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Could Adele's 'Skyfall' be DQ'd from Oscar Race? 'Lincoln' in New York and an Excellent 'Silver Linings Playbook' Clip

Yes, a rule in Original Song may find Adele's new song disqualified

Adele Skyfall Cover ArtTo begin, only minutes after I post the full version of Adele's new James Bond theme from Skyfall, Kris Tapley over at HitFix breaks my heart with a headline that reads "Will the use of the original James Bond theme on 'Skyfall' disqualify Adele's original song hopeful?"

I didn't even have to click the headline to know what he was referring to, but if you are unsure here's a snippet:

One of the cooler elements of the track is that it incorporates the original Monty Norman "Dr. No" theme that became, of course, the signature Bond melody. But while it's a nifty nod, it also might have done the song in where Oscar is concerned.

The rules are relatively clear about this. Per rule 15, category I B: "An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture." The bold is the Academy's, not mine. So judging by that, just having that lingering bit of melody from the classic music is probably enough to keep it out of contention.

Ugh, we may have to be satisfied with simply enjoying the song and leaving it at that.

LincolnNext, while the plan was originally announced to have Steven Spielberg's Lincoln enjoy its world premiere only one day before its limited theatrical release on November 8, closing the AFI Fest, word now is it will serve as the "surprise" film at this year's New York Film Festival.

Deadline has the report, which should be looked at as good news for those keeping a close eye on the film as it shows Dreamworks has a little more faith in it than was originally perceived considering how close to the chest they've kept the majority of the marketing to this point.

And speaking of Lincoln, if you didn't catch the new trailer that aired during last night's Presidential debates you can catch it here.

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings PlaybookFinally, this is how Silver Linings Playbook needs to be sold to thinking audiences. Not with the "playing for laughs" trailer, but with moments of drama met with comedy met with drama. Silver Linings and its stars -- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, etc. -- deftly serve multiple masters playing up both comedy and drama and do so by managing to not only hit the comedic beats, but do so with satisfying dramatic effect.

Give this new clip from the film a look as Pat (Cooper) and Tiffany (Lawrence) bat the prescription ball around a bit before the film breaks for a dramatic moment before another break for comedy. I love the line, "You have poor social skills. You have a problem." Lawrence's response is just as much fun, "You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things." While learning something about the characters its done in an entertaining way and damn, I can't wait to see this movie again.

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  • 0Freeman.

    Can't wait to see Silver Linings. I love David O. Russel's work, it's all very original and well scripted. My favorite is either Three Kings or Huccabees it's hard to choose because they're such different movies in almost every aspect.

  • Criterion10

    Still not sure how I feel about Silver Linings Playbook... I'll definitely see it and judge it fairly, but I'm wondering if it may just not be my cup of tea...

  • M.

    I LOVE this clip....damn Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have amazing chemistry. Wonderful actors....I can't wait to see this film..

  • m1

    I wonder if Bradley Cooper can get a nomination for this. I always love it when unsuspecting actors get nominated.

    • Kevin

      I have a hunch this film will score nominations in almost every category, including one for Bradley Cooper for Best Actor.

  • AS

    Good clip.

  • Aleonardis

    So...I start watching things on Ropeofsilicon lately and all my interactions have only been, "NO I'M NOT WITNESSING THE MURDERS OF FIVE FAMILIES! IT'S TOO DARK IN MY ROOM FOR THIS!!! LALALALALALA!" Then the actual video starts and I'm ok. Can't wait to see Sinister.

  • Travis

    Silver Linings does look really good. And as for Bond, even if that song is eligible, it has a tough time with history:
    3/22 Bond songs have been nominated
    Goldfinger got Best Sound Effects
    Thunderball got Best Visual Effects
    None won

  • Michael

    I think i've seen this clip a while back on YouTube but it doesn't matter, I love it. I too, am a fan of Russell flicks not just The Fighter but Three Kings as well. J-Law will definitely get nominated again but this time possibly win it. Bradley Cooper has a strong chance to get in next year. Same with De Niro. Really looking forward to this.

