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  O’TOOLE, PETER: OBITUARY, 2/8/1932 – 14/12/2013
Peter O’Toole is primarily and fondly remembered for his Oscar nominated portrayal of the astonishing Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962) – but while this was his career defining role, for me, another definition of his amazing talent is his Oscar nominated performance as Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney, in Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class (1972), a savagely funny satire on British aristocracy. Andrew L. Urban pays tribute to O’Toole.
OASIS DVD OASIS DVD
The potential for DVD to expand the market for Australian films is no mirage, says Oasis DVD’s David Chambers, but plan early, he advises filmmakers, as his company acquires a Hollywood post production facility in another sign that we’re exporting film technology expertise, reports Andrew L. Urban.
OBITUARY - MATT WHITE OBITUARY – MATT WHITE
Paul LePetit farewells friend and colleague, showbiz journalist Matt White, one of the great originals of showbiz journalism.
OCEAN'S ELEVEN OCEAN'S ELEVEN
Ocean’s Eleven is remarkable for at least one thing: the lead actor, George Clooney, cut his own salary so it could be made with the right cast, as producer Jerry Weintraub reveals. And director Steven Soderbergh explains how he set out to make a movie "that you just surrender to, without embarrassment and without regret."
  OCEANIA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - 2007
Amazing stories from Australia and New Zealand triumph at the 4th Oceania Documentary Film Festival in Tahiti. By a Special Correspondent in Tahiti.
  OFF THE RECORD – ON WORLD MOVIES
Seminal stories about rock bands and musicians who have helped shape late 20th century popular culture in the West are collated into a season of rockumentaries, mockumentaries and dramatised documentaries, all Off The Record, on World Movies every Tuesday in April and May. Channel Host Andrew L. Urban reports
OFFICE SPACE OFFICE SPACE
Job getting you down? OK, but don’t try this at home. Mike Judge explains how and why he did real life ‘research’ for this slice of office life movie.
  OLD MOVIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN REAL CINEMAS
Who would have imagined that there was an audience of 20 somethings wanting to see movies from the 80s – in a cinema? Sydney’s Cremorne Orpheum has discovered ‘Retro’ as the yellow gold brick road. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OLIVER TWIST – FROM A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Don’t be surprised that the provocative veteran filmmaker Roman Polanski has made a new version of Charles Dickens’ famous novel, Oliver Twist: it’s a story with which he’s all too sadly familiar, say his fellow filmmakers.
ONCE UPON A STAR ONCE UPON A STAR
There’s more to storytelling than a bunch of SFX, says Andrew L. Urban, and there’s less science fiction in Star Wars than you think.
  ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM – IN AUSTRALIA
Once Upon A Time in Vietnam, a martial arts period spectacular, is the second of a new seam of Asian movies to be distributed by Incubate in Australia, this from Dustin Nguyen, who also stars. It opens in Melbourne (Cinema Nova, Village Century City, Village Sunshine) on October 17, and in Sydney (Event Cinemas George Street and Liverpool)) on October 24.
ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER
Kevin Macdonald explains why he wanted to make this film and how important – and impossibly difficult – it was to get people to talk about the events of the Munich Olympics of 1972, when Palestinians, members of Black September, took 11 Israeli athletes hostage during the first Olympics beamed via satellite around the world.
ONE TRUE THING ONE TRUE THING
One True Thing explores one of the greatest mysteries facing a young man or woman – their parents. The film, about a mother, a father and their daughter, stars Meryl Streep, William Hurt and Renee Zellweger; for director Carl Franklin, this was new and challenging territory, as he explains in this extract from the production notes.
ONTO TORONTO 1998 ONTO TORONTO 1998
More than 300 features, including a hefty 144 world premieres, are due to screen at the 23rd Toronto International Film Festival, (September 10 – 20, 1998); PAUL FISCHER reports. (Closing film Antz, pic)
  OPEN AIR CINEMA SYDNEY: TX WON
OPINION - LOLITA AND HAPPINESS OPINION – LOLITA AND HAPPINESS
Editor Andrew L. Urban wonders why there is no chorus of disapproval to greet the US film, Happiness (opens 25/3/99), in which an otherwise average psychiatrist and family man lives with his paedophilia secret until forced to confess it – to his own young son.
OPINION: AFI AWARDS - QUESTIONS ASKED OPINION: AFI AWARDS - QUESTIONS ASKED
The AFI Awards were presented in Sydney last Saturday after three years in Melbourne and used the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour for the televised presentation,adjourning for the after party to the finger wharf that was once the temporary casino, down the road. ANDREW L. URBAN reviews the event and calls for a reassessment.
