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Oscars: Round-Up December 15

21 December 2012 9:39 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

At The Wrap, Steve Pond ran a simulation for Oscar that resulted in an outcome with eight Best Picture nominees. He has been allowed by the Bfca to recount their ballots under Oscar’s preferential system, and while the same method forecast eight noms last year (we had nine), it’s still an interesting read to say the least. Variety’s Jon Weisman wonders why the results of Oscar voting is kept a secret. Sasha Stone of Awards Daily fills us in on the state of the race, and like me, feels Lincoln is still the film to beat, though she reminds us that nobody knows anything. Screen Rant’s Paul Young ranks the 13 Best Movie Posters of 2012, with a very, um, surprising yet inspired choice for #1. He followed it up with the 13 Worst Movie Posters of 2012. Pete Hammond at Deadline previews the race for Adapted and Original Screenplay, and then Director. »

- mjblog@hollywoodnews.com (Mark Johnson)

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News Nuggets: Could 'This is 40' be a surprise Oscar contender?

3 December 2012 12:35 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jon Weisman wonders if "This is 40" has awards potentiala beyond the Golden Globes: "Not only is the film an interesting possibility for picture and original screenplay honors, not only is Leslie Mann a candidate for lead actress, but Albert Brooks has growing support in supporting actor. My main complaints with the film were that its idea of financial crisis was a bit north-of-San Vicente myopic (though I do concede everything's relative when it comes to anxiety), and that a few scenes didn't quite ring as true to me as others. Overall, though, writer-director Judd Apatow continues to deliver really thoughtful and entertaining work." Variety Melinda Newman thinks Jason Mraz, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Mumford and Sons may be among Grammy nominees for Song of the Year: "People often, understandably, confuse record of the year with song of the year. Record of the year goes to the artist, producer, recording engineer and/or mixer, »

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Zero Dark Thirty – Oscar in the crosshairs

26 November 2012 9:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After winning an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow is back with a docu-drama about Bin Laden. Here's what critics said after its first screening this weekend

Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's followup to 2009 Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker, centres on the Us Navy Seal unit that raided Osama bin Laden's compound in northern Pakistan last year.

The film was screened to Us critics in New York and La over the weekend – and early reactions suggest it could replicate the success of the director's last film.

The Hollywood Reporter said:

Whether you call it well informed speculative history, docu-drama recreation or very stripped-down suspense film-making, Zero Dark Thirty matches form and content to pretty terrific ends. A long-arc account of the search for Osama bin Laden seen from the perspective of an almost insanely focused female CIA officer who never gives up the hunt until the prey ends up in a body bag. »

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The 'Perks' of being Logan Lerman

22 November 2012 4:25 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Even in a crowd of Oscar contenders, ''Perks of Being a Wallflower' and Logan Lerman's breakthrough tour de force deserve to stand out. But like Charlie, its shy, titular high-school hero, this gem by first-time director Stephen Chbosky is fighting to get noticed, especially in a field of films with much more hype and higher-profile stars. -Insertgroups:8- Jon Weisman of Variety writes, ''As an Oscar contender, 'Perks' is barely percolating,'' but he calls it ''a terrific movie… that deserves the chance to prove itself in awards season.'' In his Oscar predictions, Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly urged Academy voters to consider ''Perks'' for Best Picture: ''You don't have to be a kid to love Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own coming-of-age novel.'' He also singled out ''Perks'' co-stars Emma Watson (''Harry Potter&# »

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The 'Perks' of being Logan Lerman

22 November 2012 4:25 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Even in a crowd of Oscar contenders, ''Perks of Being a Wallflower' and Logan Lerman's breakthrough tour de force deserve to stand out. But like Charlie, its shy, titular high-school hero, this gem by first-time director Stephen Chbosky is fighting to get noticed, especially in a field of films with much more hype and higher-profile stars. -Insertgroups:8- Jon Weisman of Variety writes, ''As an Oscar contender, 'Perks' is barely percolating,'' but he calls it ''a terrific movie… that deserves the chance to prove itself in awards season.'' In his Oscar predictions, Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly urged Academy voters to consider ''Perks'' for Best Picture: ''You don't have to be a kid to love Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own coming-of-age novel.'' He also singled out ''Perks'' co-stars Emma Watson (''Harry Potter&# »

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Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston: “Anyone Can Die”

30 May 2012 6:29 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Emmy season is fast approaching, but the only real anticipation this is making me feel is for season 3 of Boardwalk Empire.  There hasn’t been a whole lot of news on my current favorite show since the season 2 finale this past fall, but now that they’re polishing up the little gold statues, we get to hear from the possible contenders of Boardwalk Empire.

Michael Pitt, who played Jimmy Darmody, is likely to get a nod for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, maybe even before Steve Buscemi, who has billing over him.  Jimmy was the political gangster protégé of Buscemi’s character, Nucky Thompson, but Pitt certainly won’t be in contention against Buscemi for season 3.  After Jimmy turned his back on Nucky at the end of season 1, he spent the majority of season 2 trying to oust Nucky from power.  He got a bullet in the head for his »

- Jimmy Callaway

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