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Live at the Oscars: Visual Effects Goes to Inception

As expected, Chris Nolan's Inception wins best visual effects. It had to be. And Inception now leads with four awards for the night. "It feels like that top is still spinning," says Paul Franklin. Here's more from the acceptance speech and backstage interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:33 AM
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Live at Oscars: Strangers No More Wins Doc Short, God of Love Wins Live Short, Inside Job Wins

"Three years after a horrific financial crisis, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong," says Charles Ferguson as he accepts the Oscar for Inside Job. The front-runner won over upstart Exit Through the Gift Shop, depriving Oscar watchers of seeing who would accept the award for Banksy. This is a case of gravitas winning out over a more whimsical film about art. Gift Shop likely benefited from the Brit street artist's graffiti postings in the weeks before the Oscars, which were well-covered by the media, but probably was hurt by Banksy's interview proxy, the wacky subject of his movie, Mr. Brainwash. If anything the movie that was moving up on the outside was Lucy Walker's Waste Land, another movie about art.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:14 AM
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Live at Oscars: Makeup Goes to The Wolfman, Costumes to Alice in Wonderland

Best makeup, not surprisingly, goes to The Wolfman's Rick Baker--it's his seventh Oscar--and costume designer goes to Colleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland, her second after Room with a View. It's a good night for Tim Burton, who has not done well at the Oscars in the past. The movie also won best art direction. Atwood thanks Burton's "imagination."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:55 AM
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Oscars 2011: Winners Talk: Portman & Firth, Bale & Leo, Sorkin & Seidler, Inception, TSN (UPDATED)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
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  • February 28, 2011 2:35 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Supporting Actor Goes to Bale for The Fighter, In a Better World Wins Foreign

"You're the best," Christian Bale says to the man he played in The Fighter, Dicky Eklund, as he accepts the best supporting actor Oscar, and pitches his website (UPDATE: which promptly crashed). Bale was considered the front runner and didn't have to campaign for the prize, as he was shooting a film in China, he said. Backstage when someone asked him what he thought of Charlie Sheen's escapades, he said, "I was in China. No internet." Winning an Oscar does not mean that he doesn't have to shoot the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Here's more from Bale's acceptance speech and backstage interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:28 AM
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Live at Oscars: The Social Network Wins Adapted Script and Score, King's Speech Original Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin cites Network scribe Paddy Chayefsky as he accepts his Oscar for best adapted screenplay for The Social Network. David Fincher "made the movie of any screenwriter's dreams," he says, reprising the acceptance speeches he has been making all season. "I grew up worshiping the movie The Graduate," says Sorkin backstage. "These were the youngest characters I have ever written, so we were going to have to find the best young actors...I think Mark Zuckerberg has been an awful good sport about this."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:14 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Leo Wins Supporting Actress, Pixar Wins Toy Story 3, Loses Day & Night

Supporting actress is announced by Kirk Douglas, who milks the moment for all it's worth, the ornery old coot. He flirts with Anne Hathaway. "You're gorgeous, where were you when I was making pictures?" Douglas reminds he lost three times. The Oscar for supporting actress goes to Melissa Leo. The front runner wins after all-- and her glam Oscar ads meant nothing. "Can you pinch me?" Now Douglas flirts with Leo. She gets bleeped. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting he work," she says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 1:55 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Art Direction Goes to Alice in Wonderland, Cinematography for Inception UPDATED

Backstage at the Oscars, I'm wearing a headset (piping in the show) and sitting near Variety and the NYTimes. Indiewire has shelled out for a DSL line. After a frenetic chilly red carpet, and a funny video opener from James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman, the first awards were both in highly contested categories: Art Direction and Cinematography. Robert Stromberg thanked "the wacky wonderful world of Tim Burton," as he accepted for Alice in Wonderland. He also won for Avatar, so this is his second Oscar in a row. Inception was also in the running.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 1:43 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Gnomeo & Juliet Elves Bash Cage's Drive Angry 3D and Farrelly's Hall Pass

Animated holdover Gnomeo & Juliet surged ahead of yet another set of weak openers as the box office continues in the doldrums.(Here's our six reasons why.) See weekend trailers and Top Ten Box Office Chart below. Anthony D'Alessandro has the numbers:A band of CGI elves had the last laugh as Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet stole the box office with $14.2 million, kicking former marquee champs, the Farrelly Brothers and Nicolas Cage, in the groin. The Farrelly’s Hall Pass, distributed by Warner Bros./New Line, slid to second with a $13.4 million three-day after showing signs of a No. 1 win on Friday with $4.6 million.  Summit Entertainment’s Cage headliner Drive Angry 3D from Nu Image Pictures crashed and burned in ninth with $5.1 million – the lowest opening for a 3D live-action feature after Gulliver’s Travels ($6.3 million bow) and another sign in Nicolas Cage’s apocalyptic career. The success of Gnomeo proves that when there’s crap at the box office, family titles flourish, a pattern seen last April when the fourth frame of How to Train Your Dragon bested the bows of Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-up Plan and DC comics also-ran The Losers.  After filing fourth on Friday with $3.16 million, Gnomeo climbed 101% yesterday to $6.3 million. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 27, 2011 5:48 AM
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Spirit Awards: Black Swan Wins Four, Portman and Franco Take Home Acting Awards

Spirit Awards: Black Swan Wins Four, Portman and Franco Take Home Acting Awards
Fox Searchlight was the big winner Saturday at Film Independent's Spirit Awards as Black Swan collected four awards, for best feature, actress (Natalie Portman), director (Darren Aronfosky) and cinematography (Matthew Libatique) while a tired-looking James Franco, who is not only co-hosting Sunday's Oscars but threw a post-Gagosian show party Friday night, won best actor for 127 Hours.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2011 12:50 AM
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