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Oscar Box Office Bump? Nope. Except for Crazy Heart and An Education

Oscar Box Office Bump? Nope. Except for Crazy Heart and An Education
TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro lays out which films--if any--got a bump from this year's expanded Oscar derby.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 8, 2010 7:46 AM
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Oscar Backstage: Bigelow, Boal Talk The Hurt Locker's Six Wins

The Hurt Locker finally ended the long, difficult Oscar campaign trail winning six awards, while Avatar won only three technical categories, for visual effects, art direction and cinematography. "I hope I'm the first of many," Kathryn Bigelow said backstage, of being the first woman to win the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, which is also the first best picture winner to be directed by a woman. "I long for day when that modifier is a moot point. I am grateful if I can inspire some young intrepid tenacious male or female filmmaker, make them feel the impossible is possible."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 5:31 AM
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Final Oscar Picks: The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar

Final Oscar Picks: The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar
Here are my final picks for this year's Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2010 1:38 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 24: Final Oscar Picks

Oscar Talk Episode 24: Final Oscar Picks
Kris Tapley and I agree on many things, but as we make our final Oscar picks, we debate the last contentious categories: original screenplay, cinematography, art direction, editing and yes, best picture. We will analyze the winners on Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2010 1:09 AM
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Oscar Coverage Round-Up

Oscar Coverage Round-Up
IndieWIRE's Sophia Savage culls the best of the Award coverage leading up to the Big Show Sunday night:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2010 8:39 AM
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Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?

Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?
The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier insists that he is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Late Wednesday night, drink in hand, pool side at Andaz above Sunset at a pre-Oscar party for The Cove, Chartier wasn't acting like a Hollywood pariah.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen

Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen
I'm plotting my Oscar-week course of action. I must decide which parties and panels and events to cover, and which stories to write when and how. Last year at the Oscar red carpet bleachers I live-blogged in evening garb from my place on a bench with the likes of A.P., Reuters, LAT, and the London Daily Mail, several rows back from the front, took red carpet photos with my Nikon, scrambled down in high heels to the hedge to shoot flip cam interviews, and managed to get out with all my gear except my little black notebook, which was never found.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2010 6:41 AM
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Academy Penalizes Hurt Locker Producer Chartier

Academy Penalizes Hurt Locker Producer Chartier
As I predicted, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is penalizing The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier for violating Academy campaign standards by sending an email to his friends that promoted The Hurt Locker and dissed Avatar. Later at the Academy's behest Chartier sent an apologetic letter. Should the movie win best picture, states AMPAS, Chartier will not be one of the producers ascending the platform to accept his award, because he will not be admitted to the Oscar ceremony. His ticket has been revoked. Three producers, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Gregory Shapiro, would accept their gold statues. Chartier would still be able to pick up his award at a later date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2010 11:34 AM
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Oscar Watch: Costumes, Cinematographers, Sound and Visual Effects Awards

Oscar Watch: Costumes, Cinematographers, Sound and Visual Effects Awards
After a final week of prize-giving, the season's pre-Oscar awards rituals came to a close Sunday night. There's nothing left but the big show itself March 7. Oscar ballots are due on March 2. Voters who did not mail them in Saturday can deliver them via overnight mail or directly to Price Waterhouse.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2010 6:45 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 23: Last Phase Tricky Campaign and Voting Issues

Oscar Talk Episode 23: Last Phase Tricky Campaign and Voting Issues
On Oscar Talk 23, Kris Tapley and I chew over the last phase of this year's Oscar campaigns and issues surrounding the email misstep by rookie The Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier and any impact it could have on the race. We both have problems with the preferential ballot process, as Academy members try to figure it out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2010 9:22 AM
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