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“Fame is a shuttlecock,” and Other Observations About the Coen Bros Quest for Oscar Gold

January 10, 2011

The Brothers Coen. Yeah, I don't know which one is Ethan or which one is Joel either.

In the deliciously concern trollish, “Did a Late Release Cost ‘True Grit’ a DGA — and a Directing Oscar Nom?”, the author compares the Coen Bros’ previous Oscar-bait – Best Picture Winner No Country for Old Men – to its current hit True Grit and worries if perhaps the latter’s late release has knocked it out of the running for an award (Oscar) whose nominations haven’t yet been announced! Is this cat on Aronofsky’s payroll or something? While it’s true the Coen Bros missed out on the coveted DGA nomination that often provides an barometer of the Academy’s mood, this hardly spells doom for True Grit, which just keeps on keeping on.

“True Grit definitely came late to the gate in a crowded field,” says Us Weekly critic Thelma Adams. “It may be that directors had settled on their favorites by the time Grit starting wowing at the box office.” Talk about wow: it’s made $110 million domestically in 19 days, more than No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, and The Hudsucker Proxy put together.

Don’t count Grit out yet. Let’s what to see what the Academy has to say in the way of its nominations, which will be announced January 25, 2011! The awards themselves will be handed out on February 27, 2011!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2011 7:28 pm

    I’m hoping to get to True Grit this weekend.

  2. January 10, 2011 8:52 pm

    Me too! I can’t wait to see it. It’s getting great word-of-mouth and has legs for days.

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