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    Oscar Watch: TOH vs. Turan on KUSC

    Saturday morning, KUSC-FM aired Gail Eichenthal's interview with LA Times critic Ken Turan and me for Arts Alive about the Oscar race. We disagreed on the Oscar ten for best picture, for example, which I think dilutes the Academy's choices; Turan likes the inclusion of more titles.

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    Post-Critics Votes Oscar Update: The Also-Rans

    The Oscar race is still in flux, even though the major critics groups have weighed in. For example, Tuesday brings the Golden Globes nominations, which are again the product of a particular group--in this case some 80 international Hollywood foreign correspondents-- but still has impact on awards mo...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network, Kids Are All Right Lead New York Film Critics Awards

    The Social Network wins again. The New York Film Critics also voted The Social Network as the year's best film, and gave best director to David Fincher. This film was simply the one that critics could agree on, as opposed to others with both promoters and detractors. But this string of wins does pus...

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    Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah

    Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced Monday that on February 27, Oscar presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards will include past nominees and winners Halle Berry (won Best Actress for Monster's Ball), Jeff Bridges (won Best Actor for Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock (won Best Actress, Th...

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    Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed

    The largest film critic group (of which I am a member), the Broadcast Film Critics Association, provides a handy window into where the award season is heading. (The New York Film Critics vote Monday.) The full list of nominations, led by Black Swan (12), The King's Speech (11), True Grit (11), Incep...

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    AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut

    The American Film Institute voted their ten best AFI Movies and TV Programs of the Year Awards Sunday, proclaimed as the "only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form." The AFI honors American films and series. Thu...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

    The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

    The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins i...

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    Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15

    Fifteen features have made the semi-finals for the Visual Effects Oscar. In early January, the visual effects branch executive committee members (who selected the semifinalists) will trim the list to seven. At the VFX bakeoff on January 20, the VFX teams screen 15-minute show-reels that show how the...

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