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Oscar Watch: Fest Awards Push Contenders

Along with fall award season pump-primers The Hollywood, London and AFI Fests, another key fest on the award season calendar is the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which takes place at the height of Oscar voting this February, from the 4th through the 14th. (Oscar nominations are announced on February 2.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2009 5:12 AM
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Brothers vs. Brothers

Brothers vs. Brothers
Beware the cross-cultural remake.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2009 3:45 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Eleven: Governors Awards, Tarantino, Holbrook, Docs

Oscar Talk Episode Eleven: Governors Awards, Tarantino, Holbrook, Docs
In the eleventh installment of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I have a go at last weekend's Governors Awards, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the documentary short list and Hal Holbrook's performance in That Evening Sun. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone assembles a bigger group to grapple with some of these and other questions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2009 9:31 AM
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Oscar Watch: Documentary Branch Snubs Capitalism: A Love Story

Oscar Watch: Documentary Branch Snubs Capitalism: A Love Story
The Academy documentary branch has named their short list of fifteen films (full list on jump), which will be narrowed down to five on Oscar nominations morning February 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2009 12:14 AM
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Oscar Watch: Where Are The Hurt Locker Screeners?

Oscar Watch: Where Are The Hurt Locker Screeners?
At the start of the awards season, I had The Hurt Locker at the top of my top ten picks list. But right now quite a few other movies are getting more noise. That doesn't matter in the end. Finally, the Academy voters will dig back to all the films they saw this year, especially when they don't have time to see all the marginal indies in their DVD stack. It's more likely that they will remember the movies that the critics pick for their top ten lists at the end of the year, or that other awards groups like the Gothams, Critics Choice or Golden Globes anoint as must-sees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2009 11:34 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tarantino and Almodovar to Present at Oscars

Quentin Tarantino's intro to Roger Corman was by far the high point of the Governors Awards, so I was delighted when Oscarcast producer Bill Mechanic told me that filmmakers Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar would be presenting on Oscar night. Sounds like the right direction to me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2009 6:36 AM
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Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards

Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards
1. The Governors Awards will not be televised. At the orange Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Saturday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave out four honorary Oscars at a new annual event on the awards calendar. Academy executive director Bruce Davis, president Tom Sherak, Oscar show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, and Oscar-host-to-be Alec Baldwin all attended this relaxed, celebratory black-tie cocktail and dinner party. The ceremony awarding four honorary Oscars to actress Lauren Bacall, producers John Calley and Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis, punctuated by repeated standing ovations, lasted three hours and 18 minutes, to be exact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 15, 2009 8:13 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Ten: Avatar, Tyson, Animation

In this week's podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talk animation (20 submissions), supporting actor and actress, 2012, Mike Tyson's LAX brawl and the four Oscar heavyweights yet to be screened, including likely last contender out of the gate, James Cameron's big-budget Avatar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 14, 2009 2:27 AM
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A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg Talks Coens

A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg Talks Coens
In this three-part flipcam interview on the pool terrace of the Sunset Plaza Hotel, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg talks about how he came to be cast in the period dramedy, working with the Coen brothers, and how he is handling his serious good fortune. The fall release is likely to earn kudos with critics' groups at year's end and could be a factor with the Oscars as well. Will the Academy actors recognize this theater star, or is he too unknown? Well, he has now arrived. Next up: a major HBO series, Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2009 4:29 AM
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Oscar Watch: Waiting for The Big Four, Invictus, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Nine

Oscar Watch: Waiting for The Big Four, Invictus, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Nine
As the deadlines for the Hollywood Foreign Press and film critics voting loom, the studios are finally starting to screen the last four big guns. The HFPA is heading to New York this weekend for the Nine junket. And they're seeing The Lovely Bones and Invictus. Avatar will likely be the last to show--not before December 10, says Fox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 9:13 AM
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