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Anthony Dod Mantle’s night to shine?

Full disclosure. I hold the cinematography Oscar close to my heart as the single most prestigious honor of the evening outside of the Big Eight. I feel like it's the most esteemed award a movie can win to elevate its reputation and help…

Benjamin Button takes 4 Visual Effects Awards

The Visual Effects Society caps off the Guild phase with a lot of last-minute love for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Movie Best Single Visual…

Awards Daily Sultans 2.0 Predictions Chart

Last year we initiated The Awards Daily Sultans, an informal gang of prognOscarcating nomads recruited and sometimes abducted from the ranks of our regular readers. It got way out of hand with pages and pages of interlocking charts,…

Spirit Awards

3 - The Wrestler (Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Actor) 2 - Milk (Best Supporting Actor, Best First Screenplay) 2 - Frozen River (Best Actress, Piaget Producers Award) 2 - Synecdoche, New York (Best First Feature, Best Ensemble)…

Spirit Award Poll Results

The Wrestler, Jonathan Demme, Rourke, Hathaway, Cruz and Franco came out on top in our Spirit Awards poll. In about 2 hours we find out how well we match the actual winners. Complete list of winners, rankings and percentages…

Art Directors Guild Award Winners

Art Directors Guild Winners (thanks to ladylurks and Niles Hemming): Best period film design: Donald Graham Burt, Benjamin Button Best fantasy film design: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight Best contemporary film design: Mark Digby,…

Cinema Audio Society Award Winners

Thanks to Marty-O, HBK and garras Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards (winners in bold): Motion Pictures The Dark Knight Iron Man Quantum Of Solace Slumdog Millionaire WALL-E Television Movies and Mini-Series…

“Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome”

Hugh Jackman's description of the staging of this year's Oscar broadcast: The look of the theater is very different. It's more like the nightclub of your dreams. It's very intimate. ... It's got to be a lot closer. It's been a little…

Rose/Rourke

Mickey Rourke with Charlie Rose last night. From all reports a terrific interview. This has only just come online so I haven't had a chance to see it myself yet.

Righting The Reader’s Misconscrewed Wrongs

Putting The Reader "child abuse" charges to bed. The age of consent throughout most of Europe, even today, is 15 or 16. Germany sets these standards: In Germany, sexual intercourse is legal from the age of 14 in most cases. An…

re-UP

These clouds haven't shifted much since we first saw them in October, but there's a lot more happening in the sky now to attract the eye of kids, Pixar-partisans, and anyone hankering for the first official front-runner poster posting of…

SAG Awards

Film Ensemble Cast: Slumdog Millionaire Lead Actress: Meryl Streep, Doubt Lead Actor: Sean Penn, Milk Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Lifetime Achievement Award: James Earl Jones…

Slamdogs Gaybash Milk

IMDb slamdogs to Gus Van Sant: "I drink your Milk shake, I drink it up." We all know about the well-documented "Oscar bump" a movie receives when nominations raise its profile and thousands of moviegoers check it out to see what the fuss…

Benjamin Button’s 13 nominations

Unless I'm missing a title or two, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button today entered the Big Book of Oscar History (such as it is) as only the 11th film ever to receive 13 nominations or more . So how do the other 10 movies do? 7 went on…

Oscars of Solace

I'm in deep distress about tomorrow's nominees. You guys with your crazy talk of an outcast Dark Knight and multiple nominations for a brackish green muscle car has me freaking right out. Hasn't there been enough nastiness on the screen…

Awards Daily Nominations Ballot Results

Although we'll leave the polls open for a few more hours, it looks like the rankings and percentages have stabilized enough to start collecting results. We can crunch the numbers and look at the closest races later, but meanwhile it…

Tally ho!

THE JOKER: It's not about money. It's about sending a message... Well, ok. It's a little bit about the money. Last year the sweet spot between 'oh you poor thing' and 'stop showing off' was around $40 mil. The record of the past 12…