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Oscar Watch: Visual Effects List of Seven Led by Avatar

Seven movies have made the short list of the Academy Visual Effects branch. They will vote for the final three nominated films on January 21 at the annual bake-off, where 15-minute reels of each film are screened for the VFX voters. I'm always at Sundance for this; I'd love to go one day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 7:17 AM
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Avatar's Script: Derivative?

Avatar's Script: Derivative?
Just to prevent James Cameron's head from swelling too much from the astonishing global Avatar phenomenon, folks keep reminding him of how derivative and clunky his script is. It's been compared to everything from Pocahontas, The New World, The Last Samurai and Dances with Wolves to Ferngully. Truth to tell, most screenplays are derivative, and this one's more "original" than all the knock-offs, remakes and sequels everyone makes now.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 4:54 AM
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USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air
For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winners No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire also won adapted screenplay Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 2:16 AM
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Producers Go Sci-Fi: Avatar, District 9 and Star Trek Make Top Ten

Producers Go Sci-Fi: Avatar, District 9 and Star Trek Make Top Ten
District 9 and Star Trek join awards front-runner Avatar in the Producers Guild of America's top ten for the Darryl F. Zanuck award in theatrical motion pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 3:12 AM
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Holiday Winners and Losers: Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Streep, Bullock and Nine

Where are we, after the record-breaking holiday? There were many winners.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 2:00 AM
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Awards Votes Ahead

Awards Votes Ahead
Several key awards group votes are coming up in the next week. Monday Sunday brings The National Society of Film Critics, which is less influential than LA or NY, but could boost a few causes. (Awards Daily lists past winners.) The ten Producer's Guild nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 5. On Thursday come the Directors Guild nominations, followed by the Writers Guild on Monday the 11th. The guilds give a fairly accurate reflection of where the winds are blowing with Academy voters, while the Golden Globes Awards (which I will be covering on January 17) have some influence in terms of winning momentum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2010 9:40 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Sixteen: Top Ten, Nine, Avatar, Up, Picks for 2010

Oscar Talk Episode Sixteen: Top Ten, Nine, Avatar, Up, Picks for 2010
At the new year, Kris Tapley and I ponder the fate of the Oscar Top Ten. We agree that Avatar is now the best picture front-runner, over EW's Oscar Issue Pick, Up in the Air, and that Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is overtaking critics-group fave George Clooney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 1, 2010 9:00 AM
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Holiday Biopics: Young Victoria, Creation, Me and Orson Welles

Holiday Biopics: Young Victoria, Creation, Me and Orson Welles
Three period biopics with awards hopes face some tough going over the holidays.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2009 3:10 AM
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Oscar Watch: Voting for Ten Instead of Five

Oscar Watch: Voting for Ten Instead of Five
I'm having a devil of a time figuring out what this year's Oscar nominations for best picture are going to be. As the ballots are going out, I usually have a fair idea of the final five. But this year there are ten best picture slots instead of five. If voters had trouble coming up with their top five in the past, won't they have even more trouble filling out a ballot with ten?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2009 11:10 AM
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AFI Moments of Significance for 2009

AFI Moments of Significance for 2009
I've served on several past American Film Institute film juries. We meet one day in December and not only pick the year's ten best American films but also engage in a spirited discussion about the most significant industry trends-- in TV, film and the web-- of that year. The 13-member TV and film juries are unusual, in mixing academics, journalists and filmmakers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 28, 2009 9:31 AM
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