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    For Your Consideration: Sundance and Next Year's Oscars

    As made evident earlier this week, the Sundance Film Festival can be a significant launching pad for Oscar nominees. This year's nominations included two for best picture - "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and "An Education" - that had debuted at last year's festival, while a myriad of other nominations did the same, including four from the acting categories, nearly half the screenplay nominees, and two of the best documentary contenders. While 2009 was definitely a standout year for Sundance films, it is probably not likely to replicate that record, though this year's festival - which closed out this past weekend - had at l...

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    Box Office 2.0: Oscar By The Numbers

    When the Academy expanded their best picture list from 5 to 10 earlier this year, one of their many reasonings seems quite clear: They wanted more populist films in the mix, which might translate into higher ratings for the Oscar telecast. Well, yesterday they received their wish. With the inclusion of James Cameron's "Avatar," Pete Docter's "Up," Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," Neill Blomkamp's "District 9," and, in a bit of a surprise, John Lee Hancock's "The Blind Side," half of the best picture nominees were $100 million grossers, resulting in a whopping $1,515,425,645 (and counting) box office total for the ten films. In f...

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    cinemadaily | Bigelow the Internet's Oscar Pick?

    This weekend, indieWIRE's end-of-Sundance condo party was rocked by the announcement that Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to be awarded the DGA's award for film. A week before, "The Hurt Locker" won big at the PGAs. She and the film have been frontrunners since "The Hurt Locker" had an exciting summer run in theaters (The film even opened well on four theaters, grossing $36,000 per theater when it debuted in June). However, late momentum from Bigelow's ex James Cameron, in the form of two big Golden Globe wins has made "Locker"'s future uncertain. This morning, the Academy has announced that Bigelow will be in the running for the Osca...

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    For Your Consideration: The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Oscar Nominations

    This morning's Oscar nominations were a generally predictable bunch. With "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" expectedly leading the pack, there were no "The Reader"-esque shockers a la last year, and all but one of the acting nominations had been crystal clear going in. But there were sprinkles of sur...

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    "Avatar" & "Hurt Locker" Lead 82nd Academy Award Nominations

    For the first time since the 40s -- back when "Casablanca" was named best picture -- the Oscars will feature ten films competing for best picture of the year: "Avatar," "The Blind Side," "District 9," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious," "A Serious Man," "Up," and "...

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    For Your Consideration: Final Oscar Predictions

    In just four days, Oscar prognosticators around the internet will see their months and months of buzz-tracking and guesswork culminate in the announcement of the nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Though there's a lot of obvious choices suspected - from the dominance of "A...

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    "Ribbon," "Prophet" Make Academy Foreign Film Shortlist

    Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" and Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" are among the nine films that will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards. Both films - along with Argentine entry "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" - are being released states...

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    French New Wave, Bigelow and the Quote of the Night at LA Film Critics Dinner over Weekend

    The French took the spotlight on Saturday evening at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards dinner at the Century City Interncontinental Hotel. Organizers noted that it was the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave. Fittingly, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo joined the festivities during the four hour-plus event along with other honorees including Mo'Nique, Christophe Waltz, Jason Reitman, Kathryn Bigelow and more. Jeff Bridges, honored for best actor for "Crazy Heart," upped the tempo of the otherwise somewhat stiff proceedings with an energetic country tune. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis stood in the back with a wide smile...

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    "Avatar" the Big Winner at 67th Golden Globes; James Cameron Best Director

    "Avatar" won Best Picture - Drama while James Cameron took Best Director for the 3-D feature tonight at the 67th Golden Globes in Los Angeles. "The Hangover" received Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, while Jeff Bridges won Best Actor - Drama for "Crazy Heart." Sandra Bullock took the Best Actress Drama prize for "The Blind Side" and Merryl Streep received Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for "Julie & Julia." Mo'Nique took Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Precious" and Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon" won Best Foreign Language film. "The Hangover." Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, meanwhile, won Best Screenplay for "Up in the Air."...

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    Analysis: Predictable Golden Globes Honor "Avatar"

    James Cameron's "Avatar" prevailed over a generally conservative and populist batch of winners at the 67th Golden Globe Awards - winning awards for both best picture drama and best director. Smaller films like "The Hurt Locker" and even "Up In The Air" (which did manage a screenplay honor) were mos...

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