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Oscars Not Raw Enough For Eddie Murphy Comeback

It was confirmed last week that faded comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will be the presenter of the Academy Awards in 2012. I’m a little bit late on this, but I found this appointment very interesting, so I didn’t want to let it pass without making comment.There has been much criticism aimed at recent Oscar hosts, particular this year towards Anne Hathaway and James Franco. It is a difficult job particularly as there is pressure to be funny  whilst not really offending either the public or anyone in the industry. The Academy Awards are fully aimed at a family audience, meaning humour often ends up being pretty benign. When i heard that Eddie Murphy might be the next host, I felt quite excited about the idea of Murphy returning to live performance.

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Is The HFPA To Blame For Gervais ‘Storm’?

I didn’t stay up for the Golden Globes at the weekend. I’m not overly interested in awards or awards season as a rule. The Academy Awards are the standard, and as such I will reference winners and nominees in articles, but there are so many different awards ceremonies in the industry, both big and small, that it is impossible to stay interested in them all. So the next morning, I checked my Twitter feed, and got a quick rundown of the winners. No surprises, hence no story, so i decided against covering them on Fluent in Film. That is, until it became clear the real story wasn’t the winners, but the host, Ricky Gervais. Continue reading

The Coens Display True Box Office Grit

Weekend estimates for the US are in, and with them comes a very comforting tale of triumph. The Coen brothers’ Academy Award contender True Grit won the weekend, bringing in another $15m to take its total to around $110M. This meant it not only finally beat Little Fockers into second place in their running box office battle, it also firmly established its place as the Coen’s highest grossing movie. Their first film to break the $100m mark, it is a big landmark for the prolific brothers. Continue reading

Prepare For A Marvellous Month Of Movies

Traditionally, January is the cinematic dumping ground. A slow month, it is usually the time when the dregs of the past year are put out to seed. That’s in the US. Here in the UK, we are often a bit luckier. The Autumn months in the States are when the Oscar hopefuls start being released, films which we quite often don’t get on these shores until some time later. That seems to be particularly the case this time around. In the next month, we see UK releases of some of the brightest and best of the Academy Award contenders. It’s going to be a great month. Continue reading