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    At the Critics' Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale

    Paramount had a good night at the Broadcast Film Critics Associations's Critic's Choice Awards Friday night, winning three prizes for The Fighter, including best ensemble, supporting actress (Melissa Leo) and supporting actor (Christian Bale), a young actress award for Hailee Steinfeld fo...

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    Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

    The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:

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    True Grit Surges Past $100 Million at Sleepy Box Office; Cage and Paltrow Pics Are Soft

    On its third go-round, True Grit surged on momentum and strong word-of-mouth to finally beat comedy sequel Little Fockers. The Oscar-buzzed Coen brothers western starring Jeff Bridges faced little or no competition, as many studio holiday entries collapsed. (See TOH's year-end box office wrap.) Anthony D'Alessandro reports:It was a ghost town at the cinema this weekend. Paramount’s True Grit continued to hang its B.O. high as it crossed the $100-million mark Sunday and pushed Universal’s family laffer Little Fockers to second place  ($13.8 million). Also falling short were two new wide entries, Relativity Media’s Nicolas Cage crusades actione...

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    Oscar Talk: True Grit vs. Social Network, Party Circuit, Vulnerable Contenders, Spoilers, 2011 Picks

    During this week's Oscar Talk (on the jump), Kris Tapley and I debate the Hailee Steinfeld category issue for True Grit. He thinks she's best actress material, while I argue that she's a rookie who belongs in supporting. At Thursday night's The Social Network DVD party at Spago, producer Scott Rudin was all smiles (True Grit is also vying for best picture). He opted to compete in the supporting category, he said, because it would seem "brazen" to put a newcomer up for best actress. Besides, he argued, Mattie Ross is the instigator of the plot, not the protagonist. The movie is about Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges); he is the character that cha...

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    Oscar Race Questions: Nomination Ballots Due January 14

    There are several unknowns as we hurtle toward the end of balloting for Oscar nominations January 14. (Here's the schedule.) What we do know: the race for best picture is still between The King's Speech and The Social Network, the popular heart-tugger vs. the more cerebral critics' fave (see the vot...

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    USC Scripter Nominations Lift Winter's Bone, Ghost Writer

    The USC Scripter Award nominations are in. This award, which is voted on by a jury of industry critics, filmmakers, academics and screenwriters (including me), is given to films that are based on a literary source (anything original is not eligible, nor was Toy Story 3). It is a window into the ada...

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    The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit

    As western True Grit has taken off as the surprise hit of the Christmas season (topping a field of weak contenders), and has emerged a strong awards contender (with recent PGA and WGA nods), the usually taciturn Joel and Ethan Coen are on the promo trail. Here's a taste of their sound bites from var...

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    Writers Guild Nomination Surprises: Please Give, I Love You Phillip Morris

    The Writers Guild of America nominations --which do not consider non-Guild signatories and animation, so Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The King's Speech and Blue Valentine were not eligible--boost the Oscar fortunes of original screenplays The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give. Among the adapted screenplays, 127 Hours, The Social Network and the Coens' True Grit were expected, while I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town show unexpected strength. Ben Affleck's Boston caper movie also made the Producers Guild top ten this morning, as did all the other narrative feature nominees except Please...

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    Producers Guild Top Ten Heralds Oscar Contenders The Town, True Grit

    The Producers Guild top ten could very well be the Oscar list. They include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3 and True Grit. The Town is the biggest surprise; left out are indie hopefuls The Ghost Write...

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