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February 2010

VES Awards – Avatar Sweeps with 6

Thanks to Ladylurks who brings the following stat: Avatar tied for second-most wins at VES LOTR: The Two Towers ‚Äì 7 Pirates: Dead Man‚Äôs Chest ‚Äì 6 Avatar ‚Äì 6 VES Winners Visual Effects in Effects-driven Motion…

Basterds — Can the Jews Save it?

Basterds fans should be alerted to a piece by San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle, who calls Basterds the only thing that happened in cinema in 2009. But for Oscar watchers, Scott Feinberg has posted a story that indicates a big push…

Predict the Oscar Winning Short Films

Cast your predictions for this year‚Äôs Oscar nominated short film winners at shortshd.com. You can see brief clips of all the nominees and click to iTunes or InDemand to download if you like. We featured links to the animated shorts last…

When There Were Ten

As promised, I have dutifully recorded the years when Oscar did have ten contenders for Best Picture, and did use the preferential ballot. Before they went to ten, they had more, but I figured I'd stick with the ten because that is what we…

Cinema Audio Society Awards The Hurt Locker

Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker! Mini-Series: Grey Gardens Best Sound Mixing for Television Series: Mad Men The awards are happening now. Someone asked what the difference was between the Cinema Audio Society…

Law & Order: Special Emailgate Unit

Hard to imagine what's happening behind closed doors as meetings convene for the EmailGate hearings. Is it more like Judgment at Nuremberg or Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I'm thinking 12 Angry Men or the blowjob impeachment. However the…

Cinema Audio Society Preview

The Cinema Audio Society announces their award for Best Sound tonight at my favorite LA hotel. 46th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards When: Sat, February 27, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles Admission:…

Movieline Takes a Swipe at the LA Times

Movieline's Stu Van Airsdale gets a whiff of something. What's that smell? Oh yeah, it's the last week before ballots are due - Stu's piece covers what appears to be an all-out assault by the LA Times to discredit The Hurt Locker, which…

Oscar Roundtable: EmailGate Edition

Before we get to our roundtable, Nikki Finke's post from today: Summit through its flacks have asked LA Times blogger Pete Hammond to forward even one of the emails mentioned today, but the blogger has refused. His reason? It would…

ASC Preview – What will Win Cinematography?

This one kind of seems like a no-brainer, but then you never really know what the cinematographers are going to think is the best cinematography. According to some of those in the know, the Avatar cinematography is more visual effects…

Could This Be Why they Changed Back to Five?

Now, the latest controversy, or blunder, is that supposedly the Hurt Locker producer instructed voters to put Hurt Locker at number 1 and Avatar at number 10. This is, I think, in direct response to a piece of news that floated around last…

The Good Cameron…Everything BUT the Acting

The Los Angeles Times has been covering Avatar like no other outlet has -- it is remarkable in terms of access. The blog Hero Complex has had stuff on Avatar all year, stuff no one else could get.¬† One thing to keep in mind is that the…

Costume Designers Guild winners

LATimes: Sandy Powell won for excellence in period film for "The Young Victoria," Doug Hall earned the honor in contemporary film for "Crazy Heart" and Monique Prudhomme took home the fantasy award for "The Imaginarium of Doctor…

Oscar Symposium is Back!

Nathaniel Rogers has once again assembled a group of film critics, writers and bloggers for his always anticipated Oscar Symposium. He was kind enough to invite Yours, Truly along for the fun. Check it out! Every year the…