Precious

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Last night the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film added one more top honor to The Hurt Locker’s tally, naming it best picture of the year. In keeping with their eclectic reputation, the Boston-based group chose Hirokazu Koreeda, Still Walking, as ...

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If Avatar wins the Best Picture Oscar, it will be the first film to do so without having won the DGA, the PGA and without having ever even been nominated for the SAG ensemble. True, history for the PGA is ...

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Two stories won’t go away. The first are the occasional but passionate articles about Precious, whether it’s a movie for the white community to feel better about themselves (“see the black people can find their way out of the ghetto), ...

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Two big differences this year will ultimately affect the outcome of the race. The first is that there were ten Best Pic nominees.  The second is that they moved the Oscars back to March, not quite late March like they ...

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I love it when someone cuts through the bullshit. The NY Times’ David Carr talks to Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels about the hype surrounding her so-called no-shows: Mo‚ÄôNique and Mr. Daniels are a pair, cracking each other up into near ...

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News from In Contention’s The Circuit: Best Motion Picture ‚ÄúThe Blind Side‚Äù ‚ÄúInvictus‚Äù ‚ÄúMichael Jackson‚Äôs This Is It‚Äù ‚ÄúPrecious‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Princess and the Frog‚Äù Best Director Scott Sanders, ‚ÄúBlack Dynamite‚Äù F. Gary Gray, ‚ÄúLaw Abiding Citizen‚Äù George Tillman Jr., ‚ÄúNotorious‚Äù ...

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Oscar season starts with the movies. Ideally, those movies are released throughout the year and are then honored at year’s end with a plethora of awards, with the Oscars being the end of the race. We’ve been through the film ...

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District 9!!! (I apologize to the person whom I said this didn’t qualify – you were right, I was wrong) Crazy Heart – Fox Searchlight Pictures Scott Cooper, screenwriter Thomas Cobb, author District 9 – Tri-Star Pictures Neill Blomkamp, screenwriter ...

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Tuesday, along with the Producers Guild, the USC Scripter will announce its nominees. The Scripter, in theory, honors both the original literary work and the adaptation. Ideally, both move along in harmony as truly great original works. However, I have ...

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The BBC’s movie reporter, Tom Brook, chooses five of the year’s best (video): 5. District 9 4. Lebanon 3. Precious 2. Avatar 1. Up in the Air And Kris Tapley at In Contention says 2009 is the best year of ...

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It has been said that the only really exciting Oscar races are those with a wide open Best Picture race. For two years in a row, we had fairly open and shut Best Picture contenders. This year, there are several ...

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The African-American Film Critics Association has named Precious as the Best Picture of 2009 (thanks to LKH85 in the forums). Morgan Freeman was selected as Best Actor 2009 for “Invictus.” Nicole Beharie earned AAFCA recognition as Best Actress 2009 for ...

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Pop Matters author Matt Mazur writes what has to be one of the most interesting pieces on Precious — and certainly more involving than the meaningless chum dumped in Mo’Nique’s name of late: Whereas black and white audiences alike might ...

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Take it from me, Oscar watchers, the National Board of Review doesn’t mean THAT much. What it is good for is launching a film into the race by giving it a form of legitimacy. It’s kind of funny that this ...

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Part Two of the Oscar Roundtable: Damien Bona: Inside Oscar, 10th Anniversary Edition and Inside Oscar 2 Mark Harris: Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood Susan Wloszczyna: USA Today Erik Childress: The Oscar ...

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Pressing things right to the line is Lee Daniels’ controversial film, Precious. The New York Times’ Felicia Lee has written a fair-minded (in my lily-white opinion) account of both sides. There is Armond White on one side, Oprah on the ...

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“What good is knowledge if it just floats in the air? It goes from computer to computer. It changes and grows every second of every day. But nobody actually knows anything.” (Don Delillo’s White Noise) I was intrigued by David ...

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…Not fall in love with him? That’s my question. You all know how much I love listening to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air. She annoys some, perhaps, but she is, hands down, my favorite interviewer. She talks to Lee Daniels about ...

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EW’s Dave Karger takes a look at Precious’ opening numbers and comes up with the possibility, I think for the first time in the mainstream press, that this film could be the frontrunner. However, he doesn’t come out and says ...

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Mariah Carey, Lee Daniels, Gabourey Sidibe & Paula Patton – Cannes Film Festival, May 15 “Nothing quite prepares you for the rough-cut diamond that is Precious. A rare blend of pure entertainment and dark social commentary, this shockingly raw, surprisingly ...

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