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    Oscar Watch: Waiting for The Big Four, Invictus, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Nine

    As the deadlines for the Hollywood Foreign Press and film critics voting loom, the studios are finally starting to screen the last four big guns. The HFPA is heading to New York this weekend for the Nine junket. And they're seeing The Lovely Bones and Invictus. Avatar will likely be the last to show...

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    Academy Screenings: Missed Opportunity

    "It's the best of what's offered," says one member of the Academy Screening Committee. This group of about ten Academy members choose what the membership gets to see every weekend on the fabulous big screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Boulevard.

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    Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

    Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

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    Oscar Talk Episode Nine: Oscar Hosts, Jeff Bridges, Animation

    As the Oscar race starts to come into focus, Kris Tapley of In Contention and I continue our weekly Oscar Talk. This week we both approve of Oscar co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, agree that Jeff Bridges has a shot at winning an Oscar at last, and with the animation list long enough for five ...

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    Festival Report: Cinema Eye Rolls With Docs

    Critic Karina Longworth reports on the Cinema Eye nominations from the Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England:

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    A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

    The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.

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    Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold

    The Gurus 'O Gold jury of 14 Oscar prognosticators have weighed in on the top movies, actors and animated films so far in the Oscar race. Here's how it looks with at least four major movies (*) sight unseen. (BTW, I meant to include Up, which naturally leads the animation pack, in my top twelve.) G...

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    Nine Things I Learned at BAFTA's Brittania Awards

    BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards at the Hyatt Regency were a blast Thursday night, as the Brits handed out achievement awards to Kirk Douglas, Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Danny Boyle and Robert De Niro. The show was far better than last year, which went on "at ass-paralyzing length," as host Stephen Fry pu...

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    Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray

    Back in July, Fox Searchlight paid low seven figures for worldwide rights to Crazy Heart, a movie the distrib felt needed a little work in the editing room. (Here's my announcement story.) It was one of the first buys by new co-presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula after Peter Rice left to run Fox...

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    Oscar Watch: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Are Co-Hosting--and Co-Promoting

    Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, the two producers of the Academy Awards telecast to be broadcast around the world on March 7, have selected two hosts for the show: repeat host Steve Martin (the 73rd and 75th Oscars) and newbie Alec Baldwin. The producers went to last year's host Hugh Jackman first,...

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