of the same name, follows John McCain's presidential campaign, from when he selected Palin as his running mate to his defeat at the hands of Barack Obama.
Last month we got our first look at Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in HBO's political drama film Game Change. Now we have our first look at the other star of the film with an image of Ed Harris as presidential candidate and Senator John McCain. Once again, the resemblance is uncanny, and I can't wait to see Harris actually portraying McCain in the film. See the full image after the jump.
Here's the image of Ed Harris as John McCain courtesy of EW:
Directed by Jay Roach (who previously delivered Recount for HBO), the film dives into politics again, but this time follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. The film also stars Ron Livingston (Office Space), Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Peter MacNicol (24) and Justin Gaston (The Escapee) have joined the cast while THR reports Larry Sullivan (CSI), Jamey Sheridan (Trauma) and Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin).
Here's the synopsis for John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's Game Change:
In 2008 , the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to ...