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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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Oscar Stats: Keeping Score

Here's a breakdown of this year's Oscar nominations by film, ranging from most to least.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2012 12:55 PM
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Watch: A Clip from the Oscar-Nominated Football Doc 'Undefeated'

Harvey Weinstein was a happy man Tuesday, earning 10 nominations for Oscar front runner "The Artist," Meryl Streep and makeup for "The Iron Lady," costumes for Madonna's "W.E." and even a nomination for the football doc "Undefeated."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 25, 2012 11:44 AM
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Oscar Talk Post-Nominations: 'Hugo' vs. "The Artist,' Snubs and Surprises, Predictions

In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, I go over Tuesday's nominations with In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2012 5:37 PM
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Oscar Nominations Bring Surprises in Animation and VFX: 'Cars 2,' 'Tintin,' and Superheroes Snubbed

Well, we heard it was coming -- and, sure enough -- the animation branch rejected Pixar's "Cars 2" and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" in favor of two hand-drawn European indies: "A Cat in Paris" from France and "Chico & Rita" from Spain. 
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 24, 2012 5:21 PM
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Oscar Nominations Led by 'Hugo' with Eleven and 'The Artist' with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

Well it's a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar as Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" led the field with eleven nominations to ten for silent black-and-white film"The Artist" Tuesday morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2012 9:18 AM
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Oscar Nominations Predictions

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
BEST PICTURE (alphabetical) "The Artist" "The Descendants" "The Help" "Hugo" "Midnight in Paris" "Moneyball" "The Tree of Life" "War Horse"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2012 8:31 PM
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