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January 2013

The Case for Argo – When Popular Directors Are Left off the Academy’s list

The Case for Argo – When Popular Directors Are Left off the Academy’s list

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Since I spend so much of my time making a case for Lincoln’s much easier paths to victory than Argo’s, let’s talk a little about how Argo became the film to beat all of a sudden. First, let’s look at the structure of the race so far, then I want to take you back to 1985, and then through Driving Miss Daisy, and out back through the changing landscape of…

Picture of the Day – The Redheads Meet at the SAG awards

Picture of the Day – The Redheads Meet at the SAG awards

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Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

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In a year when the Directors Branch did what critics long complain that they don’t do — they thought for themselves — an irresistible narrative emerged.  When Argo faced off Silver Linings all the way back in Toronto, Silver Linings won the broad consensus vote. However, the press built the “snubbed Ben Affleck” meme and it has really swallowed up the race.  Neither Lincoln nor Silver Linings, nor Life of…

Posters for This Year’s Oscar Nominees

Posters for This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

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Martin Sheen had been one of the voices protesting Zero Dark Thirty, urging Academy members not to vote for the film. After Bigelow was snubbed by the Academy as a result; the most critically acclaimed film was a standout this year specifically for the directing, and yet there was no party for Bigelow as there was for Ben Affleck. At any rate, the reversal: On consideration, and widespread reports to…

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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Leon Panetta, portrayed by James Gandolfini in Zero Dark Thirty, talks about the film and says he thinks it was an accurate portrayal of those events. Though he wasn’t around for the interrogations he knows that the way they ultimately found Bin Laden was from many different ways of gathering information over a long period. Watch the interview with Martha Raddatz. Ever wonder about those crabby snacks and homemades from…

Disney’s Paperman Online

Disney’s Paperman Online

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This is my favorite of the animated shorts, with Adam and Dog being a close second. Just a reminder that the Oscar Nominated Live Action and Animated Short Films 2013 open this Friday, February 1st ) in Los Angeles and Orange County (Documentary shorts open next Friday, Febraury 8th )

Spielberg the Clear Favorite to Win best Director, American People Say

Spielberg the Clear Favorite to Win best Director, American People Say

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I guess Americans are about to get a big shock to see that Spielberg isn’t the favorite to win the DGA on Saturday.  Everyone and their brother over at Gold Derby and elsewhere have Ben Affleck to win the DGA, continuing the Argo sweep to Driving Miss Daisy its way towards a Best Picture win. Nonetheless, we can pretend for a little while longer that Spielberg will still be rewarded…

Al Pacino as Phil Spector

Al Pacino as Phil Spector

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HBO’s Phil Spector premieres in two months. The film revolves around Spector’s sensational trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, and will focus on the eccentric music mogul’s relationship with his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden — played by Helen Mirren. Teaser trailer after the cut.

Barbra Streisand to perform on Oscar night

Barbra Streisand to perform on Oscar night

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers…