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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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Live From The Indie Spirit Awards: Black Swan Dominates, Winners Talk (UPDATE)

We are live on the beaches of Santa Monica for the 2011 Indie Spirit Awards. It's a sunny but blistering February afternoon. The clouds will likely roll in as the show starts at 2 pm. Winners will be ushered into the press tent to give their last comments before tomorrow's season-finale Oscar showdown. Check back for live updates. Here is the complete list of nominees.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 26, 2011 9:43 AM
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Indie Spirits Preview: Back to Beach with Host McHale; Oscar Nominees Favored to Win; Hudson Talks

It's back to the beach in Santa Monica (amid threats of rain) for the 26th edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, which are voted on by some 5000 members of Film Independent, and take place the Saturday before the Oscars. It won't be hard for first-time host Joel McHale (The Soup, Spy Kids 4, see video below) to improve on last year's Eddie Izzard, who phoned in his duties without seeming to have much sense of the smart indies in the room during 2010's one-off move downtown to LA Live. Former R-rated hosts John Waters, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson honed in on the right vibe for this crowd. Here's the list of presenters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2011 2:42 AM
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Oscar Predicts Chart 2010

Here's my list of predictions for Oscar wins (in italics) in all categories including shorts. (My nominations predictions are here.) Until February 27th!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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France's Cesars Go To Of Gods and Men and Ghost Writer; No Impact on Oscar Index Video

France's Cesar awards, much like the European Film Awards, gave a lot more credit to Paris-based filmmaker-in-exile Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer than it has received stateside, where the Academy shut out the film. But the Cesars awarded best director, editing, score and adapted screenplay to the Polanski film. Best animation went to Oscar nominee The Illusionist, directed by Sylvain Chomet. France's Oscar submission Of Gods and Men, which the Academy failed to nominate, won Best Film. Sony Pictures Classics opened the film in the U.S. today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 11:57 AM
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Weinsteins Get PG-13 for King's Speech, Appeal R-Rating for Schnabel's Miral

The Weinsteins are known for grabbing publicity with their ratings battles for such films as Blue Valentine, which earned an R PG-13 on appeal, and likely Oscar-winner The King's Speech, which just landed a PG-13 rating after the Weinsteins amended its volley of the F-word. Now Biutiful producer Jon Kilik and director Julian Schnabel (whose The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was briefly rated R for brief frontal nudity before Kilik protested) are appealing the MPAA’s R-rating for Weinstein indie pick-up Miral, their Pathe-financed film about the violent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which played the festival circuit last year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 10:58 AM
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The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry

The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry
Hollywood has a good track record when it comes to adapting California sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, who was praised by Adam Gopnik for his "mixture of mordant comedy and wild metaphysics."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 9:00 AM
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