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Affleck to Present to Damon at American Cinematheque Ball; Luddy also Honored

Affleck to Present to Damon at American Cinematheque Ball; Luddy also Honored
Ben Affleck will present Matt Damon the 24th American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton on March 27. The two pals earned screenwriting Oscars for Good Will Hunting. Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller, Charlize Theron, and Robin Williams will participate in the tribute, which will air for the first time on ABC at a later date. Clinton will honor Damon's humanitarian efforts via videotape.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2010 5:52 AM
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Oscar Winner Bigelow in L.A. Superior Court

The week after winning two Oscars for directing and producing The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow was standing in line at L.A.'s Superior Court. Fulfilling her duty as a citizen, she turned up for jury duty and was placed in the jury pool for a drunk driving case.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2010 4:32 AM
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SXSW: Texas Film Hall of Fame: Tarantino Acceptance Speech

SXSW: Texas Film Hall of Fame: Tarantino Acceptance Speech
For ten years the Austin Film Society's Texas Film Hall of Fame has handed out awards to the state's own--and deserving outsiders like Quentin Tarantino, who after 17 years of premiering his films and doing his QT Fests in Austin, was inducted by best buds Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, who gave him a cowboy hat. (His speech is below.) "I start relaxing tomorrow," he said. Another refugee from the exhausting Oscar race was Jason Reitman, who on a whim took off in his car to decompress and wound up here to watch some movies (he's shown his shorts here in the past) before heading home to rework the first draft of his new screenplay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2010 2:33 AM
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Oscar Night Red Carpet Montage: Clooney, Bullock, Mo'Nique

Here's a montage of video that I shot on the red carpet on Oscar night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:49 AM
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Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn's Actress Was Robin Wright

Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn's Actress Was Robin Wright
I finally got hold of Sean Penn's publicist Mara Buxbaum to explain which overlooked actress he was referring to before he presented the best actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock Sunday night. "I never became an official member of the Academy," he said that night, "but the Academy and I do have in common that we neglected to acknowledge the same actress in our own ways two years running. So, I'm going to start fresh with the Academy and acknowledge these wonderful actresses."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 2:25 AM
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Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks
On the red carpet at the Oscars, as Hollywood's Beautiful People glided by in their Oscar designer duds, a few came over to talk to Jeanne Wolf, the BBC and the In-Style reporter, whose job it was to flag as many people as possible about what they were wearing. I picked up a few of them on the flip cam.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 12:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Art Directors Talk Avatar, Pandora

Cameron Carlson reports on the Oscar-winning art directors on Avatar.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • March 9, 2010 7:34 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 25: The Final Wrap-up

Kris Tapley and I wrap up the Oscar season, from my night on the red carpet, backstage and at the Governor's Ball and how the show played, to why Geoffrey Fletcher's adapted screenplay beat Jason Reitman's for Up in the Air and Avatar won only three Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2010 2:31 AM
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Oscar Video Round-Up: Opener, Chartier, Hurt Locker Victory Laps, Parties, Fashion

There's some juicy Oscar material out there about the most-watched show in five years. At the Governor's Ball, Sandra Bullock was among the nominees getting her Oscar engraved (everyone got their own statues engraved except Jeff Bridges; notable no-shows were Tivi Magnusson, producer of short The New Tenants, and Sandy Powell, costume designer of Young Victoria). Exhausted producer Bill Mechanic said that he and Adam Shankman had aimed for a more populist show (his red carpet interview is below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2010 1:19 AM
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Oscar Red Carpet Video: Psyihoyas Talks The Cove

On the red carpet before his documentary feature Oscar win, The Cove director Louie Psyihoyas previewed some of the things he would try to say on stage--before being played off--and backstage as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 11:05 AM
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