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by John Villeneuve Earlier today, I was granted a short t√™te-√†-t√™te with an AMPAS member who was gracious enough to put aside some time to answer assorted questions about this years Oscar race. In particular, the Foreign Film category. Though this member did not violate any rules by speaking with me, his/her name will remain […]

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“Singularity is almost invariably a clue.” — Sherlock Holmes The game’s afoot! And who but Hunter himself is better equipped to find the first non-anonymous review, from Katey Rich at CinemeBlend: It’s become a central truth of American filmmaking that audiences will watch Robert Downey Jr. doing pretty much anything, and when he’s having as […]

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These idiosyncratic lists are as curious for what they omit as what they include. David Denby Adventureland Fantastic Mr. Fox Funny People Me And Orson Welles The Hurt Locker The Last Station The Messenger The White Ribbon Up Up In The Air Anthony Lane Anvil Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox […]

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TIME‘s Richard Corliss is the first major critic out of the gate with his Top 10, preempting any suspicion that he might have cribbed off somebody else’s list. He needn’t have worried that anyone else will have such a top-heavy animated slant. Interesting choices, all the same. I can forgive a lot of eccentricity in […]

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After this year, Matt Damon should be known as the character who physically transformed twice — once to play a corporate fat cat whistle blower/imbezzler and once to play a muscular rugby player. Here is Damon on what that involved for Invictus: Damon had six months to master an elusive South African accent and pack […]

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More Avatar Videos I usually try to stay away from this kind of reporting because, despite good intentions, for the most, it can’t be trusted. I get a lot of it – some of it is true, some isn’t true. I was tipped off, for instance, that the film The Messenger was playing very well […]

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I had originally written a piece that called out what I think is yet more dirty pool in the Oscar race. But after mulling it over I removed it – for one thing, it only makes a bigger deal out of something that wasn’t a big deal to begin with (hot air, really), but the […]

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More clips over at Daemon Movies. I have to say that one of the best performances in any film this year has to be Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones. His work as a murderous pedophile is so creepy it’s hard to shake it. That Tucci turned in this performance the same year as his […]

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All the main Oscar contenders – except Avatar – have been rated now by the Broadcast Film Critics,¬†although the newest scores (Nine, Invictus, Lovely Bones, etc.) will probably change over this¬†coming week. While BFCA scores don’t guarantee anything, they can be a useful indicator of who and what the Critics Choice Award nominees – and […]

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At the end of this week, several key moments in the Oscar race will lift off: The Los Angeles Film Critics and Online Film Critics (Sunday), the New York Film Critics (Monday), the Golden Globe nominations (Tuesday) and the SAG nominations (Thursday). I dare say this will be the tightest week of the whole season, […]

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As Sasha notes above, one week from today things will really begin to snowball, so here’s a handy schedule to help us prepare for the avalanche of Critics and Guild Awards dates in coming weeks. December 12/16 – Chicago Film Critics Nominations 12/12 – European Film Awards 12/13 – AFI Awards Announced 12/13 – Boston […]

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Thanks to Sean for posting: Best Actor George Clooney, Up in the Air Best Actress Carey Mulligan, An Education Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz | Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting Actress Mo‚ÄôNique | Precious Best Director Kathryn Bigelow | The Hurt Locker Best Screenplay, Adapted Up in the Air | Paramount Best Screenplay, Original Inglourious Basterds […]

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Winners via Alternative Film Guide. Thanks to Dark Lord for spotting this event: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM An Education Fish Tank In the Loop * Moon Nowhere Boy BEST FOREIGN FILM Il Divo The Hurt Locker * Let The Right One In Sin Nombre The Wrestler BEST DIRECTOR * Andrea Arnold ‚Äì Fish Tank Armando […]

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And so it begins… to end. Maybe it’s John Willams’ slightly psycho music-box theme, but these HP trailers never fail to give me chills. In other Harry Potter news, the current issue of Entertainment Weekly assembles a motley conglomeration of assorted cultural touchstones for its “100 Greatest” of the decade list. Topping the hodge-podge is […]

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