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WRAP THE The Insiders Guide to All Things Oscars THE RACE BEGINS NOVEMBER 13, 2012 Covering Hollywood oscarwrap Braves Director Pushes Hard for Change PIXAR IMPERFECT PLUS Explaining Cloud Atlas The Oscar Whisperers The New ShortSeason Mess a publication of thewrap.com WILD THING BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILDS QUVENZHAN WALLIS IS A FIERCE NEW FACE IN THE OSCAR RACE

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CONTENTS FROM THE EDITOR A 6 Too Much, s we approach the end of a year that has seen a contentious presidential election and a devastating hurricane, even the movies of 2012 seem to be playing for heightened stakes. Some of the years best films have grappled with issues rocking the foundations of society the human impact of environmental disaster Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Impossible, the tumultuous change in the Middle East Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, the torturous history of racism Linco

CONTENTS FROM THE EDITOR A 6 Too Much, s we approach the end of a year that has seen a contentious presidential election and a devastating hurricane, even the movies of 2012 seem to be playing for heightened stakes. Some of the years best films have grappled with issues rocking the foundations of society the human impact of environmental disaster Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Impossible, the tumultuous change in the Middle East Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, the torturous history of racism Linco

AWARDS BEAT THE BEST REVIEWED ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR FRANKENWEENIE IS ENLIVENED WITH BEGUILING VISUALS AND CAPTIVATING ACTION SEQUENCES. THE UNDERLYING THEMES ARE PROFOUND, AND THE STORY IS EQUAL PARTS FUNNY AND POIGNANT. ITS TIM BURTONS MOST MOVING FILM. CLAUDIA PUIG I USA TODAY RICHARD CORLISS I TIME Oscars Time Bomb THIS IS THE YEARS MOST INVENTIVE, ENDEARING ANIMATED FEATURE. Steve Pond, Awards Editor T Welcome to the new, shortened awards season too many films, too little time By St

AWARDS BEAT THE BEST REVIEWED ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR FRANKENWEENIE IS ENLIVENED WITH BEGUILING VISUALS AND CAPTIVATING ACTION SEQUENCES. THE UNDERLYING THEMES ARE PROFOUND, AND THE STORY IS EQUAL PARTS FUNNY AND POIGNANT. ITS TIM BURTONS MOST MOVING FILM. CLAUDIA PUIG I USA TODAY RICHARD CORLISS I TIME Oscars Time Bomb THIS IS THE YEARS MOST INVENTIVE, ENDEARING ANIMATED FEATURE. Steve Pond, Awards Editor T Welcome to the new, shortened awards season too many films, too little time By St

FRONT CENTER CBSTV, Bryan Erdy Lost and Found T At 70, singer Rodriguez gets an unexpected third act courtesy of a new documentary By Sharon Waxman he story of 60sbred folkrock singer Rodriguezs fall into obscurity and poverty, told movingly in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, is remarkable. But just as surprising is the story of his 2012 resurrection, which began when the movie debuted in January at Sundance, won the audience and special jury prizes and landed a summer release cou

FRONT CENTER CBSTV, Bryan Erdy Lost and Found T At 70, singer Rodriguez gets an unexpected third act courtesy of a new documentary By Sharon Waxman he story of 60sbred folkrock singer Rodriguezs fall into obscurity and poverty, told movingly in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, is remarkable. But just as surprising is the story of his 2012 resurrection, which began when the movie debuted in January at Sundance, won the audience and special jury prizes and landed a summer release cou

FRONT CENTER A Few of Our Favorite Things TheWrap staff offers some modest suggestions of deserving films and folks who might get lost in the crush of a crazy season David Ayers, End of Watch The years best crime drama is a hyperrealistic ode to the LAPD punctuated by strong performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pea. Training Day made writerdirector Ayers career, but this film isnt far off. LS Jack Black, Bernie Who knew that the School of Rock star could be such a subtle character ac

FRONT CENTER A Few of Our Favorite Things TheWrap staff offers some modest suggestions of deserving films and folks who might get lost in the crush of a crazy season David Ayers, End of Watch The years best crime drama is a hyperrealistic ode to the LAPD punctuated by strong performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pea. Training Day made writerdirector Ayers career, but this film isnt far off. LS Jack Black, Bernie Who knew that the School of Rock star could be such a subtle character ac

B FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT E S T P I C T U R E BEST ACTOR GRANT HESLOV BEN AFFLECK CHRIS TERRIO GEORGE CLOONEY BEN AFFLECK BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON ALAN ARKIN JOHN GOODMAN BEST COSTUME DESIGN JACQUELINE WEST BEST MAKEUP MAKEUP DEPARTMENT HEAD A Same as the Old Boss new era arrived for the Oscar foreignlanguage executive committee in August, with longtime chairman Mark Johnson forced to leave his office because of AMPAS term limits. Producer Ron Yerxa and former Academy ex

B FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT E S T P I C T U R E BEST ACTOR GRANT HESLOV BEN AFFLECK CHRIS TERRIO GEORGE CLOONEY BEN AFFLECK BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON ALAN ARKIN JOHN GOODMAN BEST COSTUME DESIGN JACQUELINE WEST BEST MAKEUP MAKEUP DEPARTMENT HEAD A Same as the Old Boss new era arrived for the Oscar foreignlanguage executive committee in August, with longtime chairman Mark Johnson forced to leave his office because of AMPAS term limits. Producer Ron Yerxa and former Academy ex

PARTY PEOPLE F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N TIS THE SEASON By Mikey Glazer 1. Dawn Hudson and Jon Hamm at the Motion Picture Television Fund Presents Reel Stories Real Lives. 2. Hawk Koch and Molly Koch at the LACMA 2012 Art Film Gala presented by Gucci. 3. Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers at LACMA. 4. Tom Hanks with Jeremy Renner at LACMA. 5. Lisa Taback, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and David O. Russell at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented

PARTY PEOPLE F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N TIS THE SEASON By Mikey Glazer 1. Dawn Hudson and Jon Hamm at the Motion Picture Television Fund Presents Reel Stories Real Lives. 2. Hawk Koch and Molly Koch at the LACMA 2012 Art Film Gala presented by Gucci. 3. Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers at LACMA. 4. Tom Hanks with Jeremy Renner at LACMA. 5. Lisa Taback, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and David O. Russell at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented

PARTY PEOPLE 1. Minka Kelly and Drew Barrymore at the LACMA Art Film Gala. 2. Brian Grazer, Cassandra HuysentruytGrey and Brad Grey at LACMA. 3. Bryan Cranston and Glenn Close at the Argo New York screening. 4. Daniel DayLewis, Steven Spielberg and Rick Stengel at TIMEs screening of Lincoln. 5. Quvenzhan Wallis and the filmmakers at the screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild with Sharon Waxman and Steve Pond. 6. Allanah Zitserman with Paul Thomas Anderson at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

PARTY PEOPLE 1. Minka Kelly and Drew Barrymore at the LACMA Art Film Gala. 2. Brian Grazer, Cassandra HuysentruytGrey and Brad Grey at LACMA. 3. Bryan Cranston and Glenn Close at the Argo New York screening. 4. Daniel DayLewis, Steven Spielberg and Rick Stengel at TIMEs screening of Lincoln. 5. Quvenzhan Wallis and the filmmakers at the screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild with Sharon Waxman and Steve Pond. 6. Allanah Zitserman with Paul Thomas Anderson at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

Actress Quvenzhan Wallis and director Benh Zeitlin on a hill overlooking Hollywood, October 2012 BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS Raw, unruly and beyond indie, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the years freshest and unlikeliest Oscar contender By Chris Willman Photographed by Patrick Fraser

Actress Quvenzhan Wallis and director Benh Zeitlin on a hill overlooking Hollywood, October 2012 BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS Raw, unruly and beyond indie, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the years freshest and unlikeliest Oscar contender By Chris Willman Photographed by Patrick Fraser

Best Youth Film and Best First Feature Berlinale EFCA Award and Film Kino Award Kristiansand Int. Childrens FF European Film Academy Young Audience Award Best Film and Best Actor Brasilia Int. FF European Film Academy Nominee Discovery Award Capturing the awkwardness of early adolescence is something that many films attempt, but few manage quite as successfully as Kauwboy. Equal parts sorrow and joy, Kauwboy is a treat. ABC Melbourne, Simon Leo Brown was talking about shepherding his youn

