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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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    LA Film Critics Anoint Mo'Nique, Waltz, Up in the Air Screenplay in First Round of Voting

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has awarded Mo'Nique the best supporting actress prize for Precious, and Chistoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) best supporting actor in their first round of voting. Jason Reitman won best screenplay for Up in the Air. Winners so far are on the jump.

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    Boston Critics Go for The Hurt Locker, Renner, Streep

    Sunday is a big day for critics voting. We expect the Los Angeles Film Critics, AFI, and New York Film Critics Online, which is awarding most of their prizes so far to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, to announce their winners today.

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    Avatar Early Reviews: Geni is Out of the Bottle

    While Fox tried to cap the reviews on Avatar with an embargo, London's Guardian reviewed from the premiere (where MTV's Josh Horowitz tweeted the red carpet) and The Hollywood Reporter posted an early review, then Variety. (The rest will follow: the Avatar embargo has been lifted by Fox.) Tweets hav...

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    Year End Wraps: Ten Best of 2009 and Decade

    Without having seen Avatar, I've posted my ten best of the year and the decade.

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    Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions

    It's not news that film critics are under assault as print publishing struggles to survive. (Here's Sean Means' updated list of 60 "departed" critics since January 2006.) When faced with the harsh reality of future prospects, heavy workload or the low wages of freelance journalism, some are getting ...

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    Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan

    Yes, we are starting to see a pattern. George Clooney and Carey Mulligan notched more wins today as the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics announced their annual awards. So did Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz, while Kathryn Bigelow won best director.

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    Reel Geezers Join IndieWIRE

    As IndieWIRE builds up its critics pages (CriticWIRE), two veteran critics are joining the IW Blog Network: Reel Geezers Marcia Nasatir and Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

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    Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

    As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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    Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

    Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.

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