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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." With a million dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue - posted below along with "Djesus."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2013 3:49 PM
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'Lincoln,' 'Argo,' and' Zero Dark Thirty': Reordering History

Oops! For months, screenwriter Tony Kushner has been considered a shoo-in for an Oscar. But the award-winning playwright with impeccable credentials -- “Angels in America, his 1993 play about AIDS, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award as well as half a dozen awards from drama critics -- tripped, if not tumbled, last week.
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  • February 17, 2013 7:48 AM
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'Brave' Wins Both Editing and Sound Mixing Awards

Dramatic feature "Argo" (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) won again Saturday at the ACE Eddie Awards, along with comedy feature "Silver Linings Playbook" (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers). "Searching for Sugar Man" (edited by director Malik Bendjelloul) continued its awards streak, winning the Eddie for documentary. “Brave” (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film. It also took home a Sound Mixing award Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2013 4:15 AM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Bruce Willis is Back, But Melissa McCarthy Stays Close, 'Silver Linings' Passes $100 Million

Good news: four wide releases grossed over $20 million for the four-day Presidents' Day weekend. On paper that looks solid. Pictures with varied appeal--male action, comedy, young female, kids--marked a return to more normal moviegoing after weeks of adult-sewing films, with a few genre films grabbing scattered attention. Bruce Willis' fifth turn in a "Die Hard" film led the way, staving off a strong challenge by the second week of Melissa McCarthy's career-boosting hit "Identity Thief," which will likely be the biggest film released in the first two months of the year (at least in North America).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 16, 2013 7:36 PM
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Berlin Golden Bear Goes to 'Child's Pose,' David Gordon Green Gets Director

As the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival wound up, the Golden Bear went to Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama "Child's Pose," about a wealthy mother trying to extricate her imprisoned son. The Silver Bear for best director went to American director David Gordon Green for "Prince Avalanche," which debuted at Sundance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2013 2:20 PM
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Weekend Box Office Returns to Normal: 'Good Day to Die Hard' & 'Safe Haven' Open, 'Silver Linings' Heads for $100 Million

After a disastrous weekend when grosses dipped to half of last year's, two new releases and one strong holdover continued the Thursday Valentine's Day rebound. Friday's Top Ten total is close to the 2012 sum. Three of the week's four new films premiered a day earlier. All three fell off their initial numbers, though, suggesting that the recovery is not complete, even for just one weekend. (We'll report holiday weekend totals on Monday.)
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Best of the Week: State of the Oscar Race, 'Girls,' Affleck, Interviews, Reviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 15, 2013 9:42 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Music Oscar Race

Like cinematography, production design, editing, and sound, the Oscar-nominated music scores are all organically tied to their movies in very personal ways. So it's hard to pick a winner among such stalwarts as Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Thomas Newman ("Skyfall"), Mychael Danna ("Life of Pi"), and Dario Marianelli ("Anna Karenina") along with the venerable old warhorse, John Williams ("Lincoln"). Still, I keep hearing a lot about Danna being the favorite in a very close race.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 15, 2013 3:41 PM
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Behind Richard Burton's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Richard Burton will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 1. These ceremonies aren't cheap -- per the New York Times, the 300-pound cement-based terrazo stars themselves cost $30,000 a piece.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 3:21 PM
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Meet Shawn Christensen, Writer-Director-Star of Oscar-Nominated Short 'Curfew'

Leading the pack in the race for the best live-action short Oscar is Hollywood screenwriter Shawn Christensen's gritty 19-minute "Curfew," which stars the multi-hyphenate as suicidal New Yorker Richie who babysits for his nine-year-old neice Sophia. Safe to say we will be hearing from this actor-writer-filmmaker again: he's currently expanding "Curfew" into a full-length feature. (See the short on iTunes.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 15, 2013 3:11 PM
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