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Post-Critics Votes Oscar Update: The Also-Rans

Post-Critics Votes Oscar Update: The Also-Rans
The Oscar race is still in flux, even though the major critics groups have weighed in. For example, Tuesday brings the Golden Globes nominations, which are again the product of a particular group--in this case some 80 international Hollywood foreign correspondents-- but still has impact on awards momentum. And the most predictive nominations, from the various guilds, are still to come.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2010 9:07 AM
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List Watch: Most Improved Celebs Include Franco, Young Indies Who Happen to Like New York

- Forget Best Movies of the year. The Daily Beast is handing out honors via another type of list altogether: Most Improved Stars of 2010. The only name included that will also be seen on many Top Film and Top Performances lists? James Franco. TDB says "[this] Renaissance man did so much serious work this year that some critics wondered if it was all part of a Joaquin Phoenix-style elaborate joke." He is accompanied by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, Toy Story's Woody, and geriatric comedienne Betty White, whose irreverent hilarity should make Tina Fey "feel threatened."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 7:33 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network, Kids Are All Right Lead New York Film Critics Awards

Oscar Watch: Social Network, Kids Are All Right Lead New York Film Critics Awards
The Social Network wins again. The New York Film Critics also voted The Social Network as the year's best film, and gave best director to David Fincher. This film was simply the one that critics could agree on, as opposed to others with both promoters and detractors. But this string of wins does push the film into that must-see winner's circle. The film also won the Los Angeles critics and other critics groups. The King's Speech's Colin Firth won best actor, again. And The Kids Are All Right scored some needed wins as Annette Bening won best actress, Mark Ruffalo best supporting actor, and Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg best screenplay--a surprise win over Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network. Debra Granik's Winter's Bone was shut out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2010 6:50 AM
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Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah

Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah
Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced Monday that on February 27, Oscar presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards will include past nominees and winners Halle Berry (won Best Actress for Monster's Ball), Jeff Bridges (won Best Actor for Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock (won Best Actress, The Blind Side), Marisa Tomei (won Best Supporting Actress, My Cousin Vinny) and Oprah Winfrey (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Color Purple).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 6:20 AM
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Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed

Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed
The largest film critic group (of which I am a member), the Broadcast Film Critics Association, provides a handy window into where the award season is heading. (The New York Film Critics vote Monday.) The full list of nominations, led by Black Swan (12), The King's Speech (11), True Grit (11), Inception (10) and The Social Network (9) is below. The awards will air live at 9 PM ET/PT on January 14.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2010 6:20 AM
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AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut

AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut
The American Film Institute voted their ten best AFI Movies and TV Programs of the Year Awards Sunday, proclaimed as the "only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form." The AFI honors American films and series. Thus they chose British The King's Speech and Waiting for Superman as "Special Award" winners, having not met the AFI's standard criteria (posted below). Their Movies and TV Programs of the year, as chosen by film and television scholars, artists and critics, are as follows:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 4:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics pride themselves on not functioning as predictors of later awards such as the Oscars, they did basically throw away votes for best actress (Kim Hye-ja, Mother) and supporting actor (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, which was eligible for last year's foreign Oscar). It makes more sense to release foreign films in their year of eligibility so that awards they accrue can boost the film while it's still current, as opposed to a year later. I put A Prophet on my 2009 top ten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2010 8:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins including picture, director David Fincher, star Jesse Eisenberg, writer Aaron Sorkin and music (full list of winners below). LAFCA also announces its winners Sunday: stay tuned for updates. Black Swan had a good weekend as it broadened at the box office and landed best actress from Boston for Natalie Portman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2010 7:28 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Narnia Sequel Voyage of Dawn Treader, Jolie/Depp's Tourist Disappoint

Two big-budget studio confections, The The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia) and retro romantic thriller The Tourist, stumbled at the domestic box office. Both will look overseas to recoup their costs, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 12, 2010 5:17 AM
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Universal is Talking with Gores Brothers to Possibly Sell Focus

The billionaire Gores brothers have been looking to set themselves up in the entertainment business. Tom and Alex Gores (advised by their Paradigm Agency chief brother Sam) chased after Overture Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment, and made a $550-million cash-offer for Miramax Films, but the deals went elsewhere. The Gores are moving forward with a long-term plan to start their own studio.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2010 1:52 AM
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