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    Oscar Watch: Ireland Submits As If I Am Not There

    The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category for the 2012 Academy Awards.

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    Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks

    Rising indie Music Box snapped up U.S. rights out of Toronto to Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston as mismatched lovers in post World War II London. The foreign language distrib, says managing director Edward Arentz, was ready to make the move to its first E...

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    Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.

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    Documentary Features to be Considered for 84th Academy Awards Due Today, September 15

    Oscar entries for consideration for the documentary feature film category for the 84th Academy Awards (to be announced on February 26), are due September 15. Nominees will be announced January 24. More information is here, and qualifying details are below. Last year's winner, Charles Ferguson's Insi...

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    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    One of the big winners out of Toronto is Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (September 30), which succeeds by hewing close to its true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an awards-worthy performance in Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical script about his battle with cancer (see video below), and less successful...

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    In Contention Partners with Hitfix

    Kris Tapley's six-year-old In Contention Oscar blog is moving from indie status to a new home at rising consumer site Hitfix. It's a good fit for both partners. In Contention gets some resources and support and professional year-round ad sales, while Hitfix's Gregory Ellwood, who will continue to po...

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    TIFF: Moneyball Review Round-Up

    The movie I was most looking forward to seeing at Toronto, based on the source material (Michael Lewis's baseball Oakland As expose) and talent involved (Bennett Miller directing a script by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill) was Moneyball (September 23). And while the movie has its lags and lulls--like baseball--I was not disappointed. In fact the movie is more naturalistic and lackadaisical than I was expecting. Miller allows his actors--especially great reactor Hill--and the game, to breathe. Pitt is easygoing and comfortable in the role of Oakland As general manager Billy Beane, and Miller's Oscar-winning ...

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    Oscar Talk Post-Telluride, Pre-Toronto: Descendants, Shame, Dangerous Method, Albert Nobbs

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I hit a timing snag on Oscar Talk this week, with him three hours behind in Los Angeles and me traveling to the Toronto Fest. We grabbed a shortish Oscar Talk nonetheless, and a cantankerous one, as we disagree on everything, it seems, except the exciting prospect of ...

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