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    Barnard's Athena Film Fest Launches; Screenings of Miss Rep, Desert Flower, Mo, Winter's Bone

    Friday night marked the opening of the first ever Athena Film Festival (February 10 to 13), organized by Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies director Kathryn Kolbert and Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein. Athena turns out to be the first ever women and leadership festival, reveale...

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    SBIFF Oscar Q & A: Nicole Kidman Talks Career, Rabbit Hole

    A week of celebrity tributes honoring Oscar-nominated directors and actors at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival concluded Feb. 5 with Nicole Kidman appearing to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the city’s spectacular single-screen theater, the 2000-seat Arlington, reports Justin Lowe...

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    Oscar Talk: Bening vs. Portman, Leo's Gaffe, Nominees Lunch, BAFTAs, Inception Surge

    We're in the thick of the Oscar race now. In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge and I discuss the real contest between Annette Bening and Natalie Portman, whether Melissa Leo's glam ads are opening up the field in supporting actress, and how the Nominees Lunch ...

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    Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall

    Bragging rights to a quantity of Oscars are important to the bigger-scale films vying for technical awards. Amy Dawes covered the Q & A for The Social Network including composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and editors Kurt Baxter and Angus Wall:Trent Reznor took an instinctual, unstudied approac...

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    Oscar Watch: Bening Could Beat Portman, Exclusive The Kids Are All Right Video, Tribute Q & A

    Annette Bening is a classy theater actress who came late to movies--she was almost 30 when she took her first lead role in Milos Forman's Valmont. She went on to work for future husband Warren Beatty on Bugsy and Love Affair, and had three Oscar-nominated roles, in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, Sam...

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    SBIFF Oscar Directors Panel: Aronofsky, Ferguson, Granik, Hooper, Russell, Unkrich

    During the final panel of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 5, Variety’s Peter Bart led a discussion among directors of Oscar-nominated films, including Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), documentarian Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), writer-director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), T...

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    Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy

    Academy governor Tom Hanks has been working overtime. At Monday's Academy Nominees lunch he turned up in a well-produced how-to video shot at the empty Hollywood and Highland Kodak Theatre that will be the site of the Oscar Show February 27. His goal: teaching this year's crop of 190 nominees how to...

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    Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short

    What becomes a legend most? A diminutive best actress nominee sitting at the center of a group photo on last year's best actor winner's lap. At last year's nominees luncheon, Jeff Bridges was hanging with genuine affection with old pal Sandra Bullock.

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    Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells

    This year's Academy Award-nominated actors took to the podium moments before today's annual Nominees Luncheon to answer media questions. Judging by applause and laughter, the interview room crowd favorites were Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Ja...

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    Academy Lunch Assembles Nominees for Portrait Monday, Livestreams Interview Room

    One of my fave events of the year, the Academy Nominations Lunch, assembles the Oscar nominees--more than a hundred--at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate, collect a certificate, and pose for a large group photo. The press corps gets a crack at the nominees on the red carpet, in the interview roo...

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