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Oscars throw question mark into 10-movie best picture race

Two years ago, the best picture Oscar race doubled from five nominees to 10. But this time? The Academy isn’t so sure.

It could be anywhere from five to 10 contenders.

Ever since the 2009 change, Hollywood has debated whether 10 is too many, expanding the field to include movies that don’t deserve the honor of a nomination just to fill the extra spaces. Tuesday night, the ruling governors board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seemed to concur with the criticism. READ FULL STORY

Cannes Film Festival: Can Harvey Weinstein take a silent movie to the Oscars?


Cannes has a bona fide crowd pleaser on its hands this morning as the silent film The Artist screened for the press to terrific response. Harvey Weinstein seemed particularly bullish about the film (which was a last-minute addition to this year’s competition) on Friday as he presented his upcoming slate to international buyers, and now I see why. Funny, sly, touching, nostalgic, and interestingly relevant, The Artist will be a unique presence in this year’s awards race to say the least. READ FULL STORY

Cannes Film Festival: Meryl Streep's 'The Iron Lady' biopic gets pickup


The Iron Lady has gotten some weighty support.

The Meryl Streep biopic about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was picked up for distribution in the United States by The Weinstein Co., which has a good track record with British biopics. Last year, Harvey and Bob Weinstein steered The King’s Speech through a contentious award season to an ultimate Best Picture win at the Academy Awards.

They are likely to push for a repeat of that recent history with this film, which focuses on the 1982 Falklands War and co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Phyllida Lloyd, who worked with Streep on Mamma Mia!, is directing. READ FULL STORY

Which Cannes films could become Oscar contenders?

Last year, several films that played at the Cannes film festival — including Biutiful, Blue Valentine, Another Year, and Inside Job — ended up scoring major-category Oscar nominations. Now that this year’s Cannes lineup has been announced, let’s take a very preliminary look at which films could become next year’s award contenders.

This Must Be the Place Just look at this photo of Sean Penn as an ’80s new-wave star. Are you as intrigued as I am? The film, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, is a bit of a mystery, but when Penn takes on a physically transformative role, it usually piques the Academy’s interest.

We Need to Talk About Kevin I’m already hearing great things about Tilda Swinton’s performance as the distraught mother of a school gunman. After her strong turns in Julia and I Am Love failed to gain awards-season traction, it would be terrific to have her back in the game.

Martha Marcy May Marlene Director Sean Durkin’s moody drama (one of the best films I saw at Sundance this year) features another creepy supporting turn from this year’s Winter’s Bone nominee John Hawkes as a charismatic cult leader. And rising star Elizabeth Olsen carries the film with her memorable breakout performance.

The Tree of Life It’s never great when a movie finally has its premiere years after it was shot. But director Terrence Malick’s last three films all received at least one Oscar nomination. And the cast (featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and touted up-and-comer Jessica Chastain) certainly has potential.

The Skin I Live In The first feature-length collaboration between Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas in over 20 years is alone cause for celebration. Though it’s an adaptation of a novel rather than an original screenplay, Almodóvar’s works are always strong contenders to become Spain’s foreign-language submission.

For Cannes updates and Oscar news throughout the year, follow me on Twitter: @davekarger.

'The King's Speech' to be re-released as PG-13 version on April 1

Get ready for a more family friendly version of this year’s best picture-winner, The King’s Speech. The Weinstein Company announced today that a new, PG-13 version of the film will open nationwide on April 1 on 1000 screens and will be the only version of the film left in theaters.

“We are thankful to the MPAA for their wisdom and swift action in approving the release of  The King’s Speech PG-13 release,” states TWC’s president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment, Eric Lomis, in an official statement. “The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly — young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying and similar trials — to see it.”

The PG-13 version of the film will contain significantly less f-words, which helped garner its original R rating.

