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In Praise of Billy Crystal

In Praise of Billy Crystal

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Crystal hosted the Oscars in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2004, according to Wikipedia. But  here he is making fun of Titanic.  And Ben and Matt! Matt! And Ben!  But you know, those days are mostly gone but it’s worth a click to see Minny Driver’s horrified face. I hear a lot of complaining about Billy Crystal and about how these are going to be the lowest rated Oscars ever.  Well, yes and no.  Probably they…

Vulture: “Great Oscar Farce”

Vulture: “Great Oscar Farce”

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Gavin Polone describes himself as an “agent turned manager turned producer.” Today for NYMag’s Vulture he turns into Oscar analyst. His prognosis is Cinematic Psychosis as the Academy increasingly loses touch with reality. As a kid I remember sitting in front of the TV with my family, like millions of others, in one of the largest non-sports audiences of the year, absorbing the drama and the gaudy clothing worn by…

Hugo leads 2012 Oscar Nominations with 11

Hugo leads 2012 Oscar Nominations with 11

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Best Picture “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Directing “The…

Oscar Nominations to be Livestreamed Here, There and Everywhere

Oscar Nominations to be Livestreamed Here, There and Everywhere

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The Live Stream is no more, so we’ve removed the embed. But there were 130 comments from eager beavers, so we’ll leave this post in place. It would add insult to injury if we destroyed all evidence that any of us were once excited.

Oscar Goes Digital

Oscar Goes Digital

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The Academy just sent out the following press release. I will snap any of the digital billboards I see. Many of the films they plan to highlight are those that didn’t win Best Picture. OSCARS® “CELEBRATE THE MOVIES” WITH LAUNCH OF DIGITAL EXHIBITION 84 ICONIC FILM IMAGES SHOWCASED IN ONLINE, OUTDOOR GALLERIES Beverly Hills, CA – In anticipation of the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences has…

Dave Karger and Tom O’Neil Talk Oscar – Sappy Wins the Day!

Dave Karger and Tom O’Neil Talk Oscar – Sappy Wins the Day!

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Love this chit chat with Tom O’Neil and Dave Karger, the latter whom acts very humble considering how TOLDJA he could be about the King’s Speech. He doesn’t do that – he acts very nice about it all.  He predicts only five movies for Best Pic, however, based on an incorrect assumption about the how the counting is going to go.  In Steve Pond’s article, if a film gets 455…

Best Picture: Will it be 5? 6? 7? 8? 9? 10?

Best Picture: Will it be 5? 6? 7? 8? 9? 10?

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One of the biggest surprises this year is what number Best Picture will land on. There seem to be eight very strong films heading into the race: The Artist The Descendants Hugo Midnight in Paris The Help Moneyball The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo War Horse The only one that feels on shaky ground in War Horse and it might be supplanted by Bridesmaids, Tree of Life or the late-breaking…

Predict the Oscar Nominees!

Predict the Oscar Nominees!

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The State of the Race: Of Bridesmaids and Dragon Tattoos – Year of the Woman or Just Another Year?

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  It was hard not to notice Robin Wright at the Critics Choice awards, striding out onto the stage with her still impossibly youthful legs, and announcing that 2011 was the Year of the Woman.  She referenced Bridesmaids and Dragon Tattoos, probably because she couldn’t say housemaids.   Either way, Bridesmaids, The Help and The Girl with Dragon Tattoo have reinvented what defines a hit and what defines an “Oscar movie.”…

Oscar Ballots Due Today and FYC Giveaway

Oscar Ballots Due Today and FYC Giveaway

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The best thing about today is that by the end of it, what’s done will be done.  There will no more positioning to be had, no more tinkering with perception – just a hard reality.  Maybe not a pretty one, but reality — she ain’t never pretty, is she? The votes are in, mostly, but for a few stragglers.   Steve Pond has written a great piece about possible shockers….