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Wally Pfister wins ASC Award for Inception!

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Wally Pfister: ASC Award for Feature Film, for Inception! Stephen Windon: Asc Award for TV Movie /Mini-Series for the Pacific, Okinawa Jonathan Freeman: ASC award for TV Series – Boardwalk Empire, ‘Home’ episode Michael O’Shea: ASC Career Achievement in TV Award John Seale: ASC International Award for cinematography (Rain Man, Harry Potter, Perfect Storm, The English Patient) (thanks Stan)

North Texas Goes for Inception

North Texas Goes for Inception

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The North Texas Film Critics have released this year’s winners. They chose Up in the Air as Best Picture last year: Best Picture: Inception, followed by runners up The King’s Speech and The Fighter. Best Director: Christopher Nolan (for Inception). Runners up: David O. Russell (The Fighter) and the Coen Brothers (True Grit). Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), followed by Jeff Bridges in True Grit and James Franco…

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Inception Tops VES Nominations

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Full list at Variety: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture Inception Iron Man 2 TRON: Legacy Alice In Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Green Zone SALT Hereafter Black Swan Robin Hood

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One True Thing: Inception, Black Swan, True Grit, The Social Network

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2010 may come down to four great films for me. After all is said and done, I think these four films are the ones I will watch over and over again. We will still be counting down the year’s ten best. But for now, I’ll offer up what I consider to be my personal favorites of the year. Inception – The most memorable and remarkable thing about Inception is the…

Inception FYC feature to screen in theaters

Inception FYC feature to screen in theaters

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Like a well-oiled dream machine, the run-up to Inception’s premiere this summer amped up anticipation with nimble precision. The same savvy dexterity is on full display as Warner’s releases this elegant Behind the Scenes FYC promo to begin screening across the country in key locations, Dec. 31.

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Mindbending & harrowing Blu-rays of the day

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Among today’s new releases on Blu-ray and DVD are three mindbenders from masters Christopher Nolan, Guillermo del Toro and David Cronenberg. Inception, Cronos and Videodrome are especially noteworthy additions in high-def because of the cinematography of Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Mark Irwin (The Fly). Other significant Blu-rays with special Oscar relevance released today are Closer (featuring Natalie Portman’s first Oscar nominated role), Lost in…

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The Year’s Best Moments in Film so Far

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2010 is, to my mind, one of the best years for film in memory – the main reason for this is that you have such a fine class of directors, from both major studios and independents, female and male. There are a handful of writer/directors whose vision was realized, whether the original concept was “bankable” or not. This was a year that reaffirmed the idea that good decisions are made…

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The State of the Race: The Big Split?

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  I was answering a comment by one of the readers and I realized I stumbled onto something. It seems to me that there are two types of Oscar winning Best Pictures. Those that are entertaining and those that are groundbreaking. In the past several years, groundbreaking cinema (by Oscar’s standards, not cinephiles’) has taken the lead, while entertainment has mostly taken the back seat. Even when Slumdog Millionaire won,…

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The State of the Race: Is This Seat Taken?

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The Oscar race is often like getting to the theater early enough to get a great seat. If you’re not a somebody, you have to get there early to stake your claim, even if it means waiting around a while before the show starts. If you’re a Very Important Person it doesn’t matter what time you get there; a seat is already waiting for you. And if there isn’t one,…

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The State of the Race: You Know More Than You Think

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It is always around this time that we feel like we’re trying to find the door in the dark. There are some knowns and unknowns, opinions and facts. The Oscar race is always evolving. It is not static, but fluid. Publicists must head into it like Marines whose objective is to improvise, adapt and overcome. In their way are a few obstacles. It used to just be the critics, but…