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Oscar Talk Episode 19: Heading Toward Noms, Bullock vs. Streep, Avatar vs. Hurt Locker

Oscar Talk Episode 19: Heading Toward Noms, Bullock vs. Streep, Avatar vs. Hurt Locker
Kris Tapley and I took a week off while I decamped to the Sundance Film Festival. As we head toward the DGA Awards Saturday and Oscar nominations Tuesday morning, we forecast sure things and possible surprises, debate strengths and weaknesses of Golden Globes winner Avatar, SAG ensemble-winner Inglourious Basterds and PGA winner The Hurt Locker, and wonder if glam awards-newbie and SAG-winner Sandra Bullock (with momentum behind her) could actually beat admired-but-familiar Oscar-veteran Meryl Streep.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2010 9:02 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tarantino vs. Cameron vs. Bigelow vs. Reitman vs. Daniels

Oscar Watch: Tarantino vs. Cameron vs. Bigelow vs. Reitman vs. Daniels
On the plane to Salt Lake City, I was listed A 01 on Southwest for the first time, like first class, and got out before they shut down some southern California flights due to high winds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2010 11:55 AM
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BAFTA Nominations Favor An Education, Avatar, Hurt Locker

The BAFTA noms offer the same old same old, basically, as Avatar and The Hurt Locker continue to advance and home-grown fave An Education, which has been earning more nominations than wins, gets a much-needed boost. All three earned eight noms apiece. It's nice to see two women in the directors race: The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow and An Education's Lone Scherfig.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2010 4:58 AM
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Writer Updates: Cameron, Kalogridis, Tarantino, Boal

Writer Updates: Cameron, Kalogridis, Tarantino, Boal
One reason why James Cameron went out of his way to mention that he might make The Dive backstage at the Golden Globes: he was thanking screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander) for all the writing she has done for him, not only on Avatar, but on Battle Angel and The Dive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 11:14 AM
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Globes Weekend Party Circuit: Film Independent, BAFTA Brunches

My Golden Globe weekend began Saturday morning with an Independent Spirits brunch at Boa Steakhouse on Sunset celebrating the nominees. At the beginning, Laura Dern, Mike White and Derek Luke recounted tales of attending their first Indie Spirit awards; Luke actually bused tables at a Spirit show several years before he found himself nominated for Antoine Fisher. Film Independent's Dawn Hudson called all the nominees up to the stage to identify themselves, including Precious writer Geoffrey Fletcher, Humpday director Lynn Shelton, A Single Man's Tom Ford and 500 Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:40 AM
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Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List

Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List
The Academy has announced the foreign film short list of nine, culled from 65 submissions. The foreign branch voted for six of these, while three were added by the foreign branch executive committee led by producer Mark Johnson, just in case such films as the critically-hailed Cannes entries A Prophet or The White Ribbon (both released by Sony Pictures Classics) failed to make the Phase One selection. Another committee of 30 voters from New York and L.A. will whittle the nine down to five for nominations morning, February 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:29 AM
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Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video

Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video
Over the past decade, movie technology has become so sophisticated that it's tough for critics and even industry insiders to discern where an actor's performance stops and the work of hundreds of artists and digital technicians begins. The groundbreaking Avatar and Lord of the Ringssaga are two examples.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2010 2:43 AM
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Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay

Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay
The week before the Golden Globes, which happens to coincide with the final days of Oscar balloting, is packed with parties, most of them designed for maximum impact with Academy voters during balloting season. The senior quotient is noticeably higher at these events, where movie stars of yore and character actors mix with current awards contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 9:56 AM
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Golden Globe Winner Bridges Heads for Oscar Win

Golden Globe Winner Bridges Heads for Oscar Win
At the Golden Globes, two winners, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, admitted that they had originally passed on the roles that wound up winning them awards. In Bridge's case, he didn't think that Crazy Heart could top his other film about musicians, The Fabulous Baker Boys. He liked Scott Cooper's script, but it had no music attached to it. After a year passed, Bridges ran into T-Bone Burnett, a friend of 30 years since Heaven's Gate, who said, "I'll do it if you do it."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 4:52 AM
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Golden Globes: Sci-Fi Avatar Wins Director and Drama

Golden Globes: Sci-Fi Avatar Wins Director and Drama
Golden Globes winner James Cameron is pleased that the success of Avatar will broaden the scope of future 3-D. "One thing Avatar could do because of its success is give permission to other filmmakers to think of 3-D as something that isn't relegated to kids movies and animation," he said backstage. "It creates a broad category and permission for filmmakers to use these tools. We know that 3-D is going to be big in the future. It's a question of breaking out in breadth. It's rolling into the home."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 4:16 AM
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