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Okay so there appears to be some debate as to whether Avatar beat I Am Legend for highest December opening. Some say no. I say it reminds me of men measuring the length of their disco sticks.

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Quentin Tarantino to receive London’s highest honor: The London Film Critics‚Äô Circle will award Quentin Tarantino its highest honour, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema, at the 30th Critics‚Äô Circle Film Awards on 18 February 2010 at the Landmark Hotel in aid of the NSPCC. And the nominees: FILM OF THE YEAR Avatar […]

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Thanks again to Erik: THE WINNERS BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow–The Hurt Locker BEST ACTOR: Jeremy Renner–The Hurt Locker BEST ACTRESS: Carey Mulligan–An Education BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz–Inglourious Basterds BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo‚Äônique–Precious: Based on the Novel ‚ÄòPush‚Äô by Sapphire BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal–The Hurt Locker BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: […]

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Complete list of winners: Picture: Up In The Air Actor: George Clooney, Up In The Air Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious Supp. Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds Supp. Actress: Mo‚ÄôNique, Precious Director: Jason Reitman, Up In The Air Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, (500) Days of Summer Cinematography: Mauro Fiore, Avatar Foreign Language: Sin Nombre […]

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AD reader Ziyad Abul Hawa has been keeping an excellent record of critics scores and other indicators for the leading Best Picture contenders and updating the numbers weekly to track the trends. It’s a good way to get a sense of a film’s relative strengths measured from 4 different angles. (10-28, continued after the cut)

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Motion Picture, Drama The Hurt Locker Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Nine Director Kathryn Bigelow — The Hurt Locker Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama Shohreh Aghdashloo — The Stoning of Soraya M. Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama Jeremy Renner — The Hurt Locker Actress In A Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Meryl Streep […]

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via… THR Kirk Honeycutt The White Ribbon Up Precious The Hurt Locker District 9 Avatar The Cove In the Loop A Serious Man Up in the Air After the cut, Sheri Linden tops her list with The White Ribbon as well.

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Note The Hurt Locker, ranked the 5th best-reviewed movie of the past 10 years. We’ll borrow the Top 25, continued after cut. Check out Metacritics Top 100 on their featured chart.

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We’ll keep this brief, but numbers like these are rare and worth noting. Nikki Finke says that in spite of the snowstorms in the North East, Avatar passes The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King to become the 2nd biggest December opening ever, with a $73 mil domestic haul. (I Am Legend […]

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Nikki Finke reports that the snow slowed Avatar’s opening slightly, making it the third highest of all time, behind I Am Legend and Return of the King. Considering Avatar is long and 3-D is required, that’s still pretty good. It should build steadily as word of mouth spreads. Once regular people realize that they can […]

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From Richard Roeper: 1. “Brothers” A brilliant, beautiful, harsh, gut-punching, 21st century war story with Biblical overtones. Some critics said Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the great Danish film to be too glossy and heavy-handed, but I found it to be just as profound as the original. Either you buy Tobey Maguire’s tightly wound performance or […]

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Cary from Film Score Monthly has sent us his annual predictions for score and song. And they are, as follows (his last year’s predictions after the jump): 2009: Top Contenders ‚ÄúAvatar‚Äù ‚Äì James Horner ‚ÄúCoco Before Chanel‚Äù ‚Äì Alexandre Desplat ‚ÄúThe Informant‚Äù ‚Äì Marvin Hamlisch ‚ÄúPublic Enemies‚Äù ‚Äì Elliot Goldenthal ‚ÄúUp‚Äù ‚Äì Michael Giacchino Good […]

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The Top 10 Mainstream Films Bad Lieutenant Crazy Heart An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Knowing Precious A Serious Man Up in the Air The White Ribbon “Now you are thinking, hey, what about Avatar? Faithful readers know of my annual Special Jury Prize. This year it goes to James Cameron’s ground-breaking epic. No, […]

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Thanks to Red Wine: Lou Lumenick 1. UP IN THE AIR 2. UP 3. A SERIOUS MAN 4. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS 5. AVATAR 6. INVICTUS 7. PRECIOUS 8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX 9. IN THE LOOP 10.PONYO Kyle Smith’s after the jump.

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Here are the top ten according the Gurus of Gold. Click here to see the rankings in the other top categories.

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