Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

The NBR aftermath: Lesley Manville, Jacki Weaver and Buried

You have to take with a pinch of salt any conclusion drawn from the announcement of the 2010 National Board of Review Awards. As traditional starting gun of the film awards season they manage to gather a lot of attention but the clout they have on the rest of the awards race is limited at best.

The Oscar hopes of many films start and end in the NBR and, as a rule of thumb, one might argue that films that win here won’t fare well later in the season, especially on the big night at the Academy Awards. Read the rest of this entry »


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2010 National Board of Review Awards announced

 The 2010 National Board of Review Awards have been announced. I’ll post soon an analysis of the results in Imitation of Life. Until then, here is the complete list of winners. You can compare it against my predictions, which are available in the previous entry of the blog.

Just one comment. Lesley Manville and Jacki Weaver have been named best actress and supporting actress, respectively. Does it get any better? Read the rest of this entry »

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Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, starring Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, took top honors at the Deauville American Film Festival. The Jury Prize was shared by Debra Garnik’s Winter’s Bone (winner at Sundance) and David Robert Mitchell’s The Myth of the American Sleepover.

The International Critics’ Award went to Rodrigo Cortés’ Buried, which will be presented in the San Sebastian Film Festival later in September and will be released worldwide in October. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buried premieres at Sundance

Some cinemagoers queued up last night up to six hours to catch the world premiere of Rodrigo Cortés’ second long feature Buried in the Library Center Theater at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and, for those eager for a breathtaking, nail-biting experience, it was worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry »

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