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Will Studio Pics "Secretariat," "Love & Other Drugs," "Morning Glory" Earn Oscar Love?

Will Studio Pics "Secretariat," "Love & Other Drugs," "Morning Glory" Earn Oscar Love?
The movies that are ahead in the awards race---or have the most buzz at this stage--either have already opened or nabbed media coverage at film festivals, from Sundance (Blue Valentine, Waiting for Superman, The Kids Are All Right), Cannes (Biutiful, Another Year, Inside Job) and Venice (Black Swan, The Town, The Tempest) to Telluride (The King's Speech, The Way Back, 127 Hours), Toronto (Rabbit Hole, Hereafter), New York (The Social Network) and later reprise fests such as the Hamptons and AFI Fest. Now Paramount has slotted a surprise "secret" AFI Fest screening of David O. Russell's The Fighter, which I will see tonight at Grauman's, with an audience: a smart studio move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 9:28 AM
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Golden Globes to Honor Robert De Niro with Cecil B. DeMille Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will award eight-time Golden Globe nominee Robert De Niro (who won for Raging Bull) with their Cecil B. De Mille award for lifetime achievement at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards show on NBC on Sunday, January 16, 2011, which will air live from 5 to 8 PM (PST) and 8-11 (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show is broadcast in 160 countries. De Niro's long-time director Martin Scorsese won the award last year, following other winners Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand. Ricky Gervais returns as host.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 5:59 AM
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Oscar Watch: European Film Awards Boost Polanski's "Ghost Writer"

Every bit of attention that makes Academy members stick a movie into their DVD player is a good thing. So Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer leading the European Film Awards with seven nominations (best film, director, screenplay, cinematography and actor Ewan McGregor) could boost an awards campaign. That is, if Summit wants to spend the money to mount one as they did last year with Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. Well, they do, even though they released the well-reviewed $30-million Euro-funded The Ghost Writer last March to a modest $15.5 million gross (it did $47.7 million overseas).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2010 10:19 AM
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Academy, Producers Pick Award Dates

The 2011 awards season is coming into focus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2010 7:47 AM
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Oscar Momentum: Bright Star vs. Young Victoria

Oscar Momentum: Bright Star vs. Young Victoria
In the Oscar derby, what went wrong with Bright Star, which earned one Oscar nomination (for costume), and right with Young Victoria, which grabbed three?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 3:40 AM
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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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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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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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