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Oscars: Could the Academy move out of the Kodak Theatre? – Awards Alley

31 December 2011 1:22 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: With 2012 knocking at out door, let’s take one last run through the top Oscar stories of the day for the final Awards Alley for 2011. What is happening on the Oscar beat as the year draws to a close?

- The Academy is considering moving its Oscar ceremony out of the Kodak Theatre. “Our plan right now is to exercise this [option] and then see what happens, what goes on. We’re open,” Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, told THR. Interesting.

- Does Oscar “shamelessly lust after babes,” as this Gold Derby report suggests? And if so, what does that mean for Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton and/or Glenn Close?

- Listening to Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, stars of the silent film “The Artist.”

- The N.Y. Times gets a one-on-one with the great Brad Pitt, breaking down »

- Sean O'Connell

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Oscar voters “profoundly confused” by new ballots

31 December 2011 10:20 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: When the Academy shifted its rules regarding the Best Picture race – making it a more fluid process while eliminating the minimum number of films that might make it into the competition – those tracking the annual Oscar marathon predicted confusion once the ballots were in voters’ hands.

As such, THR Oscarologist Scott Feinberg now says that Academy members he’s hearing from are “profoundly confused by the new voting system,” which asks them to pick only five films for Best Picture, even though there could end up being as many as 10 (or as few as five) nominated.

“The reason that voters are only being asked to name five films instead of 10 is that the current ‘preferential’ voting system rewards films that appear highly on the most ballots, not films that merely appear somewhere on the most ballots,” Feinberg explains in his piece. “In other words, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Which January Movie Are You Most Excited to See?

31 December 2011 3:05 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

This January brings in a fresh crop in highly anticipated flicks we can't wait to see. It's a month full of serious dramas with female star power to boot; Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and Tilda Swinton all take on difficult roles hitting the theaters this month. But luckily, there's no lack of action flicks either. Coriolanus, Man on a Ledge, and The Grey are all suspenseful, powerful movies we can't wait to see. With so much to choose from, it may be hard to pick, but we're curious. Which movie are you most excited to check out this January? Which January Movie Are You Most Excited to See? Contraband Albert Nobbs Haywire Underworld: Awakening Coriolanus One For the Money The Grey Man on a Ledge The Iron Lady We Need to Talk About Kevin »

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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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The Best of the Best Movies of the Year!

30 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »

- Scott Mendelson

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Michelle Williams Photos: 2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year

30 December 2011 9:48 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected actress to be our “2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year” is Michelle Williams. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.

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Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn Monroe"

Photos by PRPhotos and The Weinstein Company

In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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- Josh Abraham

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The Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011 8:40 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting other areas in film this year (here), it is time to share our favorites. Compiled in eight separate lists featuring over 100 films, you will find everything we’ve loved over the last 365 days. It was difficult to cut down my personal list, as this year has been full of many quality films I would love to highlight, with almost 350 viewed. Our hope is one will use this feature to catch up on any missed films, revisit the ones that you’ve adored and give others a second chance. I kick off things below, then look for links at the bottom of each page to venture further.

Jordan Raup’s Top 10 of 2011

Honorable Mentions:

10. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)

Here is living proof that 3D should only be used in the hands of veteran filmmakers. Martin Scorsese matches his adoration for cinema with a inquisitive eye into new technology in Hugo. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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I Saw The Devil: Austin Film Critics Biggest Surprise Winner

29 December 2011 7:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lee Byung-hun, I Saw the Devil This year, the Austin Film Critics went for some unusual — though not exactly "surprising" — choices. Well, with one exception: Jee-woon Kim's revenge thriller I Saw the Devil, their Best Foreign Language Film. To date, Us-based critics have gone instead for Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, or Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins. Earlier this year, I Saw the Devil, about a young man (Lee Byung-hun) out to avenge the murder of his pregnant wife, won an Asian Film Award for Best Editing. [Full list of Austin Film Critics winners.] Martin Scorsese's 3D ode to the magic of movies, Hugo, was selected as the Best Film of 2011. Elsewhere, Us critics have been leaning more heavily toward another ode to the magic movies, Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent comedy-drama The Artist, which, curiously, failed to top any of the Austin Critics' categories. Take Shelter's »

