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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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    Oscar Watch: Nominations LiveStream and Ten Episode Best Picture Preview

    Early risers (5:30am PT) on January 25 can watch a live stream of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards nominations announcement. The "Road to the Oscars" package features The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and EW's Dave Karger introing brief clips celebrating 2010 films and a discussion of the year's trends...

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    Oscar Watch: Foreign Branch Narrows Contenders to Nine, Cuts France's Of Gods and Men

    Sony Pictures Classics is happy that three of their four films vying for a foreign Oscar slot have landed in the Academy foreign branch's short list of nine: Susanne Bier's In a Better World (Denmark), Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada) and Oliver Schmitz's Life Above All (South Africa), fest fav...

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    Jacki Weaver Talks Career, Animal Kingdom's Evil Matriarch, Voicing Toy Story 4

    Australian star Jacki Weaver's role as a wicked mom in Animal Kingdom has generated awards buzz since its premiere at Sundance last year. She's got several nominations to prove it, and a win at the National Board of Review Awards. Sophia Savage sat down for a flip cam interview with the veteran actr...

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    AFI Awards Lunch Pulls Stars, Studio Heads

    The American Film Institute annual TV and Film Awards lunch is one of the year's most intimate industry gatherings, just a few hundred people sitting at tables at the Four Seasons with name cards. The studio heads show up to support their winners, and many top Oscar contenders come too. It's painless for everyone: they get to network and work the room, and don't have to listen to any acceptance speeches. It's fun to watch Sony's Amy Pascal schmoozing Ben Affleck, while Warners' Jeff Robinov insists that he's close to nailing the new A-list director to a deal, even after he turned down the reboot of Superman. Or seeing Tom Rothman talking to K...

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