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SAG and Critics' Choice Movie Awards Name Presenters and Performers

Wednesday, both the Screen Actors Guild and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards announced their lineups of presenters. First up is the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, to be broadcast live by VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium at 8:00 p.m. on January 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 3:39 PM
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Golden Globe Nominee Abel Korzeniowski Talks Madonna, 'W.E.,' Score

One of my favorite movie scores of the season is Abel Korzeniowski's haunting work for Madonna's "W.E."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 11, 2012 3:08 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers Shuts Out Spielberg's 'War Horse'

Hollywood's Guild nominees are more indicative of where the Oscar race is heading then the various critics' groups, which serve to put a spotlight on what Academy voters should see, and help start momentum behind certain contenders. But the Guilds actually overlap with Academy voters. Here are the five nominees:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 12:10 PM
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Academy Narrows Makeup Contenders to Seven

Seven films are competing in the makeup category for three nominations to be announced on January 24. On Saturday, January 21, members of the Academy's Makeup Branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films and pick the final three.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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Golden Globes Presenters include Banderas, Portman, Kidman, McCarthy & More

The Golden Globes is getting a full house of stars for the 69th annual awards show on January 15, hosted by the delightfully insulting Ricky Gervais. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Melissa McCarthy, Freida Pinto and Natalie Portman will each be presenting awards...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Joining Academy President Tom Sherak to Announce Oscar Nominees on January 24

Bright and early on January 24, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak will announce the Oscar nominees with Jennifer Lawrence (nominated last year for Best Actress for "Winter's Bone"). The duo will reveal contenders in ten of twenty-four categories from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:47 PM
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DGA Nominees Include Surprise Fincher Nomination

The Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 64th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on January 28. The DGA is a much larger and more populist voting group --14,000 strong--than the elite Oscar directors branch, which numbers around 400.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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Kim Novak Protests Use of 'Vertigo' Score in 'The Artist'--Hazanavicius Explains Why He Used Herrmann Score

I have spoken to a number of people who are not thrilled with the way that Michel Hazanavicius and composer Ludovic Bource used Bernard Herrmann's signature "Vertigo" score at the climax of "The Artist." I had wondered if this reaction could lead to Bource not landing an Oscar nomination from the Academy music branch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 12:49 PM
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George Clooney to Present Sean Penn with Critics' Choice Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 11:39 AM
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'The Adventures of Tintin' Dominates Visual Effects Society Nominations

Yet again this weekend I had a conversation with an animator who adores Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," but doesn't consider the film to be animation, but performance capture, which is a visual effect. Thus the film from Peter Jackson's Weta Digital did dominate the Visual Effects Society (VES) film categories with six nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 10:39 AM
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