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Leonardo DiCaprio on location for the 'Wolf of Wall St.' in NYC

On Oscar’s Horizon – Best Picture for 2013

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It’s not as difficult these days as it once was to early-predict Best Picture. The thing about the awards race that we can pretty much count on: the fix is in. There was a time when Big Oscar Movies could be very disappointing out of the gate. Not anymore. Somehow movies go all the way even when they aren’t very good.  This is a matter of timing, of less “real”…

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Oscars 2012

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What a wild ride. I hope Oscar goes back to five. I don’t think my heart could take another year like this one. My parting thoughts: Life of Pi should have won Adapted Screenplay and Picture. Lincoln should have won Adapted Screenplay, Director and Picture. One or the other. I would have a hard time choosing between them. Ang Lee has now won two Best Director Oscars without Picture. First to…

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

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Scott Feinberg went and hung out with a prickly director who gave him his honest picks in the various categories. You can tell 2012 is a very strong year because everyone’s “should wins” are all over the place. One thing I can say with a certainty is that I feel a groundswell not for Silver Linings for Best Picture but for Zero Dark Thirty and that will be my No…

Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

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The performers have been named to help us celebrate the musicals from the past decade: Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe (!), Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmaybe, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter. Earlier this month, the producers announced a planned tribute recognizing the resurgence of musicals over the past decade with performances highlighting “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “Les Misérables.” Hudson, Zeta-Jones, Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe, Seyfried,…

Oscar Travesties

Oscar Travesties

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The Oscar blogging scene has become as vanilla and uniform as the race itself. No more Stu Van Airsdale, no Mark Harris this year.  But lo!  Mark Lisanti over at Grantland reminds us just how awful this shit can really be.  What do you all think is number 1? I have to go with either Crash winning BP, Social Network losing BP or Do the Right Thing not getting nominated.

Oscar Promo

Oscar Promo

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Mark Wahlberg and Ted to Present at 85th Oscars

Mark Wahlberg and Ted to Present at 85th Oscars

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The AMPAS just announced that Mark Wahlberg and Ted will present: “We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.” Wahlberg and Ted starred in the hit summer comedy “Ted,” which is now the highest-grossing R-rated…

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…

Oscars Plan Tribute to Movie Musicals of Last Decade

Oscars Plan Tribute to Movie Musicals of Last Decade

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Just announced – this will be a good way to draw in the many Les Miserables fans in the US and elsewhere: The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  “We are excited to showcase three musical films—‘Chicago,’ ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Les Misérables’— on our Oscar®show.” Fun fact: both Chicago and Dreamgirls won Best Supporting Actress. Will…

Oscar experience to be shared in 45 cities across the U.S.

Oscar experience to be shared in 45 cities across the U.S.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – On Oscar Sunday, February 24, charities in 45 cities will bring the Oscar experience to life at viewing parties in each city. The Oscar Experience: Benefits is the Academy’s grassroots outreach program that allows charities across the country to host official Oscar parties while raising money for their causes. In 2012, the Oscar Experience: Benefits raised more than $3.1 million in 49 cities. Since its inception…