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At the Critics' Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale

Paramount had a good night at the Broadcast Film Critics Associations's Critic's Choice Awards Friday night, winning three prizes for The Fighter, including best ensemble, supporting actress (Melissa Leo) and supporting actor (Christian Bale), a young actress award for Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit and doc prize for Waiting for Superman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2011 6:18 AM
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AFI Awards Lunch Pulls Stars, Studio Heads

The American Film Institute annual TV and Film Awards lunch is one of the year's most intimate industry gatherings, just a few hundred people sitting at tables at the Four Seasons with name cards. The studio heads show up to support their winners, and many top Oscar contenders come too. It's painless for everyone: they get to network and work the room, and don't have to listen to any acceptance speeches. It's fun to watch Sony's Amy Pascal schmoozing Ben Affleck, while Warners' Jeff Robinov insists that he's close to nailing the new A-list director to a deal, even after he turned down the reboot of Superman. Or seeing Tom Rothman talking to King's Speech director Tom Hooper. These people are in the winners' circle--for the moment--and are hot commodities. Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky is just starting to turn his attention to writing Fox's Wolverine, and yes, his mother reprimanded him for his bad behavior at the New York Film Critics.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 11:05 AM
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Aronofsky vs. White at the New York Film Critics Awards

Aronofsky vs. White at the New York Film Critics Awards
EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum does a swell job of putting what happened Monday night at the New York Film Critics awards in perspective.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 11:54 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network
The Kids Are All Right landed seven awards from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, including best original screenplay, best ensemble and best actress (Annette Bening), while The Social Network scored four, including best film, director, adapted screenplay and score. Winter's Bone collected two prizes, including best woman director (Debra Granik) and best breakthrough performance (Jennifer Lawrence); Granik also won outstanding achievement for a woman in the film industry in 2010. Black Swan earned four nods.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 9:38 AM
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The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)

The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)
The Social Network is still the consensus choice as top film of 2010 among film critics, as the National Society of Film Critics voted the film best picture, director (David Fincher), writer (Aaron Sorkin) and star (Jesse Eisenberg). The 61 critics voted at their annual meeting in New York at Sardi's. Los Angeles and New York critics also went with the film, which the Gurus 'O Gold tip as the frontrunner in the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2011 8:35 AM
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Dancers on Black Swan's Lesbian Action/Horror, Critiquing The Fighter, Exit Through The Gift Shop

- It was inevitable that Black Swan would be divisive inside the ballet community. The Guardian pre-screened Black Swan for some of Britain's finest dancers. Here's a taste of their reactions:Tamara Rojo, The Royal Ballet: "I really have a problem with this film using an actress, not a dancer, to play Nina: the director seems to think that, in a few months, you can learn a profession that it takes years just to understand, let alone be good at. And in the film, Nina is supposed to be awesome."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2011 8:20 AM
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Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts
In Contention's Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year's Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman's new pregnancy? What would it take to push Biutiful's Javier Bardem or I Am Love's Tilda Swinton into the race?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2010 5:11 AM
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Oscar Watch: Animated The Illusionist is Homage to Tati

Oscar Watch: Animated The Illusionist is Homage to Tati
Which animated film will land the third Oscar slot behind Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon? The critics have given a serious boost Sylvain Chomet's elegiac 2-D The Illusionist, which won best animated film at the European Film Awards and New York Film Critics Circle and a spotlight award from the National Board of Review. It's also nominated for five Annie Awards and best animated feature by the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 28, 2010 5:31 AM
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Carlos: IFC's Long-Form Experiment, Embraced by Critics, Globes

Carlos: IFC's Long-Form Experiment, Embraced by Critics, Globes
As movies become tougher and tougher to finance and release, more and more filmmakers are turning to long-form TV. One of the titles that has been a surprisingly strong winner in year-end voting is critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas's Carlos, a five-hour French/English viewing marathon which was financed and shown by Canal Plus in Europe and Sundance Channel in the U.S. and released in theaters stateside by IFC Films, which also distributed Assayas's Summer Hours and learned some lessons from another long-form experiment, Steven Soderbergh's Che, which sold out the Ziegfeld in New York for a week. "There's an audience out there for event films," says IFC chief Jonathan Sehring. Until Michael Winterbottom's thriller The Killer Inside Me, Che was IFC's most successful theatrical/VOD release, totaling between $3 and 4 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2010 7:43 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has posted its nominees for the 2010 AWFJ EDA Awards (full list is below). Nominated for Best Film are Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network and Winter's Bone. Oddly, The Kids Are All Right received 16 nominations-- but not best picture. Helen Mirren (RED) got five.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2010 11:23 AM
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