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Sunday February 26th, 2012

ANALYSIS: Can ‘The Artist’ Break the Indie Spirit Awards’ 25-Year-Old Oscar Curse?

The 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards, presented by Film Independent, were dished out this afternoon in a tent by the beach in sunny Santa Monica. Comedian Seth Rogen hosted the ceremony, which brings together the best and brightest of the indie film community, past and present, for an Oscar-weekend celebration of the struggle that is independent filmmaking. While the event is known for being lots of fun (how many other awards shows encourage day-drinking?), it is not known for its prowess at predicting the Oscars (voting for which closes before the Spirits are dished out anyway).

Indeed, only one of the winners of the Spirit Awards’ top prize, best feature, has ever won the best picture Oscar, and that was 25 years ago (Platoon, 1986), and only 11 of the 100 performances that it has rewarded with acting prizes — 26 in each of the two lead categories and 24 in each of the two supporting categories — were subsequently recognized with Oscars in their respective categories: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, 2009) for best actor; Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful, 1984), Frances McDormand (Fargo, 1996), Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, 1999), Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003), and Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010) for best actress; Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) for best supporting actor; and Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway, 1994), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008), and Mo’Nique (Precious, 2009) for best supporting actress.

Most pundits, however, believe that this trend will be broken at tomorrow’s 84th Academy Awards — at least as far as the best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor Oscar races are concerned.

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

“The Artist,” “The Help” and The Razzies in Today’s Oscar News

By Sean O’Connell

Tomorrow morning at this time, we’ll know which films and talent will be competing forAcademy Awards next month. Will it be “The Artist” versus “The Descendants,” or can another movie rise up and create an upset? We’ll be tracking the latest throughout today and tomorrow as we head toward Oscar nominations on Jan. 23. With that in mind, here’s the latest awards news:

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

Tom Cruise is back! Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

By Scott Mendelson

As is often the case, the last weekend of the year is basically a repeat of last weekend, both in general ranking and numbers, as the holiday weekend tends to keep drops low, if often absent. Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol led the pack of major Christmas and holiday releases that actually went up from last weekend. The Brad Bird spy thriller earned $31 million over Fri-Sun, with an eye towards a likely $40 million four-day holiday weekend. At the end of its third weekend, the first of which was IMAX-exclusive, the crowd-pleasing Tom Cruise vehicle will have grossed $140 million by Monday, which means it has already outgrossed the $134 million-grossing Mission: Impossible III.

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Sunday December 25th, 2011

THR Awards Expert Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2011

The following list and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen.

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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

Aspen Film Academy Screenings Program Oscar Frontrunners

By Sean O’Connell

It’s no secret that Hollywood shuts down for the holidays. Some head to warmer climes in Hawaii. Others go skiing in Aspen. Which is why the Aspen Film Academy Screening series annually assists voters hoping to squeeze in crucial screenings while still on holiday. The Oscar race doesn’t take a vacation, after all.

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Wednesday December 21st, 2011

“The Help,” “Tintin” and “Citizen Kane” in Today’s Oscar News

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywood slowly is winding down for the Christmas season. Major movies are prepping release, from “War Horse” to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but a ton of talent are looking ahead to their holiday vacations and the year 2012.

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Saturday December 17th, 2011

Brad Pitt, “Pariah” and the “Dragon Tattoo” in Today’s Oscar News

By Sean O’Connell

A few quick new items on the Oscar front this morning before I run off to interviews on behalf of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (which I’ll have on the site shortly):

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Thursday December 8th, 2011

FEINBERG & FRIENDS, Ep. 8: Scott & Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein on the Race (Audio)

I’m very pleased to bring you the eighth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” a podcast about the awards race that airs on The Race every week.

Each episode 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 Melissa Silverstein, who runs the blog Women and Hollywood (which looks at Hollywood and the awards race through the prism of feminism), 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 December 2nd, 2011

National Board of Review Backs Oscar Contenders Needing a Big Boost (Analysis)

The National Board of Review, a New York-based panel of film professionals, educators, historians, and students that has been dispensing best-of-the-year movie awards since 1909 — 20 years longer than even the Academy — selected its 2011 honorees earlier this afternoon, and provided an attention-boost for a number of contenders that certainly needed one.

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Tuesday November 29th, 2011

What the Gotham Awards Results Mean — And Don’t (Analysis)

The 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place Monday night at New York’s historic Cipriani  Wall Street restaurant. As I cautioned when the Independent Filmmaker Project announced this year’s  nominees, there is little reason to believe that the results at the Gothams have anydirect impact on the Oscar  race — sometimes both organizations happen to arrive at the same choice (see: The Hurt Locker), but the  reality is that Gotham nods and wins are really a reflection of nothing more than the tastes of the five-person  “committees” that are arbitrarily selected and assigned to the various categories by the IFP (some members of  which have never worked on a film), whereas Oscar nods and wins are determined by thousands of people  (virtually all of whom are filmmakers). Still, studios and talent whose work was recognized Monday night were  unanimously exuberant, if only because it can’t hurt to get a moment in the spotlight in front of a crowd packed  with colleagues and journalists, to say nothing of the free print and online publicity that is afforded to the  winners in the form of news coverage.

 PHOTOS: Gotham Awards 2011 Red Carpet Arrivals

That being stipulated, what/who was perceived to have gotten a bounce last night? And what/who  was perceived to have taken a hit? Here’s my take…

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