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Oscar Foreign Language Shortlist Films All Open or Set for Release by Early 2013

Something funny happened on the way to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist. Unusually, all nine contenders announced Friday morning have either already been released in the US or will be during the first quarter of 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 21, 2012 4:27 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Animation Race, and Oscar Campaigning

On this week's Oscar talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I examine the "Zero Dark Thirty" smear campaign, and wonder if "Wreck-It Ralph" and "ParaNorman" have the right stuff to win the animation race. Here's the podcast, which is also on iTunes. We're also celebrating our 100th episode and four years.  We'll be back after the holidays!  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:22 PM
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Oscar Foreign Shortlist Arrives; Nine Films Advance; 'Barbara,' Lore,' 'Pieta' Left Behind UPDATED

Thursday night in Los Angeles, the Oscar foreign-language film award executive committee met to find out from PricewaterhouseCoopers the six finalists from 71 foreign submissions, based on the best average scores from voters who saw the requisite number of foreign entries. Academy members have been screening the films, sometimes two to three a night, in order to get them seen in time. They have to watch them in a screening room, often not very full--which means that a small group can have an inordinate impact on the final results.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 10:48 AM
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Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Consolidates Its Top Ten UPDATED

The Oscar best picture ten is starting to consolidate, finally. What the latest Gurus 'O Gold rankings suggest could actually happen. But Steve Pond of The Wrap believes there will be only eight nominations announced on January 10. We will see if his practice run with the Critics Choice ballots plays out. He doesn't say which eight. Six we can agree on: it's hard to say which of the last four on this list would be the seventh and eighth-- all will have passionate votes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2012 9:14 PM
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Judd Apatow To Receive 'Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award'

Things are looking up for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony which airs live at 8:00 PM ET/PT on The CW Network Thursday, January 10. That's because the Broadcast Film Critics Association will award writer-producer-director Judd Apatow the “Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award” that night (named after a cognac) which he will be obliged to accept in person.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2012 7:44 PM
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TOH! Top Tens of 2012 (UPDATED)

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Sophia Savage, Beth Hanna, Matt Mueller, Matt Brennan and more share their Top Ten Films of 2012. While there are such shared likes as "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Amour," "Lincoln" and "Flight," we also hail the likes of...
  • By TOH!
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  • December 20, 2012 12:26 PM
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Nicole Kidman Talks Surprise 'The Paperboy' Nominations from Set of 'Grace of Monaco,' EXCLUSIVE SKYPE VIDEO

Nicole Kidman was shocked when she learned that her boldly brazen performance in Lee Daniels' outrageous southern gothic "The Paperboy" had earned both SAG and Golden Globe supporting actress nominations. While the indie film debuted in Cannes to mixed reaction and hardly set critics or audiences on fire, Kidman earned rave reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2012 3:13 PM
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Eddie Redmayne Talks Live-Singing 'Les Miserables,' What's Next?

Redmayne, who is 30, landed the role of Marius despite not having sung since school. And he delivers a breakout performance. He borrowed something he learned from De Niro in order to better match the intensity of one take of the song to the other--he'd shoot three times in a row. He sang his "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" song 21 times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2012 7:51 PM
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Music Video for 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

Paul Williams has a shot at a best original song nomination--it would be his sixth--for the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive." Check out this music video. (More on Williams and the fest circuit hit here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2012 5:47 PM
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'Les Mis' Director Tom Hooper and 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna Honored at Palm Springs Fest

The Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival continues to announce awards leading up to its 24th edition, running January 3-14. Director Top Hooper will be honored with their Sonny Bono Visionary Award, while Mychael Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 1:21 PM
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