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    Review and Ranking of the 2012 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

    I wasn’t too thrilled with last year’s Oscar nominees in the live action short category. It was my first time seeing and reviewing all the films, though, and I wasn’t aware that it was such an off year. The 2012 nominees, on the other hand, are all excellent. Whether this is eviden...

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    Miss Piggy Hosts The BAFTA Red Carpet

    This could be the Red Carpet for people who hate The Red Carpet: Miss Piggy is the hostess for the BAFTA arrivals Sunday, asking the urgent questions about clothes, jewels, dates (“Who are you with, Georgie? Why not moi?”) and we can only guess what else.

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    "If a Tree Falls" Director Marshall Curry on His Second Oscar Nomination, What He Looks for in a Subject and What Keeps Hollywood Interested in Remaking Docs

    Since his debut in 2005 with "Street Fight," documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry has remained one of the most acclaimed nonfiction directors working today. That first film, about the 2002 Newark mayoral race, went on to receive many major festival awards before snagging nominations for an...

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    Review and Ranking of the 2012 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

    Curious which Oscar-nominated animated short film will win the Academy Award on February 26? Well, I'm no prognosticator and I honestly don't really care which little-known filmmaker takes home the golden statue. But I am happy the Oscars exist and have the animated short category because it...

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    Clooney vs. Dujardin: Can Subtlety Ever Win The Best Actor Oscar?

    The Oscar for best Actor doesn't usually reward subtlety. Look at the past two years: Colin Firth won last time around for his stuttery role in The King’s Speech, while the year before his infinitely more nuanced and better performance in A Single Man lost to Jeff Bridges’ roaring dr...

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    Brad Pitt Reveals Oscar Plan On The Daily Show

    Brad Pitt knows he doesn’t have much of a chance to win the Oscar this year. He actually says so during this campaign stop on The Daily Show last night.

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    Why Is Oscar Blue

    From the indefatigable Jan Lisa Huttner who writes the Hot Pink Pen. Make sure to check out her Oscar Impact Chart.

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    2012 Oscar Nominee Discussions

    First, obligatorily, we don't care about the Oscars. Second, we really haven't seen or at least haven't written about enough of the Oscar nominees this year. Part of the reason is that a lot of the films of last year weren't that interesting, discussion-wise. Even films that were bei...

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    Agnieszka Holland is the Only Remaining Female Director with a Shot at the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

    We all know that only one woman -- Kathryn Bigelow (and it has been a long time since we uttered her name) -- has won the best director honors. But there have been other women acknowledged for their films in the best foreign language category. Marleen Gorris won for Antonia's Line. Caroline L...

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