OPTUS MOVIES - OCTOBER 1999 OPTUS MOVIES - OCTOBER 1999
Here is our selection of movie reviews for Optus movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers. (The In-Laws)
OPTUS MOVIES - September 1999 OPTUS MOVIES - September 1999
Good Will Hunting is movie of the month on Optus: here is our selection of this and other movie reviews for Optus movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers.
OPTUS MOVIES: August 1999 OPTUS MOVIES: August 1999
Here is our selection of movie reviews on the Optus movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers. (Pic, Hoodlum)
OPTUS MOVIES: July 1999 OPTUS MOVIES: July 1999
Here is our selection of movies on the Optus pay tv service, a new feature we introduced last month.  Each month we will bring you a selection of reviews (and interviews – linked from the reviews pages) for pay tv movies on both Optus and FOXTEL. (Pic: Tomorrow Never Dies)
OPTUS MOVIES: June 1999 OPTUS MOVIES: June 1999
Welcome to our new service for our readers who also take their movies via cable. Below is the June selection for Optus Vision movies. Each title links to the review page; if we have other relevant stories (interviews or features) in our files, they will be linked from the review page. Happy browsing. (Pic, Murder at 1600)
  ORANGE LOVE STORY MAKES HISTORY
Tom Cowan’s highly acclaimed low budget Australian drama, Orange Love Story, will make cinema history on March 6, 2005 when the film screens almost simultaneously at two festivals on opposite sides of the world – London and Sanctuary Cove, Queensland – as well as being launched to a world wide audience on the internet, in the Aussie CineFest section of CineClix.com, a leader in digital film distribution working with Urban Cinefile.
OSCAR - FROM A DOODLE TO A DIDDLE OSCAR - FROM A DOODLE TO A DIDDLE
At 75 years of age, Oscar stands defiant and strong. The septuagenarian has survived wars between stars and galaxies, gods and monsters and a galaxy of stars. Oscar has been contemptible and corruptible but still he is coveted by The Bad And The Beautiful, desired by The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and worshipped by billions as The Greatest Show On Earth. Keith Lofthouse flips through the archives for some fascinating facts and tantalising trivia.
  OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2014
The nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards are:
OSCAR NOMINEES '99 OSCAR NOMINEES '99
These are the ‘biggest’ awards in the world of film, an event of such magnitude as to rival the Olympics, except it lasts only a few hours. And of course, a nomination is regarded as a great honour. Why, asks Andrew L. Urban.
OSCAR PREDICITIONS FROM OUR TEAM OSCAR PREDICITIONS FROM OUR TEAM
Urban Cinefile’s film critics went out on a limb with their Oscar predictions. And got it wrong. . .
  OSCAR PREDICTIONS: ANDREW L. URBAN
  OSCAR PREDICTIONS: LOUISE KELLER
OSCARS 1997 OSCARS 1997

Billy Crystal was back in his best gig, hosting the Oscars, which this year was crammed with foreigners like Australians. The Aussie winners are: John Seale (The English Patient) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine).

OSCARS 1998 - 70th ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS OSCARS 1998 - 70th ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS
The Winners.
  OSCARS 1998 - 70th OSCAR NOMINATIONS
OSCARS 2000 - AND THE NOMINEES ARE OSCARS 2000 - AND THE NOMINEES ARE
Voting in the 72nd Academy Awards is over: the winners are about to slide into envelopes to lie in the dark vaults of a Wiltshire Boulevard building until March 26. And judging by the nominees - see below - we have reason to be uncertain of the outcome, says ANDREW L. URBAN. (Pic, Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules)
OSCARS 2001 - THE NOMINATIONS OSCARS 2001 - THE NOMINATIONS
It's a sweet surprise for Chocolat's cast and crew to be among the top five in this year's Oscar nominations - and a bit of a surprise for the rest of us, too, says Andrew L. Urban; but reassuring that Academy members recognise Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon with a double whammy.
OSCARS 2001 - THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER OSCARS 2001 - THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar to most of us) is the world’s pre-eminent peer-voting award system for anyone working in film. This year, the 73rd awards, presented by writer, actor, comedian Steve Martin, are unusual in that the only two Americans nominated for a leading role are Tom Hanks and Ed Harris. The same number as Australia: Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush. This gives Australians a special interest in the proceedings. Here is our comprehensive guide – with an Australian perspective. INCLUDING FULL LIST OF THE WINNERS!
OSCARS 2001: THE WINNERS & THE NOMINEES OSCARS 2001: THE WINNERS & THE NOMINEES
The Winners (and nominees).
