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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Inception's Pfister, Zimmer, Network's Sorkin, Brand & More

Best Cinematography Winner: Wally Pfister, Inception
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:43 AM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Directors Hooper, Ferguson, Fox, Junger, Granik, Walker

Best Picture & Director Winner: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:34 AM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: The Fighter and Social Network Producers, Pixar's Catmull, Murdoch

Best Picture Nominees: Producers Dana Brunetti & Michael De Luca, The Social Network
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:27 AM
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Rango Early Reviews: "One Spectacular-Looking Movie," "Chaotic," "Wildly Imaginative" (UPDATED)

Rango is a gorgeous CGI animated homage to the Hollywood western from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, ILM, screenwriter John Logan and a great voice cast led by Johnny Depp. The VFX masters at ILM put their genius to work on a piece of CGI animation (blessedly not in 3-D) , and the results are wondrous, from the character animation to the action sequences. But while Logan is an Oscar-nominated studio scribe (The Aviator) who knows his westerns, this is not a Pixar film. On the one hand the pacing lags, and on the other, they don't seem to have a handle on how to make it play for both adults and kids. (Younger viewers in the theater were bored.) But for any student of animation or western buff, Rango is a must-see.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 9:27 AM
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MPAA Names Christopher Dodd, ex-Senator from Connecticut, as Chairman and CEO

Hollywood's newest lobbyist in Washington, replacing Dan Glickman who in turn replaced the legendary late Jack Valenti, is new Motion Picture Association of America chairman Christopher J. Dodd. The five-term Democratic Liberal Senator from Connecticut had been in talks for some months; he takes over the reins on March 17. He has many ties to Hollywood leaders, from Sundance founder Robert Redford to SnagFilm CEO Rick Allen, who has known Dodd for 30 years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 7:02 AM
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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.
  • By Sophia Savage
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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

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

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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