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    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island. Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two."Here is the scorecard, King George VI's speech, a clip from the film (which ...

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    Oscar Talk: Thompson, Tapley, Lodge, Knegt React To Nominations

    Below, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge, indieWIRE's Peter Knegt and I discuss the Oscar nominations in this special Tuesday edition of Oscar Talk.

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    Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"

    Rookie filmmaker Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, now nominated for best documentary feature Oscar, is causing the ever-elusive street artist to reconsider the concept of awards. "This is a big surprise," he states of the nomination. "I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm p...

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    Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

    With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, incl...

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    Oscar Watch: Anne Thompson's Final Predictions

    With the Oscar nominations arriving Tuesday morning--my analysis of which will arrive promptly--I herewith deliver my final picks in all categories, in alphabetical order. I'm going out on a limb by putting Winter's Bone in my top ten and omitting The Town, which I include in Best Adapted Screenplay...

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    Interactive Academy Awards at Oscar.com

    Oscar.com is pulling out all the stops with their online pre, during and post-Oscar coverage. Last week we looked at their "Road to the Oscars" and now they announce new online features that will give fans the chance to follow their favorite stars and get as much access as they can stomach to the sh...

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    Oscar Watch: Directors Round Table

    The LATimes' directors' roundtable dwells on what Oscar contenders (left to right in the LAT photo) Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Ben Affleck (The Town), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), and Ethan Coen (True Grit) learn ...

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    Oscar Talk: Best Actress Fields; Doc, Foreign and Animated Feature Races; Surprise Contenders

    During this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I kick-off with a discussion of last weekend's Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Movie Awards, then consider the Best Leading and Supporting Actress, Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Feature categories, and single o...

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    Oscar Watch Exclusive: Tom Hooper Talks Directing Style in The King's Speech

    In a wide-ranging discussion about his directing approach on The King's Speech, Tom Hooper talks (in the video below) about framing star Colin Firth in wide-lens close-ups so that there was "nothing between him and the character." He mentions one of the visual themes in the film was finding "a visua...

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