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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

The Fallout – The Rumblings

My friend called me yesterday after finally seeing The Hurt Locker. Most of the adults I know in my world hadn't even heard of the film, let alone seen it. They'd had heard of it mostly in terms of "Cameron's ex-wife was competing with…

Academy Membership Breakdown

At lunch today I swiped this page from the restaurant's copy of The Wall Street Journal so I could scan and post this graphic representing a breakdown of the 5,777 active voting member of the Academy. Of course, Sasha keeps the same info…

Oscar Quote of the Day

A piece in Salon a couple days ago calls the 1966 film, "The Oscar" "the greatest terrible movie of all time." The article itself begins with an irresistible quote: "Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity," wrote Vladimir…

Skeleton Oscar Spotted in Hills of Los Angeles

The caption behind the photo is that "Beauty is just a snip away." I'm not sure to what it refers, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is a stunt by the Guerilla Girls who have, for years, been driving home the point that the Oscars have…

On the Trail of the Ballots

Steve Pond reveals the breadcrumb trail of the ballots. He confirms that 500 ballots were collected via messenger and Fed-Ex yesterday before 5pm. That means that the ones that had been mailed in must have gotten there earlier to ensure…

Road to the Oscars

The Bachelor's Chris Harrison is the host of the online series for Oscar.com, Road to the Oscars. I know it's ABC and all, but did they have to pick the host of ABC's racist reality show, The Bachelor? Not to take a swipe at poor old…

Academy Voters Try to Make Sense of It All

Pete Hammond writes up the "voter confusion" going on in Hollywood. The tidbits offered here include Avatar's environmental message, The Hurt Locker's politics, and this and that -- my experience has been that these one-offs don't count…

The State of the Race – The Big Story

It feels like the weeks before ballots are due are stretching farther than they ever have before. Believe it or not there is still a full two weeks before final ballots are due. That means there is time for reflection if Academy members…

Live Streaming the Nominees Luncheon

Update: The nominees luncheon live stream has now come to a close. What a treat, Oscarwatchers! For the first time ever they will be live streaming the nominees luncheon. Thanks to We Are Movie Geeks for the heads up.

More on the Oscars Upcoming Telecast

Dance audition photos here. The NY Times' Michael Cieply talks to Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman - here is a bit from the article: ‚ÄúHow do we get rid of things nobody notices?‚Äù is Mr. Shankman‚Äôs description of Mr. Mechanic‚Äôs…

The Pesky Preferential Balloting

This USA Today interactive graphic (based on Steve Pond's explanation) shows how the preferential system goes about choosing a winner. Take a look. So, going by this chart - the ballots that kind of count more are the ones that have…

Oscar Predictions Around the Web

Here is a list of those I'm aware of. If you have your own link, please feel free to drop it down. Roger Ebert Steve Pond, The Wrap Kris Tapley, In Contention Katey Rich, Cinemablend Tom O'Neil and Pete Hammond, The Envelope Erik…