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USC Scripter Award Nominations For Adapted Screenplays Include 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Jane Eyre'

One of the awards I vote for is the University of Southern California's Scripter Awards. Like the AFI Awards, the Scripters are voted on by a mix of industry insiders (many of them screenwriters), academics and critics. The idea is to award the adaptation of a previous work, so these awards have some influence on the adapted screenplay Oscars. Happily, the first three nominees are on my ten best list; all five are in my top twenty.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 10:41 AM
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Golden Globes Weekend Preview: Critics Choice, AFI, BAFTA Rising Stars, Parties

It's a busy awards weekend in Hollywood. It all starts off with Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, which happens to air live on VH1 the night before Oscar ballots are due--at 5 PM Friday. Last year the CCMA chose 18 Oscar winners out of its 20 awards. (My winners' predictions here do not reflect my actual votes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 9:53 AM
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Indie Distributors Target Foreign Oscar Entries for Specialized Gold

Distributors are changing their usual release patterns for this year's batch of foreign film Oscar contenders. They often wait until after the nominations to release the films. But this year more are going out early, ahead of the noms January 24.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 11, 2012 6:29 PM
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Visual Effects Designer Douglas Trumbull to Receive Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award

The Academy will award Douglas Trumbull, the visionary behind some of the most significant visual effects innovations in recent film history, its Gorden E. Sawyer Award.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 11, 2012 4:26 PM
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Catherine Deneuve to Receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present French star Catherine Deneuve with the Society's Chaplin Award at a gala event to be held in New York City on April 2.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 11, 2012 4:04 PM
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SAG and Critics' Choice Movie Awards Name Presenters and Performers

Wednesday, both the Screen Actors Guild and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards announced their lineups of presenters. First up is the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, to be broadcast live by VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium at 8:00 p.m. on January 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 3:39 PM
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Golden Globe Nominee Abel Korzeniowski Talks Madonna, 'W.E.,' Score

One of my favorite movie scores of the season is Abel Korzeniowski's haunting work for Madonna's "W.E."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 11, 2012 3:08 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers Shuts Out Spielberg's 'War Horse'

Hollywood's Guild nominees are more indicative of where the Oscar race is heading then the various critics' groups, which serve to put a spotlight on what Academy voters should see, and help start momentum behind certain contenders. But the Guilds actually overlap with Academy voters. Here are the five nominees:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 12:10 PM
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Academy Narrows Makeup Contenders to Seven

Seven films are competing in the makeup category for three nominations to be announced on January 24. On Saturday, January 21, members of the Academy's Makeup Branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films and pick the final three.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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Golden Globes Presenters include Banderas, Portman, Kidman, McCarthy & More

The Golden Globes is getting a full house of stars for the 69th annual awards show on January 15, hosted by the delightfully insulting Ricky Gervais. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Melissa McCarthy, Freida Pinto and Natalie Portman will each be presenting awards...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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