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    Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year's Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman's new pregnancy? What would it ...

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    Writers Guild Excludes Key Scripts as Ineligible: King's Speech, Winter's Bone

    It happens every year. And the Writers Guild should not be concerned about the Oscar race (nor should film critics in their year-end voting). But in the end, when the WGA so often deems many of the year's best film scripts ineligible for their awards, it does seem like they're missing something.

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    Oscar Watch: Kids Are All Right Faces Academy Males

    Oscar campaigners call them the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them--they're red-blooded males (not just American--Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for The Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar and yes, Crash over B...

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    Oscar Watch: Animated The Illusionist is Homage to Tati

    Which animated film will land the third Oscar slot behind Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon? The critics have given a serious boost Sylvain Chomet's elegiac 2-D The Illusionist, which won best animated film at the European Film Awards and New York Film Critics Circle and a spotlight award fro...

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    Oscar Ballots Mailed December 27, SAG Prefers Digital Votes

    Oscar ballots go out Monday to 2755 Academy members. Among the recipients will be 135 new voters. Every year the Academy invites new members such as Avatar producer Jon Landau. Ballots are due back January 14 for tabulation by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nominations will be announced January 25, and the...

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    Rudin Talks True Grit, Producing Quality Films at Studios: "It's harder than it's ever been"

    Most weekdays, producer Scott Rudin, 52, starts off with an early breakfast meeting or two at a Madison Avenue cafe. One recent week, he met at 8 AM with Lena Dunham, the young filmmaker he plucked to adapt and direct Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, well before Tiny Furniture became a film du jour; he ...

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    Brits Weigh In: King's Speech, Another Year Lead London Critics

    Don't underestimate the Brit factor when it comes to Oscar influence. There are many Brit voters in the Academy. The London Critics Circle just gave boosts to two Brit films, The King's Speech (seven nominations, including Film of the Year, Brit film of Year and Actor of the Year, Colin Firth) and A...

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    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    - Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What w...

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    THR Directors Round Table: Aronofsky, Weir, Hooper, Cholodenko, Cianfrance, Russell

    Award season director contenders Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back) and Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) talk for 68 minutes, spending time on MPAA ratings and bad behavio...

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    The Social Network Leads IndieWIRE Critics, Gold Derby Polls

    Yet again, The Social Network is proving itself to be a consensus title among critics. It tops indieWIRE's critics poll. Many also loved Winter's Bone or Black Swan, but they all love The Social Network. It may not be number one on every critic's list, but it's in just about every top five. 71 of th...

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