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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." With a million dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue - posted below along with "Djesus."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2013 3:49 PM
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'Lincoln,' 'Argo,' and' Zero Dark Thirty': Reordering History

Oops! For months, screenwriter Tony Kushner has been considered a shoo-in for an Oscar. But the award-winning playwright with impeccable credentials -- “Angels in America, his 1993 play about AIDS, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award as well as half a dozen awards from drama critics -- tripped, if not tumbled, last week.
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  • February 17, 2013 7:48 AM
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'Brave' Wins Both Editing and Sound Mixing Awards

Dramatic feature "Argo" (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) won again Saturday at the ACE Eddie Awards, along with comedy feature "Silver Linings Playbook" (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers). "Searching for Sugar Man" (edited by director Malik Bendjelloul) continued its awards streak, winning the Eddie for documentary. “Brave” (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film. It also took home a Sound Mixing award Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2013 4:15 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Music Oscar Race

Like cinematography, production design, editing, and sound, the Oscar-nominated music scores are all organically tied to their movies in very personal ways. So it's hard to pick a winner among such stalwarts as Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Thomas Newman ("Skyfall"), Mychael Danna ("Life of Pi"), and Dario Marianelli ("Anna Karenina") along with the venerable old warhorse, John Williams ("Lincoln"). Still, I keep hearing a lot about Danna being the favorite in a very close race.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 15, 2013 3:41 PM
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'Amour' Auteur Michael Haneke Talks Riva and Trintignant, Death of 35 mm UPDATED

Michael Haneke's "Amour" has been nominated for five Oscars: Best Picture, Directing, Actress, Foreign Language Film and Screenplay. This comes after scooping up awards from such year-end critics groups as the New York Film Critics Circle, and tops off a stellar year that began with the film winning the Palme d'Or in Cannes last May.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2013 1:06 PM
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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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