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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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Academy Screenings: Missed Opportunity

Academy Screenings: Missed Opportunity
"It's the best of what's offered," says one member of the Academy Screening Committee. This group of about ten Academy members choose what the membership gets to see every weekend on the fabulous big screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Boulevard.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 12:37 AM
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Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video
Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 4:37 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Nine: Oscar Hosts, Jeff Bridges, Animation

As the Oscar race starts to come into focus, Kris Tapley of In Contention and I continue our weekly Oscar Talk. This week we both approve of Oscar co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, agree that Jeff Bridges has a shot at winning an Oscar at last, and with the animation list long enough for five entries, we debate what they will be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2009 11:06 AM
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Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold

Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold
The Gurus 'O Gold jury of 14 Oscar prognosticators have weighed in on the top movies, actors and animated films so far in the Oscar race. Here's how it looks with at least four major movies (*) sight unseen. (BTW, I meant to include Up, which naturally leads the animation pack, in my top twelve.) George Clooney leads the actors, while Carey Mulligan Meryl Streep is the top contender among the actresses. UPDATE: Since November 4, MCN added votes which pushed Streep into the lead, by one point.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2009 8:18 AM
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Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray

Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray
Back in July, Fox Searchlight paid low seven figures for worldwide rights to Crazy Heart, a movie the distrib felt needed a little work in the editing room. (Here's my announcement story.) It was one of the first buys by new co-presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula after Peter Rice left to run Fox TV.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2009 10:14 AM
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Oscar Watch: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Are Co-Hosting--and Co-Promoting

Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, the two producers of the Academy Awards telecast to be broadcast around the world on March 7, have selected two hosts for the show: repeat host Steve Martin (the 73rd and 75th Oscars) and newbie Alec Baldwin. The producers went to last year's host Hugh Jackman first, but he didn't want to do the honors two years in a row. (Rumors that Emmy and Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris had landed the Oscar gig remind us not to believe everything we read on the internet.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2009 12:52 AM
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France Oscar Entry A Prophet Wins London Prize, Audiard Talks

On my recent jaunt to London, I finally saw Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, which won the first ever best film award at the 53rd London Fest, after having won the grand jury prize at Cannes and scoring raves at Telluride. “‘A Prophet’ has the ambition, purity of vision and clarity of purpose to make it an instant classic,” said LFF jury president Anjelica Huston at the closing ceremony. “With seamless and imaginative story-telling, superb performances and universal themes, Jacques Audiard has made a perfect film.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2009 1:17 AM
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Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet

Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet
During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of potential Oscarcast hosts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2009 9:59 AM
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Jackman Passes as Oscar Host: New Poll

Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2009 4:18 AM
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