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Kenneth in the (212) spends an evening with Lisa Kudrow to discuss The Comeback. Jealous!
The Guardian
wonderful piece on AMPAS membership. This had me in stitches

Now 72, Mother Dolores still retains her Academy membership and every year receives copies of the latest Oscar-nominated films from Ampas, thus making her the only fully ordained nun to adjudicate on the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino.

Low Resolution Joe hands out his 2010 Movie Awards. Fun
Movie|Line Stu bravely predicts Annette Bening AND Jacki Weaver to win. My god, I'd be so happy... but doesn't he know about Oscar's ageism?

Scott Feinberg examines the pitches of nominated performances. All the Oscar narratives have been done before.
The Fug Girls fall hard for Brenda Song (of The Social Network)
Hero Complex James McAvoy talks about the bromance between Magneto and Professor X in X-Men First Class
Movie Morlocks
revisits Vincente Minnelli's On A Clear Day You Can See Forever with Barbra Streisand. Did you know that it lost 60 minutes on the cutting room floor?
In Contention
the foreign film oscar category still isn't fixed.

Finally, have you been following Movie|Line's Oscar index? They've now added time lapse animation to their charts and it's strangely hypnotic (and mnemonic) to watch the rise and fall of certain candidates. Here's one example, which is particularly instructive given the volatility: Best Supporting Actress. Watch the Black Swan pair jump in and out and up and down and note how at the last minute everyone is rising back up as it gets strangely competitive for so late in the game.

I guess this means they're predicting Hailee Steinfeld for the win but recognizing it as a very tight three-way race. Make it not be so Oscar gods. Make it not be so.

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I think this link would interest you - an interview of I Am Love's costume designer.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmmanuel

The In Contention link about the foreign film category is definitely a good read, if not totally worrisome. There's also some great suggestions in the comments section about the possible solutions that could be applied to the category. I love the one about expanding to 10 nominees (duh, that would be awesome considering the quality every year) or having write-in votes be a viable option or having the sub-committee pick all five final contenders instead of just three for the shortlist. There's just always so much so say about this category, isn't there? Next to Costume Design, Score and Song, it's one of the most problematic and one with the most dramatic narrative the last ten years.

Oh and while we're in a link post, I found this very insightful little diddy on the possible outcome of the cinematography race.

Apologies if already posted elsewhere.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I'm not sure my heart would withstand a Bening & Weaver wins. If it does happen please know that I died a very happy person.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Held an Oscar

Poor Barbara Hershey...

I don't think Steinfeld will win. I think it's down to Leo/HBC at this point. Three or four weeks ago I definitely would have guessed Steinfeld, though.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

PS- thank you for allowing Kate Winslet's Oscar win to once again grace my retinas :)

I hope she gets some Oscar buzz for the Gods of Carnage remake.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

Bryan but the bulk of voting was at least two weeks ago ?

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R
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