If there was any doubt about the two frontrunners for Best Picture at this point, this weekend’s Writers Guild Awards should have laid them to rest: Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco take Best Original Screenplay with "Crash," while Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana walk off with Best Adapted.
South by Southwest’s film line-up is here. If we were going, and we’ve got a perfectly good kidney we’d trade for the opportunity (you’d have to pick up the medical expenses, natch), we’d be queuing up for Paul Weitz‘ satire "American Dreamz," "Who the $#%& is Jackson Pollock?," "Maxed Out," Michael Tully‘s "Cocaine Angel," "District 13," Kelly Reichardt‘s Sundance hotness "Old Joy," and, yes, "V for Vendetta." And sincere congratulations to Chris Wells, whose "LOL" is in-competition at the festival this year, and who foolishly gave us a screener of his film, despite the fact that we haven’t actually watched movies in years, having abandoned the practice to merely read about them online. Also, corporate moment: IFC’s original documentary "Rank," which is not about smelliness (we have a 6th grade mental state) but is rather an epic look at a year on the professional bull riding circuit, will also be making its world premiere at the festival.
The Toronto Star‘s excellent Geoff Pevere comes back from a four-month hiatus, during which he was "all too easily seduced and fulfilled by the facile distractions of things like family, rest and (it shames me to admit it) reading books, and I also found myself more or less entirely, which is to say criminally, unconcerned with what was enriching the souls of untold millions of people over any given box-office weekend." He’s developed a program to get his priorities back in line.
+ Winners Announced for 2006 Writers Guild Awards (WGA.org)
+ 33rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (AnnieAwards.com)
+ 2006 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES LINEUP (SxSW.com)
+ My battle plan to banish Oscar ennui (Toronto Star)