Best Youth Film and Best First Feature Berlinale EFCA Award and Film Kino Award Kristiansand Int. Childrens FF European Film Academy Young Audience Award Best Film and Best Actor Brasilia Int. FF European Film Academy Nominee Discovery Award Capturing the awkwardness of early adolescence is something that many films attempt, but few manage quite as successfully as Kauwboy. Equal parts sorrow and joy, Kauwboy is a treat. ABC Melbourne, Simon Leo Brown was talking about shepherding his youn

all over the planetand that were seeing come to New York, amazingly enough. The result may be the years freshest, unlikeliest and maybe even timeliest Oscar contender, which started on its path from the Louisiana bayous to Hollywood Highland when it won the grand jury prize for drama at this years Sundance Festival, followed by similar awards at the Cannes, Deauville, Seattle and Los Angeles fests. I didnt even know what a Fox Searchlight was, said Zeitlin, who found out soon enough when the sa

all over the planetand that were seeing come to New York, amazingly enough. The result may be the years freshest, unlikeliest and maybe even timeliest Oscar contender, which started on its path from the Louisiana bayous to Hollywood Highland when it won the grand jury prize for drama at this years Sundance Festival, followed by similar awards at the Cannes, Deauville, Seattle and Los Angeles fests. I didnt even know what a Fox Searchlight was, said Zeitlin, who found out soon enough when the sa

HEADS IN THE CLOUDS Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer dissect Cloud Atlas from six different directions By Sharon Waxman Photographed by James Acomb ne of the most fascinating, maddening and confounding bigbudget extravaganzas in years, Cloud Atlas finds Andy and Lana Wachowski the Matrix trilogy and Tom Tykwer Run Lola Run adapting David Mitchells mammoth novel into a freewheeling, experimental work that jumps among six different storylines in six different eras, with the same actors pop

HEADS IN THE CLOUDS Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer dissect Cloud Atlas from six different directions By Sharon Waxman Photographed by James Acomb ne of the most fascinating, maddening and confounding bigbudget extravaganzas in years, Cloud Atlas finds Andy and Lana Wachowski the Matrix trilogy and Tom Tykwer Run Lola Run adapting David Mitchells mammoth novel into a freewheeling, experimental work that jumps among six different storylines in six different eras, with the same actors pop

walked out of the theater and went right back to the ticket booth and bought another ticket and watched it again. ANDY WACHOWSKI Participatory... LANA WACHOWSKI Yeah. Rich, dense films arent being made. Films that 4. FIRST DATES LANA WACHOWSKI Tom walked in to our office while we were doing Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolution. We looked up and were like Halle Berry looking up as Tom Hanks walks in the door in Cloud Atlas. There was this instant connection, so we started sending each other

walked out of the theater and went right back to the ticket booth and bought another ticket and watched it again. ANDY WACHOWSKI Participatory... LANA WACHOWSKI Yeah. Rich, dense films arent being made. Films that 4. FIRST DATES LANA WACHOWSKI Tom walked in to our office while we were doing Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolution. We looked up and were like Halle Berry looking up as Tom Hanks walks in the door in Cloud Atlas. There was this instant connection, so we started sending each other

Taking Aim at Pixar Brave director Mark Andrews isnt shy about explaining how the worlds most successful animation studio needs to change By Steve Pond Photographed by Thomas Sanders F or 15 years, Pixar was on one of the most remarkable streaks in the history of motion pictures. The Northern Californiabased company, which grew out of the computer division of Lucasfilm in the early 1980s, had produced a string of 11 consecutive commercial and critical hits, beginning with Toy Story in 1995 an

Taking Aim at Pixar Brave director Mark Andrews isnt shy about explaining how the worlds most successful animation studio needs to change By Steve Pond Photographed by Thomas Sanders F or 15 years, Pixar was on one of the most remarkable streaks in the history of motion pictures. The Northern Californiabased company, which grew out of the computer division of Lucasfilm in the early 1980s, had produced a string of 11 consecutive commercial and critical hits, beginning with Toy Story in 1995 an

