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Thursday January 26th, 2012

Oscars: Don’t be an R-rated Film if you Want to be Nominated

By Scott Mendelson

For a list of the complete nominations, go HERE. As always, click on the movies with links for the original theatrical review. I write a lot about the inexplicable trend of how the various year-end awards groups only consider ‘appropriate’ movies to be considered awards-material. There is and always has been a certain disdain for populist entertainment, a trend that’s only gotten worse as the independent film movement exploded in the early 1990s and the year-end Oscar bait-calender got more jam-packed over the last five weeks of the year.

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Thursday January 26th, 2012

Oscars: Artist, Descendants In – Snubs: Clint, Leo, Tintin, Albert Brooks

 

By Roger Friedman

Best Picture nominees: The Artist, The Help, The Descendants, War Horse, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, Hugo, and the big surprise–Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Not nominated: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Bridesmaids. Other big shocks–Albert Brooks was not nominated for “Drive,” which is s a shame in the Best Supporting Actor category. His spot went to Max von Sydow in “Extremely.”

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Thursday January 26th, 2012

Oscar Nominations Announced: Nine Films up for Best Picture

By Sean O’Connell

And then there were nine.

That’s how many films will compete for the Best Picture Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards. “Winter’s Bone” Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak announced the nominees this morning, bringing to a close the lengthy first leg of the Oscar marathon (while simultaneously setting up Phase Two for the lucky nominees).

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

Academy Award Nominations: Key Factoids, Stats, and Snubs (Analysis)

Nine films were nominated for best picture for the first time: The ArtistThe DescendantsExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseThe HelpHugoMidnight in ParisMoneyballThe Tree of Life, and War Horse.

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Thursday January 19th, 2012

FEINBERG & FRIENDS, Ep. 12: Scott and Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger (Podcast)

I am very pleased to bring you the twelfth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” THR‘s weekly awards podcast.

Each installment features a discussion between me and a different guest — a film blogger, critic or journalist of some other variation — about 10 different awards-related topics (which we list in the text accompanying the audio so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for) and runs for approximately 30 to 40 minutes (so that if one topic is not of particular interest to you it will only be about three or four minutes before we’re on to the next one, which hopefully will be).

I was delighted that my friend Dave Karger — a senior writer for Entertainment Weeklywhose work appears both in print and online, and who is one of the best Oscar prognosticators out there — agreed to join me for this episode. I really enjoyed our chat, during which we tackled the following 10 questions…

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Friday January 13th, 2012

5 Things the Critics’ Choice Awards Revealed About Oscar Race (Analysis)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am proud to be a voting member, held its 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night at the historic Hollywood Palladium. The group found something to like about virtually all of the top Oscar contenders — The Artist (best picture, director, costume design, score), The Help (best ensemble, actress, supporting actress), The Descendants (best actor), Midnight in Paris (best original screenplay), Hugo (best art direction), Moneyball (best adapted screenplay), War Horse (best cinematography — tie), The Tree of Life (best cinematography — tie), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (best editing), Bridesmaids (best comedy), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (best young actor/actress), Drive (best action movie), Beginners (best supporting actor), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (best makeup, sound), Rango (best animated film), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (best visual effects), and A Separation (best foreign language film) — but did it tell us anything that we didn’t already know about how the Oscar race might pan out? I think so.

My five primary takeaways are these …

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Tuesday January 10th, 2012

DGA Nominations Shake Up Oscar Race With Fincher Nom, Spielberg Snub (Analysis)

Earlier today, the Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for the 64th annual DGA Awards, which have historically been the single best predictor of the nominees for and winners of the best director Oscar (the DGA and Academy winners have differed only five times) and the best picture Oscar (the film directed by the DGA winner has gone on to win the best picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions).

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Saturday January 7th, 2012

FEINBERG & FRIENDS, Ep. 11: Scott and Annette Insdorf, Columbia’s Director of Undergraduate Film Studies, on the Race (Audio)

I’m very pleased to bring you the eleventh episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” THR’s weekly podcast about the awards race.

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Thursday January 5th, 2012

WGA Award Noms of Limited Value for Forecasting Screenplay Oscar Noms (Analysis)

A short time ago, the Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the 64th annual WGA Awards, which celebrate the year’s best adapted and original screenplays. The nominees will be feted and the winners announced on February 19 during simultaneous ceremonies on both coasts.

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Thursday December 29th, 2011

Oscars: Why Can’t Kids Compete at the Academy Awards?

By Sean O’Connell

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.

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