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Immersed in Movies: Spielberg Talks Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta
The moment Steven Spielberg stepped onto the motion capture stage in LA and watched James Cameron shooting "Avatar" with the virtual camera, he knew he had found the right medium for "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2011 1:44 PM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now? The Artist, Descendants, Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud, War Horse

This week in Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I survey the awards terrain following key votes from the LA film critics, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, which all have different impact but show us where the field is at this moment. We know where the actors are--"The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," et al. But SAG and the Academy, while they overlap, are different. Things can change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 12:06 PM
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Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos' Protest on Road to Nowhere's LAFCA Shutout Was an Inside Joke

It turns out that Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos' email protesting the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's ignoring Monte Hellman film "Road to Nowhere" in its 2011 awards voting, which was posted on Hellman's Facebook page, was an elaborate inside joke. UPDATED
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 4:57 PM
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Oscar Watch: The Artist is the One to Beat

Yes, "The Artist" is running away with the Oscar ball. It's has love from critics, dominated the SAG and Golden Globes nominations, and is strong with actors and craftspeople alike. As a nostalgic love letter to the movies--and a comic/tragic/romance--it has everything a Academy member could love, and will grab more Oscar nominations than any other film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 4:29 PM
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Golden Globes Nominations Are Led by The Artist, The Descendants and The Help - Analysis

Golden Globes nominations were led by "The Artist" with six nominations, followed by "The Descendants" and "The Help" with five each, and "Moneyball," "The Ides of March" and "Midnight in Paris" with four. The Golden Globe motion picture nominations are split into drama and comedy, which adds more players to the field. UPDATED
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 9:49 AM
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Critics Groups Votes: What is Their Impact?

It's hard to keep up with the various critics groups around the country, which have far less impact on the final Oscar race than the early votes from New York and Los Angeles. Check the San Francisco Critics Circle winners below against the Screen Actors Guild votes today, for example, which are far more predictive, as its members actually have some overlap with the Academy's largest branch, the actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 5:02 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Saldanha Gets Animated Over Rio

If "Rango" is the front runner in the animated Oscar race (it took the LA Film Critics Assn. Awards last week), then "Rio" is the dark horse. It's original, lively, musical, richly animated, and boasts the hot Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway as its voice talent for the romance between two mismatched blue macaws.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 14, 2011 4:29 PM
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Voting Begins for Cinema Eye Honors' 2012 Audience Choice Prize

The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking voting for the 2012 Audience Choice Prize is open. Anyone can cast their vote at the Cinema Eye website.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 14, 2011 4:17 PM
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Watch Video: Academy's Top Ten Shorts

Academy shorts branch voters will now pick three to five final nominees from their short list of ten live action shorts. One hundred seven pictures qualified in the category. Check out the list--with links to video and more detailed info--below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 2:09 PM
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Screen Actors Guild Surprises: Close, Bichir, and McCarthy Are In, Theron, Redgrave, Woodley and Fassbender, Out

"Albert Nobbs" star Glenn Close can heave a sigh of relief, as she landed a Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress, along with frontrunners Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Viola Davis, whose film "The Help" gets a surge in the Oscar race as it dominated the field with four nominations, including best ensemble and two supporting nods for Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 11:21 AM
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