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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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    Oscar Watch: The Makeup Final Seven

    Seven films are competing for the final three nominations to be announced January 25 in the makeup category for the Oscars. The Academy’s makeup branch will vote on January 22 after seeing ten-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. These prizes are about live-action makeup, often...

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    Ten Semi-Finalists for mtvU Oscar Correspondence Contest

    The Academy/mtvU OSCARS® Correspondent Contest has named ten semi-finalist college journalism teams, based on creativity, originality and compelling their submitted video material. They are competing for a spot on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards this January.

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    Directors Guild Reveals Five Male Front-Runners, Skips Women

    If there was any doubt as to which films were the front-runners in the Oscar race, they were quelled by the Directors Guild announcement of their nominees. The DGA tends to match Oscar nominations four for five. A movie almost never wins best picture without a DGA nomination, and the DGA winner has...

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    Dancers on Black Swan's Lesbian Action/Horror, Critiquing The Fighter, Exit Through The Gift Shop

    - It was inevitable that Black Swan would be divisive inside the ballet community. The Guardian pre-screened Black Swan for some of Britain's finest dancers. Here's a taste of their reactions:Tamara Rojo, The Royal Ballet: "I really have a problem with this film using an actress, not a dancer, to pl...

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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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    Foreign Films Screen in Los Angeles and Palm Springs

    Los Angeles foreign film fans have a chance to see the five Golden Globe foreign nominees at the American Cinematheque: including Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy) and In A Better World (Denmark).

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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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    Cinema Audio Society film Nominees Include Shutter Island

    The Cinema Audio Society nominees for sound in motion pictures in 2010 are Black Swan, Inception, Shutter Island, The Social Network and True Grit. These are the bigger-scale movies of the year, the ones most likely to factor in the technical categories. I'm surprised not to see Alice in Wonderland ...

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