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    AFI Moments of Significance for 2009

    I've served on several past American Film Institute film juries. We meet one day in December and not only pick the year's ten best American films but also engage in a spirited discussion about the most significant industry trends-- in TV, film and the web-- of that year. The 13-member TV and film ju...

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    Academy Mails 5777 Oscar Ballots, Due January 23

    On Monday December 28, the Academy mailed out Oscar nomination ballots to 5,777 voting members. They ask that completed ballots be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010. According to the Academy, PricewaterhouseCoopers makes sure "that all aspects of the ballotin...

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    If Critics Ruled the Oscars (They Don't): Avatar Heads for Nine Noms

    Time's Richard Corliss has figured out a clever way to write about year-end critics awards and tee up a clickable gallery of Oscar hopefuls, short and sweet. Trouble is, he gives way too much credit to the critics. They do help to clue the Academy voters into what films they should watch on their s...

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    Holiday Movie Wrap: Avatar Beats Sherlock Holmes, Nine Flops

    Over the holiday weekend, the two most popular topics on my Twitter feed were Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. While there was debate on Sherlock Holmes's merits, most of my tweeters approved of Cameron's blockbuster (as did critics--it scored 83 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic). Avatar looks to c...

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    Avatar's VFX Master: Weta Digital's Joe Letteri

    People in Hollywood tend to put film directors up on pedestals, and as far as Avatar is concerned, Jim Cameron deserves to be up there. I'm calling nine Oscar nominations for Avatar. But its one sure-shot win will be Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri's Weta Digital team for Avatar's visual effects. Wha...

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    The Long Road to Invictus

    Morgan Freeman was born to play Nelson Mandela.

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    Oscar Duel: Yes, They're Fun, But Do Golden Globes Influence Oscar?

    In this ongoing blog duel, Moviefone's resident Oscarologist Jack Mathews and I discuss the impact of the Golden Globes on the Oscar race. On Golden Globes nominations morning, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Downey, Jr., Julia Roberts and Tobey Maguire were dancing on the ceiling. And Harvey Weinstein...

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    Fourteen Questions for It's Complicated's Nancy Meyers

    During a few scenes in It's Complicated, the latest comedy from writer-director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give), I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes.

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    Oscar Talk Episode Fifteen: Avatar, Nine, It's Complicated, Crazy Heart, Top Ten

    Kris Tapley and I get serious about what's going to happen in the next month. Avatar will gain momentum, we think, while Nine and Invictus could lose it. Which films will make it to the final top ten? We agree on the obvious front-runners. But what could sneak in? Quentin Tarantino likes Star Trek. ...

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    Oscar Watch: No Costume Nom Possible for Fantastic Mr. Fox

    For those who harbored hopes that Wes Anderson's animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox might be eligible for a costume prize, it isn't. My pal Jane in the Academy would happily vote for it--even if it was shot in stop-motion. But when we looked up the credits, we saw no designer. I checked with Fox Se...

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