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Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).
Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations.
Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:
Best Original Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher Nolan – Inception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin – Black Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson – The Fighter Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
Best Adapted Screenplay
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »
- Germain Lussier
The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.
The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »
Chicago – “Step Up 3” is not a film so much as a slickly photographed collage of superbly performed dance sequences. Its structure harkens back to the golden age of screen musicals where the plot merely functioned as an intermission between numbers. There’s no need to visit the previous “Step Up” installments before stepping into this one, since their plots are more or less identical.
“SU3” merely aspires to entertain by utilizing the human body as its central special effect. The result is an irresistible burst of spirit-lifting escapism that sends the audience out on a wave of good feeling. Though the film’s acclaimed 3D visuals are available on a separate Blu-Ray edition, the stellar HD picture quality on the 2D version is second to none, while Ken Seng’s cinematography places the performers front and center, providing viewers with what feels like the best seat in the house. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Much of this past year was spent talking about the visual aspect of movies, what with the whole 3-D revolution (or plague, depending on your perspective) and the increased sophistication of CGI effects. But let’s not forget the other half of the audio/visual equation.
There were plenty of musical moments to celebrate at the theater in 2010, and fans of film soundtracks had plenty to hang their hats on.
Here are our picks for the best of the bunch, and whether your tastes run to hip-hop, rock, or just a big, ol’ “Bonnnnng” sound, there’s something here for your ears.
9. ‘Grown Ups’
There wasn’t much to celebrate about the latest Happy Madison production (unless you were one of the film’s stars and got to hang out with your comedian buddies for a couple months on the company dime), but if there’s one thing every Adam Sandler movie knows, »
- Adam Swiderski
We dare you to disagree: when all was said and done, 2010 was a great year for movies.
Christopher Nolan managed to somehow create a summer blockbuster in “Inception” that actually required thinking. Animation dominated the Cineplex with perhaps the greatest lineup of cartoons a single year has ever seen — “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me’ and “Toy Story 3″ just for starters. And “The Social Network” managed to combine our two national obsessions — movies and the internet – in a way that, frankly, only we here at Nextmovie had ever previously accomplished.
There were a lot of tough choices, but we managed to crown the year’s best movies, scenes and stars in our first annual year-end movie awards.
Best. Movie. Ever.
Ftw: “The Social Network”
It didn’t sound like a recipe for Hollywood perfection: the kid from “Zombieland” in a movie about Facebook? Really? But beyond »
- Scott Harris
So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.
So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.
By: Zack Young
By: The Sleepy Skunk
By: Matthew Shapiro
By: Gen I
By: Kees van Dijkhuizen
On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is »
- Brad Brevet
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.
The Buzz: This one’s an easy pick for “Movie of the Week,” as for me, Jack Black has worn out his welcome, and any film I’ve ever seen with the word “Focker” in the title was absolutely horrid. Though the Coen Brothers have been hit-and-miss in the last decade, with amazing highs (No Country For Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and abysmal lows (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty), this film, a modern day rehash of the old John Wayne vehicle, looks quite good. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Yahoo! Movies have scored the exclusive motion poster for the upcoming 3D event movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which arrives in February in the Us, and March in the UK.
The film sees the teen sensation topline his own biographical film, which reinacts his rise to stardom alongside real-life concert footage in this 3D Paramount Pictures production. Jon Chu (Step Up 3D) directs.
Click the link to see the poster (warning – turn your speakers down to avoid deafening chants of Justin, Justin!) »
- Paul Heath
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. According to THR, 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. If I had to guess which films will be selected I would have to say Inception, Black Swan, Social Network, King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, The Fighter, True Grit, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3 and Rabbit Hole.
To make the cut, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion »
I must confess – I genuinely think 2010 was a good year in movies.
Of course, I’m not simply basing that on a series of obviously stellar performances and the number of films deserving of awards recognition. And I’m not making my list after staring at a bunch of pundits’ thoughts on the matter.
My favorite movies are ones that either make me feel something real and physical (and not just that sense of “I’m so smart. I saw that little indie”) or that I’m inclined to watch over and over. Better yet, I like my movies to do both, and it’s a tall order.
