Posted on August 3rd, 2019 by Frederik

This week in August 20 years ago, a small independent horror film called “The Sixth Sense” became one of the biggest hits of the year, a classic masterpiece for cinema, and also the trajectory to create and maintain this website for the last 15 years. I feel incredibly old thinking that I was one of the many moviegoers 20 years ago, sitting in the audience and being stunned by the film’s twist ending. But even more so, I was stunned by Toni Collette. I had seen her for the very first time just mere weeks earlier when “Muriel’s Wedding” was shown on tv, and was delighted by her performance. So when the opening credits for “The Sixth Sense” rolled in the cinema, I thought, “I know that Toni Collette”. When the end credits rolled and the packed theatre was stunned by the film’s ending, I was (probably the only one) stunned where the heck Toni Collette was. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that the young woman playing Muriel was supposed to be the same actress playing the mother on the verge of a breakdown in “The Sixth Sense”. It was a total immersion into character, and I was hooked. Toni received an Academy Award nomination for her performance, which was a surprise back then because she hadn’t been nominated for any precedent awards – something I had hoped would repeat with “Hereditary” – but with or without awards glory (“The Sixth Sense” was nominated for 5 Academy Awards but went home empty-handed), the film stood the test of time and is a highlight in the CV of everyone involved.

For the film’s 20th anniversary, many outlets are writing about the film, reflecting on its impact and talking to its makers. Among the most insightful is Variety’s look back, in which director M. Night Shyamalan remembers Toni’s audition for the film and being hesitant to show it to Disney:

I had seen “Muriel’s Wedding” and Toni came in and her head was shaved, and I forget if it was for fun or if it was for a movie. She did such a beautiful job. I didn’t want to show the video to the studio for fear that they would be concerned with her appearance, and I said “I want to cast the woman from ‘Muriel’s Wedding’” and then Bruce backed me and said “Oh, I love ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’” so we kind of got it without the studio seeing the audition, and I was so lucky. Toni is actually wearing a wig throughout all of “The Sixth Sense,” and I think it’s a wig from “Velvet Goldmine.” We didn’t even have the wig! (M. Night Shyamalan, Variety, August 02, 2019)

Below is a list o annivery articles, to which I will add any articles that will be published over the course of the next week.

Related Articles:

Variety: ‘The Sixth Sense’ Turns 20: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Tell All
The Chicago Tribune: “The Sixth Sense” at 20: M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout still stuns
The Independent: ‘I see dead people’: The Sixth Sense was both a blessing and a curse in disguise for M Night Shyamalan
The Hollywood Reporter: “I Wasn’t Bluffing”: M. Night Shyamalan Recalls ‘Sixth Sense’ Pitch and Frenzy That Followed

Posted on February 23rd, 2019 by Frederik

As we speak, Toni Collette is attending the 34th Annual Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. She is nominated as Best Female Lead for “Hereditary”. A first batch of pictures have been added to the photo gallery with more updates to come.


Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Frederik

With the 2019 awards season in its last (boring) week, Toni Collette will be doing at least one public appearance as a “Hereditary” nominee this Saturday. Entertainment Tonight can exclusively reveal the final presenters for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which includes three of this year’s Best Female Lead nominees: Glenn Close, Toni Collette and Carey Mulligan, nominated for The Wife, Hereditary and Wildlife, respectively. ET previously announced that Sterling K. Brown, Elsie Fisher, Regina Hall, Armie Hammer and KiKi Layne will be presenting this year. They will be joined by Viggo Mortensen, Amanda Seyfried, Tessa Thompson and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard. Aubrey Plaza serves as this year’s host and told ET, “I want there to be a vibe where the audience feels like, Is this supposed to be happening? Or have we gone off the rails? I want there to be an element of danger. I want everyone to feel like, ‘Man, anything can happen at any moment.'” The 34th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held in Santa Monica, California, on Feb. 23 and air live on Facebook Watch and IFC at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT.

Posted on January 6th, 2019 by Frederik

Happy New Year everybody! Over the last couple of days, the remaining regional critics circles have announced their winners, and Toni has been acknowledged with Best Actress prizes from the Houston Film Critics’, the North Carolina film critics and the Nevada Film Critics Society. She has been named runners-up for the Best Actress by the Iowa Film Critics Circle and has received nominations by the Columbus Film Critics, the Austin Film Critics Association and the Society of LGBTQ Critics. The first televised ceremony, at which Toni is nominated, are the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) on January 13, 2019. She won the Critics Choice Award back in 2007 as part of the ensemble for “Little Miss Sunshine”. Given the absolute lack of campaigning from A24 towards “Hereditary” and Toni Collette, fingers need to remain crossed until the Oscar nominations are announced on January 22.

Posted on December 17th, 2018 by Frederik

Today, two more critics groups – The Seattle Film Critics Society and the St. Louis Film Critics Association – have announced their annual winners, and Toni Collette has won Best Actress by both! Seattle has had Collette paired in the Best Actress category alongside Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Regina Hall for Support the Girls and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, while the St. Louis’ Best Actress category included Colman, Gaga, Charlize Theron for Tully and Glenn Close for The Wife. For the Academy Awards, most critics have the performances by Close, Colman, Gaga and Melissa McCarthy looked – although none of them, with the exception of Colman, have won any critics awards. The fifth spot seems poised to be taken by Emily Blunt, as a late player to the game with Mary Poppins Returns. If you have a look at the Academy’s love for musical and dismay for horror, it’s not really playing into Collette’s cards. But here’s hoping. With most awards seasons being horribly predictable, at least there’s something to look forward to when their nominations are announced in January. P.S. This is probably the last update for 2018, unless something incredible happens, which is probably not the case, so enjoy your Holidays everybody, have a great time and see you all in 2019! Frederik

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Frederik

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Their nominations are always a curious case, as they have been criticised in the past to nominate people on their buzz, and getting a full house. This year, they made the strange decision to give out seven slots for Best Actress, but Toni’s in, so who cares :-) She shares the category with Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns, Glenn Close for The Wife, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? – so, basically everyone who’s in talk for Best Actress anyway. “Hereditary” has received a second nomination for Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie alongside Annihilation, Halloween, A Quiet Place and Suspiria. The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).