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Academy Makes Last-Minute Voting Rule Change

The Academy has decide to invite Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters to join the voting on three categories --Documentary Feature and Animated and Live Action Shorts--that used to be picked by members who attended and signed into special Academy screenings.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2013 1:24 AM
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Things I Learned at the Critics Choice Awards

What a week! Thursday morning started early at the Academy with the Oscar nominations and ended late with the Critics Choice Awards, held at a chilly hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Some 250 broadcast and online pros vote for these awards, and they often match up with the Oscars. With a changed calendar this year, this first broadcast awards show of the Oscar season--days ahead of the Golden Globes--went live on the CW the afternoon of the Oscar nominations, so that was the hot topic of the night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2013 10:18 PM
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Box Office Preview: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Achieves Mission; 'Haunted House' Edges 'Gangster Squad' for Second Place

"Zero Dark Thirty" stood out among eight Oscar Best Pictures nominees in release the weekend after the nominations with a strong $9 million and a likely dominant #1 position expected for the weekend. But the shocker so far is Open Road's unheralded "The Haunted House," which for its opening day seems to have slightly edged Warner Bros.' delayed release of "Gangster Squad" for #2 so far. The latter was thought to possible be a rival to "Zero Dark" for the top spot. Instead, even though it is showing at 1,000 more theaters than "Haunted," it looks to be in a battle for second place, a very disappointing result for this bigger-name driven, much more expensive film.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 12, 2013 2:49 PM
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Oscar Talk: 2013 Oscar Nominations are Indie-Friendly, Nine Best Pics, Oscar vs. DGA Nods

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I discuss Thursday's indie-friendly Oscar nominations, including frontrunners, surprises and snubs. We look at how the Directors Guild nods diverge from the Academy's nominations, and what this means for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2013 4:05 PM
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What Does Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane's 'Incredible Day' Presage for Oscar Night? [Nominations Video]

Early Thursday morning Oscar host and nominee announcer Seth MacFarlane made it clear that "the only people up now are either flying or having surgery." Or eagerly awaiting the Oscar nominations, of course. While announcing the nominees with Emma Stone, MacFarlane, the first Oscar host to announce the nominees since Charlton Heston in 1972, came across his own name for writing the lyrics to "Ted" original song "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," sung by Norah Jones. His reaction: "First an Oscar nomination, then I find a basically brand-new queen mattress on my drive home. This is an incredible day."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2013 12:31 PM
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ACE Eddie Award Nominations

The American Cinema Editors' (ACE) have picked their nominations for the 63rd annual Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing across nine categories. This group is often revealing of where the Academy is going in the final Oscar stretch. Thus "Argo," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" received nods for Best Edited Feature Film (Drama). Of that group only "Skyfall" did not earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Also on the Oscar best picture as well as the ACE comedy/musical list are "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2013 11:43 AM
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New York Film Fest is Big Oscar Nom Winner; Sundance, Cannes, Toronto All Shine

The New York Film Festival - showing a more selective line-up than any other major one except Telluride - was the big winner when the Oscar nominations were announce this morning. The two films with the most nominations - "Lincoln" (12) and "The Life of Pi" (11) both world premiered at their event...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 10, 2013 1:50 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors 2013: '5 Broken Cameras' Wins Outstanding Feature, 'Detropia' for Outstanding Direction, and 'The War Room' Honored with Legacy Award

The Cinema Eye Honors is a cozy event, packed with documentary filmmakers who go way back. Held at the sleek Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the group attending the sixth annual Honors ceremony is jovial, encouraging, and accepting -- exemplified by the range of attire. Co-chair Esther Robinson recounted the numerous phone calls from people asking what to wear and summarized the evening’s garb: “Well, Michael Moore wears a sweatshirt, and I wear a gown, so anything in between.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 10, 2013 11:49 AM
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Oscar Nominations 2013: Indies Score, Nine Best Pics Led by 'Lincoln' with 12, Plus 'Beasts,' 'Amour' UPDATED

Oscar nominations morning brought some welcome presents to independents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (four nominations) and "Amour" (five) especially, as each film landed on the best picture list of nine and earned writing and directing nominations for Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke. Left off the directors list: Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow, although their films were included in the top nine. The directors branch is known for making idiosyncratic choices, but rarely have the DGA and Academy lists been so different.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2013 9:12 AM
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Irish Film & Television Nominations Include 'Seven Psychopaths,' 'What Richard Did,' 'Death of a Superhero'

The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced the nominations for its tenth annual awards ceremony (February 9). Leading the pack are Lenny Abrahamson's "What Richard Did" and Ian Fitzgibbon's "Death of a Superhero," with Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 3:27 PM
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