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    Oscar Watch: TOH vs. Turan on KUSC

    Saturday morning, KUSC-FM aired Gail Eichenthal's interview with LA Times critic Ken Turan and me for Arts Alive about the Oscar race. We disagreed on the Oscar ten for best picture, for example, which I think dilutes the Academy's choices; Turan likes the inclusion of more titles.

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    Post-Critics Votes Oscar Update: The Also-Rans

    The Oscar race is still in flux, even though the major critics groups have weighed in. For example, Tuesday brings the Golden Globes nominations, which are again the product of a particular group--in this case some 80 international Hollywood foreign correspondents-- but still has impact on awards mo...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network, Kids Are All Right Lead New York Film Critics Awards

    The Social Network wins again. The New York Film Critics also voted The Social Network as the year's best film, and gave best director to David Fincher. This film was simply the one that critics could agree on, as opposed to others with both promoters and detractors. But this string of wins does pus...

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    Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah

    Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced Monday that on February 27, Oscar presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards will include past nominees and winners Halle Berry (won Best Actress for Monster's Ball), Jeff Bridges (won Best Actor for Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock (won Best Actress, Th...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

    The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins i...

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    Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15

    Fifteen features have made the semi-finals for the Visual Effects Oscar. In early January, the visual effects branch executive committee members (who selected the semifinalists) will trim the list to seven. At the VFX bakeoff on January 20, the VFX teams screen 15-minute show-reels that show how the...

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    Oscar Talk: 2010 Ten Best Lists, from "Another Year" to "Winter's Bone"

    On Oscar Talk this week, as promised, Kris Tapley and I count down, defend and debate our rather diverse and distinctive top ten films of 2010. While we both include The Social Network and Toy Story 3, we agree to disagree on one of my faves, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right and Martin Scors...

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    Javier Bardem Talks Biutiful: "We Have to Reach People's Hearts, Not Their Pockets"

    It's no surprise that the great Spanish actor Javier Bardem delivers yet another incendiary performance, under the director of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, in Biutiful, which won the best actor award in Cannes and finally opens stateside on December 29 for awards consideration. TOH's Sophia ...

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    Interview Watch: The Tourist's Material Beauty, Gosling and the New Hollywood Male Prototype

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells the NYTimes that "I live outside my comfort zone always," which helps to explain why the German director-writer chose to follow up best-foreign-language Oscar winner The Lives of Others with Sony's lavish guilty-pleasure film The Tourist starring high-wattage A...

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    Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating Overturned by MPAA

    Sometimes the right thing happens. Harvey Weinstein milked the controversy surrounding the NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine to bring attention to the movie. Director Derek Cianfrance had refused to trim an intimate sex scene with implied oral sex between Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling from the re...

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