OSCARS 2002 - COMPETITION WINNERS OSCARS 2002 - COMPETITION WINNERS
We asked: Write a suitable Oscar acceptance speech for Russell Crowe. The entries ranged from genuine to genuinely feeble, with many aspiring poets included, some serious, some libelous - but the judges have voted to give the 1st prize to the unique entry fuelled by dreams – just like movies.
OSCARS 2002 - THE NOMINATIONS OSCARS 2002 – THE NOMINATIONS
The nominations in the 74th Academy Awards are a showcase of outstanding cinema, says Andrew L. Urban. Much maligned though it is, Hollywood is not a spent creative force, as some of its best work demonstrates. And Australians, New Zealanders and English talent continue to be well received in the world’s moviemaking heart.
OSCARS 2002: THE WINNERS OSCARS 2002: THE WINNERS
In this cliffhanger Academy Awards any of the nominees could have taken home the Oscar and we can speculate that only a handful of votes separated them all. And the record showing of Australian talent in the nominations resulted in 3 gold-plated statuettes having to say ‘g’day’ every morning to their owners. Andrew L. Urban explains why.
OSCARS 2003 - 75th ACADEMY AWARDS : THE NOMINATIONS OSCARS 2003 - 75th ACADEMY AWARDS : THE NOMINATIONS
Apologies to all concerned (Sinatra, Disney, etc), but it’s a razzle dazzle Oscars nominations list, as Chicago leaps up and tap dances its way into the hearts of Academy members with 13 nominations; it’s a resounding vote for the musical that puts it in contention for much coveted Oscar alongside the epics of Gangs of New York (10), LOTR: The Two Towers (6), the war drama The Pianist (7), and The Hours (9). Andrew L. Urban reports.
OSCARS 2003 - 75th ACADEMY AWARDS : THE WINNERS OSCARS 2003 - 75th ACADEMY AWARDS : THE WINNERS
Chicago has razzle-dazzled ‘em at the Academy, capturing the majority of votes for Best Film in one of the most closely contested Oscars in years. No sign of manipulation this year, but there is personal political victory for exiled Roman Polanski, who wins Best Director for The Pianist. Andrew L. Urban reports (and comments) on the results of the 75th Academy Awards.
OSCARS 2003: AND THE WINNER SHOULD HAVE BEEN... OSCARS 2003: AND THE WINNER SHOULD HAVE BEEN...
Keith Lofthouse argues that the Academy Awards has got it wrong several times over the years, sending Oscars home with the wrong choice of nominee, whether influenced by guilt, sentiment, politics or even religion.  And this year, it continued ... with Nicole.
  OSCARS 2005 - THE WINNERS
Forgivable outpourings of national pride swamped this year’s live Oscars telecast at Sydney’s Paddington Town Hall hosted by NW magazine when the Oscar went to Cate Blanchett for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator; indeed it was the high point of the night for the film’s director Martin Scorsese, too, who watched Clint Eastwood become the oldest living director to win the Best Director Award as well as Best Picture for his dark but brilliant Million Dollar Baby, Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS 2005 – THE NOMINEES
No major surprises in this list, with Australian short, Birthday Boy (pic), nominated for Best Short Animation as expected, The Aviator reaping 11 nominations, Finding Neverland and Million Dollar baby with seven each, Ray with six, Sideways with five – and the controversial The Passion of the Christ with three, while Fahrenheit 911 is not nominated in any category. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS 2006 – THE NOMINATIONS
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Felicity Huffman are Best Actor and Actress nominees for their roles in Capote and Transamerica – and both are hot favourites to win, reports Andrew L. Urban. Perhaps a Best Picture honour will have to console Heath Ledger.
  OSCARS 2006 – THE WINNERS
Australian cinematographer Dion Beebe, not surprisingly, takes home the Oscar for Memoirs of a Geisha, the most ravishing looking film of the year, while the surprise came from Crash winning Best Picture. Memoirs of a Geisha also won the Art Direction and Costume Designs awards, while the rest of the awards were scattered among the contenders like gold confetti, in an even handed ballot that denied any one film a sweep.
  OSCARS 2007 – THE NOMINATIONS
Cate Blanchett, plus two Australian films - George Miller’s Happy Feet and the short film The Saviour, by Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn - are nominated in this year’s wide ranging Oscars, which feature Dreamgirls with eight nominations, but not for Best Picture. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS 2007 – THE WINNERS
With the first ever Oscar for an Australian feature film, and a digital animation at that, George Miller and his collaborators at Animal Logic have done more than won an Academy Award: they have elevated Australia to the ranks of the world’s best at the cutting edge of filmmaking. But there are other Oscar winners to celebrate, too, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  OSCARS 2009 - NOMINATIONS
Echoing the Brits, the US Academy has nominated mostly the usual suspects in this year’s Oscars, with the notable exception of a costume design nomination for Catherine Martin’s work on Australia; Heath Ledger is, not surprisingly, also nominated in the supporting actor category, for The Dark Knight.
