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“The Nose Knows” – Hathaway a Lock?

“The Nose Knows” – Hathaway a Lock?

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Update: turns out that Mr. Wells did not base his prediction on the trailer, as described below (and than god for that, right?) but a reaction from a “trusted research screening informant.” We alll get loopy on the subject of Oscar potential. ¬†Trust me, I know this to be true. ¬†I am ashamed at the amount of time I’ve spent watching Oscar and watching those who watch, drive and turn…

Oscar Watch: The Actors

Oscar Watch: The Actors

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We did the ladies, now it’s time to focus on the men. With Get Low opening today with decent enough reviews — we have to look at the Best Actor race, and whether a vet like Robert Duvall, who gives a well reviewed performance, can make it for the long haul. Unlike the Best Actress race, the Best Actor race is still buried in the haze of expectations and unknowns….

Oscar Watch on Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong

Oscar Watch on Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong

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Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein wonders if this Gwyneth Paltrow role will bring her a second Oscar. Listen to the single Paltrow released: This bit of news and info from CMT.com: In May, Paltrow told MTV News, “I had to learn how to play guitar, and I took singing lessons. It was a real challenge, but I felt like I pretty much pulled it off.” She also said that her…

Oscar Watch on Russell Brand in Arthur

Oscar Watch on Russell Brand in Arthur

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Russell Brand is currently filming the remake of Arthur with Jennifer Garner. ¬†Dudley Moore was nominated, deservedly so, for his performance as the drunken millionaire back in 1981, starring alongside Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud, who won for his performance as Arthur’s wise and cantankerous butler. ¬†I have my doubts about Brand but am willing to have an open mind. ¬†Helen Mirren and Nick Nolte also star. ¬†What do…

Oscar Watch on Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren in The Debt

Oscar Watch on Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren in The Debt

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Vulture points us to this brand new trailer of the John Madden film, “In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth.”

Oscar Watch on: James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Oscar Watch on: James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

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Two things. ¬†The first, I shamelessly stole this off of Scott Feinberg’s latest projections on his newly launched scottfeinberg.com for Oscar (which I find silly since most of these movies haven’t been seen so what’s the point, really? I like the site, though, cool layout) which has Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours as a possible for Oscar’s Big Ten. ¬†Feinberg’s biggest mistake? ¬†Not including Toy Story 3, one of the only…

Oscar Watch on Kristen Stewart,  Melissa Leo

Oscar Watch on Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo

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Welcome to the Rileys features three really great performances, so says the buzz coming out of Sundance. Kristen Stewart is supposed to be particularly good as the 16 year-old stripper. This MTV review says Stewart is “utterly fearless in “Welcome to the Rileys.” That’s the takeaway from the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. You can quibble all you want with her portrayal of a…

The Hitchcock Lead: Leonardo DiCaprio

The Hitchcock Lead: Leonardo DiCaprio

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I don’t know how long it’s going to take for the film criticism community, and/or the Oscar voters or SAG to realize just what a great actor Leonardo DiCaprio really is. ¬†I feel safe in saying that 2010 will be one of his best years, with two stellar performances in the can. ¬†While watching Shutter Island (and another I can’t talk about) I was thinking that DiCaprio is not unlike…

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

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All These Wonderful Things’ AJ Schnack makes a pretty good case that it is very likely that the five Oscar docs are already “out there.” ¬†Says Schnack: In the past five years, only one film – last year’s¬†THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS – wasn’t screened by this point in the year and went on to be nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. So,…

Secretariat: Not Really A Long Shot Pick

Secretariat: Not Really A Long Shot Pick

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NY Post’s Lou Lumenik writes the following, vis-a-vis Seabiscuit and Secretariat: In my¬†morning-line piece on next year’s Oscars published in March, I named “Secretariat” as a long-shot pick, reasoning that Disney’s Oct. 8 release could very well follow in the hooves of “Seabiscuit” (2003), which nobody thought had a prayer of being nominated for Best Picture. And that Tony Angelotti-engineered coup was in a field of just five pictures! It…