- Steve Montgomery

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Hugo, Michael Shannon, Tilda Swinton: Austin Film Critics Winners

29 December 2011 3:03 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugo I Saw The Devil: Austin Film Critics Biggest Surprise Winner Best Film Hugo, directed by Martin Scoresese Top Ten Films (runners-up) Drive by Nicolas Winding Ref Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen Attack the Block by Joe Cornish The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin I Saw the Devil by Jee-woon Kim 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike Melancholia by Lars von Trier Best Foreign Language Film I Saw the Devil, South Korea, directed by Jee-woon Kim Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Best Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Best Actress Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Best Original Screenplay Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen Best Adapted Screenplay Drive, Hossein Amini Best Cinematography The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki Best Original Score Attack the Block, »

- Steve Montgomery

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The Tree Of Life, Drive Top Online Film Critics Nominations

29 December 2011 11:47 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Lars von Trier, Kirsten Dunst, A Separation, John Hawkes : Online Film Critics Surprise Nominees Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive Hugo The Tree of Life Best Film Not in the English Language 13 Assassins Certified Copy A Separation The Skin I Live In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Best Animated Feature The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas Kung Fu Panda 2 Rango Winnie the Pooh Best Director Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life Nicolas Winding RefnDrive Martin ScorseseHugo Lars von TrierMelancholia Best Lead Actor George ClooneyThe Descendants Jean DujardinThe Artist Michael FassbenderShame Gary OldmanTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Michael ShannonTake Shelter Best Lead Actress Kirsten DunstMelancholia Elizabeth OlsenMartha Marcy May Marlene Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady Tilda SwintonWe Need to Talk About Kevin »

- Steve Montgomery

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Top 7 Films of 2011

29 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Or in this case, I give you 14 films.

Two themes seemed to keep popping up in 2011; nostalgia and forgetting. The forgetting specifically came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Friends with Benefits, A Separation, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, and 50/50 all had a key character with Alzheimer’s. On the flip side, nostalgia seemed central to many films. The Artist is an homage to silent films, while Hugo pays tribute as well. The Muppets and Winnie the Pooh told stories that could have existed when those timeless characters were first created (tapping in to our nostalgia). Young Adult exists because of high school nostalgia. Super 8 is the nostalgia of Steven Spielberg through the eyes of J.J. Abrams. Midnight in Paris is most-definitely an obvious nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s.

Don’t forget to remember. That »

- Jeff Bayer

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Oscars: Meryl Streep honored at Kennedy Center tribute – Awards Alley

29 December 2011 8:56 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Meryl Streep’s “The Iron Lady” is starting to screen, as the Weinstein Company positions the actress for an Oscar campaign that will pit her against some formidable names (Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton and Glenn Close appear to be her closest competition).

But the race to honor Streep began weeks ago, when the acting legend received the Kennedy Center honors … and a loving tribute from some of her closest friends and professional “fans.”

Expect to hear plenty more about Streep in the coming weeks as the Oscar race heads into Phase Two. But before that begins, here’s a sweet, earnest tribute to an immensely gifted artist:

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:

- Harvey Weinstein

- The cast of “The Artist.”

- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”

- Sir Ben Kingsley »

- Sean O'Connell

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Oscars: Why can’t kids compete at the Academy Awards? – Awards Alley

29 December 2011 8:45 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Why do kids have a hard time breaking through at the Oscars?

It’s an interesting question, and one that is dissected over at Gold Derby this morning, where they point out that multiple Oscar-worthy performances from underage talents could be overlooked this season if the Academy’s tendencies disrupt the momentum of select campaigns.

