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    The Amazing Race: At Long Last, My Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

    It's crunch time. The Globes are done, the guilds have wrapped up, the critics have all had their say, and the BAFTAs have picked their nominees. In four days, the nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced, and we can finally stop talking about who's going to be nominated, and sta...

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    BAFTA Nominations Buck The Trend With Strong Showings For 'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' & 'My Week With Marilyn'

    BAFTA nominations were announced early/late/unreasonably late this morning by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger, and after a pretty shoddy longlist, which serves mainly to drain the suspense from the nominations list and to let Emma Watson tell her friends "I was this close to a BAFTA nomi...

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    Octavia Spencer's Golden Globe Speech

    I was co-hosting (they did all the work) a Golden Globe watching party last night with the National Domestic Worker's Alliance and when Octavia won the place went nuts.

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    69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

    Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the ...

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    From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

    We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

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    Women and Hollywood Joins the National Domestic Workers Alliance #BeTheHelp Campaign

    I have always believed that culture can help make change. I believe that you can use film and TV to move people about issues -- if you do it right. The smart folks with the National Domestic Workers Aliiance are using a cultural opportunity with the film The Help and have created the #BeTheHelp campaign to raise awareness of the real situations for domestic workers. These mostly women are part of an underground economy many times paid in cash and not given the same rights as other workers. Yet they are the life blood of families enabling parents to go to work each and every day knowing that their children are being cared for my people t...

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    'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

    Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top mov...

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    The Year That Was

    Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.

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    Women's Film Critics Circle Award Winners

    I love the diversity of categories.  But where is the best woman director? UPDATE- the best womena director is the director of the best movie by women.  I think we name the women because people need to know their names in the same way that guys names are known.

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    The Playlist's Woman Of The Year 2011: Jessica Chastain

    To start things off, there was really only one choice for The Playlist's inaugural Woman of the Year 2011, an actress who was virtually unknown twelve months ago, but has appeared in no fewer than seven films that premiered at film festivals or went into wide release over the course of the year, wit...

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