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Oscar Talk: Shorts and Documentary, BAFTAs and Scripters, Spielberg vs. Lee, Lawrence vs. Riva and More

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss live-action and documentary shorts as well as the documentary feature race. We look at the influence of last weekend's BAFTAs and USC Scripters Awards, and talk a few too-close-to-call categories: Steven Spielberg or Ang Lee for Best Director? Jennifer Lawrence or Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress? Supporting actor, cinematography and production design are also in the mix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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Writers Guild East Awards Ceremony to Tribute Nora Ephron; Watch Live Broadcast of WGA West

The Writers Guild East has announced a tribute to writer-director Nora Ephron (1941-2012), to be presented at the guild's East Coast awards ceremony on February 17. The nominees are here.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 13, 2013 2:16 PM
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Bill Clinton to Present Barbra Streisand with Chaplin Award at Lincoln Center Gala

The 42nd president Bill Clinton will make his second awards appearance this year at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th annual Chaplin Award ceremony, presenting the honor to Barbra Streisand. The award recognizes Streisand's achievement as the first American woman...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 13, 2013 1:57 PM
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Alex Gibney Reacts to Pope Resignation, Talks HBO's 'Mea Maxima Culpa,' Exposing Institutional Protector the Catholic Church UPDATED (VIDEO)

One of the villains in documentarian Alex Gibney's takedown of the Roman Catholic Church, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," is the Pope, who February 11 announced his plan to resign at age 85. Did his long-term role --as Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVI--in covering up pedophile priests contribute to this decision?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2013 2:07 PM
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Academy Unveils 2013 Oscar Poster Featuring Every Best Picture Winner from 1927-2012

The Academy unveils its newest poster in celebration of the 85th Academy Awards on February 24. English artist Olly Moss collaborated with Gallery1988 to create a poster that features Oscar statuettes from each year of the the award show's history...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 2:03 PM
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'Skyfall' Wins Cinematographers Award

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, was honored by the American Society of Cinematographers Sunday for feature film "Skyfall," beating out current awards frontrunner Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi." Other winners at the 27th ACE awards ceremony include TV's "Game of Thrones," "Hunted," "Wilfred" and "Great Expectations."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2013 12:38 AM
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BAFTA Awards in London: 'Argo' Wins Director & Picture, Riva Actress, Day-Lewis Actor, Russell Adapted Screenplay, Tarantino Original

The cold and wet BAFTA awards got under way Sunday night in London. The big question for Oscar-watchers was whether "Argo" would keep its awards juggernaut rolling, even though "Lincoln," like the Oscars, has the most nominations, ten, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Ben Affleck (up for three awards) and producer George Clooney made the schlep to London with that hope in mind. As host Stephen Fry noted, "I have a strong feeling I'm not the only actor who’s come here this evening with a beard."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2013 4:05 PM
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'Argo' Wins Again at USC Scripter Awards

Unstoppable awards juggernaut "Argo" won yet another award Saturday night as New York screenwriter Chris Terrio, Wired journalist Joshuah Bearman ("The Great Escape") and ex-CIA analyst Tony Mendez ("The Master of Disguise") won the 25th annual Scripter Award. The USC Scripters go to adapted scripts as well as the original writers. It may have been just as well that the expected Scripter winners, "Team of Rivals" author Doris Kearns Goodwin and playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner, were snowed in on the East Coast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2013 2:42 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Production Design Oscar Race

If there is one word that best describes the five Oscar nominees for production design, it's upheaval. In "Anna Karenina," it's about the crumbling 19th-century Russian aristocracy. In "The Hobbit," Bilbo's comfortable life is turned upside down when Gandalf recruits him to help the dwarves take back their homeland. In "Les Misérables," the gritty adaptation of the celebrated musical evokes more of the political struggle to rid the inequality of 19th century France. In "Life of Pi," a boy endures a perilous spiritual journey alone on the ocean with a mysterious tiger. And in "Lincoln," the legendary 16th President struggles to end slavery and the Civil War and find peace of mind and his place in history.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 8, 2013 4:03 PM
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State of the Oscar Race, Reading the Oscar Nominees Lunch Tea Leaves (VIDEO)

As of Friday, February 8, Academy members can vote for the Oscars, right up to February 19. Many have already received their paper ballots, and three have anonymously revealed their votes to the LA Times. All they reveal is that this year, more than most, the race is wide open and hard to call. "It's the best collection of movies in 90 years," says Harvey Weinstein...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2013 3:32 PM
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