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Movie Quote of the Day – H. M. Pulham, Esq., 1941 (dir. King Vidor)


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Marvin Myles: Just try to forget that there’s anyone but me.

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Oscar Vault Monday – A Few Good Men, 1992 (dir. Rob Reiner)


This is one of those movies that I have seen so many times I don’t have an accurate count. It’s also one that I mostly watched edited on television, so when I watched it for the first time on DVD there were so many things that had either been cut out for time or censored for content; it was shocking. Moral of the story: make sure you watch this movie on DVD. My mother and I always joke about how if this movie is on television, no matter what we are doing, we will leave it on because we just have to see that ending scene. It’s definitely one of the greatest endings in film history. A Few Good Men was nominated for four Academy Awards, though it failed to win any: Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson and Best Picture. Rob Reiner failed to receive a Best Director nomination despite the Best Picture nod. His place went to Robert Altman for The Player, which failed to receive a Best Picture nomination. Always strange when that happens. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were: The Crying Game, Howard’s End, Scent of a Woman and winner Unforgiven.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Social Network, 2010 (dir. David Fincher)


Cameron Winklevoss: What, do you want to hire an IP lawyer and sue him?
Divya Narendra: No, I want to hire the Sopranos to beat the shit out of him with a hammer!
Tyler Winklevoss: We don’t even have to do that.
Cameron Winklevoss: That’s right.
Tyler Winklevoss: We can do that ourselves. I’m 6’5″, 220, and there’s two of me.

Aaron Sorkin Wins At WGA, USC Scripter Awards


Aaron Sorkin can add a few more feathers to his cap on his way to the Oscars later this month, winning Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America awards. The Social Network screenwriter also won the top prize at the USC Scripter Awards, which gives its prize to the best adapted screenplay of the year. Sorkin sure seems like he cannot lose come Oscar night; he’s won almost every single award he’s been nominated for.

For full updates on the rest of the WGA winners (remember, the screenplay for The King’s Speech is ineligible due to David Seidler not being a member), follow Steve Pond on Twitter.

State of the Race, Updated Precursors Chart


Still seeing several frontrunners – The Social Network for Best Picture, David Fincher for Best Director and Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. Best Actress seems to be split between Natalie Portman in Black Swan and Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone. Toy Story 3 seems to be the one to beat for Best Animated Film (no surprise there). A lot of the critics groups only have one screenplay category and Aaron Sorkin continues to dominate there. The SAG and Golden Globe nominations really help us get a shortlist of what actors will compromise the nominees for the Oscars, though they sometimes throw us a curveball. Once the PGA, WGA and DGA release their nominees we’ll have a better idea of what we might see Oscar nomination-wise.

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Precursors Chart Updated (Yet Again)


I’ve added three more critics groups since yesterday’s update. The Social Network/David Fincher/Aaron Sorkin continue to dominate. Several more critics groups are announcing their winners this week. Also if you missed it, the Golden Globe nominations came out today. The Screen Actors Guild will be announcing their nominees on Thursday.


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Updated Precursors Chart


With the influx of critics groups announcing their winners over the weekend, it’s time again to update the precursor chart. It looks like so far frontrunners include The Social Network (7 wins, plus on AFI’s Top Ten of 2010), David Fincher for Best Director(6 wins), Aaron Sorkin for Best (Adapted) Screenplay (6 wins) and Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Film (6 wins)

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Movie Quote of the Day – A Few Good Men, 1992 (dir. Rob Reiner)


Lt. Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col. Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” Eloquently Defines A Generation


I started college in August of 2004 at the University of California, Berkeley. At that point Facebook was only at a handful of universities, Cal being one of them. In September 2004 the first of several lawsuits were filed against Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. At that point everyone I knew at college, which was not many people, had a Facebook profile. Actually it was still called “The Facebook” in the URL. I shared this story because having been through practically all the changes Facebook has gone through in the last six years, made watching David Fincher’s new film The Social Network like reliving college all over again. There were so many little things, Eisenberg on his LiveJournal among others, that made me have little tinges of nostalgia for a time that isn’t really even all that long ago. I was sort of amazed that Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were able to capture the essence of my generation, an essence I have been trying to explain to my father for years now, so effortlessly while themselves being so removed from it. Really though, Fincher is so good a recreating eras it’s not all that surprising.


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Movie Quote of the Day – The American President, 1995 (dir. Rob Reiner)


Leo: What is it…what is it?
Sydney: A ham.
Leo: [beat] A ham?
Sydney: He sent me a Virginia ham.
Leo’s Secretary: Dig it, Ms. Wade. You’re the President’s girlfriend.
Leo: There’s never an egg timer around when you need one.