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Uh, oh! Is 'Django Unchained' in Oscar trouble?

2 December 2012 12:53 PM, PST

On Saturday, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" debuted at screenings in Los Angeles and New York that were attended by a few notable Oscarologists. "Forget any awards action," Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) reported. Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) tweeted two comments. First: "'Django Unchained' is a super violent spaghetti western with anachronistic songs. waltz and Jackson steal it. All talk and action. 1st screening." Second: "Review embargo on 'Django Unchained'. Trademark Tarantino: fun, talky, well-made violent revenge western with long takes, strong ensemble." -Insertgroups:11- Related: See discussion of 'Django Unchained' in our forums Lou Lumenick (New York Post) Tweeted, "Just watched what was basically a three-hour homage to 'Blazing Saddles.'" Currently, "Django Unchained" is ranked ninth in Gold Derby's poll of 26 Oscarologists, with 25- »


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Watch: HuffPo editors Hogan and Rosen on Best Pic race

1 December 2012 9:01 PM, PST

HuffPo entertainment editors Michael Hogan, Christopher Rosen and I strongly disagree over what movie is ahead to win Best Picture. Hogan opts for "Lincoln," Rosen says "Argo" and I think it's "Les Miserables." In our video chat, Hogan defends his choice: " I think 'Lincoln' is an incredible, towering achievement. It's got one of the best scripts to come round in a long time. It's going to have a lot of acting nominations. Certainly, Daniel Day-Lewis is the favorite to win Best Actor at this point." Rosen backs up his choice: " All of the reasons we loved 'Argo' a month or two ago are still in play. It's a lot of fun. It's a very audience-friendly film and Hollywood-friendly film. There's Ben Affleck's big comeback story. 'Argo' is still the least polarizing of those three films. I think 'Les Miz' is going to have a lot of detractors by the time the nominations come aroun. »


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Watch: Jacki Weaver on 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro

1 December 2012 3:58 PM, PST

“I’ve gone from the vilest mother in the world to the sweetest mother in the world!” So says Jacki Weaver as she chats to Gold Derby about her Oscar-nominated turn in "Animal Kingdom" two years ago and her current featured role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”  In "Sliver Linings," she plays Dolores Solitano, the loving and supportive mother of troubled son Pat (Bradley Cooper) who is struggling with bipolar disorder. How different a woman from Janine “Smurf” Cody, the matriarch of a crime family. After decades starring on stage and screen in her native Australia, that role in "Animal Kingdom" raised Weaver’s profile internationally. She garnered both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. “It was amazing,” Weaver says, reminiscing about her Oscar experience. “I was kind of dazed but when they read out the winner, and it’s not you, there’s a very »


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'Amour' sweeps all top four European Film Awards

1 December 2012 3:45 PM, PST

As expected, Michael Haneke's "Amour" swept the European Film Awards, winning four trophies: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jean Louis Trintignant) and Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Early on, it had led the contest with the most nominations, losing the prizes for screenplay to "The Hunt" (Denmark) and cinematography to "Shame" (U.K.) Haneke is a longtime darling of these kudos, having previously swept the awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay for "The White Ribbon" (2009) and "Hidden" (2005). This year "Amour" prevailed as Best Picture over "Barbara" (Germany), "Caesar Must Die" (Italy), "The Hunt" (Denmark), "Intouchables" (France)and "Shame" (United Kingdom). -Insertgroups:5- In all, 47 films competed for honors. Surprising omissions from this year's list of nominees included two notable snubs in the lead actress lineup: Marion Cotill »


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Will New York Film Critics Circle winners foreshadow the Oscars?

30 November 2012 7:31 PM, PST

The New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) will be the first organization to announce its picks for the best of 2012. The group, whose members include Time's Richard Corliss, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, and Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman, reveals its winners on Monday, Dec. 3. -Insertgroups:5- In the last ten years, four of Nyfcc's Best Picture winners have gone on to take the top Oscar: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "No Country for Old Men" (2007), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), and "The Artist" (2011). You have to go back to 2002 to find a Nyfcc winner that wasn't at least nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Todd Haynes's "Far from Heaven." This year, "The Master" is favored to win Best Picture, with odds of 21 to 10. Its closest competitors are "Argo" (4 to 1), "Lincoln" (11 to 2), and "Zero Dark Thirty& »