  OSCARS 2009 - WINNERS
It’s been the best Oscars presentation in living memory, as presenter Hugh Jackman added his unique showbiz talents and helped pack emotion with a sensational opening musical routine into an upgraded production which managed – at last – to show its respect to nominees in major categories, topped off by the crowd pleasing Best Picture win by Slumdog Millionaire. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS 2010 - NOMINATIONS (82ND ACADEMY AWARDS)
It’s not all James Cameron and Avatar, although it leads the field along with The Hurt Locker; the Coen brothers are nominated (A Serious Man), so is Quentin, so are smaller films like An Education and Precious, in a year that allows 10 films to get the nomination for Best Picture. And an Aussie short also gets a nomination, as Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS 2010 - WINNERS
When Tom Hanks walked on stage to announce the winner of the Best Picture Oscar, he reminded the audience that the last time there were 10 nominations in this category in 1943 America was at war – and Casablanca won the award. It was an apt intro to his reading out the well anticipated title of the winner: The Hurt Locker, a film set in a contempo war zone. Andrew L. Urban reports on this year’s Oscars.
  OSCARS 2010 – URBAN CINEFILE PREDICTIONS
Urban Cinefile’s Editors (Andrew & Louise) have drawn up a list of those nominees to whom they would award the Oscar – and where relevant, those who the Academy will probably honour. The only thing riding on this is the Editors’ pride...
  OSCARS 2011 – NOMINATIONS
Aussie actors Nicole, Geoffrey and Jacki are nominees for an Oscar, while the Australian co-production of The King’s Speech received the most nominations – 12 – and the presumed favourite for Best Film, The Social Network, is nominated in 8 categories, in a year with plenty of choice for Academy members
  OSCARS 2011 – WINNERS
Tom Hooper, Oscar winning director of The Best Picture Oscar winning The King’s Speech (a UK/Australia production) was instantly recognised in Australian news bulletins as Anglo-Australian, reflecting his Australian origins thanks to his Perth-born mother. Perth also shared in the glory of the Oscar winning animated short by Western Australian illustrator and writer Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing.
  OSCARS 2012 – NOMINATIONS
Arch enemies politically, Iran and Israel are both represented in the nominations for the 84th Oscars (Foreign Language Film), but most media will focus on the nine Best Picture noms, all fairly predictable choices – with sound and visual effects just about the only categories in which The Artist (silent, black and white) is not nominated.
  OSCARS 2012 – WINNERS
Winners of the 2012 Academy Awards
  OSCARS 2013 - WINNERS: ARGOABLY THE BEST
The big 8 Oscars go to 7 different homes, but it’s Ben Affleck’s mantelpiece that carries the Best Picture trophy for Argo, which has also won the Golden Globes and BAFTA gold statuettes. Andrew L. Urban reports.

  OSCARS 2013 – NOMINATIONS
The film most likely (and perhaps most deserving) to win the 85th Best Picture Oscar – Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (opens in Australia Feb. 7, 2013) – has 12 nominations, but is challenged by a strong field including Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Django Unchained (opens Jan. 24) and Zero Dark Thirty (opens Jan. 31). We’ll know on Monday, Feb. 25 (Sydney time), says Andrew L. Urban.
  OSCARS 2014 - WINNERS
Oscar spread his favours widely, blessing many of the films and filmmakers that stood in line for its halo, from newcomer Lupita Nyong’o to experienced multi-award winner Cate Blanchett, from a unique love story like Her to the sombre truth of history like 12 Years A Slaves.
  OSCARS 2015 - NOMINATIONS
Alexandre Desplat has two nominations for Best Score, both for a Best Picture nominee: The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, two films that represent the opposite ends of cinema, from the whimsy of the former to the multi-layered biopic drama of the latter.
  OSCARS 2015 - WINNERS
The best surprise of the 2015 Oscars production was the high profile the show gave to the Original Score Award presentation, with Lady Gaga singing a stunning tribute medley from The Sound of Music to mark the film's 50th anniversary, and Julie Andrews presenting the award – to the twice-nominated Alexandre Desplat for his score to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Birdman’s win for Best Direction and Best Picture were less of a surprise, except that it shows Academy members are not all so fuddy duddy after all.
