Monday, September 15, 2008

The Tidbits For The Day...

To start off:

-Slumdog Millionaire won the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival, the Cadillac's People's Choice Award, voted on by festival audiences... Yeah, it's lookin good now...

-The Visitor won the top prize over at the Deauville Film Festival. While having a surprising box office for a small indie film, Richard Jenkins, the film's star, has been recieving major Oscar buzz for Best Lead Actor. According to Screen Daily News (, the Deauville Film Festival has been a very good Oscar predictor, especially for such films as Crash and Little Miss Sunshine.

-Want a taste of Jack White's song for the new James Bond movie. Well in the new Coke Zero (Zero Zero 7) ad, he provides an instrumental sample from his song "Another Way To Die," in which he duets with Alicia Keys. It's a pretty cool commercial too...

-Over at Fataculture (, they compare Slumdog Millionaire to other past winners of the top prize from TIFF and see how they stood in awards after the festival. They point out that in 2007, Eastern Promises won, in 2006, it was Bella, in 2005 it was Tsotsi, and in 2004 it was Hotel Rwanda. Eastern Promises was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama Film and it's star Viggo Mortensen was nominated for lead actor at the Oscars. Bella was not nominated for any Oscars... Tsotsi won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film for South Africa. And Hotel Rwanda's Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo were nominated for Best Lead Actor and Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Original Screenplay. HR was also nominated for Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes, along with Don Cheadle and Best Original Song.

About the history, Fataculture had this to say:

Whether or not that is an indication of things to come (mass appreciation, wide critical praise, awards recognition…you get the picture) I’m not so sure. Not every film that wins this award makes it in the outside world in a big way. But that doesn’t matter. What does is that it is on the map, and people are going to see it.

And Nathaniel over at The Film Experience broke down past TIFF-gems and how they fared come award season -

-The Creative Arts Emmys were this weekend, and a few early honors were handed out, like the Guest Acting awards. For the drama side, Cynthia Nixon won Guest Actress for Law & Order: SVU and Glynn Turman won Guest Actor for In Treatment. For the comedy side, Kathryn Joosten won a second time for Guest Actress for Desperate Housewives and Tim Conway won for Guest Actor for 30 Rock.

The always hilarious Kathy Griffin won a second time for her reality show "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which is probably the only reality show that I watch and actually love. But this year, Kathy tried to keep her speech clean because she didn't want to get fired from presenting at the Emmys this Sunday. But way to go Kathy!

And you can now call Sarah Silverman an Emmy winner! She won Original Music and Lyrics for "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Since then, Silverman and Kimmel have broken up, but the song is still hilarious!

John Adams was the big winner with 8 wins, but Mad Men was the big winner for a series with 4 wins.

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