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Development Watch: Oscar Contenders at Work: Eisenberg & Leo, Brolin & Burton, Tarantino & Waltz

Development Watch: Oscar Contenders at Work: Eisenberg & Leo, Brolin & Burton, Tarantino & Waltz
- With the award season wrapped, Oscar nominees and winners can get back to work. This summer, Best Actor nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa "F-Word" Leo will shoot Predisposed, an independent comedy about a drug-addict mom and her son, set on the day of his interview at Julliard and her enlistment in rehab, where she must arrive intoxicated in order to be admitted without health insurance. This is not a new role for Leo: a short of the same name went to Sundance in 2009. Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) wrote the script, and while Dorling directed the short, Nyswaner will direct the feature. 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan is rumored to be playing Leo's drug dealer.
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  • March 1, 2011 7:00 AM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Melissa Leo, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Williams, John Hawkes & More

Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Melissa Leo, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Williams, John Hawkes & More
Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 6:26 AM
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Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit
On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to the Governor's Ball just as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban were leaving, heading down the escalator; the trio of winning producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, posed for me with their Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap
It's a wrap, as In Contention's Kris Tapley and I analyze Sunday night's Oscar show winners and losers (below). Co-host Anne Hathaway came out ahead of James Franco, who seemed to be either too tired or too bored to do more than phone it in between tweets. (Caryn James' review is here.) Maybe he really was more comfortable at the Spirit Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 10:30 AM
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Live on the Oscar Red Carpet, Photos and Sound Bites, from Bullock to Bonham Carter

Live on the Oscar Red Carpet, Photos and Sound Bites, from Bullock to Bonham Carter
5:15 PM "The best recognition I ever had was for the Coens," says Javier Bardem, who won the Oscar for No Country for Old Men and is nominated for Biutiful. Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton is letting Helena Bonham Carter do the heavy lifting on the red carpet for her The King's Speech nomination; she has a Union Jack strapped to one peeking bare leg, and asked Alice costume designer Colleen Atwood (UPDATE who goes on to win the Oscar), to make her black gown, in order to best "cover her bum."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 6:26 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best Director Tom Hooper Talks King's Speech's "Man Love" at Backstage Interview

Oscars 2011: Best Director Tom Hooper Talks King's Speech's "Man Love" at Backstage Interview
Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 6:26 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best Actress & Actor Talk: Portman's "Little Dancer," Firth Threatens Dance Moves

Oscars 2011: Best Actress & Actor Talk: Portman's "Little Dancer," Firth Threatens Dance Moves
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
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  • February 28, 2011 6:01 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best Foreign Language Film Winner In A Better World, Susanne Bier Talks

Best Foreign Language Film: In A Better World, (Denmark) Director Susanne Bier (here's our interview)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 5:37 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best Screenplay Winners Seidler & Sorkin Talk King's Speech and Social Network Wins

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 5:23 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best Cinematography Winner Wally Pfister Talks Inception, Acceptance Speech

Soundbites from the Backstage Interview with Inception's Best Cinematography winner, Wally Pfister:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 5:15 AM
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