Read more:
‘The King’s Speech’ to get a PG-13 re-release
Tom Hooper on PG-13 ‘King’s Speech’: ‘I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way’ — EXCLUSIVE
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‘The King’s Speech’ to get PG-13 re-release?
‘The King’s Speech’: Geoffrey Rush and Tom Hooper answer the critics

Oscars 2011: Director Troy Miller talks about making last night's opening spoof movie

hathaway-franco-oscar-spoofDirector Troy Miller has a long list of comedy credits, from Flight of the Conchords to Parks and Recreation to Mr Show. But there’s no doubt Miller’s most viewed work has been his Academy Awards opening montages spoofing the nominated films. Last night’s opening spoof, starring hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (along with Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman), was in fact his sixth for the awards. EW spoke to the director about getting Morgan Freeman to bring the funny and what it was like to do “covers” of Inception, True Grit, and The Social Network. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2011: Dave Karger's pick for Best Picture

Each day leading up to tonight’s 83rd Academy Awards, we’ve shared Dave Karger’s Oscar picks in a major category, as well as his prediction of how the votes will break down (based on previous awards won and conversations with insiders and Academy members). Today, we present his pick for the Best Picture Oscar. Click here to look back at his predictions for Best Director, Actor/Actress, and Supporting Actor/Actress. READ FULL STORY readers, your Best Picture Oscar goes to...

Oscar-nominations-VoteImage Credit: Stephen Vaughan; Laurie Sparham; Lorey Sebastian; Niko Tavernise; Chuck Zlotnick; Merrick Morton; Sebastian Mlynarski; Jojo Whilden; Disney/Pixar; Suzanne Tenner; Oscar statuette: A.M.P.A.S.Academy Award ballots were due Tuesday, and by tonight, PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants Rick Rosas and Brad Oltmanns will have determined this year’s Best Picture winner. But what about your Best Picture winner, readers? Last week, we asked you to rank the 10 nominees in order from No. 1 to No. 10, just like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We then counted your ballots using the Academy’s elaborate preferential voting system. Since this method involves sorting — and resorting — each individual ballot, we limited the poll to 1,000 ballots to give us a manageable sample. It was a close race that ultimately required the maximum nine rounds of sorting to resolve. And to prove our math-geek credentials, we’ll present a round-by-round recap of how things played out. But first, your winner. And the readers’ Oscar goes to… READ FULL STORY

Academy launches 'The Road to the Oscars'

Now that we’re just nine days away from Oscar night, the Academy has launched its web series The Road to the Oscars on its official site, Every day between now and Feb. 27, host Chris Harrison will take Oscar fans behind the scenes of a different aspect of this year’s telecast. The series also features yours truly as I present one Best Picture nominee each day. (I filmed my portion of the series inside the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, where official Oscar screenings are held.) We start alphabetically with Black Swan—here’s a preview clip of my featurette on the film. READ FULL STORY

If You Were An Oscar Voter: Cast your ballot for Best Picture!

Oscar-nominations-VoteImage Credit: Stephen Vaughan; Laurie Sparham; Lorey Sebastian; Niko Tavernise; Chuck Zlotnick; Merrick Morton; Sebastian Mlynarski; Jojo Whilden; Disney/Pixar; Suzanne Tenner; Oscar statuette: A.M.P.A.S.Last month, we asked readers to rank their 10 favorite films of 2010. We then tabulated the results using the Academy’s complicated preferential-voting system, and revealed our readers’ 10 Best Picture nominees. Well, now it’s time to pick a Best Picture winner.

This time, we’re asking you to rank the Academy’s 10 Best Picture nominees — in order from No. 1 to No. 10. As before, we’ll count the ballots (by hand) in accordance with the preferential-voting system. (The Academy uses this tabulation method to determine its nominations and, since switching to 10 Best Picture nominees last year, they also use it to determine the Best Picture winner.) When we announce your winner next week, we’ll divulge all of the voting data — something we wish the Academy also did.  READ FULL STORY

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