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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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Roadside Attractions Takes 'In a World...' with Sony Worldwide

Triple-threat Lake Bell, who wrote, directed, and starred in "In a World..." which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, has sold her movie to Roadside Attractions (U.S.) and Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group (foreign). Roadside Attractions is planning a summer 2013 release for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2013 3:18 PM
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Iceland's Shortlisted Oscar Entry 'The Deep' Picks Up Record 11 Edda Awards

Baltasar Kormakur's "The Deep," Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry that didn't place as one of the five hallowed nominations, has picked up 11 Edda Awards at Iceland's annual ceremony celebrating the best in film and television. 11 wins (including Best Film, Director and Lead Actor) is a record for the awards' 15 year history.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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Oscar Watch: Why Actor-Directors Have the Advantage at the Oscars

What’s been overlooked amid all the wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and what-were-they-thinking hysteria surrounding Ben Affleck’s alleged “snub” as a Best Director nominee, is the degree to which the director’s branch has defied Oscar history. “Argo” is a fine, sturdy entertainment, a movie everyone should be proud of.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 21, 2013 1:22 PM
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UPDATED '5 Broken Cameras' Oscar Contender Detained En Route to Oscars, Issues Statement: "Example of what my people face every day"

Emad Burnat, co-director of "5 Broken Cameras," has issued a statement about his and his family's detention at LAX en route to the Oscars:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2013 1:04 PM
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Oscars the Musical UPDATE: Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth to Perform Show-Closing Musical Number

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special show-closing musical number on the February 24 telecast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated that the performance will follow the Best Picture win, and will be "a can't-miss moment."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2013 1:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race

You couldn't find three more diverse choices for makeup and hairstyling than in "Hitchcock," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and "Les Misérables." A portrait of Hitch that effectively blends Anthony Hopkins with the Master of Suspense...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 20, 2013 2:06 PM
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'War Witch' Star Rachel Mwanza Granted Visa from Congo to Attend the Oscars

The Oscars often lure folks across the seas from faraway worlds to the red carpet celebration, from Palestinian Emad Burnat ("5 Broken Cameras"), who was detained at LAX on his way to the Academy Award show, to 16-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who gives a beautiful, devastating performance in Oscar-nominated foreign entry "War Witch." She has been granted a visa to travel from the Congo to the US in order to attend both the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 2:03 PM
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