Yeah. I came in with an objective eye. I had known about the project, and I was a consultant on the research of the time period and all things Scottish, but I could be objective because it wasnt my baby. I could see the forest through the trees. How much leeway did you have Pixar wanted it to be what it was this parentchild tale in the Scottish Middle Ages. There all these elements that they loved about it. I couldnt change it up tons, but I had to make it work. Within two months I had my first

Yeah. I came in with an objective eye. I had known about the project, and I was a consultant on the research of the time period and all things Scottish, but I could be objective because it wasnt my baby. I could see the forest through the trees. How much leeway did you have Pixar wanted it to be what it was this parentchild tale in the Scottish Middle Ages. There all these elements that they loved about it. I couldnt change it up tons, but I had to make it work. Within two months I had my first

The Oscar Whisperer Consultant Lisa Taback Steps Up Among Award Seasons Quiet Influencers By Sharon Waxman Photographed by Bradley Meinz L I look for the story that might be buried in the back of the film, says Lisa Taback, photographed at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood 32 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 13, 2012 isa Taback is on a roll. After years toiling in the trenches of Oscar campaigns, the soughtafter awards consultant has in the past two years helped the Weinstein Company secure 29 Osca

The Oscar Whisperer Consultant Lisa Taback Steps Up Among Award Seasons Quiet Influencers By Sharon Waxman Photographed by Bradley Meinz L I look for the story that might be buried in the back of the film, says Lisa Taback, photographed at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood 32 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 13, 2012 isa Taback is on a roll. After years toiling in the trenches of Oscar campaigns, the soughtafter awards consultant has in the past two years helped the Weinstein Company secure 29 Osca

one for surprise Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love, and in 1999 struck out on her own, bringing the Weinsteins aboard as her first client. Lisa has been a tremendous part of our team for many years, Harvey Weinstein told TheWrap. She provides great insight, and we are certainly lucky to have her. Since those early years, Taback has worked with Sony, Paramount, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, usually on the special movies that need extra care in Oscar season, like Precious or Winters Bo

one for surprise Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love, and in 1999 struck out on her own, bringing the Weinsteins aboard as her first client. Lisa has been a tremendous part of our team for many years, Harvey Weinstein told TheWrap. She provides great insight, and we are certainly lucky to have her. Since those early years, Taback has worked with Sony, Paramount, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, usually on the special movies that need extra care in Oscar season, like Precious or Winters Bo

GREAT MOMENTS IN OSCAR CAMPAIGNING the admiring publicist later, the photo of her in bed clutching the Oscar pushed all the other winners off the front page. essentially suggesting that it would be unpatriotic not to vote for his film, the 1956 1946 Returning to prominence with the title role in Mildred Pierce after nearly a decade of lackluster, largely unsuccessful movies, Joan Crawford hires press agent Henry Rogers to mastermind what might have been the first true The lowkey drama Marty be

GREAT MOMENTS IN OSCAR CAMPAIGNING the admiring publicist later, the photo of her in bed clutching the Oscar pushed all the other winners off the front page. essentially suggesting that it would be unpatriotic not to vote for his film, the 1956 1946 Returning to prominence with the title role in Mildred Pierce after nearly a decade of lackluster, largely unsuccessful movies, Joan Crawford hires press agent Henry Rogers to mastermind what might have been the first true The lowkey drama Marty be

OSCARS BACK PAGES T The More Things Change... he 85th Academy Awards in February will be hosted by somebody whos never emceed an Oscar show before, Seth MacFarlaneand if our cover girl, Quvenzhan Wallis, lands an acting nomination, it will include a prepubescent acting nominee. For the Academy, that would be a case of been there, done that. Exactly 50 years ago, at the 35th Oscars ceremony, one of the Best Supporting Actress contenders was 10yearold Mary Badham from To Kill a Mockingbird, and

OSCARS BACK PAGES T The More Things Change... he 85th Academy Awards in February will be hosted by somebody whos never emceed an Oscar show before, Seth MacFarlaneand if our cover girl, Quvenzhan Wallis, lands an acting nomination, it will include a prepubescent acting nominee. For the Academy, that would be a case of been there, done that. Exactly 50 years ago, at the 35th Oscars ceremony, one of the Best Supporting Actress contenders was 10yearold Mary Badham from To Kill a Mockingbird, and

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