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Oscar nominations: Ben Affleck, Chris Nolan among those left off the list

The town
 
This year's two heist movies, one of the mind, one of the cash, were robbed of Oscar nominations for their respective directors. Ben Affleck missed a nomination for "The Town," and his Boston-set heist film was also omitted from the Top 10 list. In fact, the film, which grossed more than $92 million at the box office, received only one nomination -- for supporting actor Jeremy Renner. In contrast, Christopher Nolan's "Inception" tracked down eight nominations, but Nolan was not honored for his directing efforts.

Rather, the academy chose Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," David Fincher for "The Social Network" and Joel and Ethan Coen for "True Grit."

In the acting category, the biggest snub probably belonged to Andrew Garfield, who was left off the supporting actor list in favor of John Hawkes of "Winter's Bone." And in the acting category, Ryan Gosling's performance in "Blue Valentine" was ignored by the Academy in favor of Javier Bardem, who received a nomination for "Biutiful."

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Jon Hamm in "The Town." Credit: Warner Bros.


Envelope Directors Roundtable: When a scene doesn't work

What does a director do when a performance just isn't working? Recasting the part could be "calamitous," one filmmaker says.

How honest should you be when a scene -- or an entire performance -- just isn't working? Do you go with honesty is the best policy or soft-pedal the hard truth a little?

For one director, it all comes down to this: "Don't cast a brain surgeon to play a brain surgeon."

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") addressed those questions, with some often entertaining answers.

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-- John Horn

 


Envelope Directors Roundtable: Actor-director relationships

Being a director, it seems, means being half filmmaker and half therapist to a cast of actors. Some of them you can let go and watch them fly, and some take a lot of hand-holding. Either way, you do whatever they need to be free, even the ones that make you want to pull out your hair. 

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") addressed those issues -- in the video clips above and below.

The trick, they say, is to have your anxieties privately until you see what it is the actor is doing, but even then, you may have to recast the role.

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-- John Horn


Envelope Directors Roundtable: Fighting for your film [Video]

It's a leap of faith. It's a bet against the odds. It's how you get movies made.

There are any number of forces that conspire against a film coming together: You might be weeks from starting production and find out that the money has vanished.

How do directors handle such setbacks? How do they march onward against so many obstacles?

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") addressed those questions, with some often surprising answers.

 -- John Horn

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Envelope Directors Roundtable: Ben Affleck on being an actor-director

It's no surprise that as a director, veteran actor Ben Affleck has some ideas about how to get a good performance from his cast; he's been in enough movies to see how other directors do it.

But how much freedom should you give actors and how do you earn their trust?

There are no easy answers, according to the panelists at the  Envelope Directors Roundtable, which included Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech").

— John Horn

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Envelope Directors Roundtable: The managed compromise of filmmaking

Judging by the reaction they received from reviewers and ticket buyers, you might think that the makers of six of 2010's best films would consider their films pretty close to perfection. But directing a movie, the filmmakers say, involves making a series of compromises, all in the hope that the smart decisions don't outweigh the bad ones.

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") discussed how they live with what they get on film.

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— John Horn


Envelope Directors Roundtable: The managed compromise of filmmaking

Judging by the reaction they received from reviewers and ticket buyers, you might think that the makers of six of 2010's best films would consider their films pretty close to perfection. But directing a movie, the filmmakers say, involves making a series of compromises, all in the hope that the smart decisions don't outweigh the bad ones.

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") discussed how they live with what they get on film.

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— John Horn


The Envelope Directors Roundtable: Shaping the story [Video]

2011 Directors Roundtable

Where does the artist stop and the art begin?

The six directors who came together for The Envelope Directors Roundtable to talk to us about their current Oscar-contending films and what it takes to work in (or outside of) Hollywood today are all strong creative filmmakers whose work inevitably reflects their personality, life experiences and storytelling ambitions.

In the first excerpt from our conversation with Ben Affleck ("The Town"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), David Fincher ("The Social Network") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"),  these acclaimed filmmakers discuss how what happens in their films is, by some measure, a reflection of who they are as people.

Click on the video below to see what they had to say, and check back every day this week for a fresh clip from the hourlong Envelope Roundtable discussion.

— John Horn

Photo:  From left, Lisa Cholodenko, Ben Affleck, Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Tom Hooper and Ethan Coen. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times.

 



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