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Oscar Talk: Considering New Entry 'Hitchcock,' Moving Oscar Dates, the Zeitgeist, and Foreign Language

Back in the groove, the new bi-coastal Oscar Talk continues with Kris Tapley and I debating the new Oscar dates and electronic ballots, Fox Searchlight's entry of "Hitchcock" in the Oscar derby, and likely foreign film nominees. We also answer the question: what impact does the Zeitgeist have on Oscars?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2012 1:33 PM
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Fox Searchlight Opens 'Hitchcock' In Time for Awards Consideration, After 'The Girl' Debuts on HBO

Fox Searchlight has been trying to make up its mind about whether or not to open documentarian Sacha Gervasi's first narrative feature, "Hitchcock," for awards consideration by year's end. The film will be a limited platform release on November 23. Searchlight is also pushing "The Sessions" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" in this year's Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2012 1:53 PM
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Finland Picks 'Purge' as Best Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Entering the Best Foreign-Language submission fray is "Purge," Finland's official entry for the 2013 Oscars. The film beat out 35 other local entries, and is currently topping Finland's box office charts with a $923K haul.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 19, 2012 2:37 PM
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BAFTA LA Honors Tarantino, Craig, Parker and Stone

One vital component of the award season is the British contingent, repped in large part by the BAFTA Awards. And BAFTA LA also mounts an annual award ceremony. This November 7 BAFTA LA returns to the Beverly Hilton to present awards to the current James Bond, Brit Daniel Craig, American auteur Quentin Tarantino, who is finishing up "Django Unchained" for December 25 release, American "South Park" and "Book of Mormon" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2012 12:50 PM
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Oscars Fulfill Electronic Ballot Promise, Lengthen Voting Window

There are many ways that the Academy is still in the dark ages as far as the reality of modern filmmaking is concerned. Movies have to open in theaters to be eligible for the Oscar, at a time when online viewing is commonplace. Thus, in order to give voting members and audiences more time to see the nominated films, the Academy will announce the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than it had planned, and three days ahead of the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2012 7:08 PM
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Oscar Watch: Canada Picks 'War Witch' as Foreign Film Entry

Canada has selected Kim Nguyen's "War Witch" (aka "Rebelle") as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Telefilm Canada chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee that chose the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 4:41 PM
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Toronto Wrap: Winners, Oscar Contenders and Also-Rans

I started out Toronto 2012 with my first Jason Reitman screenplay read-through--his first in Toronto--Alan Ball's Oscar-winning "American Beauty." I'd missed his series of live reads at LACMA, from "The Breakfast Club" to "The Apartment." In a way "American Beauty" was apt preparation for the festival's crowning glory, David O. Russell's ultimate audience award winner, "Silver Linings Playbook." They are in the same vein--a flinty-edged picture of who we are now, laced with dark comedy and self-recognition, with romance and hope still a possibility. That's why "American Beauty" won best picture.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2012 4:29 PM
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Universal Moving 'Les Miserables' to December 25 Could Have Oscar Impact

Universal Pictures would have loved to put "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech," onto the fall festival circuit to build support and buzz. But the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh epic period film adaptation of the global hit musical wasn't anywhere near ready.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2012 1:44 PM
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The French Choose Weinstein's 'The Intouchables' for Foreign Oscar Race

In a change of direction, a markedly younger seven-member film commission including Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has chosen heart-tugging crowdpleaser "The Intouchables" as their official Oscar submission, their first comedy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 1:09 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Russell, 'Hunger Games' and Prepping for that Money Scene (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

As soon as "Silver Linings Playbook" played in Toronto it became the front runner for the Oscar. This is something its Oscar handlers were seeking to avoid, but the film then went on to win the coveted TIFF audience award nabbed by such past crowd-pleasers as Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Yes, "Argo" and "Amour" and "The Sessions" and the Weinsteins' other TIFF entries "The Master" and "Quartet" are also in the Oscar hunt. But right now it's "The Silver Linings Playbook"'s to lose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2012 4:26 PM
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