  • Scott M

    Silver Linings Playbook was a secret screening at the Milwaukee Film Festival on Wednesday, and I must say it didn't do much for me. Minor spoilers:

    Bradley Cooper, for the first time in his career, I actually enjoyed, and Jennifer Lawrence does a pretty great job too (not sure I'd vote for a nomination for either, but I'm sure they'll get attention). De Niro seemed like he was doing the usual phone-it-in performance that he has been doing for the past 10 or 15 years (it's not a terrible performance, just not all that interesting), and it's with his character that I had the most issues with (he's kind of a despicable person and yet the core of the climax of the film centers around what he's doing as if it's a wholesome, family thing when he's really just been being a bad father the whole movie).

    I also had problems with the more cliched bits of the film (it's a pretty straightforward romantic drama/comedy, including a ridiculously sappy last 5 minutes or so).

    The things I did enjoy: the direction from David O Russell was fantastic (the dance scene at the end was really well filmed, and loved the use of The White Stripes). Apart from some of the performances (Shea Wigham's character was awful and completely unnecessary, he had just the worst dialogue and did not deliver it well. Same goes for the therapist, extremely wooden delivery of bad dialogue), a lot of the actors were great (John Ortiz continues to do great work, Lawrence/Cooper were the best parts though).

    It's a film laden with cliche, but if you're going in expecting a decently told romantic drama that has some good humor and good performances, you could do a lot worse.

  • Margaret Thatcher’s purse

    The Lawrence male fantasy character (quirky hot girl who can drop football stats and still has a thing for men past their prime) is really causing male critics to jizz profusely over this movie lol Oscar season can be quite predictable sometimes.

    • Brad Brevet

      The projection of opinions onto others has to be one of the weakest arguments one can make in order to make your own case. The only kind of discussion it can create is for someone to reject your premise and then we've gotten nowhere.

      • Margaret Thatcher’s purse

        But my argument is not rooted in "projection of opinions." All the "Straight" male critics from Toronto ignored an effective Cooper (who carries the movie's emotional burden) and focused all her energy on Jennifer Lawrence: she stole the movie, she is the star, she is this and she is that. And that's my point. The allure is a 22 year old hot babe with a smart mouth and extensive football knowledge crushing after the older man past his prime. Surely, she gives male critics hope that someday their own Lawrence will stumble into their lives and will drink beer and watch football with them while forever remaining toned and young and hot.

        • Brad Brevet

          It is 100% rooted in projection and not to mention it sounds like all you are doing is quoting what someone else already said.

          My review, for example, points out both Lawrence and Cooper, and even beyond my own review, until you've spoken with the people you are referring to you know nothing about why they judged the film the way they did unless you specifically state examples. All I see you doing is using the argument already used by Tom O'Neil and echoed by Jeff Wells after the fact. It's easy enough to say, but can't be backed up in the least.

          In fact, your comment is almost verbatim what O'Neil already said as I quoted here:

          "The Silver Linings Playbook is the ultimate masturbatory fantasy of mature str8 guys. They feel like they can have a failed marriage or two behind them, they can even be a bit loopy in the head and cast off by the world, but, hey, somewhere, on some back suburban street, there's a hot chick chasing him relentlessly, begging for sex."

          Ugh, I hate posting it a second time. It's dripping with smugness.

          • Newbourne

            It is very smug, but you have to admit it must have been true for at least ONE review. I know yours was much deeper and objective and had nothing to do with that, but someone must have thought "damn, i wish that was me" and liked it because of that feeling. And I believe that feeling is definitely intentional so it's not like it insults the film in any way.

  • Margaret Thatcher’s purse

    Couldn't agree more. While I enjoyed the movie, it is nothing more than an effective yet cliche laden dramedy. The fact that people are advocating a best actress win for Lawrence blows my mind. Is this the best performance of the year? What? and this best director and best picture? Film criticism is truly dead.

    • Brad Brevet

      You seem to believe Oscar predicting involves predicting the best performance. Once you get over that you'll understand the Oscar predicting game a little better.

    • Kim Gavin

      Margare Thatcher's purse, MAYBE kEIRA kNIGHTLey will have been a better choice for the role of a kooky babe nextdoor... wait, didn't she try that in that Seeking a Friend film that totally flopped?

  • Stiggy

    I don't think that Adele's Skyfall song should be eliminated just because it samples something else. Artists do it all the time.