That’s not to say kids are never nominated for the Oscar. Just last year, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence competed in top categories for their work in “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” respectively. Abigail Breslin, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Paquin competed and, in the case of the latter, won for “The Piano.”

This year, I can rattle off a handful of young performers who should be in the discussion for Oscar consideration:

- Thomas Horn for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

- Daniel Radcliffe for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 »

- Sean O'Connell

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HollywoodNews.com’s Top 10 Movies of 2011 – Awards Alley

28 December 2011 4:01 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: You hear this complaint almost every year: “This was a terrible year for film.” It’s often made by moviegoers who didn’t go out of their way to find unconventional, challenging (and frequently rewarding) cinema.

A simple scan of the films we’ve included in our annual Top 10 list – as well as the 10 follow up titles – will tell you that there were plenty of films worth celebrating in 2011 … and there will be even more coming next year.

But before we jump ahead, with the New Year arriving in a few days, let’s run through the best films we managed to see in 2011. We expect our coverage for most of these movies to extend into January and February as the Oscar race continues. But for now, these are the movies that moved us most. If we missed any, let us know in our comments section:

Hollywoodnews. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Staff List: The 30 Best Films of 2011

28 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – that our cultural need to rally behind obvious points of praise and awareness have been gloriously undercut. 2011 was the year to see and love films that spoke to you, and to be prepared to argue the case with fellow cinephiles. In other words, 2011 was the year the gloves came off. To say that none of the 30 films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these.

Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top 2 films were tied »

- Simon Howell

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Sound on Sight Podcast Rewind: Episode #290: ‘Drive’ / ‘Shame’ / ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

28 December 2011 12:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With the year coming to an end, we decided to re-post one of our most popular poodcast of the year. In episode 290, Justine and Ricky D are back from the Toronto International Festival to discuss three of the best films of 2011: the sophomore effort by Steve McQueen, Shame, the long-awaited return of acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay with We Need To Talk About Kevin, and finally Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, which is also out wide this weekend.

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- Ricky

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Austin Critics Go For 'Hugo,' Shannon, Swinton

28 December 2011 12:24 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Austin Film Critics Association have announced their annual awards, with Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" taking the top prize. Nicolas Winding Refn took best director honors for "Drive," while Michael Shannon, Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks and Jessica Chastain won acting honors. The full list of winners below. Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here. Best Film: "Hugo" Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive" Best Actor: Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter" Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive" Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Take Shelter" Best Adapted Screenplay: "Drive" Best Original Screenplay: "Midnight in Paris" Best Cinematography: "The Tree of Life" Best Original Score: "Attack the Block" Best Documentary: »

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Online critics announce nominees for 2011 Ofcs Awards

28 December 2011 12:04 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

The Tree of Life”, Terrence Malick’s exploration of suburban family life in the 1950′s, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining “The Tree of Life” in Best Picture are Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist”, Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants”, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”. Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier.

Drive” was the second most nominated film picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, Nick Nolte in “Warrior”, Pitt and Christopher Plummer »

- The Moving Arts

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The Movies.com Team Ranks the 20 Best Films of the Year

28 December 2011 11:45 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

We have a lot of great brains here at Movies.com, and our lot watches more movies than anyone each year. So we asked the staff members and writers to submit a top ten for 2011. We then did the simple "#1 pick gets 10 points, #2 gets 9, etc." method and then, after a few hours, came up with this: Our Top 20 Films of 2011, presented below. Click on the movie title to see all news, interviews, reviews and more from throughout the year. Drive Melancholia Hugo The Tree of Life We Need to Talk About Kevin Martha Marcy May Marlene Take Shelter The Muppets Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Attack the Block Bellflower Certified Copy The Skin I Live In Cave of Forgotten Dreams 13...

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- Scott Weinberg

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Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

28 December 2011 10:22 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.

13 Assassins

Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama »

- Scott Mendelson

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