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Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit
On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to the Governor's Ball just as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban were leaving, heading down the escalator; the trio of winning producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, posed for me with their Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap
It's a wrap, as In Contention's Kris Tapley and I analyze Sunday night's Oscar show winners and losers (below). Co-host Anne Hathaway came out ahead of James Franco, who seemed to be either too tired or too bored to do more than phone it in between tweets. (Caryn James' review is here.) Maybe he really was more comfortable at the Spirit Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 10:30 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Art Direction Goes to Alice in Wonderland, Cinematography for Inception UPDATED

Backstage at the Oscars, I'm wearing a headset (piping in the show) and sitting near Variety and the NYTimes. Indiewire has shelled out for a DSL line. After a frenetic chilly red carpet, and a funny video opener from James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman, the first awards were both in highly contested categories: Art Direction and Cinematography. Robert Stromberg thanked "the wacky wonderful world of Tim Burton," as he accepted for Alice in Wonderland. He also won for Avatar, so this is his second Oscar in a row. Inception was also in the running.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 1:43 AM
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Oscar Predicts Chart 2010

Here's my list of predictions for Oscar wins (in italics) in all categories including shorts. (My nominations predictions are here.) Until February 27th!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hathaway and Franco Do Evita, Grease, Franco Mangles Burlesque

The Academy continues to leak juicy tidbits of what may or may not be cut out of the final Oscarcast. Herewith, two musical numbers from Anne Hathaway and James Franco, doing Evita and Grease (below). The photo of the Oscar writers room (below) was posted on Twitter by @JamesFranco. So was this disturbing rehearsal of "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque. Let's agree that Franco is no candidate for American Idol.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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25 Best & Worst Oscar Dresses: Bonham Carter and Hathaway Make Time List

Oscar contender Helena Bonham Carter and host Anne Hathaway score on Times' Worst and Best Oscar dresses list, respectively.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2011 7:40 AM
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Poster Watch: One Day's Hathaway and Sturgess in the Clinch

Clearly director Lone Scherfig's follow-up to An Education is worth anticipating, so I am eager to check out her upcoming Brit romance One Day. Focus Features has released a nostalgic new poster that conjures up references to vintage photos of Bob Dylan and that iconic VJ Day photograph (see below). Anything else? UPDATE: I've added the famous Robert Doisneau kiss photo and Weegee's "Lovers at the Palace Theatre," c. 1940.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2011 7:39 AM
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Chris Nolan Talks Directing: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Prestige, Batman, Inception, Superman

Chris Nolan Talks Directing: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Prestige, Batman, Inception, Superman
In the green room backstage at the Santa Barbara Film Fest tribute to Inception writer-director Chris Nolan, presenter Leonardo DiCaprio showed me and moderator Pete Hammond his collection of priceless movie posters on his BlackBerry. He collects the rarest of the rare, the best of the best, from Casablanca to his latest acquisition, a Metropolis one-sheet that he paid more for than any other movie poster ever. How much? He demurred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 7:03 AM
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Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move

Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move
The Academy mailed final ballots for the 83rd Awards on February 2 to 5,755 voting members. The completed ballots are due at 5 PM February 22. Most members--whether in London, New York or Borneo--will anxiously mail their ballots or, if they are in Los Angeles, walk them into PricewaterhouseCooper's offices. After tabulating the votes, PricewaterhouseCoopers will place winners’ names in the sealed envelopes that are opened on the Oscar show February 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 6:48 AM
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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Cover Preview: Franco, Hathaway, Reynolds, Gyllenhaal, Barely Wilde

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Cover Preview: Franco, Hathaway, Reynolds, Gyllenhaal, Barely Wilde
Check out Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue cover by Norman Jean Roy, complete with Robert Duvall, Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and a bevy of young stars on the rise, most noticeably Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Noomi Rapace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 10:48 AM
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