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Oscar Watch: The Hurt Locker's Bigelow Heads for Best Director

Oscar Watch: The Hurt Locker's Bigelow Heads for Best Director
It's not surprising that the Alliance of Women Film Journalists went with The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow as best picture and director (they threw a mess of other achievement prizes at her as well--she'd better show up). And gave Jane Campion some props for her Bright Star direction and screenplay. Nor is Manohla Dargis off-base when she complains about the lack of women film directors today. The AWFJ may want to cut back on duplicative awards. They also gave two apiece to Agnes Varda and Mo'Nique.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2009 12:33 AM
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AFI Top Ten List

AFI Top Ten List
Remember, the AFI Top Ten list is only American films. Here's the final top ten list, which does not include Avatar--it nabs a special mention for technical achievement. I have to say, going with The Hangover over Avatar is hard to fathom. And I found Dominican baseball film Sugar admirable but flat. Love it that they picked two animated films. Full release and jury on jump.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 11:23 AM
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LA Film Critics Part II: The Hurt Locker Wins Best Picture. Director

The Hurt Locker continues to win awards as the LAFCA gave it best picture on Sunday afternoon. The runner up was Up in the Air. Award winners are: PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker" Runner-up: "Up in the Air" DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" Runner-up: Michael Haneke, "The White Ribbon" ACTRESS: Yolande Moreau, "Séraphine" Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, "An Education" ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart" Runner-up: Colin Firth, "A Single Man" ANIMATION: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" Runner-up: “Up" FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Summer Hours" Runner-up: "The White Ribbon" NEW GENERATION: Neill Blomkamp, "District 9"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 11:00 AM
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New York Film Critics Online Winners Led by Avatar

New York Film Critics Online Winners Led by Avatar
Best Picture: AvatarBest Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt LockerBest Actress: Meryl Streep, Julie & JuliaBest Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious BasterdsBest Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious BasterdsBest Foreign Language Film: The White RibbonBest Documentary: The CoveBest Animated Feature: UpBest Cinematography: Robert Richardson, Inglourious BasterdsBest Music: Crazy HeartBest Ensemble: In the Loop
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 10:37 AM
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The White Ribbon Wins Three European Film Awards

The European Film Awards gave The White Ribbon best picture, and best director and script to Michael Haneke. Une Prophete won awards for best actor, Tahar Rahim, and sound design. Best Actress went to Kate Winslet for The Reader. Anthony Dod Mantle won cinematography for both Antichrist and Slumdog Millionaire.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 8:55 AM
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LA Film Critics Anoint Mo'Nique, Waltz, Up in the Air Screenplay in First Round of Voting

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has awarded Mo'Nique the best supporting actress prize for Precious, and Chistoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) best supporting actor in their first round of voting. Jason Reitman won best screenplay for Up in the Air. Winners so far are on the jump.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 8:33 AM
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Boston Critics Go for The Hurt Locker, Renner, Streep

Boston Critics Go for The Hurt Locker, Renner, Streep
Sunday is a big day for critics voting. We expect the Los Angeles Film Critics, AFI, and New York Film Critics Online, which is awarding most of their prizes so far to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, to announce their winners today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 8:18 AM
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Oscar Watch: Fifteen Films Up for VFX Oscar

Oscar Watch: Fifteen Films Up for VFX Oscar
James Cameron's Avatar will win the best VFX Oscar. But that doesn't mean that 14 other semi-finalists won't try to get nominated for three slots. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films (on the jump).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 9:29 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Fourteen: James Cameron's Avatar

Oscar Talk Episode Fourteen: James Cameron's Avatar
Yes, Kris Tapley and I saw James Cameron's Avatar Thursday night at the Mann Chinese 6 with a house full of eager critics, from David Ansen and Scott Foundas to Karina Longworth and Andy Klein. Kris and I were both wowed by it (here's my review) and devoted the entire podcast to Avatar and its Oscar chances. It will land noms for best picture and director (not acting or screenwriting), and a slew of technicals. And the other VFX hopefuls can pack up and go home, basically. Weta and Joe Letteri will be on the stage on Oscar night.
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  • December 11, 2009 8:41 AM
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Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema

Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema
James Cameron's Avatar takes you to an exotic world, Pandora, seen through the sad eyes of paraplegic marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he falls in love with tribal princess Neyteri (Zoe Saldana) and her people, the Na'vi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 3:22 AM
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