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February 8, 2013

Connecticut’s Constitutional Amendment denied the franchise to African Americans

Connecticut’s Constitutional Amendment denied the franchise to African Americans

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I’m really tired of this puffery regarding Connecticut being “tarnished” because they are shown voting no on the 13th amendment to abolish slavery (the whole “just in time for Oscar” October surprise against Lincoln). Here’s the thing to know about that time, something the film makes very very clear. The key abolitionist was Thaddeus Stevens who all but had to lie to squeak this amendment through. Even people voting on…

Scripter Preview

Scripter Preview

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by Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams The USC Scripter will be held tomorrow night. You can watch the Scripter on the live feed.   It’s rare that I come across writing that turns my head, especially in the Oscar race because the screenplay is inextricably tied to the Best Picture contender. When we envision the screenplay we envision the movie. We don’t look at them as separate works.  And generally…

Anne Thompson Reads the Tea Leaves at the Luncheon

Anne Thompson Reads the Tea Leaves at the Luncheon

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I’ve heard twice now, from two separate reporters observing Ben Affleck “on the campaign trail” that  he “really wants to win this.” If Affleck ever decides to run for office, homey could be president.  He’s got it all.   Argo is doing hard core campaigning opposite David O. Russell, another one who clearly wants to win this.  Victory might then be a double edged sword. On the one hand, you…

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Academy unveils gallery of artwork inspired by Best Picture nominees

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The rest, after the cut. THE ACADEMY AND GALLERY1988 PRESENT A NEW EXHIBITION “FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION” BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Gallery1988 will present “For Your Consideration,” their first collaborative exhibition featuring art inspired by the 2012 Best Picture Oscar® nominees, on display February 14 through 17 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. The images can currently be viewed in a digital…

Predicting the BAFTAs

Predicting the BAFTAs

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I have been all that good at predicting the BAFTAs. They are like herding cats in many ways, unless they have aligned themselves with Oscar, which happens on occasion, and especially has been recently since Oscar pushed the date back. Very little wiggle room.  A consensus vote tells us which films are getting the popular vote at  a given moment in time.  And that’s what we’re faced with now and…

Shirley Bassey – Coming Soon to an Oscars Telecast Near You

Shirley Bassey – Coming Soon to an Oscars Telecast Near You

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As part of the Bond tribute:

Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell Meet with Joe Biden

Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell Meet with Joe Biden

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No hottie with a heart of gold allowed!  Only men folk get to talk about the serious stuff.  It reminds me of a scene from House of Cards.

Final Ballots Sent out to Oscar Voters as the Most Unpredictable Season Ever Finally Comes to Merciful Close

Final Ballots Sent out to Oscar Voters as the Most Unpredictable Season Ever Finally Comes to Merciful Close

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Mercifully, this long and agonizing season is finally coming a close. If you’d like to print a ballot you can download one here. Final voting for the Oscars will officially open on Friday, February 8th at 8 a.m. PT and end on Tuesday, February 19th at 5 p.m. PT, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. Members of the Academy may vote in up to 24 categories. This year, for the…