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Backstage at the SAG Awards, Jean Dujardin Responds to Oscar Win Question with a Song

Only three French actors have been nominated for Best Actor in the 83-year history of the Academy Awards--Maurice Chevalier twice, Charles Boyer, and Gerard Depardieu. And quite often, the winner of the SAG best actor prize wins at the Oscar as well--in fact, the last seven winners. When presented with this intel backstage at the SAG Awards--suggesting that he could be the first French actor to win the Oscar--Jean Dujardin fended off the query with one response--"pressure, big pressure"--and another: a song. Watch and listen:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2012 5:17 PM
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SAG Awards Favor 'The Help,' 'The Artist'

The big upset of the night at the SAG Awards was Best Actor going to Jean Diujardin over George Clooney. The SAG ensemble prize for "The Help" was no surprise. Of the four Oscar nominations for the film, three were for performances. The SAG wins for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for "The Help" will repeat on Oscar night, as will Christopher Plummer's for "Beginners."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 10:21 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Oscar Contenders Update

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
The weekend after the nominations resulted in the leading contenders grossing around $30 million total, on par with recent years despite there not being one single film that boosted the total. Rather, the wealth, in varying degrees, was spread around a number of films, with “The Descendants” gaining the most.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 29, 2012 5:22 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editing 'The Descendants,' from Clooney to Ozu

If "The Descendants" has a wild card in beating "The Artist," the front runner, for best picture, it's the George Clooney factor. He elevates the dramedy written and directed by Alexander Payne to cathartic heights.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 29, 2012 4:24 PM
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Santa Barbara Performer of the Year and Oscar Front-Runner Viola Davis Seeks Roles "You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

At the height of awards season, at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, presented actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Friday,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 3:08 PM
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DGA Award Winner 'The Artist' Continues its Winning Roll

Michel Hazanavicius took home the DGA Feature Film Award for "The Artist" Saturday night. The DGA also awarded winners in nine other categories during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Historically the DGA winner not only goes on to win best director but best picture at the Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 3:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Academy Expands Producer Credits for Best Picture Nominee 'Tree of Life'

The Academy expanded the producer credits from the usual three to four for "The Tree of Life." The official nominees for the film are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill. They did not, however, include the film's star, Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 28, 2012 11:53 AM
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Does Oscar Really Follow the Critics? Tell-All Charts

Every year, the lead-up to the Oscars is rife with horse race terminology: there are front-runners, films that lag behind and, of course, last minute surges.  As Hollywood bounces from award ceremony to award ceremony, from SAG to the Golden Globes to the Guild awards, the Oscar-predicting crowd gazes into its collective crystal ball and makes its pronouncements. Taking the cue from one of this year's Oscar contenders (that'd be "Moneyball"), we here at TOH decided to take a closer look at the data to see just how Oscar actually takes his cue from the other awards shows and, most importantly, the critics.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 27, 2012 6:46 PM
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Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Nominee 'Bullhead' Opens February 17

Drafthouse Films has scheduled a limited release of "Bullhead," nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The underdog foreign language pick will open in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on February 17.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 6:26 PM
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Oscar Watch: Entertainment Weekly's Annual Oscar Issue - Snubs, Shocks, Surprises

Entertainment Weekly's Annual Oscar Issue breaks down the nominees, throws down some surprising predictions, gives tribute to the shocking snubs, and adds insights on what you might have missed. (Another amusing way to catch up: LA Times' The Envelope's interactive cheat sheet.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 10:31 PM
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