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Watch" Ang Lee on 'Life of Pi' and those crazy 2005 Oscars

30 November 2012 1:38 PM, PST

"It's unfilmable! That was my initial thought when I read the book about 10 years ago," director Ang Lee says in our chat about "Life of Pi. "-Insertgroups:11- However, two things made it possible. One was the use of 3D technology: "I thought, with another dimension, we might be able," he adds. Secondly, having two perspectives – adding an older Pi, who later recalls his amazing ocean adventure with a tiger in retrospect, and a young Pi, who lives it. "You have two voices -- one that is mature, the other is innocent," Lee says. And where does the voyage lead? That's best expressed by the young Pi – or at least the actor who portrays him, Suraj Sharma. He sums up the movie's message thus: "We need to save ourselves from harsh brutal reality. That's the point of the movie. Sometimes you need that disguise to protect yourself." Being a website all about awards, »


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Is Oscar winner among PGA documentary nominees?

30 November 2012 1:19 PM, PST

Last year, none of the Producers Guild of America nominees for Best Documentary made the final five at the Oscars.  However, this year's PGA nominees, announced Friday, includes one documentary -- "Searching for Sugar Man" -- that is generating a good deal of Oscar buzz. Malik Bendjelloul traces a journey to find Rodriquez, a musician who enjoyed some success in the 1970s before disappearing. It also contends for both the Ida and Cinema Eye kudos The other four contenders for the PGA prize, which will be handed out at the 24th annual awardsfest on Jan. 26, are: "A People Uncounted," "The Gatekeepers," "The Island President" and "The Other Dream Team."  Notably absent from the PGA roster is "How to Survive a Plague," which won the Gotham Award Monday and picked up an Indie Spirit nomination Tuesday. Indeed, all of the Spirit nominees were snubbed by the PGA. However, given the guild's »


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Watch: Rosemarie DeWitt on 'Promised Land' and 'Your Sister's Sister'

30 November 2012 4:33 AM, PST

-Insertgroups:12- "One of the triumphs of 'Promised Land' is that you really care about the land," Rosemarie DeWitt says in our webcast about her new film with director Gus Van Sant. "Sometimes you see movies and they don't give you a real sense of the place, but here the landscape is so sweeping and so important." That's because the idyllic rural farmland featured in the film is threatened by corporate goons seeking to plunder the natural gas bubbling underfoot. One of those goons is portrayed by Matt Damon, who becomes DeWitt's love interest in the drama to be released on Dec. 28. She portrays a small-town gal who strives to find his inner decency. DeWitt burst onto the acting scene in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married" in 2008 and now appears in four releases. In addition to "Promised Land," she also starred in the ultra-low-budget "Your Sister's Sister, »


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Watch: Rosemarie DeWitt on 'Promised Land,' Matt Damon and Gus van Sant

30 November 2012 4:33 AM, PST

-Insertgroups:12- "One of the triumphs of 'Promised Land' is that you really care about the land," Rosemarie DeWitt says in our webcast about her new film with director Gus Van Sant. "Sometimes you see movies and they don't give you a real sense of the place, but here the landscape is so sweeping and so important." That's because the idyllic rural farmland featured in the film is threatened by corporate goons seeking to plunder the natural gas bubbling underfoot. One of those goons is portrayed by Matt Damon, who becomes DeWitt's love interest in the drama to be released on Dec. 28. She portrays a small-town gal who strives to find his inner decency. DeWitt burst onto the acting scene in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married" in 2008 and now appears in four releases. In addition to "Promised Land," she also starred in the ultra-low-budget "Your Sister's Sister, »


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Watch: 'Lore' director Cate Shortland on her Aussie foreign language film Oscar contender

30 November 2012 1:42 AM, PST

Lore” is one of a record 71 films this year that are vying for a coveted Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Adapted by writer/director Cate Shortland from the bestselling novel “The Dark Room” by Rachel Seiffert, it follows the journey of five siblings, led by 14 year-old Lore (played by leading lady Saskia Rosendahl) who are forced to travel from southern Germany to their grandmother’s home on the North Sea coast during the dying days of World War II, after their Nazi collaborator parents are arrested and interned by allied forces. Shortland's debut feature “Somersault” claimed numerous prizes and awards in her native Australia back in 2004, but it took eight years to follow up her early success, with a film that is particularly unconventional -- a German-language period piece by a non-German speaking director, focusing on Nazi perpetrators rather than the victims of Hitler’s regime. »


