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Sundance Award Winners: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'The Surrogate,' 'House I Live In,' 'Invisible War'

It couldn't have gone any other way. The standout film of Sundance 2012, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," took home the Sundance grand jury prize, along with a cinematography award for Ben Richardson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 11:43 PM
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Sundance Eulogy from Bingham Ray's Poker Partners

Here's the Bingham Ray Sundance Eulogy, which was read at the Sundance Closing Night Awards by choked-up Fest Director John Cooper, from his poker partners Ben Barenholtz, Eamonn Bowles, Tom Prassis, Arnie Sawyer. Good job guys, it made me cry yet again.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 9:50 PM
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Magnolia Adds '2 Days in NY,' 'Nobody Walks' and 'Compliance' to Its Sundance Shopping Cart

Magnolia Pictures started out Sundance 2012 strong, buying doc "Queen of Versailles," and then went on a buying spree. Early Thursday, the distributor's genre arm Magnet Releasing picked up North American rights to the horror anthology "V/H/S" for north of $1 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 6:50 PM
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Oscar Watch: The Academy Expands Producer Credits for Best Picture Nominee 'Tree of Life'

The Academy expanded the producer credits from the usual three to four for "The Tree of Life." The official nominees for the film are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill. They did not, however, include the film's star, Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 28, 2012 11:53 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Sundance Reviews and Buys, Interviews, Oscar Predictions, In the Works

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  • January 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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Sundance News: Participant Media and AFFRM Acquire 'Middle of Nowhere'

Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 7:32 PM
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Does Oscar Really Follow the Critics? Tell-All Charts

Every year, the lead-up to the Oscars is rife with horse race terminology: there are front-runners, films that lag behind and, of course, last minute surges.  As Hollywood bounces from award ceremony to award ceremony, from SAG to the Golden Globes to the Guild awards, the Oscar-predicting crowd gazes into its collective crystal ball and makes its pronouncements. Taking the cue from one of this year's Oscar contenders (that'd be "Moneyball"), we here at TOH decided to take a closer look at the data to see just how Oscar actually takes his cue from the other awards shows and, most importantly, the critics.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 27, 2012 6:46 PM
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Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Nominee 'Bullhead' Opens February 17

Drafthouse Films has scheduled a limited release of "Bullhead," nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The underdog foreign language pick will open in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on February 17.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 6:26 PM
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Sundance Talk: Festival Buzz

This Sundance I dragooned New York-based Screen critic David D'Arcy into sharing his Sundance experience with us via Podcast. The first is a round-up of what we've seen and hear buzz about. We'll reconnoiter again for a wrap-up. Check back on Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2012 3:54 PM
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In the Works: Charlie Kaufman adds Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to Impressive Cast of 'Frank or Francis'

Charlie Kaufman's latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy "Frank or Francis," has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 2:44 PM
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