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    USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

    For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winn...

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    Producers Go Sci-Fi: Avatar, District 9 and Star Trek Make Top Ten

    District 9 and Star Trek join awards front-runner Avatar in the Producers Guild of America's top ten for the Darryl F. Zanuck award in theatrical motion pictures.

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    Oscar Talk Episode Sixteen: Top Ten, Nine, Avatar, Up, Picks for 2010

    At the new year, Kris Tapley and I ponder the fate of the Oscar Top Ten. We agree that Avatar is now the best picture front-runner, over EW's Oscar Issue Pick, Up in the Air, and that Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is overtaking critics-group fave George Clooney.

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    Holiday Biopics: Young Victoria, Creation, Me and Orson Welles

    Three period biopics with awards hopes face some tough going over the holidays.

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    Oscar Watch: Voting for Ten Instead of Five

    I'm having a devil of a time figuring out what this year's Oscar nominations for best picture are going to be. As the ballots are going out, I usually have a fair idea of the final five. But this year there are ten best picture slots instead of five. If voters had trouble coming up with their top fi...

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    Academy Mails 5777 Oscar Ballots, Due January 23

    On Monday December 28, the Academy mailed out Oscar nomination ballots to 5,777 voting members. They ask that completed ballots be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010. According to the Academy, PricewaterhouseCoopers makes sure "that all aspects of the ballotin...

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    If Critics Ruled the Oscars (They Don't): Avatar Heads for Nine Noms

    Time's Richard Corliss has figured out a clever way to write about year-end critics awards and tee up a clickable gallery of Oscar hopefuls, short and sweet. Trouble is, he gives way too much credit to the critics. They do help to clue the Academy voters into what films they should watch on their s...

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    Holiday Movie Wrap: Avatar Beats Sherlock Holmes, Nine Flops

    Over the holiday weekend, the two most popular topics on my Twitter feed were Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. While there was debate on Sherlock Holmes's merits, most of my tweeters approved of Cameron's blockbuster (as did critics--it scored 83 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic). Avatar looks to c...

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    Avatar's VFX Master: Weta Digital's Joe Letteri

    People in Hollywood tend to put film directors up on pedestals, and as far as Avatar is concerned, Jim Cameron deserves to be up there. I'm calling nine Oscar nominations for Avatar. But its one sure-shot win will be Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri's Weta Digital team for Avatar's visual effects. Wha...

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