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'Lore' director Cate Shortland on her Aussie foreign language film Oscar contender [Video]

30 November 2012 1:42 AM, PST

Lore” is one of a record 71 films this year that are vying for a coveted Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Adapted by writer/director Cate Shortland from the bestselling novel “The Dark Room” by Rachel Seiffert, it follows the journey of five siblings, led by 14 year-old Lore (played by leading lady Saskia Rosendahl) who are forced to travel from southern Germany to their grandmother’s home on the North Sea coast during the dying days of World War II, after their Nazi collaborator parents are arrested and interned by allied forces. Shortland's debut feature “Somersault” claimed numerous prizes and awards in her native Australia back in 2004, but it took eight years to follow up her early success, with a film that is particularly unconventional -- a German-language period piece by a non-German speaking director, focusing on Nazi perpetrators rather than the victims of Hitler’s regime. »


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'The Hobbit,' 'Life of Pi'

29 November 2012 2:50 PM, PST

The Oscar race for Best Visual Effects is underway. Ten films have made the cut with the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. Now, all visual effects branch members will have the opportunity to view 10-minute excerpts from these shortlisted works on Jan. 3 to determine the five films that make the Oscar ballot. Five flicks on the shortlist are sequels, prequels or reboots: "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Avengers" and "Skyfall." All three "Lord of the Rings" films won this award as did "Spider-Man 2." Two sci-fi films -- "John Carter" and "Prometheus" -- made the list as did the fantasies "Cloud Atlas," "Life of Pi" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."   -Addprediction:56:23:addprediction- Effects-driven films also nominated for Best Picture tend to have an »


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News Nuggets: Could the Grammys soon head to Nashville?

29 November 2012 7:54 AM, PST

Melinda Newman wonders who will be Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year: "Over the years, the nominations have often reflected what were the biggest pop hits of the year with seemingly no separation between commercial and artistic values. However, there’s often an oddball, tastemakers' choice thrown in that no one can predict, such as Bon Iver’s 'Holocene' this past year. The voters can also feel motivated by much more than the music. For example, in 1986, 'We Are The World' won record of the year as a way for the industry to pat itself on the back for doing something good. In 2007, the Dixie Chicks’ 'Not Ready To Make Nice' snagged the golden gramophone because the voters wanted to show their support for the trio after country radio had tossed them aside for lead singer Natalie Maines’ negative comment about then-President Bush." Hitfix Steve Pond remembers »


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Globe acting champs make for fierce Oscar rivals

29 November 2012 6:49 AM, PST

Usually, the Globe is a fairly good Oscar crystal ball. However, this year, even if you give it a good shake, the Globe will probably be cloudy if you want to peer into Oscar’s future. Two of the top contenders for Best Actor -- Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln") and Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables") -- will not be competing against each other at the Golden Globes. The same is true of the top Best Actress contenders: Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"). The Globes split their lead acting awards into two different categories: Drama and Musical/Comedy. Day-Lewis and Chastain will compete in Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama, while Jackman and Lawrence will compete in the Musical/Comedy categories. Oscar's Best Actor race has often been between the two contenders who won Golden Globes. In 2003, Sean Penn and Bill Murray duked it out »


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Oscar voters get DVDs of 'Argo,' 'Rust

28 November 2012 5:03 PM, PST

So far these DVD screeners have been shipped to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: "Promised Land," "Anna Karenina," "Hyde Park on Hudson" (Nov. 29) "Wreck-It Ralph" (Nov. 28) "A Late Quartet," "Eye of the Storm" (Nov. 24) "Rust and Bone" (Nov. 23) "Argo," "Cloud Atlas," "Dark Knight Returns," "Magic Mike" (Nov.21) "Snow White and the Huntsman," "This Is 40," "On the Road," "Brave" (Nov. 20) "Middle of Nowhere" (actors, writers branches) (Nov. 20) "Flight" (Nov. 19) "Madacascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (Nov. 16) "ParaNorman," "Moonrise Kingdom" (Nov. 15) "The Lorax" (Nov. 15) "West of Memphis," "Amour" (Nov. 14) "Frankenweenie" (Nov. 13) "Stand Up Guys&quot »


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Oscar voters get DVDs of 'Argo,' 'Rust

