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February 2011

Caption This!

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1.____________________________________________ (readers who can’t bear to make a joke about Tom Hooper can find two alternate photos to caption, after the cut.)

Oscar Poker Episode 23

Oscar Poker Episode 23

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[alert]Please note: Jeff and I get Doc Short way wrong. We’re talking about Killing in the Name – about the terrorist bombing at a wedding, but the film that won was Strangers No More – which is about a school for war-torn children — big mistake, ours. Apologies. [/alert] Phil Contrino from boxoffice.com, Jeff Wells and I do our Oscar Poker podcast from last night’s show. Most of it is…

RIP Jane Russell

RIP Jane Russell

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The news has just been passed on by Variety but hasn’t yet hit the wire. In tribute to one of my favorite performances by Ms. Russell – Anne Hathaway doing this dance number at last night’s Oscars? Win win:

Okay Fine, but What About the SHOW?

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I heard a lot of grumblings that no one liked the 83rd Oscar telecast. ¬†See, I come from a different perspective on that. ¬†I actually like it when it’s bad. ¬†I like it when it chunders on and on and lasts all night. I like it when they accept that they will never be cool and just embrace their uncoolness. ¬†I’m so about the Rob Lowe/Snow White dance number. ¬†If…

Whether it's the Real Sorkin or Not…

Whether it's the Real Sorkin or Not…

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This comment was left last night by maybe Aaron Sorkin. ¬†We never quite know, do we. ¬†One could always be punking me. ¬†But if so, Sorkin or (oval or any other shape) a person pretending to be Sorkin: I apologize for crashing the conversation but now that the envelopes have been opened I wanted to say thanks to everyone here for being such great movie fans. You‚Äôre a tough audience…

The State of the Race: The Aftermath

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Last night’s Oscars will be remembered for several reasons. ¬†The first, there has never been a film that won the NBR, the NYFCC, the LAFCA and the Globe (Picture, Director and Screenplay) and not won the DGA and then the Oscar for Best Picture. ¬†Moreover, until last night, no film with as few awards heading into the guilds had ever won. ¬†The result? ¬†Three paltry Oscars for The Social Network…

83rd Annual Academy Awards, live updates

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Best Picture: The King’s Speech Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King‚Äôs Speech Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3 Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter Best Editing: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter, The Social Network…

Guest Essay: Christian Bale, "our American Psycho"

Guest Essay: Christian Bale, "our American Psycho"

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[notice]Anyone looking for one last sermon before tonight’s Rapture might find solace in this essay from another Awards Daily disciple, Brian Schwartz.[/notice] In 1993, Tommy Lee Jones won best supporting actor at the Academy Awards. He paid tribute to Harrison Ford, the lead actor he ‚Äòsupported,‚Äô by chasing his Fugitive across America, saying he was a great actor and the award would not have been possible without him. Of course…

"Your Bloody British Fetish": Hollywood's U.K. myths

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UK author and historian Dominick Sandbrook voices his own dismay that “the Redcoats have conquered Hollywood,” once again: The success of “The King’s Speech” is not the only example of what looks like a creeping Anglicization of American culture. Britain may cut a sadly reduced figure on the world stage these days, our military hobbled by cuts and our economy hamstrung by debt, but in Hollywood the Union Jack has…

The State of the Race: One More for My Baby, One More for the Road

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As we close out Oscars 2010, with an an ending predicted but not yet determined, it’s starting to feel a little … off. ¬†Something feels weird about the potential win for Best Picture. ¬†There feels to me to be a lot of heat around The Social Network. ¬†I know this defies logic in every way, and I know that when they call Best Picture it’s going to be The King’s…