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Six Reasons Why Six Oscar Nominees Delivered Highest Awards Season Grosses in Recent History

Six of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominees have already passed the $100 million mark, the highest level since the number was increased from five in 2009. These are the biggest numbers, even with ticket price adjustments, in recent box-office history. A number of factors contributed to the result-- the quality of the films, with studio-financed budgets requiring films with wide audience appeal, apart from any Oscar bonus--but the most significant was the calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 24, 2013 6:15 AM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Four Independent Spirit Awards, Hunt and Hawkes Win for 'Sessions,' Full List of Winners

Going in it was Fox Searchlight's scrappy "Beasts of the Southern Wild" vs. Weinstein Co's "Silver Linings Playbook" at the 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday at the sunny beach in Santa Monica. The show, which airs at 10 PM on IFC, was hosted by SNL's Andy Samberg, who played well to the room; the highlights were several video spoofs of the nominees, including Samberg's Skype auditions. "We've got Matthew McConaughey," said Samberg. "Hollywood fuck you!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2013 8:06 PM
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Live Backstage at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates with Best Feature, Director and Actress; Hawkes Wins for Actor

TOH! was live backstage at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Here's a roundup of the winners and what they had to say.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 23, 2013 6:11 PM
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The Cesars Go to Riva, Trintignant, Haneke, 'Amour,' and Foreign Film 'Argo' UPDATED

A radiant red-robed Emmanuelle Riva accepted the Cesar for best actress Friday night at Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet for Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won five awards including best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke was in Los Angeles for Saturday's Indie Spirits and Sunday's Oscars, while Trintignant was in Brussels in a play, he told the audience via his son Vincent's cell phone: "Je suis tres content, merci beaucoup," he said. Kevin Costner accepted a Life Achievement Award--and seemed to fall asleep during Riva's long speech.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2013 6:07 PM
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'Up in the Air' Writer Walter Kirn on the Oscars, an Event that 'Sucked Even Worse in Real Life Than on Television'

For an insider's (scathing) prespective on Oscar night, read the New Republic's piece "Oscar Grouch: I'd like to thank the Academy for nothing," written by "Up In the Air" (the novel) writer Walker Kirn. Highlights from the piece below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 22, 2013 4:02 PM
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Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars -- Statistical Frontrunners and Nominees with "more noise than signal"

"Political calculus" election guru Nate Silver is taking his third stab at Oscar predictions in the six major categories -- he previously predicted in 2009 and 2011 -- and using a no-nonsense approach. While Silver doesn't boast a perfect Oscar track record, he claims that his method of basing the winners off other awards given out in the run-up to the Academy Awards is "the best predictor of Oscar success" and the closest equivalent to pre-election polls.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 1:10 PM
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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Chosen as Oscar-Qualifying in Documentary Short Category

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been selected as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This decision follows a recent similar decision by the Producers Guild.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 12:24 PM
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Oscar Talk: Final Predictions

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I make our final picks -- and have six pivotal disagreements.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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Oscar Presenters 2013: Multiple Oscar-Winners Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman On Board

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announce that multiple Oscar-winners Jack Nicholson ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "As Good as It Gets," "Terms of Endearment") and Dustin Hoffman ("Kramer vs. Kramer," "Rain Man") will present at the February 24 awards show.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 11:13 AM
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Why 'Searching for Sugar Man' is a Slam Dunk for the Documentary Oscar

There are few reasons to envy the membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but there have probably been times when the Academy hierarchy has turned an envious eye upon the HFPA’s policy regarding the Golden Globe for Best Documentary: Namely, that there isn’t one. If one thinks of Oscar as the Titanic, and documentaries as an iceberg, the Academy membership – or some derivation of same – has managed to punch a hole in their own hull more often than not.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 21, 2013 3:38 PM
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