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OSCARS: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ — Peter Straughan

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 5:03pm PST

Tim Adler is a contributor to AwardsLine

Peter Straughan would sit in his attic office typing away on the script for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy listening to jazz on headphones, while downstairs his wife and writing partner Bridget O’Connor was also writing the script, based on the bestselling spy novel by John le Carré. They would email each other drafts, critiquing each other’s work as they plowed on. O’Connor, a prize-winning dramatist, found writing lonely and loved collaborating with her husband. That co-written script is now nominated for an Adapted Screenplay Oscar after collecting wins at the BAFTAs and the Online Film Critics Society among its many nominations. Read More »

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BAFTA 2012 Preview: Very British Affair Takes On International Hue

Tonight is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ turn to stand in the awards-season spotlight. Demonstrating increased crossover, this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) are a mixed bag of international collaboration. The Artist, a French film shot in Los Angeles, leads the pack of nominees with 12 nods. The very British Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, financed by France’s Studiocanal and directed by Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson, follows with 11. The Descendants, Drive (with its Danish director and British co-star) and The Help round out the top film category. Tinker Tailor is shortlisted in both the Best Film and Best British Film races and is the only one to straddle the two. Meanwhile other Best British Film nominees also boast an international feel: My Week With Marilyn has an American star in Michelle Williams, Shame is set in New York, We Need To Talk About Kevin is based on a book by an American-born author, and documentary Senna is about the Brazilian race car legend. And, in her own words, “international star, role model and diva” Miss Piggy is hosting the red carpet show. Read More »

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London Film Critics Swoon For ‘The Artist’ & ‘A Separation’; ‘Margaret’ Finds Love; ‘Tinker Tailor’ Nearly Shut Out

The Artist charmed the London Film Critics’ Circle at the 32nd edition of its awards tonight amid a near shutout for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – on its home turf. The group crowned The Artist its film of the year, with director Michel Hazanavicius taking the director of the year prize and star Jean Dujardin scoring another best actor prize following his win at the Golden Globes. British film of the year went to Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. Both films premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The top actress prize was split between The Iron Lady’s Meryl Streep and Anna Paquin for Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed Margaret. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation had a big night with wins in the foreign language, screenwriting and supporting actress categories. The latter went to Sareh Bayat, who last year earned a Silver Bear in Berlin for the same film. Supporting actor went to Kenneth Branagh for My Week With Marilyn and the near-ubiquitous Michael Fassbender was named British actor of the year. And in its only win of the night, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Maria Djurkovic earned the production design prize. The Critics’ Circle’s top 10 films of 2011 are below along with the complete list of winners and their local distributors:

1. The Artist
2. A Separation
3. Drive
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. The Tree of Life
6. We Need to Talk About Kevin
7. Melancholia
8. Shame
9. Margaret
10. The Descendants


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BAFTA Longlist: ‘My Week With Marilyn’ & ‘Tinker Tailor’ Lead Potential Nominees

The British Academy of Film and Television has released the longlist for its upcoming Orange British Academy Film Awards. My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy lead with 16 mentions each. One point of note is the fact that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was not named in the overall Best Film category. It is, however, on the list of Outstanding British Film potentials. Ryan Gosling also picked up two spots on the longlist for Best Actor, one for Drive and one for The Ides Of March. The longlist is the result of round one of voting by BAFTA members. It places 15 contenders in each category which will then be reduced to five eventual nominees. The animated film and documentary categories longlist five films each which will be reduced to three nominees per category.

According to BAFTA, all members vote in the first two rounds for all categories except Documentary, Film Not in the English Language and Outstanding British Film, which are voted for by Chapters (groups of over 80 members with specialist skills or experience in a particular craft area). The asterisks in the longlist below denote the top five selection of the relevant Chapter. In the final round, winners are voted for by specialist Chapters in all categories except for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Documentary and Film Not in the English Language and the four performance categories, which are voted for by all members.

The final nominees will be announced on Jan 17 with the BAFTA ceremony taking place on Feb 12. The longlist is below:

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Ides of March
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film Not in the English Language
As If I Am Not There
The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)
Little White Lies
Post Mortem
Le Quattro Volte
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
The Troll Hunter

Outstanding British Film
Arthur Christmas
Attack the Block
The Guard
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The Iron Lady
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Gary Oldman In The Hunt For First Oscar Nomination With ‘Tinker Tailor’

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 3:46pm PST
Pete Hammond

From his first appearance on the world stage as the tragic Sid Vicious in Sid And Nancy, Gary Oldman has established himself as an elusive, hard-to-predict character actor. He’s been villainous — Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, Carnegie in The Book Of Eli or Korshunov in Air Force One — and he’s been heroic, like Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series and Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Often known for his showy acting, Oldman tones it way down for the more ambiguous George Smiley in this year’s awards contender Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Although Tinker Tailor has yet to make much of an impact this awards season, it has turned into a hit in England and a sizable success so far in limited release in the U.S., where it has grossed over $4 million since opening December 16. It will expand to 800 screens on Friday. Oldman is receiving the International Star award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday and will receive a three-day retrospective of his films beginning Monday at the Arclight in Hollywood. Surprisingly, he has never been nominated for an Oscar. Focus Features, which provided Deadline with an exclusive clip of Oldman (see below), is releasing Tinker Tailor in the U.S. and is obviously hoping to change that, backing Oldman with an extensive campaign that has included many Q&A appearances from the star himself. I spoke with him at one of those, and here are some highlights of that conversation that recently appeared in an issue of AwardsLine.

