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Oscar Talk: Critics Choice vs. Oscars, Moore Doc Reform and DGA Updates, Rise of 'Dragon Tattoo,' Fall of 'War Horse'

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I revisit Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, and predict whether the Globes and Oscars will repeat the same winners. We update the latest news on Michael Moore's reform of the Oscar Documentary Rules, Pros and Cons, as well the DGA doc nominations and Cinema Eye Honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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Inside the Critics Choice Movie Awards: Winners Are 'The Artist,' Clooney and Davis

The Critics Choice Movie Awards is a low-key, fun, fast-moving live TV show packed with movie folks eager to win. In other words, at the "Moneyball," "The Help," "War Horse" "The Descendants," "Hugo," "Bridesmaids," and "The Artist" tables, all those folks--from Sony's Amy Pascal to Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula to Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese and Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio--wanted to win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 1:38 AM
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Golden Globes Weekend Preview: Critics Choice, AFI, BAFTA Rising Stars, Parties

It's a busy awards weekend in Hollywood. It all starts off with Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, which happens to air live on VH1 the night before Oscar ballots are due--at 5 PM Friday. Last year the CCMA chose 18 Oscar winners out of its 20 awards. (My winners' predictions here do not reflect my actual votes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 9:53 AM
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National Society of Film Critics Picks 'Melancholia,' Dunst; 'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Win Multiple Awards

One of my ongoing fantasies has the new preferential Oscar ballot leading to a huge surprise: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" makes it onto the best picture list, and Cannes-winner Kirsten Dunst knocks out one of the best actress contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2012 4:51 PM
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Critics Keep Voting for Tree of Life, from Chicago to Indiewire Poll

Critics are lining up behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." While critics groups don't have as much predictive impact as Guild awards like the Screen Actors Guild, they do add to to winners' patina, build credibility and consensus, and keep attention on some must-see titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 1:44 PM
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Los Angeles Film Critics Make Surprise Best Actress Pick, Poetry's Yun Jung-Hee, Actor Fassbender, Director Malick, Picture The Descendants

While the AFI film jury went mainstream with their top ten picks this year, the LA Film Critics went indie, picking South Korean actress Yun Jung-Hee ("Poetry") as best actress for her performance as a woman facing Alzheimer's.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 4:29 PM
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American Film Institute Juries Pick Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

The American Film Institute film and TV juries--a mix of industry professionals, critics and academics-- met Sunday to pick their top ten films and television shows of 2011, below. They limit their choices to American content only, which is often the subject of some debate. While Harvey Weinstein managed to convince the Independent Spirit Awards committee to include "The Artist" as an American film, the AFI gave it a special award instead, along with the "Harry Potter" series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 3:45 PM
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Now and Then: With Recent Controversies, Maybe Critics Matter?

Something changed this week. As the days passed, each became part of a snowballing narrative about critics that seemed to me to portend a future less than bright. The New York Critics pandered to the Oscar horse race and ended up muffing the whole deal, losing their one chance a year to go out on a limb. AT’s criticism of the latest incarnation of “At the Movies” ignited the usual mixed bag of fury. And now David Denby’s gone and broken Sony’s review embargo on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 5, 2011 11:22 AM
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Tyrannosaur Tops British Independent Film Awards, Fassbender Wins Best Actor

The 14th British Independent Film Awards, created by Raindance in 1998 to celebrate and promote merit and achievement in British independent films, gave three awards to "Tyrannosaur": for Best British Independent Film, Best Debut Director Paddy Considine, and Best Actress Olivia Colman, who beat Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin"; Lynne Ramsay won Best Director. Michael Fassbender continues to strengthen his position in the Oscar race, by winning Best Actor for "Shame."   Previous winners include "The King’s Speech," "Moon," "Control," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Constant Gardener" and "This Is England." Nominees and winners (bold) are listed below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 6:00 PM
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London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:39 AM
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