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Natalie vs. Annette?

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Writing for the Daily Beast, Nicole LaPorte quotes others saying that the Best Actress race could be down to Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Annette Bening for the Kids Are All Right. This is one of the many post-Toronto and Oscar pieces floating around this morning. We can’t say for sure yet whether this is a big Toronto year or not; we’ll have to see how the biggest get…

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Kidman Joins Best Actress Race

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Thanks to Ryan’s post, our thoughts turn to Nicole Kidman, who is said to do brilliant work in Rabbit Hole, a tough sell all around but given Kidman’s popularity and star power, a strong possibility. Pete Hammond, new awards writer for Deadline, writes:

Winter's Bone And Oscar

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Debra Granik’s second feature film, Winter’s Bone, is the kind of movie that gets progressively better & better as you delve deeper and deeper into it. It is filled with humane, real characterizations of a society that is rooted in evil and people that have lost all hope in life and succumbed to shadiness & drug dealing. There are memorable scenes that linger (the gutting of a squirrel, the taking of a girl, a final -ambiguous- mumbling sentence) & a sense of dread that will turn the most primitive of moviegoers off. It is through and through a product of Independent film and we should be very appreciative of its existence.