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December 2012

Academy Extends Ballot Deadline by One Day

Academy Extends Ballot Deadline by One Day

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Anne Thompson reports that the AMPAS have agreed to extend the ballot deadline by one day so instead of those ballots getting in by January 3rd, they are now going to have to be in by January 4th. “By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO.  “We’re grateful to our global…

Last Call Oscar Voters – Top Ten Best Anything

Last Call Oscar Voters – Top Ten Best Anything

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Oscar voters have today to mail their ballots.  Tomorrow is a holiday. Then they have the 2nd and the 3rd and that was all she wrote. It feels crushingly early, way too early, way too soon to shove so many objects into that tiny hole.  Most of them, in fact, have long since been turned in. But here are ten anythings from me.  Hannibal did it to amuse himself. 1….

Lock and Load: The Oscars in the Era of Social Network Mobilization

Lock and Load: The Oscars in the Era of Social Network Mobilization

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Did you hear the one about the guy who won his second term as president with a bad economy? If you were online this past election season you no doubt felt the pulse of people power as shot through Twitter, Facebook and various other media streams.  If Congressman Paul Ryan was caught faking a photo op at a soup kitchen, or Mitt Romney caught handing out checks to people who…

WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the best screenplays, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Ava DuVernay’s…

Technical troubles

Technical troubles

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Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

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In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Kaminski’s shared filmography with Spielberg has also resulted in Oscar nominations for Amistad and War Horse. When not working with Spielberg, the Poland-native has brought his impeccable sense…

2012: The Cinescape

2012: The Cinescape

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(by Matt Shapiro via @zachheltzel)

Parents Reaction to Les Mis

Parents Reaction to Les Mis

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Just hit the you tubes (this is what War Horse did to me, btw): Reminds me of this scene:

Oscar Bits and Bites

Oscar Bits and Bites

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“She, over a decade, kind of went down the rabbit hole, getting lost in her work, until finally at the end of the movie, [the pilot] says ‘Where do you want to go?’ She has no idea where she goes now. Who is she now? She’s trained to be unemotional and analytically precise. I’m trying to be the exact opposite. I’m trained to be emotional and kind of a hot…

Best Moments in Film in 2012

Best Moments in Film in 2012

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In alphabetical order, these are the moments in film in 2012 that moved me greatly. Here are a few words about them. There are SPOILERS — fair warning.   Amour I can’t really remember a more powerful or memorable moment in a film than Jean-Louis Trintignant finding a pigeon in his apartment. With his beloved, dying wife all but gone, the pigeon signifies letting go. It is the thing about…