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    Oscar Talk: The Way Back, Hollywood Reporter Actress Round-Table

    On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I range over Peter Weir's The Way Back, which I finally screened, as well as the crazy season which is now heating up. We beg to differ on DreamWorks' Animation's Megamind.

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    Oscar Watch: King's Speech, Firth, Bening Lead Gurus 'o Gold Poll

    The Gurus 'O Gold will now be voting every week as the awards season picks up steam. The latest votes reflect where the Oscar race stands now, with consensus on the top six, led by The King's Speech, which played better for my Sneak Previews class than anything else has in five years of programming....

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    Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

    - What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, p...

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    Oscar Watch: Cinema Eye Honors Signal Documentary Frontrunners

    Given that Oscar-winner The Cove grabbed seven nominations at last year's Cinema Eye documentary honors at the UK's Sheffield Doc/Fest, that bodes well for this year's nominations leader (with seven), Last Train Home, Lixin Fan's story of a migrant Chinese family.

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    Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals

    The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is awarding $450,000 to thirty 2011 film festivals including a three-year grant totaling $150,000 for the Chicago International Film Festival's World Cinema Spotlight section. Both the Nashville and New Orleans Film Festivals ...

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    Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.

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    Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizin...

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    Oscar Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival To Give Bening American Riviera Award

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will bestow the American Riviera Award to The Kids Are All Right star Annette Bening, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered a top contender for the best actress Oscar this year. She also earned strong reviews for Mothe...

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    Oscar Talk: Love & Other Drugs, Lead and Supporting Actor Races, Favorite Horror Films

    Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about Love & Other Drugs; the supporting actor race (which might include Sean Penn's Fair Game performance); Jennifer Lawrence, who breezed into town promoting Winter's Bone, as did the 127 Hours gang; favorite horror films on the eve of Halloween; Jacki Weave...

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