Up in the Air

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One of the strangest developments of last year’s Oscar, probably the thing that was most difficult to predict, was Jason Reitman’s loss for Adapted Screenplay. I have to say that this kind of thing rarely happens. I haven’t actually looked ...

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To be fair, we should try to find videos teasing all the supporting actress nominees. But screw ‘fair’.

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Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air Long form original – Georgia O’Keefe Long form adapted – Taking Chance Documentary – The Cove Comedy Series – 30 Rock Episodic Comedy – 30 Rock ...

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Up in the Air is the stealth snake in the grass for this year’s Oscars. In Contention‘s Kris Tapley keeps saying that two films could really upset the apple cart and they are Up in the Air and Up. Up ...

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Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, and Walter Kirn have won the USC Scripter award. The USC Scripter Awards will be held tonight in Los Angeles. They will be live on their website

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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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The Huffington Post’s Delia Lloyd on why maturity enhances one’s appreciation the Jason Reitman film – this post is a couple of weeks old but since I had seen it, it’s news to me: 1. It’s about the economy. As ...

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Jason Reitman took to the Oprah Winfrey show on Friday and brought with him some of the folks who had been fired in real life and whom appeared in his film. The Oprah.com site has more in depth writing on ...

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You know, I wasn’t going to bother with this story because it didn’t seem important enough to talk about — it seemed to me like it wasn’t a big deal. But it’s being talked about here and there so perhaps ...

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It’s worth noting, at this stage of the game, that only one film has hit every marker necessary to win Best Picture. Does that mean that The Hurt Locker is the only film that can win Best Picture? No. Most ...

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Best Picture: The Hurt Locker Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow Best Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air Best Acting Ensemble: Inglourious Basterds Best Actor: Jeff Bridges Best Actress: tie! Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock Best Supporting ...

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The 82nd Oscars telecast is brewing as the perfect storm to attract its biggest audience in years.¬†¬† The combination of Adam Shankman’s TV-popularity, the two co-hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, and most importantly, the popularity of the films involved ...

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Up in the Air’s main thrust is twofold – it’s part the George Clooney empty-life scenario, and it’s also about people lost in the sagging economy, losing their jobs due to downsizing. Reitman apparently used actual fired employees to fill ...

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Thanks to Daveylow for the heads up – the New York Times has a whole section on the Oscars, it turns out. Manohla Dargis wrote up The Hurt Locker (below), AO Scott takes on Where the Wild Things Are, Stephen ...

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The rule with your best picture winner is that you can basically sit anyone in front of it and they get it if not love it. The film with the most likability wins. Avatar will likely top the box office ...

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As you can see, I have slipped The Hurt Locker into my number one spot to win Best Picture, along with Director and Screenplay. It is far too early to predict anything in this race. But what I do know ...

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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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EW’s Owen Gleiberman makes an interesting argument on the race being down to Avatar vs. Up in the Air for Best Picture. The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds are there to muck things up (he addresses those film as well) ...

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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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