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Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan
This week, Kris Tapley and I engaged in Oscar Talk via Skype across the Pond with London Film Festival attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE). We dug into the foreign Oscar race, the NC-17 Blue Valentine controversy, Oscar chances for Black Swan, All Good Things and Never Let Me Go, why documentaries, sequels and animation face tough going getting into the top ten, and what the award season could hold for must-see five-hour marathon Carlos.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 4:14 AM
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Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star
As awards season heats up and the growing surge of Oscar pundits weigh in more frequently, every Thursday the Daily Read will round up their worthiest efforts. And every Friday, as usual, we post the Oscar Talk podcast: this week we welcome London Fest attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 14, 2010 7:02 AM
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Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Race Frontrunners

Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Race Frontrunners
The final list of 65 submissions for the foreign language Oscar is posted below. One of the reasons that the Academy will not be moving up the Oscar date for 2012 is this category, which requires that the members of the foreign language branch see 80% of the films on the big screen in their selection (among four groups: red, white, blue, green) to qualify to vote. The members sign in to each screening. If they don't see enough of the films, their vote doesn't count. Once they meet their quota, they can weigh in on films in the other groups as well. No screeners--they have to read subtitles. Which is why the notion of having this group look at streaming movies was absurd. (One critics' fave that did not qualify for submission for the Oscars was the five-hour Olivier Assayas film Carlos, which was made for television. IFC is seeking critics' groups and Golden Globes (TV or mini-series) consideration. Multi-lingual Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez deserves some year-end kudos for his sexy, dangerous, layered performance as Carlos the Jackal.) UPDATE: This week's Oscar Talk gang of four discuss the foreign race in depth, posted Friday at 9 AM PST.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 5:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012--under ratings pressure from ABC--to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible --I detailed the reasons here--so I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Board of Governors in their wisdom has figured out that streaming movies for voters in order to get them to see the films in time was not a solution. Here's a statement from AMPAS regarding the date of the Oscar show in 2012: The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 1:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender
Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 10:32 AM
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Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short

Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces eight titles on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Short Oscar. They were chosen from 30 eligible submissions. Five of the films will earn official nominations on January 25, 2011, and one will win a golden statue at the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 4:54 AM
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Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:54 AM
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Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize

Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize
Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 3:33 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score

Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score
Christopher Nolan's Inception, which has crossed the $800-million mark worldwide, certainly will be one of this year's ten best picture Oscar nominees. Warner Bros. will bring the movie back into the public eye when it promos the DVD release in early December. One key contributor to the film's success is composer Hans Zimmer, who has been consistently strong of late (Sherlock Holmes marked his seventh Oscar nomination; he won for The Lion King). Released on iTunes July 9, the Inception soundtrack was a top ten bestseller.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2010 9:19 AM
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