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82nd Academy Awards

Gold Derby Buzzmeter Takes Flight

Tom O'Neil and Patrick Day over that The Envelope's Buzzmeter have assembled a large group of folks, including Pete Travers and Michael Musto (I hope that Musto and O'Neil do some Oscar videos this year - they were funny and insightful…

Oscar Roundtable Take 4

It's always illuminating to hear from various smart folks around the web and I feel grateful that they indulge my needling questions week after week; after all, it isn't like any of the have any time to spare. I figure, the more…

Oscar Hosts: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

It's Complicated stars Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin named co-hosts of the 82nd Academy Awards. Now all they need is Meryl! Beverly Hills, CA (November 3, 2009) ‚Äî Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as co-hosts of the 82nd…

Mark Harris Talks to Pretty Penny and Almodovar

‚ÄúSomeone asked me, ‚ÄòIs she a muse for you?,‚Äô ‚Äù said Mr. Almod√≥var, whose long-term collaborations with actresses, beginning with Carmen Maura through the 1980s, have been famously fruitful and sometimes just as famously volatile.…

Defamer’s Guide to Saving the Oscars

Defamer's Richard Rushfield pokes some good fun at the efforts to help boost the ratings of the telecast -- I kind of agree with this first one. Let's face it, "fixing" the Oscars has never really worked. I have long believed that it…

Bruce Davis Talks Best Picture 10

Steve Pond talks to Bruce Davis about the Academy's crisis point, about the Best Picture ten, about the success of last year's show: Is it accurate to suggest that the Oscars have reached something of a crisis point? Yes. Clearly, it‚Äôs…

Nine Test Screening Reax

Thing is, I don't often go for these kinds of things because they are just too iffy - who are these people, what cut of the film did they see, are they really shills in disguise, etc. Nonetheless, because it is so hotly anticipated here…

The Road Reception Mixed

After screening last night in Venice, a few reviews of John Hillcoat's adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, The Road. The first is good -- Geoffrey McNab writing for the Independent: In the event, John Hillcoat has made a film of…

More Numbers Explainers – Oscar’s Math

I think I just don't have any room left in my brain's hard drive to tackle this thing, that must explain why I choose not to think about it. Good thing others are. The folks over at Film School Rejects have worked it all out - thanks to…

The Year of the Woman?

Guy Lodge over at In Contention floats the idea that 2009 could be the best year yet for women in the Best Pic category (no doubt about that), but perhaps also squeezing into the Best Director category. Most of the big guns haven't hit yet…

Precious New Teaser Poster

Gregory Ellwood over at Hitfix has posted the teaser poster for Precious and wrote the following: If there is any movie I can't wait to see again this year it's "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sappire." The winner of this year's…

In the Club, 134 Invited to Join Academy

Of course the actors are on top, but there are members invited from other branches, who "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in…