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Oscar Talk: Thompson, Tapley, Lodge, Knegt React To Nominations

Below, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge, indieWIRE's Peter Knegt and I discuss the Oscar nominations in this special Tuesday edition of Oscar Talk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2011 8:46 AM
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Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"

Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"
Rookie filmmaker Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, now nominated for best documentary feature Oscar, is causing the ever-elusive street artist to reconsider the concept of awards. "This is a big surprise," he states of the nomination. "I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2011 7:42 AM
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Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod
With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, including picture, actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Producer Scott Rudin is grinning as he produced both True Grit and The Social Network, which earned eight nominations, including picture, actor, director, and original screenplay. Chris Nolan's Inception also earned eight, but while the writer-director landed a nomination for original screenplay (his second), he didn't get director, which is a sign that the film was not in the top five of the ten slots, and is unlikely to land best picture. Ben Affleck's The Town was shut out of contention except for Jeremy Renner, last year's discovery for The Hurt Locker, who nabbed his second nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2011 2:04 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: Searchlight Lands Martha Marcy May Marlene, Magnolia/Participant Get Page One

During my panel today with Page One director Andrew Rossi and his star subject, NYT media columnist David Carr, at Sundance's Bing Bar on Main, a man came over and told me that Magnolia/Participant had acquired the film. So I broke the news to the press conference--if not in this blog. You can only do one thing at a time. On Saturday I had just told Participant's Jim Berk and Ricki Strauss how much I liked the doc, which I watched before the fest. They told me they were looking for movies to partner on. Participant effectively got word out to movie audiences on An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman through their activist outreach. This smart look at the ways technology and the internet are changing and threatening the New York Times, among other newspapers, will need help to break out beyond the narrow art-house niche. Magnolia plans a summer release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2011 10:36 AM
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Oscar Watch: Anne Thompson's Final Predictions

Oscar Watch: Anne Thompson's Final Predictions
With the Oscar nominations arriving Tuesday morning--my analysis of which will arrive promptly--I herewith deliver my final picks in all categories, in alphabetical order. I'm going out on a limb by putting Winter's Bone in my top ten and omitting The Town, which I include in Best Adapted Screenplay, but not Winter's Bone. I ended up putting Burlesque into Best Costume, not Inception. And I stuck with Sam Rockwell (Conviction) and Jeremy Renner (The Town) in Supporting Actor over Andrew Garfield (The Social Network).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2011 9:15 AM
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Interactive Academy Awards at Oscar.com

Oscar.com is pulling out all the stops with their online pre, during and post-Oscar coverage. Last week we looked at their "Road to the Oscars" and now they announce new online features that will give fans the chance to follow their favorite stars and get as much access as they can stomach to the show, behind-the-scenes and post-awards celebrations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2011 8:16 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: IFC Gets The Ledge, Searchlight Does Homework, Sundance Selects Adds Buck

Sundance Dealbook: IFC Gets The Ledge, Searchlight Does Homework, Sundance Selects Adds Buck
The Sundance deals continued to play out in a more active market. On Sunday Fox Searchlight picked up most worldwide rights (for $3 million) to rookie director Gavin Wiesen's high school romance Homework, starring Emma Roberts as a gorgeous girl who sees merit in lonely depressive Freddie Highmore. Produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kara Baker, Gia Walsh and Darren Goldberg, the teen flick is set for 2011 release. The trades didn't go for it: here'sVariety and THR.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2011 6:28 AM
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Tonino Guerra to Receive Writers Guild's Jean Renoir Screenwriting Award

The Writers Guild of America West will give Italian Tonino Guerra the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement by an international writer (given on an occasional basis). Guerra has written over 100 screenplays and is, states the Guild's Howard Rodman:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2011 6:26 AM
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Production Watch: Olsen's Red Lights, Cheadle in War Machine, Petunia Shoots in NYC

- Get her while she's hot. Sundance It-Girl (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House) Elizabeth Olsen just joined Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried). The non-twin Olsen sister tells Risky Business she found the thriller after reading "script after script after script." She will play Weaver's student: “Robert plays a world renowned psychic and Sigourney is a psychology professor…Cillian Murphy is my love interest, though that’s not a huge part of the story.” Olsen will take a break from NYU -- "my education is always a priority" -- to shoot Red Lights. The Psych major "find[s] mental illnesses fascinating."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2011 6:11 AM
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Sundance Watch: Weinstein Co. Aggressively Acquires My Idiot Brother in Seller's Market

Buying at Sundance is a game of grabbing one title at a time: each distrib circles the hit titles, grabs one, and retires from the fray. (Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia IFC tend to have bigger appetites.) What buyers don't want in a heated bidding situation is to overpay for a weak title or wind up needing product and going home with nothing. Weinstein Co. did not land Margin Call (which went to Lionsgate/Roadside) or Like Crazy (which went to Paramount) or Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon, or Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which both went to Sony pre-fest. Sony saw the Spurlock doc before anyone had seen the completed picture--Sony saw the first hour of the film, says Spurlock. James Marsh's dramatic chimp doc Project Nim went to HBO before the fest, which is seeking a theatrical partner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2011 12:58 AM
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