28 November 2012 5:03 PM, PST

So far these DVD screeners have been shipped to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: "Wreck-It Ralph" (Nov. 28) "A Late Quartet," "Eye of the Storm" (Nov. 24) "Rust and Bone" (Nov. 23) "Argo," "Cloud Atlas," "Dark Knight Returns," "Magic Mike" (Nov.21) "Snow White and the Huntsman," "This Is 40," "On the Road," "Brave" (Nov. 20) "Middle of Nowhere" (actors, writers branches) (Nov. 20) "Flight" (Nov. 19) "Madacascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (Nov. 16) "ParaNorman," "Moonrise Kingdom" (Nov. 15) "The Lorax" (Nov. 15) "West of Memphis," "Amour" (Nov. 14) "Frankenweenie" (Nov. 13) "Stand Up Guys" (Nov. 13) "The Sessions," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Nov. 13) & »


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News Nuggets: Sundance Film Festival will showcase female directors

28 November 2012 2:55 PM, PST

2013 Sundance Film Festival lineup includes multiple films by women: "The odds of getting into the Sundance Film Festival have been astronomical for years, but the statistic that jumps out from the dramatic competition lineup for January’s festival might be even more remarkable: In what festival programmers say is a Sundance first, fully half of the narrative features were made by women. Culled from 1,227 submissions, the 16 dramas playing in the 2013 festival announced Wednesday cover a wide array of subjects and are populated by well-known actors (Casey Affleck, Daniel Radcliffe, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Biel) and complete unknowns. Many of the films, perhaps as a reflection of the gender of their directors, focus closely on personal, and often highly sexual, relationships." Los Angeles Times Palm Springs Film Festival awards Robert Zemeckis with Director of the Year Award. From the press release: "'For 35 years, Robert Zemeckis has been creating »


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PGA TV nominees include Emmy champs 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family'

28 November 2012 2:48 PM, PST

On Wednesday, the Producers Guild of America announced nominees for five television awards. Just as the guild follows the motion picture academy's eligibility period by considering films released during the 2011 calendar year, so too it heeds to the TV academy's schedule and nominates programs airing between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. Three-time Emmy winner "Modern Family" defends its PGA title against three-time PGA winner "30 Rock," two-time PGA champ "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returning nominee "The Big Bang Theory" and category newcomer "Louie." All but the last of these shows were in the running at this year's Emmys.  -Insertgroups:12- Five of the six Emmy nominees for top drama series are also in contention for the PGA prize: Reigning PGA champ "Boardwalk Empire" faces off against Emmy winner "Homeland" as well as three-time PGA and four-time Em »


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'Les Miserables' hikes Oscar lead; Michael Musto hops aboard

28 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST

"Les Miserables" just pulled even further ahead on Oscar's Best Picture track as another one of our pundits, Michael Musto (Village Voice), jumped on the pony, dropping "Zero Dark Thirty" en route. Musto marks the 11th out of the 26 Oscarologists polled by Gold Derby to pick "Les Miserables" as the fave, giving it 9-to-2 odds to win. Five back "Argo" and "Lincoln" (6/1 odds). Three pick "Zero Dark Thirty" (9/1). See all experts rankings here, racetrack odds here. -Insertgroups:5- Pundits also predict "Les Miserables" win Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Art Direction, Best Song ("Suddenly"), Sound Mixing and its odds are rising in other categories where nominations are likely. Expect "Les Miz" to reap 12 to 16 bids. Currently, the record is 14 held by "All About Eve" (1950) and "Titanic" (1997). If "Les Miz" beats "Lincoln" to rea »


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Kristen Stewart scales new acting heights 'On the Road' [Podcast]

27 November 2012 2:36 PM, PST

"It's a rough road. It's a fun road," Kristen Stewart says about the adventure to be found in her new film "On the Road," Walter Salles' adaption of Jack Kerouac's novel of bohemian drifters in post-war America. "There's a serious duality to it." Addressing her "Twilight Saga" fans in our podcast chat, she acknowledges that this edgy art-house role is new territory for her as an actress, "but, if you want to take a ride, please come along." -Insertgroups:11- In "On the Road," Stewart portrays Marylou, the sultry jailbait lover of a hedonist who's always on the run. It's unclear where they're going or what they're running from – but that doesn't matter because these are free-spirited teens consumed with blind wanderlust. "She's searching for that special little something that nobody can really put their finger on," Stewart says about Marylou. "The »


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