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Happy New Year Oscar Watchers! To give you a break from my prattling, here are few intelligent voices to shed light on the state of the Oscar race. The participants are: Damien Bona, Inside Oscar Pete Howell, The Toronto Star Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today Kris Tapley, In Contention Pete Hammond, Notes on a Season, LA […]

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Both David Poland and Jeff Wells are going forth and pushing Zoe Saldana for an acting nod. Poland says: When I first saw the film, the remote possibility of Ms. Saldana getting a nomination for her performance was tantalizing. I rationalized that Sigourney Weaver‚Äôs turn, part CG and part human, was more likely to be […]

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Avatar shut out for Best pic (lol) — The Online Film Critics.¬† They are well-intentioned but don’t really predict nor influence the Oscars. They have always reflected, in my view, the “if the internet ran the Oscars.” They step outside the box, which will no doubt thrill people like themselves and people who are sick […]

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Movieline’s Stu Van Airsdale on Avatar’s potential box office: “More than one-third of its $232 million to date has been earned between a Monday and Thursday, and its $19.4 million this past Monday ‚Äî its 11th day of release ‚Äî is entirely unprecedented.” And: So if we had to pin a number on Avatar, let‚Äôs […]

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In the past we used to compare Karger’s predictions to the Academy’s – but I don’t think I have time to dig them up at the moment — however, let’s just sum it up by saying he’s usually not more than one off in the categories. Best Picture probably doesn’t count since there are ten […]

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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 filmmaking the decade has seen.

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Awards Daily began life as at the end of the 1999 and its first proper Oscar year was 2000, the year that Gladiator beat Crouching Tiger. I don’t have many memories that remind me that the Gladiator year was first but I know it must be since I wasn’t covering the Oscars the year […]

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Synecdoche, New York (2008) The Hurt Locker (2009)¬† “Apart from this psychological process, Katherine Bigelow’s film has a masterful command of editing, tempo, character and photography. Using no stunts and CGI, she creates a convincing portrayal of the conditions a man like James faces. She builds with classical tools. She evokes suspense, dread, identification. She […]

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What makes a good screenplay? Ask a variety of people and you will likely get varying answers back. Original screenplays don’t do as well as adapted screenplays because their stories aren’t yet tested. Adaptations can go woefully wrong but if the source material has been approved the chances of the thing being good are vastly […]

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Erik Childress has posted his annual Criticwatch’s Whores of the Year – which has funny bits, no doubt. Pete Travers and Pete Hammond are two who take it annually from Childress but they’re probably used to it by now (we hope, because we love Pete and Pete!). Some of the quotes from lesser known critics […]

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Tom O’Neil has some fun chiding his fellow Oscar bloggers for giving him hell way back when for his Inglourious Basterd prediction. He has a few good reasons why he thinks the film is as good as gold. Here is one: Remember how shocked everybody (except me) was when “Inglourious Basterds” reaped the most Critics […]

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EW has a long history of putting the Best Picture frontrunner on the cover of its Oscar issue and this issue is no exception: Dave Karger does the predictions — but I don’t have the issue handy and I don’t think it’s online yet. I’d like to see their 25 Movies article as well. Nice […]

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The Kennedy Center Honors kicked off awards season proper last night as the tribute was televised. Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen (three of my personal heroes) were honored, along with Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry. What surprised me most about them was that the critics had given Mel Brooks’ The Producers bad […]

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It’s been a while since the Oscar race was confronted with a conundrum like The Blind Side. The movie is an organic hit, making boatloads of cash as it races to $200 million. Most people who have seen it seem to love it despite its bad reviews, although it does have its detractors. In fact, […]

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We have a new contest, just in time for New Year’s Eve. The Producers Guild has decided to up their slate of nominees to ten. They will probably shrink them back down to five if the Academy changes their mind again, but for now, we’re dealing with ten. The Directors Guild is, then, the group […]

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