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Oscar Wrap-Ups, Reactions

USA Today's Anthony Breznikan shares his sleepover (with no sleep) at the Oscars with Anne Hathaway the night before nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 3:15 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 20: Parsing the Noms, Blind Side and Surprises

Oscar Talk Episode 20: Parsing the Noms, Blind Side and Surprises
While Kris Tapley and I were prepared for today's Academy Award nominations, a few things caught us by surprise. We discuss today's news and forecast where the Oscar race is heading: from Avatar vs. Hurt Locker to Bullock, Streep, those Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 10:35 AM
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Oscar Watch: Animated Surprise is 2-D The Secret of Kells

I checked out this The Secret of Kells trailer when the Annies nominated this little 2-D movie I had never heard of (Disney International has it in some territories). It's Irish. And it was nominated today instead of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Monsters vs. Aliens, Mary & Max, or Ponyo. Who knew?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 10:22 AM
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Michel Gondry's Mia Doi Todd - Open Your Heart (Video)

Michel Gondry's latest music video for Mia Doi Todd's "Open Your Heart" makes me smile.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 9:11 AM
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SOPHIA SAVAGE, in addition to being a staff writer for Thompson on Hollywood! and indieWIRE since 2009, is an actor and filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. She studied film and theater at Smith College. Follow her on Twitter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 4:07 AM
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Oscar Watch: Final Nominations Predictions

Oscar Watch: Final Nominations Predictions
Today, I picked up my credential to attend the Oscar nominations announcement bright and early Tuesday morning. I'll bring my laptop and file from there. I like getting the information packet that has all the stats and info about all the nominees. I have posted my final predictions, front runners and one long shot in all the categories except the shorts, which I have not seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 2:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: Nominations Analysis

Oscar Watch: Nominations Analysis
The big surprises on Oscar nominations morning: Clint Eastwood's Invictus (two noms) did not make it into the best picture top ten, while John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side did. The film's star, Sandra Bullock also scored her first Oscar nom, as best actress. Not unlike Million Dollar Baby, four-hankie drama The Blind Side wowed voters with its uplifting, emotional Good Samaritan message. District 9 (four noms) and A Serious Man (two) also made it into the ten, while Star Trek (four) did not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 1:46 AM
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Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan

Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan
A swatch of pale loveliness, here are this year's Vanity Fair photos of Hollywood ingenues. I believe the mag has done Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), at least, before. Last week, Stewart was in Sundance supporting The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys; Rebecca Hall stole Nicole Holefcener's Please Give at Sundance; Mia Wasikowska was also there, starring as one of the Kids Are All Right. She plays the title role in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland, which should break her out even more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 5:46 AM
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Spielberg Heating Up Gershwin and Quinto

It looks like DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg are heating up on Doug Wright's script for a planned biopic of composer George Gershwin. Several biopics--including Tony Kushner's Lincoln and a still-in-development look at the life of Martin Luther King--are in the works, and there's also the ten-part family adventure The 39 Clues, written by Jeff Nathanson, which Spielberg could decide to take on. But clearly, the DreamWorks filmmaker is excited about Gershwin. The script is set in the 30s during the period when the songwriter, hugely popular, stretched himself by turning to more serious Broadway musicals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 1:06 AM
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Weekend B.O.: In Seventh Week, Avatar Beats Edge of Darkness

At the weekend box office, Avatar grossed another $30-million, beating all comers for the 7th weekend in a row, including Mel Gibson's return to the screen in thriller Edge of Darkness, which despite earning mixed reviews scored $17 million. Avatar only needs a little more than $6 million to overtake Titanic as top domestic b.o.-grosser, and should do so by mid-week. Patrick Goldstein puts Avatar's grosses in perspective, adjusting for inflation. Another question: does Avatar's rolling b.o. success help or hurt with Oscar voters?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 6:52 AM
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