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    Oscar Watch: Academy's Davis Talks Producers and Hosts

    Picking a producer for the Oscar telecast is the first big project facing any incoming Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president like Tom Sherak. But the process can't start before he's elected. And the new president is still learning the ropes.

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    The Messenger: Oscar Contender?

    Rookie director Oren Moverman's The Messenger faces the same obstacle in the fall awards season as the Michelle Monaghan star vehicle Trucker. It's one of many marginal outsider films that has to get seen before it has a chance. The movie is a stark portrait of two soldiers (Woody Harrelson and Ben ...

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    Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?

    I'll be showing Mira Nair's Amelia at Sneak Previews this week. I've seen the biopic of the vanished aviatrix Amelia Earhart, which stars Oscar magnet Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, and look forward to grilling the screenwriters, Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). T...

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    Oscar Talk Episode 6

    In our sixth Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the foreign and animation races, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger, Where the Wild Things Are and The Last Station.

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    Oscar Picks of 65 Films Submitted for Foreign Film Contention

    65 countries are competing for the 2009 foreign language film Oscar. The Academy has released the official list, which is on the jump.

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    Oscar Sees Double

    There are two Oscar universes: fantasy and reality.

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    Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

    John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.

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    First Award Screeners: Anvil, Trucker

    The first screener to the Academy membership Anvil! The Story of Anvil went out Thursday, right before an industry screening at the WGA attended by the likes of Steve Zaillian, Robert Culp, Edward James Olmos and Cameron Crowe. Oscar campaigning is a good thing. But the documentary branch of the Aca...

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    Oscar Talk, Episode 5: An Education, Hosts, Best Actress

    In Episode 5 of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I discuss possible hosts and producers for the Oscarcast, the strength and weakness of the Best Actress category, and whether Peter Sarsgaard should be considered lead or supporting actor for An Education, which opens Friday.

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    India Picks Surprise Oscar Submission: Harishchandrachi Factory

    Only three Indian films have been nominated for the best foreign film Oscar: 1957's Mother India, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1988, and Lagaan, in 2001. This year's choice was a surprise, from 40-year-old rookie director Paresh Mokashi: Harishchandrachi Factory, the story of India's first feature f...

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