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Oscar Stats: Keeping Score

Here's a breakdown of this year's Oscar nominations by film, ranging from most to least.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2012 12:55 PM
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Watch: A Clip from the Oscar-Nominated Football Doc 'Undefeated'

Harvey Weinstein was a happy man Tuesday, earning 10 nominations for Oscar front runner "The Artist," Meryl Streep and makeup for "The Iron Lady," costumes for Madonna's "W.E." and even a nomination for the football doc "Undefeated."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 25, 2012 11:44 AM
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Sundance Reviews: Sony Pictures Classics Pick-Up 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

Sony Picture Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American, and Eastern European rights to Sundance Premiere title "Celeste & Jesse Forever."
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 24, 2012 6:09 PM
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Focus Acquires Raunchy Comedy 'For a Good Time, Call...'

Focus Features made its first buy at Sundance today, paying some $2 million to beat out rival bidders to acquire worldwide rights to first-time director Jamie Travis's "For a Good Time, Call..." The film, which had its world premiere this week in Park City, is a timely comedy about two young women with little in common who room together in New York. When the reserved Lauren finds out that Katie, her roommate, works part-time as a phone-sex operator, the two strike up a friendship and a business partnership to boot, starting their own 1-900 business.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 24, 2012 6:01 PM
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Gallo to Star in 'Don't Shoot the Piano Player' for '2 Days in New York' Star Alexandre Nahon

Vincent Gallo has agreed to star in “Don’t Shoot the Piano Player” for Alexandre Nahon, who will direct the feature film from his own script.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • January 24, 2012 5:56 PM
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Oscar Talk Post-Nominations: 'Hugo' vs. "The Artist,' Snubs and Surprises, Predictions

In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, I go over Tuesday's nominations with In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2012 5:37 PM
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Oscar Nominations Bring Surprises in Animation and VFX: 'Cars 2,' 'Tintin,' and Superheroes Snubbed

Well, we heard it was coming -- and, sure enough -- the animation branch rejected Pixar's "Cars 2" and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" in favor of two hand-drawn European indies: "A Cat in Paris" from France and "Chico & Rita" from Spain. 
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 24, 2012 5:21 PM
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Sundance Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Plans Oscar Run for 'The Surrogate'

Fox Searchlight immediately snapped up "The Surrogate" for $6 million, the biggest acquisition at Sundance so far this year, outmaneuvering at least three other potential buyers for the picture.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 24, 2012 2:55 PM
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Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Pick-Up 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Stuns and Impresses

The breakout hit of Sundance, Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," has critics gushing. After acquiring potential Academy contender "The Surrogate" for a cool $6 million for worldwide rights, Fox Searchlight closed a deal for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"as well. (Review round-up below.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 24, 2012 1:46 PM
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Oscar Nominations Led by 'Hugo' with Eleven and 'The Artist' with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

Well it's a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar as Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" led the field with eleven nominations to ten for silent black-and-white film"The Artist" Tuesday morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2012 9:18 AM
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