Playing Against Type:

You’re at the mercy of the imagination of the people out there who are casting you; they see you and you do get into a little bit of a groove and you get typecast. I applaud people like Christopher Nolan and Tomas Alfredson for seeing something else there. It was a great opportunity to play a character like this. I think it was [legendary acting teacher Sanford] Meisner who said, “An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.” Read More »

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‘Tinker Tailor,’ ‘Drive’ Lead London Film Critics Nominations

The London Film Critics’ Circle announced its nominees Tuesday morning, with Cold War drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive coming out on top with six nods each. Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin winner A Separation and Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes competitor We Need To Talk About Kevin follow with five apiece, while awards darling The Artist and Steve McQueen’s Shame each have four mentions. StudioCanal, the UK arm of the French mini-major, had a strong showing with 20 nominations total. Winners will be announced January 19 in London. Here’s the full list of nominees, with local distributor in parentheses.

The Artist (Entertainment)
Drive (Icon)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree Of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:
The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Shame (Momentum)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

Mysteries Of Lisbon (New Wave)
Poetry (ICO/Arrow)
Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)

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Gary Oldman Honored By Palm Springs Fest

Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2011) — The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Gary Oldman with the International Star Award. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Brad Pitt, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, and the film Young Adult. The Festival runs January 5-16.

“Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, as the embodiment of John le Carré’s classic spymaster George Smiley, he combines cunning, pathos, and cold determination when he is brought out of retirement to ferret out a double agent during the Cold War. To this consummate talent who consistently challenges audiences to anticipate the unexpected when he performs, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2012 International Star Award to Gary Oldman.”

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Hammond: From ‘Tinker Tailor’ To Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Oscar Talk Is Everywhere

Pete Hammond

‘Tis the season. Studios and distributors are pulling out all the stops to bring attention to their big awards contenders. The drumbeat has been so loud since Thanksgiving that it’s not uncommon to be invited to 4 or 5 sceenings, parties, events, and Q&As in a single night. I get the feeling everyone is pushing a lot harder this year than ever before because of relaxed pre-nomination Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rules and the feeling that the race is wide open. And with ballots due by Sunday for LA Film Critics, Critics Choice, and Golden Globe awards, AFI Top 10, and others, the crush was heavy this week.

Witness Focus Features’ push for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Gary Oldman and cast including Colin Firth and key crew have been in town doing one screening after another to packed Industry crowds for the likes of SAG, BAFTA, DGA guild awards. A post-premiere party Tuesday night drew swarms of Academy members while Oldman and company held court. A Sunday cocktail party attended by Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson was attended by members of the Los Angeles Film Critics, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and guild members just in time to get exposed to these potential nominees before casting their ballots.

The  Tinker Tailor contingent is pretty thrilled about their own reviews and current 86% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes plus the industry reaction. At a KCET/American Cinematheque post-screening Q&A Saturday, Oldman was presented with a career achievement Lumiere award. The actor is known … Read More »

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‘Shame’, ‘Tinker, Tailor’ And ‘Tyrannosaur’ Lead Brit Indie Award Nominations

The three UK movies have received seven nods apiece for this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards, due to take place in London on December 4. Each of them is battling for Best British Film Award, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. The nominations were announced in London this morning. We Need To Talk About Kevin and Kill List each received six nominations, with Submarine following closely with five. Rebecca Hall (The Awakening), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), MyAnna Buring (Kill List), Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) and Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) are vying for Best Actress. Leading men competing for Best Actor include Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor), Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Brendan Gleeson (The Guard).

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Studiocanal Raises More Film Financing: Says It Won’t Have To Borrow To Fund Slate

By | Thursday September 29, 2011 @ 5:16am PDT

DEADLINE PARIS: The French pay-TV giant today unveiled a slate financing deal worth €150 million ($203.9 million) over the next three years. The money will cover 30% of the budgets of all Studiocanal’s international productions. This means that Studiocanal will now be spending €200 million a year on movie production. London-based finance house Anton Capital Entertainment (ACE) has raised the money through a mixture of U.S banks and undisclosed European financial institutions. Union Bank and Bank of America are among the U.S. lenders involved in the deal. Today’s announcement is intended to establish Studiocanal’s spot as the first port of call outside the U.S. for intelligent upmarket movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which is fully financed. Olivier Courson, chairman/CEO of Studiocanal, says it is the first time a European mini-major has used the kind of slate funding which got Wall Street into such trouble five years ago. Some U.S. investors lost their shirts throwing millions of dollars at Hollywood.

Asked how he would reassure investors burnt by previous Hollywood slate fund deals, Courson said the difference this time around is that Studiocanal is producing a much more diversified slate and not just a handful of blockbusters. Courson says most Hollywood studios have operating profits of less than 10%, partly because of the ballooning cost of production, “crazy” marketing spends, and limited slates aimed at teenagers. Studiocanal, on the other hand, is on track to make a 14% profit this year on sales from a diversified slate of E400 million. “The deal means we will be able to increase our investment capacity, and we don’t have to find partners for each new film. To date we have not had to borrow money to fund our films,” says Courson.

Courson says Studiocanal is interested in financing the next Black Swan or The Social Network: “the kind of films which the studios have largely abandoned”. Paris-based Studiocanal is already riding high on the UK success of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Courson also wants to make more animated family films, and upmarket genre films such as the just-announced The Last Exorcism 2. Read More »

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