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'Black Swan' Takes Best Feature, Actress, Director & Cinematographer At Indie Spirit Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 1:05 AM
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The second-to-last hurrah of the movie season took place this afternoon, with the Independent Spirit Awards, the looser neighbor to the big Oscar show tomorrow night. And while it's unlikely "Black Swan" will repeat the feat on Sunday, Fox Searchlight must be very pleased to close off their year in such a winning a fashion.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

PG-13 Version Of 'The King's Speech' Headed To Theaters Soon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 10:09 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that no footage from the film was edited, but instead, the Weinsteins got clearance for PG-13 by muting three of the five prominent "Fucks" in the film. So: 2 fucks good, 5 fucks bad. And who says the MPAA are ridiculous?

'The King's Speech' Takes 7 BAFTA Awards Including Best Picture; David Fincher Wins Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2011 12:25 AM
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Tom Hardy Honored With Orange Wednesdays Rising Star AwardThe awards season train for "The King's Speech" keeps on going this weekend with the film picking up 7 BAFTA Awards on Sunday including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and a trio of trophies for the film's lead actors, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. However, it wasn't an entire clean sweep of the major categories as "The Social Network" fans will be pleased to know that David Fincher took home Best Director; the film also won Adapted Screenplay and Editing honors.

Tom Hooper Says He Won't Cut 'The King's Speech' For PG-13 Rating; Weinstein Says F-Bombs Hurt Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 7:08 AM
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With "The King's Speech" now the odds on favorite to take home a significant chunk of Oscar gold in a few weeks, Harvey Weinstein is looking to ride that momentum by getting as many eyeballs on the film, and asses in the seats as possible. Just this past weekend -- the first Friday after the Oscar nominations were revealed -- the film expanded to over 2,500 screens but there's just one little problem. An R-rating -- mostly found in one key sequence -- is keeping the film away from even bigger crowds and apparently educators who want to screen the film for their students. Last week, Harvey Weinstein revealed his desire to re-cut the film to pass the MPAA's rigorous standards, but director Tom Hooper isn't having it.

'The King's Speech' & 'The Fighter' Top The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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The role reversal and Oscar season 180 seems complete. Despite its award season hegemony, taking with it almost every conceivable critical prize possible, David Fincher's "The Social Network" came up empty handed once again during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "The King's Speech" asserted its late season dominance once more winning the coveted Ensemble award (SAG's closest award to Best Picture), plus Colin Firth took the Outstanding Actor award. Tied for two award wins was "The Fighter" which took the prizes many expected: Christian Bale for Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo for Supporting Actress.

Tom Hooper Wins At DGA Awards, 'The King's Speech' One Step Closer To Oscar Glory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2011 2:26 AM
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For Oscar fortune tellers who have been banging the drum that "The Social Network" was going to be the clear and obvious winner at this year's Oscars, the past week has been a bracing wake-up call. On Tuesday morning, "The King's Speech" walked away with the lion's share of nominations, notching twelve under its belt. And last night, the film earned another major push that makes it clear it will be the film to beat at the end of February.

Harvey Scissorhands Wants To Honor Top Oscar Nominee 'King's Speech' By Cutting It For PG-13 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 11:43 AM
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After this morning's Oscar nominations, where "The King's Speech" stacked up a dozen nods, it seems Harvey Weinstein still isn't quite done maximizing the potential of the product he has out there in the theaters.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

'The King's Speech' Beats Out 'The Social Network' For Best Picture At The Producers Guild Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2011 2:24 AM
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Hold on Oscar prognosticators, "The Social Network" isn't a lock for Oscar just yet.

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