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Oscar Watch: Cinema Eye Honors Signal Documentary Frontrunners

Given that Oscar-winner The Cove grabbed seven nominations at last year's Cinema Eye documentary honors at the UK's Sheffield Doc/Fest, that bodes well for this year's nominations leader (with seven), Last Train Home, Lixin Fan's story of a migrant Chinese family.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 9:53 AM
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Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals

Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals
The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is awarding $450,000 to thirty 2011 film festivals including a three-year grant totaling $150,000 for the Chicago International Film Festival's World Cinema Spotlight section. Both the Nashville and New Orleans Film Festivals are in their third year of similar grants, totaling $75,000 each. The grants go toward an array of festivals but recognize and encourage festivals which improve public accessibility and highlight emerging and less known filmmakers to submit proposals. The complete list of grantees is below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 8:37 AM
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Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 5:00 AM
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Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizing" actor who "brings a stinging intensity to his performances. He riveted audiences with his portrayal in No Country for Old Men and continues to raise the bar in his latest film, Biutiful.  Javier Bardem now ranks among the cinematic elite." Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan will also be receiving awards at the PSIFF, as previously announced.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 5:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival To Give Bening American Riviera Award

Oscar Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival To Give Bening American Riviera Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will bestow the American Riviera Award to The Kids Are All Right star Annette Bening, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered a top contender for the best actress Oscar this year. She also earned strong reviews for Mother and Child.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2010 5:55 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Contenders Big and Small, Production News, Lawrence and Morgan Talk

Weekly Wrap: Oscar Contenders Big and Small, Production News, Lawrence and Morgan Talk
AWARDS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 29, 2010 6:06 AM
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Oscar Talk: Love & Other Drugs, Lead and Supporting Actor Races, Favorite Horror Films

Oscar Talk: Love & Other Drugs, Lead and Supporting Actor Races, Favorite Horror Films
Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about Love & Other Drugs; the supporting actor race (which might include Sean Penn's Fair Game performance); Jennifer Lawrence, who breezed into town promoting Winter's Bone, as did the 127 Hours gang; favorite horror films on the eve of Halloween; Jacki Weaver's Oscar chances for Australia's Animal Kingdom; and why the Academy tends to recognize young actresses more than young actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2010 4:48 AM
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Oscar Rear-View: Youngest Best Actress Nominees

Oscar Rear-View: Youngest Best Actress Nominees
Film Experience has decided (sight unseen) that True Grit gal Hailee Steinfeld has Best Actress potential rather than the usual supporting-actress default accorded to young actresses. Why? In order to include her in their investigation of the youngest Best Actress nominees. Here is their list (winners are in bold):1. Keisha Castle Hughes, Whale Rider (2003) was 13.
(Wow, well would you look at this? Either Jennifer Lawrence or Steinfeld would become #2 if nominated for Best Actress.) 2. Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H (1975) was 20. 3. Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice (2005) was 20 going on 21.  4. Ellen Page, Juno (2007) was about to turn 21. 5. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (1986) was 21 (She's the youngest winner of all time in this category.) 6. Elizabeth Hartman, A Patch of Blue  (1965) was 22. 7. Kate Winslet, Titanic (1997) was 22 and 4 months. 8. Janet Gaynor, Seventh Heaven/Sunrise/Street Angel (1927/1928) was just a few days older than Winslet. 9. Leslie Caron, Lili (1953) was 22½ 10. TIE! Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman(1990) and Winona Ryder, Little Women (1994).
They were both 23 years and 108 days old when they were nominated. And here's another twin moment: it was the second nomination for both as they'd been previously honored in Best Supporting Actress.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2010 8:08 AM
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Oscar Wrap: Blue Valentine's Gosling, Dive-Bombing 127 Hours, Best Actress Death Match

Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling not only talks to Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Steve Carell, but self-mockingly poses in tight leather in the rain for Interview Magazine. On his past Oscar nomination for Half Nelson, he says: "it feels weird…not that long ago that I was on a TV show called Young Hercules in which I had a fake tan and wore tight leather pants and fought imaginary monsters." As for working on the smaller indie films he loves, the downside is that "when you’re making them, you’re pretty sure no one’s going to see them," he notes---unless they get a nomination: "[it] in some way affirms those choices by making it possible for people to hear about a film and maybe see a movie they wouldn’t have otherwise seen."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2010 7:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Animation Deadline Nears, Three or Five?

Oscar Watch: Animation Deadline Nears, Three or Five?
It's coming down to the wire. Will the animation category be three or five? It all depends on whether the final animated features submitted by the November 1 deadline are eligible--and add up to sixteen, which means there will be five nominations, or less, which yields three. Did the films premiere in cinemas, or on TV? Much is at stake: there's a big difference between three and five. (The visual effects category is now set to five: because there are so many eligible films, it's not an issue any more.) But animation still has to meet the magic number sixteen to yield five slots.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2010 5:50 AM
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