  OSCARS 2016 - NOMINATIONS
Australian movie Mad Max:Fury Road from George Miller & Doug Mitchell, and cinematographer John Seal plus 8 more nominees among Oscar Nominees along with Cate Blanchett for Carol.
  OSCARS 2016 - WINNERS
The day that Cardinal Pell gave evidence (via video) at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the Academy voted Spotlight the past year’s Best Picture, a fact-based film dealing with The Boston Globe’s ground breaking investigative report into child sexual abuse by members the Catholic clergy. Mad Max: Fury Road won six Oscars and as expected, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for The Revenant and Hungary won its second Foreign Language Oscar for Son of Saul. Host Chris Rock riffed cleverly on the theme of the controversy over all-white nominees and Mark Rylance won the Best Supporting Actor Award (Bridge of Spies) which was expected to go to Sylvester Stallone for Creed.
  OSCARS 2017 – NOMINATIONS
Australian attention this year is on the six nominations for Lion (including Best Picture), Hacksaw Ridge (Best Picture nominee) and the Foreign Language Category, where Tanna is nominated; but Hollywood will be looking for La La Land …
OSCARS GALORE! OSCARS GALORE!
This miniature ‘library’ of films that have won the Best Picture Academy Award* brings together some of the greatest names in the history of cinema. We don’t need to tell you how wonderful they are – they are all classic films that have become creative milestones, admired, loved and even imitated - but never surpassed. Andrew L Urban leads you briefly through the treasures. (Pic: From Here to Eternity)
OSCARS TRIVIA OSCARS TRIVIA
How much do you know about the Academy Awards? Do you know who is the oldest actress to win an Oscar... how much the award weighs... what the only X-rated movie to win Best Picture was and who gave the longest thank-you speech? Brush up on your trivia knowledge before the big night.
OSCARS WINNERS 1999 OSCARS WINNERS 1999
Here are the winners and nominees, plus a special backstage report from Chris Pickard in Los Angeles.
OSCARS WINNERS 2000 OSCARS WINNERS 2000
And the Winners are...
OTHERS, THE OTHERS, THE
For his eerie, scary, The Others, Alejandro Amenábar chose Nicole Kidman, "for the undeniable force of her stare" and Kidman found a great role in a new genre for her – the psychological thriller, and a director she trusted to build true suspense.
  OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY
This month (February 2016) we celebrate our 19th Anniversary, and look forward to our 1,000th weekly edition on May 5, 2016. To mark our 19th annual milestone, we recall the Australian films that have won or were nominated in the AFI - and latterly the AACTA - Best Film Awards during our publishing lifetime. These are not the only films worth remembering and celebrating, but it gives us a sense of the recent past in Australian cinema – of which we have been a regular journal of record.
  OUR 400 WEEKS
  OUR FAVOURITE 2010 MOVIES
Our Christmas favourites aside (see below), there have been some memorable films in 2010; our editors list their favourites
OUR FAVOURITE FILMS OF 1998 OUR FAVOURITE FILMS OF 1998
Urban Cinefile’s six regular critics* list some of their favourite films of the year – in alphabetical order – followed by each of our least favourite, the ‘Turkey of the Year’:
OUR OWN VOICE OUR OWN VOICE
With the help of international approval for our cinema, Australia has found its own voice – indeed, its own voices. Now we are building a whole culture of cinema with it. By Hunter Cordaiy.
(Mad Max, pictured)
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF SIGHT
The how, what, why and who story of the making of Out of Sight – by a special correspondent.
OUT OF THE CAN - INTO THE LIMELIGHT OUT OF THE CAN – INTO THE LIMELIGHT
A new 13-week season of Auteur TV on SBS Television has uncovered a mountain of hidden gems that have been lying dormant in old film vaults for some 20 years: including works of such well-known filmmakers as Philip Noyce (pic).
OUTLAW JOSEY WALES: Eastwood the Man OUTLAW JOSEY WALES: Eastwood the Man
Matthew Dillon reminds us that, as Orson Welles declared, if it had been directed by anyone else, The Outlaw Josey Wales would have been feted as a masterpiece - or was it ahead of its time?
  OZ FILM VS OZ AUDIENCE
Urban Cinefile readers are invited to participate in this groundbreaking Forum – and if you can’t be there in person do it via email to the Editor. Comments should be limited to 200 words (and expressed in moderate language). Emails should contain your full name and location (not for publication) and a daytime telephone number. Anonymous comments will be ignored. (You may, however, request not to be publicly named.)
  OZIWOOD - PART TWO
Hunter Cordaiy takes stock of his prophesy, made in these pages a year ago, and continues to debate the risk of the Australian film industry morphing with Hollywood. Editor Andrew L. Urban joins in





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