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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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Oscar Contender Lawrence Talks Winter's Bone, X-Men's Mystique, Foster's The Beaver

As the Winter's Bone DVD and Blu-ray went out this week, rising star Jennifer Lawrence hit Los Angeles to accept a New Hollywood award at the Hollywood Film Fest, on a brief break from her role as Mystique (originated by Rebecca Romijn) in X-Men: First Class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2010 12:57 PM
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Oscar Talk: Little Movies That Can't, Michael Douglas, Animated Top Three, Alice in Wonderland

Oscar Talk: Little Movies That Can't, Michael Douglas, Animated Top Three, Alice in Wonderland
In this week's Oscar Talk, for those of you who haven't listened to the podcast, Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley discuss films that may deserve Oscar consideration for performances, but likely won't get any. Welcome To The Rileys, for example, would in another world get attention for James Gandolfini, perhaps even Kristen Stewart. Thompson thought that it could have a chance when she first saw it at Sundance, but now "in the sober light of day," believes it "has no chance in hell." Many movies are in that category because their distributors can't give them the push that they need.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 8:29 AM
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Awards Watch: IDA Documentary Award Nominees

Awards Watch: IDA Documentary Award Nominees
The International Documentary Association nominees for distinguished feature and short are below. The winners will be named at the IDA Documentary Awards on December 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 5:24 AM
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Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards

Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards
The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree and Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow, When the War Began.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 4:09 AM
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Oscar Watch: Considering Tilda Swinton for I Am Love

Oscar Watch: Considering Tilda Swinton for I Am Love
Thanks to Jeff Wells for asking me to address where Tilda Swinton stands in relation to the Best Actress Oscar race for the Italian import I Am Love. The only way for Swinton--who is admired by critics and art house audiences alike-- to make the best actress Oscar grade this year for I Am Love (which played the fest circuit before opening in June), is for critics to make a fuss over her in their year-end wraps and ten-best lists, and for critics groups and the Golden Globes to reward her with prizes and nominations and thus turn the screener into a must-see for SAG and Academy actors. Swinton has been nominated once (and won, for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2010 8:56 AM
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Love & Other Drugs Early Reviews: "Shockingly Conventional," "Addictive," "Verbal Tartness"

Love & Other Drugs Early Reviews: "Shockingly Conventional," "Addictive," "Verbal Tartness"
Last night I sat in a Fox screening room packed with critics to see Edward Zwick's Love & Other Drugs. Writer-director Zwick has done what I have long wanted him to do--get into the James L. Brooks/Nancy Meyers smart comedy mode--as he did with partner Marshall Herskovitz (who adapted Jamie Reidy's book Hard Sell with Zwick and Charles Randolph) for so many great TV series, from 30 Something to Relativity. While previous Zwick efforts such as Defiance, Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai have tended toward high-minded commercial dramas packed with action, Love & Other Drugs is a Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway romantic comedy with dramatic overtones--and plenty of artfully constructed sex and nudity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2010 5:45 AM
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Composer Awards: Yared Gets Achievement in World Cinema, Desplat Named Composer of The Year

Composer Awards: Yared Gets Achievement in World Cinema, Desplat Named Composer of The Year
The European Film Awards are giving their Achievement in World Cinema award to Gabriel Yared, a self-taught musician and composer. He first composed for Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie), won a Cesar for his work on Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (L'Amant), and went on to collaborate with Anthony Minghella for multi-award winning The English Patient, followed by The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and 2006's German Oscar-winner The Lives of Others, for which he was nominated for an EFA. Yared will receive his award at the 23rd annual European Film Awards ceremony on December 4.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2010 1:35 AM
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BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards To Premiere on TV Guide Network, Fry Hosts

BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards To Premiere on TV Guide Network, Fry Hosts
I am so pleased that Stephen Fry will host the 19th annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles' (BAFTA LA) Britannia Awards on November 7. I follow him on Twitter and he is hilarious.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2010 8:43 AM
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