So sure, I really enjoyed and appreciated “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” – I’m an Aaron Sorkin fan, after all – but they didn’t make enough of an emotional impact and I can’t picture myself popping the disc »
- Breanne L. Heldman
With Christmas just a few days away, there are a surprising number of big DVD releases still hitting stores this week including Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sleeper hit comedy Easy A starring Emma Stone, and Salt starring Angelina Jolie. Also out today is the M. Night Shyamalan-produced thriller Devil and Step Up 3, which sounds odd and seems rather pointless unless you have a 3-D capable TV. I mean, sure you can watch it in 2-D... but why would you want to? Also the final Family Guy Star Wars parody is out this week, along with the long-awaited new season of Futurama and the French zombie film The Horde. Will you be doing any last minute DVD shopping this week? Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps  (+ Blu-ray ) Easy A  (+ Blu-ray ) Devil  (+ Blu-ray ) Salt  (+ Blu-ray ) Step Up 3  (+ Blu-ray , Blu-ray 3D ) The Horde  The Heavy  Mega Shark vs. »
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Salt (Unrated) There's an unrated cut and a director's cut on top of the theatrical cut. I guess they are trying really hard to get you to buy this in order to make turning it into a franchise feasible. Personally I'd love to see where they take this character, but I won't be rushing out to buy this one in order to see it happen. Easy A I'm kicking myself for not requesting a review copy of this one. I was in Toronto when it screened and never made it to the theaters to see it for myself. I have already added it to my Netflix queue, but I also just shot off a late request for a review copy so hopefully it will come through. I have heard plenty of good word of mouth for Easy A and »
- Brad Brevet
In 2009, THR reports, 274 films were considered eligible for the Best Picture Oscar, but this year that number has dropped just a small amount it seems. Rules state that to make the cut, for the movie award that every film maker dreams of winning, an eligible feature must a) have a running time of over 40 minutes, b) must open in a commercial picture in L.A. County by the stroke of 12am on the 31st of December and run for seven days, and c) must have been shown in theatres on 35mm or 70mm, or in a qualifying digital format. Tough, eh?
With that in mind, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced on Monday the 248 films that are eligible to win.
Prepare for the long list…
Anton Chekov’S The »
- Laura Stackhouse
“Maybe we’re all plugged into the same song.” And so starts the deep discussion on dance and life that runs through Step Up 3. I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen the first two Step Up movies. But Step Up 3 was the perfect mindless movie to watch after a long week of work. I snuggled up under the covers, grabbed some snacks, and completely tuned out as I started the movie. While the movie wasn’t actually good, it did make me laugh, probably much more than it was supposed to.
The basic “plot” of the movie is this: On Moose’s first day as an Nyu freshman, he meets Luke, a good-looking orphan boy indie filmmaker on the verge of losing his (not-so-ordinary) home. After a spontaneous dance battle in Washington Square Park, Luke brings Moose to his secret hideout, better known as The Vault. The »
- Melissa Kovner
tEver look at the Oscar nominations and think, “Seriously how did that get nominated?” Well, a little peak behind the curtains reveals how your Best Picture sausage is made.
The Academy looks over all the feature films released in the present year and then breaks them down for eligibility under the following:
Films must be at least forty minutes long, which is the designation for “feature length.”Films must have their first public exhibition/distribution as a theatrical motion picture; no more than 10 minutes or 10% (whichever comes first) can be displayed in a “nontheatrical medium” prior to the film’s theatrical release.The publicly exhibited film must be within the following specs: 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixelsAnd finally, the film must be available for paid admission in a commercial theater in L. »
- Kristy Puchko
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The number is down from previous years -- According to THR , 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. The list of 248 eligible films have been sent with a nominations ballot to all active and life members of the Academy "who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than ten pictures." The ten films receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. The nominations will be announced live on January 25th 2011 at 5:30am psd. The rules for eligibility is as follows: Films must be feature length (defined as over 40 minutes) Publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution »
- Peter Sciretta
Well, we’re not saying you don’t, but you definitely don’t have the Blu-ray to prove it. We’re celebrating the release of “Step Up 3” on home video on Tuesday the best way we know how: by giving it away.
The dance hit of the summer – featuring gravity-defying movements from the stars from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Best Dance Crew” – is ready to shake and shimmy its way into your home.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray / DVD combo pack we’re excited to dole out to some of our most loyal supporters, our Twitter followers.
All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is follow us on Twitter and retweet the following message between now and Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. Et: “We’re giving away ‘Step Up 3′ Blu-ray/DVD combo packs to 3 lucky followers. Rt (copy/paste) to enter! »
- NextMovie Staff
A look at what's new on DVD today:
"The Films of Rita Hayworth"
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A collection of five of the brunette bombshell's films -- the 1944 Gene Kelly musical "Cover Girl" and her most famous film "Gilda," as well as the 1945 musical "Tonight and Every Night," "Miss Sadie Thompson" and "Salome," which are making their first appearance on DVD -- with introductions by Martin Scorsese on "Tonight and Every Night," Baz Luhrmann on "Cover Girl" and Patricia Clarkson on "Miss Sadie Thompson," the original trailers for each of the films and a featurette with Scorsese and Luhrmann comparing notes on "Gilda."
Directed by François Ozon
Released by Mpi Home Video
It's been a long journey for French filmmaker Ozon's first fully-English film - he's already made three others since "Angel" premiered at Berlinale in 2007, but it boasts a bunch of big names including Michael Fassbender, »
- Stephen Saito
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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