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SAG Awards Nominations Ballots Mail Tomorrow

The Screen Actors Guild nominating committee is mailing their nomination ballots tomorrow for the 17th annual SAG Awards, taking place on January 30th (on TNT and TBS). Votes, which can be cast via these paper ballots or online, are due by December 13, and they will be announced at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center on December 16. The film and television nominees will be selected by two separate panels made up of some 2,100 randomly selected SAG members. Submissions for consideration in categories of each actors' choosing (or those representing them), were due October 28. Final voting will be done via postcard and online, and must be completed by noon on January 28. Nomination categories are listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2010 4:45 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher

Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher
The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and I met for a bite at Hollywood's fabled Musso & Frank's Grill to dig into his lauded role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The youthful New Yorker has been juggling school, theater, TV and film since he was a kid; at 27 he's got quite a few juicy film roles under his belt, from The Squid and the Whale to Adventureland and Zombieland. 2011 could well mark his debut as an Oscar contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 4:04 AM
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Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris

Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris
One of the bonuses of award season is the guild award shows that honor the greats of the past along with the present.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 10:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: True Grit's Joel Coen Interviews Somewhere's Sofia Coppola

It's an honorable Directors Guild tradition to have one member interview another. But Sofia Coppola landed a big fish when fellow-Oscar-winner Joel Coen agreed to interview her for Somewhere, perhaps because he respects her lack of eagerness to participate in such events. While both are accomplished writer-directors (Ethan Coen shares with Joel writing and producing credits on such films as Fargo and No Country for Old Men), neither are known for being particularly forthcoming in interviews. But it was in both of their interest to do this, as Coen is just finishing True Grit, another possible Oscar contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 9:10 AM
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Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech

Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech
Fest fave The King's Speech, currently the front-runner at Gurus o' Gold, this Saturday blew the roof off its packed Academy screening. The crowd applauded director Tom Hooper, writer David Seidler, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, cinematography and score. It also nabbed the most effusive reaction so far over five years of showing films at Sneak Previews--the WGA crowd clapped Hooper down the aisle as he settled in for a Q and A. The movie debuted at Telluride (here's TOH's review) followed by audience-award-winning turns at fests in Toronto and the Hamptons. Will anything slow this film's Oscar momentum? (Well, some say it gets its history wrong.) The Weinsteins open the movie November 26--and it could reboot the company.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 2:21 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Chasen, Portman, Harris, Ford, Mulligan, DiCaprio, Crowe, Deathly Hallows, Remakes

QUIZThis week we announced Winners and Answers: David Thomson’s Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2010 9:15 AM
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Oscar Talk: Governors Awards, Animated and Documentary Shortlists, Oscar Parties, Ronni Chasen

On Oscar Talk 41 Kris Tapley and I have plenty to discuss as Oscar madness heats up. We cover the Governors Awards, the Academy's animated and documentary feature shortlists, the Amazon Studios, and Oscar circuit festivities. And we remember our friend and colleague Ronni Chasen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2010 8:06 AM
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Good Day for Gibney: Oscar Short List, IPA Auteur Award

Good Day for Gibney: Oscar Short List, IPA Auteur Award
Congrats to Alex Gibney for not only making the Oscar documentary short list of 15 with Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer but for winning this year's International Press Academy's auteur award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 10:59 AM
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Academy Documentary List of Fifteen Includes Exit Through the Gift Shop

Academy Documentary List of Fifteen Includes Exit Through the Gift Shop
In a year when the documentary race is particularly fierce--because so many strong features are in contention--folks have been waiting on tenterhooks for the Academy's announcement of the short list of fifteen. These films, selected by the documentary branch screening committee from 101 qualifying pictures, will be pared down by documentary branch voters to the final five nominations to be announced on January 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 8:21 AM
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Celeb Watch: The Fighter's "Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet," Gyllenhaal and Hathaway Go Naked

Celeb Watch: The Fighter's "Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet," Gyllenhaal and Hathaway Go Naked
While AFI Fest opener Love & Other Drugs (check out its naked stars below) failed to yield much Oscar buzz, the fest's surprise screening of the The Fighter (here's the TOH review) boosted the prospects for Christian Bale's performance as the crackhead brother to Mark Wahlberg's punchy welterweight. It remains to be seen what the impact on Academy voters will be of John H. Richardson's lengthy and entertaining interview in Esquire with the Batman star, entitled "Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet." From Newsies to The Machinist, this actor--who admits to having never seen Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story or Breakfast at Tiffany's---is as intense in real life as he is on screen. Straddling the line between pulling teeth and Bale's attempts to resist definition, Richardson asks Bale about the risks of being misunderstood:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 18, 2010 6:17 AM
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