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George Clooney's 'The Ides of March': The year's first slam-dunk Best Picture nominee?

The Ides of March, George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, has just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and if you ask me, we now have the first sure-thing Best Picture nominee on our hands. A contemporary echo of Clooney’s multi-nominated 2005 drama Good Night, and Good Luck, Ides — an inside look at a fictional presidential campaign — is smart, but not overly complicated; cynical, but not completely depressing; and timely, but not forced. Plus, it boasts top-flight acting from its entire cast, including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale on the price of his art: 'Whatever it takes, I feel like I'll do for a movie.'

christian-bale-oscarImage Credit: Darren Decker/AMPAS; JoJo WhildenOne of the most welcome subplots of this awards season has been the warm-and-fuzzy reintroduction of Christian Bale, last night’s winner for Best Supporting Actor. The spectacularly talented actor had earned a reputation for being a little standoffish and his infamous tirade on the Terminator: Salvation set showed his intensity at its worst. But he’s been a genuine and generous honored guest throughout the awards season, including last night, when he shared his thinking on the physical price of his art. READ FULL STORY

Dave Karger's Oscar picks for Best Supporting Actress/Actor

Each day leading up to Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, we will share 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 have his picks for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Check back tomorrow for his predictions for Best Actor and Actress. READ FULL STORY

Jeremy Renner reacts to Oscar nomination for 'The Town'

rennerImage Credit: Claire FolgerJeremy Renner has a reason to rest. The actor, in Vancouver shooting Mission: Impossible 4, was alerted to his Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Town after a rough night of sleep. “I was certainly not awake,” Renner tells EW. “I was awakened by some phone calls. And I had a really hard time sleeping last night — for several reasons, but knowing this thing was happening in the morning is really nerve-wracking.” READ FULL STORY

Mark Ruffalo reacts to his Oscar nod for 'The Kids are All Right'

Mark-Ruffalo-KidsImage Credit: Suzanne TennerMark Ruffalo was surprised by his Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Kids are All Right – but not for the reason you might expect. “I had no idea they were announcing today,” Ruffalo tells EW. “I swear! I was totally taken by surprise. I just dropped the kids off at carpool. I was about five minutes from the school with a car full of kids. With so many kids, I didn’t even realize it was today. I’m glad I forgot about it. It’s made it all the more — I don’t know, just sweet and poignant and unexpected, you know?” READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations: The 5 biggest surprises

BiutifulImage Credit: Jose HaroThis morning’s Academy Award nominations ended up going mostly to plan. The King’s Speech with the most nods? Check. Tons of acting love for The Fighter? Check. But a few things caught my eye. Here are my five biggest surprises of the morning.

True Grit places second with 10 nominations Would mega-producer Scott Rudin ever have thought that his Coen brothers Western would earn more overall nods than his other contender, the critics-award-sweeping The Social Network? Thanks to the acting branch’s slight of Andrew Garfield and the inclusion of the Coens in Best Director, Grit ended up scoring two more nominations than Network. READ FULL STORY

Oscar react: David Fincher, Mark Wahlberg and other nominees weigh in

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAs Hollywood woke up this morning to the news of Oscar’s selections, several newly-christened nominees shared their thoughts:

“Of course I am thrilled to receive an Oscar nomination. As my 3-year-old daughter said ‘Yay!’ I couldn’t put it any better myself.” — Helena Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actress nominee, The King’s Speech

“It’s so fantastic. I was up most of the night but nodded off and missed my actual announcement. But I got a call right away and lots of text messages from my ex-husband and my family and friends. I knew we were doing good work all along, but I had no idea it would get this kind of affection. The ball started rolling a year ago when it won the world jury prize at Sundance — that’s what made Sony Classics buy it and that’s what got it the attention. I got several text messages from David [Michod, the writer-director] and finally we spoke and he was very excited. He was over the moon!” — Jackie Weaver, Best Supporting Actress nominee, Animal Kingdom READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations are in: 'The King's Speech' rules with 12 nods

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and the Coen brothers’ western, True Grit, scored 10. Check out the list below, follow-up with Dave Karger‘s take, then head over to PopWatch to let us know who you think got snubbed.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit

'True Grit': Will it be an Oscar player?

true-gritImage Credit: Lorey SebastianEarlier this week I had the opportunity to see Joel and Ethan Coen’s eagerly awaited adaptation of True Grit, the last assumed major Oscar contender of the year. I’ll leave it to my esteemed colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum to provide a proper review in the coming days, but I’d say the Coen brothers have a second consecutive Best Picture nominee on their hands. The film is beautifully shot and—no surprise considering the cast—very well acted. It’s a hoot to see Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and a host of fascinating looking character actors act with their jowls and mutton chops amidst the Coens’ majestically shot 19th Century landscape.

So in which categories is True Grit most likely to be a major contender? I’d call it a sure thing for a Best Picture nod given that race’s 10 slots. And the Coens could certainly make it into the director and adapted screenplay hunts as well. As for the cast, Matt Damon makes the most of his one-liners but simply isn’t in the film enough to be a serious supporting actor contender. Ditto Josh Brolin, who doesn’t even appear until the last act. Jeff Bridges could end up scoring a Best Actor nomination thanks to his droll performance as marshal Rooster Cogburn, but I wouldn’t say Colin Firth needs to worry about losing to him again this year. In my mind the strongest acting candidate from the film is newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who knocks her large supporting role out of the park, exuding precociousness and confidence from her introductory scene. She had me smiling nearly the entire film and I’d imagine most Academy members will have the same reaction. READ FULL STORY

'The Social Network': All hail Armie Hammer!

Image credit: Merrick Morton

Yesterday my colleague Adam Markovitz explained — with David Fincher’s help — how actor Armie Hammer managed to portray twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network. His performance (or should I say performances) provide a bit of comic relief in the film and are truly a sight to behold. I’d even call Hammer a dark horse candidate for a Best Supporting Actor nomination if the film becomes a major overall player. (Though of course he’ll have to compete with his own costars Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake for the nod.)

In Part 4 of our interview with the Social Network gang, we focus on Hammer’s achievement, particularly in light of Fincher’s penchant for wanting dozens and dozens of takes for each scene. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that Hammer had it worse than anyone else.

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