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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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    Things I Learned at the Avatar Premiere

    James Cameron basked in the glow as Avatar, his latest industry-changing event-film, earned a standing ovation at the Mann Chinese Wednesday night. At the after party Cameron beamed as he stood between two tall women, wife Suzy Amis and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. "You're on a roll!" he said to the Hur...

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    Five Things I Learned from the SAG Nominations

    The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are more revealing in many ways than the much-touted Golden Globes, because they reveal how the actors think. That's important because the actors branch of the Academy is by far the most dominant, some 1200 votes out of 6000. Thus you can glean from the nom...

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    Picking the Best Original Songs

    Sixty-three songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures will vie for nominations in the original song category for the Oscars (listed on the jump). On January 12, the music branch of the Academy will randomly screen film clips of each song and then vote for each song with points. No more than...

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    Avatar's Cameron: Feminist

    When Rebecca Keegan interviewed me for her terrific Cameron book The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron, I made a point of what a feminist he is. From Sigourney Weaver in Aliens to Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, Cameron paved the way for such gun-toting action stars as Angelina Jolie. Ca...

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    Golden Globe Nominations Announced, Bullock, Streep, Damon Get Two

    The Golden Globes nominations have influence on Oscar voters, mainly in terms of steering them toward certain movies on their growing screener piles. The Globes nominations do not forecast the Oscars, and the musical/comedy category can be misleading. The Weinstein Co., which led the field with 12 n...

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    Broadcast Film Critics Give Ten Nominations to Inglourious Basterds and Nine

    The Broadcast Film Critics Movie Awards nominations in a whopping 25 categories are dominated by Inglourious Basterds and Nine, with ten nominations each, followed by Avatar, with nine and The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air with eight and The Lovely Bones with six. While not every category will matc...

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    New York Film Critics Circle Vote Hurt Locker, Bigelow, Streep, Clooney, Mo'Nique and Waltz

    The New York Film Critics Circle is the most respected and influential of the various critics groups. While the NYFCC often like to go their way, this year they are duplicating the LAFCA with votes for best picture and director for The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow. Notably missing: the Coens' A ...

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    Oscar Watch: The Hurt Locker's Bigelow Heads for Best Director

    It's not surprising that the Alliance of Women Film Journalists went with The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow as best picture and director (they threw a mess of other achievement prizes at her as well--she'd better show up). And gave Jane Campion some props for her Bright Star direction and screenpl...

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    AFI Top Ten List

    Remember, the AFI Top Ten list is only American films. Here's the final top ten list, which does not include Avatar--it nabs a special mention for technical achievement. I have to say, going with The Hangover over Avatar is hard to fathom. And I found Dominican baseball film Sugar admirable but flat...

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