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Oscar Talk Episode 18: More Guild Votes, Sandra Bullock, Michael Bay and Golden Globes

Oscar Talk Episode 18: More Guild Votes, Sandra Bullock, Michael Bay and Golden Globes
In this week’s Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate the impact of the latest guild votes and describe the week’s crowded party circuit, from Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 sound demo to cocktails with Sandra Bullock, star of The Blind Side. The weekend brings another round: BAFTA tea, and the Golden Globes Awards and pre-and-after parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2010 10:54 AM
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Oscar Watch: Kenner Talks Food Inc.

Oscar Watch: Kenner Talks Food Inc.
Can a documentary change the world? Sundance entry An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2006 documentary Oscar, certainly did. So did Super-Size Me. And so has Food Inc., Robert Kenner's probe of America's food industry. Initially inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestselling expose Fast Food Nation, Food Inc. has grossed $4.4 million, won the Gotham award for best documentary, is nominated for an Indie Spirit Award, and is considered a front-runner for this year's documentary Oscar. It's a must-see, and it's not a spinach-movie. Kenner makes it a fun, compelling watch, even as he shows us more than we may want to know. The movie is available on DVD and on Amazon, iTunes and Netflix and will air on POV April 21st at 9 pm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 3:33 AM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Acceptance Speech

Fantastic Mr. Fox Acceptance Speech
At the National Board of Review NYC fete this week, Wes Anderson staged a novel acceptance speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox style.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 10:22 AM
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Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises

Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises
The Writers Guild Award nominations are in. Remember, as far as future Oscar noms are concerned, the list of ineligible WGA films this year was long: Inglourious Basterds, Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, A Single Man and An Education among them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 7:21 AM
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Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates
While some Academy foreign language committee members have complained of the plethora of downbeat World War II/holocaust/war movies in this year's selection (as though member countries think this is what Academy voters tend to go for), the films cherry-picked from the Palm Springs Fest's program of 41 (out of 67) Oscar submissions for this year's annual filmmakers' panel were four contemporary Cannes entries. Ably moderated by Variety's Peter Debruge, the panel focused (in photo, from left) on Australia's Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton), Israel's Ophir-winner Ajami (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani), Belgium's The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groeningen) and Canada's French-language I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 2:14 AM
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Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death
Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, An Education and The Last Station, but also assemble a large selection of foreign Oscar submissions (not all are deemed worthy). A Fipresci jury will choose the best film and performances of the 41. Altogether the fest brings in about 1000 assorted folk to the robust--and growing-local fest, with help from distribs as well as various foreign consulates. We registered along with the filmmakers from Ajami, a tough Palestinian/Israeli drama that is Israel's entry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2010 8:40 AM
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Oscar Watch: Winnowing Down the Art Directors Guild Nominees

Oscar Watch: Winnowing Down the Art Directors Guild Nominees
The Art Directors Guild production design award nominees are all over the place: contemporary, period, and fantasy, 15 in the feature film category. So the trick is to figure out which movies get an Oscar boost from being nominated here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2010 6:01 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Seventeen: PGA, DGA, Scripters and Top Ten

Kris Tapley and I track the Oscar impact of the recent PGA, DGA and USC Scripter noms. Of the top four, what's ahead? Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds? Is Christoph Waltz a lock to win best supporting actor? We also weigh the chances of Up, The Messenger, District 9, A Serious Man and Star Trek to make it into the best picture top ten. And we get into recent eligibility issues on Bright Star, District 9 and An Education with the Scripters, the Academy and the WGA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2010 6:26 AM
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Oscar Duel: Do Sci-Fi Films Like Star Trek Belong in Race?

Oscar Duel: Do Sci-Fi Films Like Star Trek Belong in Race?
In this dueling blog, Moviefone.com Oscarologist Jack Mathews and I discuss the recently-announced Producers Guild of America nominations and ask the question, do such sci-fi movies as District 9 and Star Trek, which made the PGA's 10-best ballot, really belong in the Oscar Hunt?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2010 2:00 AM
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Oscar Watch: DGA Noms Analysis

Oscar Watch: DGA Noms Analysis
The big news in today's Directors Guild nominations was the selection of Precious director Lee Daniels, the DGA's first African-American nominee, over Invictus' Clint Eastwood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2010 9:00 AM
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