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Oscar Watch: Academy Rules on Best Picture Producers

Oscar Watch: Academy Rules on Best Picture Producers
The Academy has ruled on the remaining two best picture nominees' producer credits. They like to limit them to three (hence the Crash imbroglio that eliminated angry financeer Bob Yari). But in this case, The Blind Side has three, The Hurt Locker, four.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2010 3:33 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Opener, Bullock, Cameron, Panels

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Opener, Bullock, Cameron, Panels
I'm in Santa Barbara for its 25th film fest: 196 films, 18 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres and a program from 45 countries. The festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 14. Per usual, I'm ensconced in a twee bungalow at the Simpson House--sweet muffins on arrival, Laura Ashley decor, fringed pillows and lamp shades, white venetian blinds, stone fireplace, hot tub, soft bed, classical music.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2010 2:40 AM
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Vanity Fair's Leibovitz Shoots Directors and Stars

Vanity Fair's Leibovitz Shoots Directors and Stars
At their best, the photos in Annie Leibovitz's 2010 Hollywood photo gallery capture feelings between the movie directors and their stars. This one of Quentin Tarantino and straight man Christoph Waltz--who will get an Oscar, even if his boss does not---is my favorite.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2010 1:31 AM
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Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens

Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens
It was great to see some new faces on Charlie Rose Tuesday night analyzing the Oscar nominations. Along with usual suspect A.O. Scott (critic for the NYT and At the Movies), Rose interviewed perky Columbia prof Annette Insdorf and two on-line critics, Louise Brooks-lookalike Dana Stevens (Slate) and Salon's red-maned Stephanie Zacharek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 6:12 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 Wrap-Ups, Reactions

Oscar Wrap-Ups, Reactions
USA Today's Anthony Breznikan shares his sleepover (with no sleep) at the Oscars with Anne Hathaway the night before nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 3:15 AM
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Oscar Watch: Animated Surprise is 2-D The Secret of Kells

I checked out this The Secret of Kells trailer when the Annies nominated this little 2-D movie I had never heard of (Disney International has it in some territories). It's Irish. And it was nominated today instead of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Monsters vs. Aliens, Mary & Max, or Ponyo. Who knew?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 10:22 AM
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Oscar Watch: Final Nominations Predictions

Oscar Watch: Final Nominations Predictions
Today, I picked up my credential to attend the Oscar nominations announcement bright and early Tuesday morning. I'll bring my laptop and file from there. I like getting the information packet that has all the stats and info about all the nominees. I have posted my final predictions, front runners and one long shot in all the categories except the shorts, which I have not seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 2:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: Nominations Analysis

Oscar Watch: Nominations Analysis
The big surprises on Oscar nominations morning: Clint Eastwood's Invictus (two noms) did not make it into the best picture top ten, while John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side did. The film's star, Sandra Bullock also scored her first Oscar nom, as best actress. Not unlike Million Dollar Baby, four-hankie drama The Blind Side wowed voters with its uplifting, emotional Good Samaritan message. District 9 (four noms) and A Serious Man (two) also made it into the ten, while Star Trek (four) did not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2010 1:46 AM
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Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan

Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan
A swatch of pale loveliness, here are this year's Vanity Fair photos of Hollywood ingenues. I believe the mag has done Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), at least, before. Last week, Stewart was in Sundance supporting The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys; Rebecca Hall stole Nicole Holefcener's Please Give at Sundance; Mia Wasikowska was also there, starring as one of the Kids Are All Right. She plays the title role in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland, which should break her out even more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 5:46 AM
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