THE LISTS: Top 10 movie-related moments of 2009

Posted by · 12:38 pm · December 29th, 2009

As the year (and decade) slowly winds down, I thought it would be a pretty good time to revive our long-slumbering Lists feature here at In Contention.  And what better way to do so and salute the year at hand than to lay out the most significant movie-related moments of 2009? The American Film Institute […]

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Did…someone…miss an opportunity at the Oscarcast?

Posted by · 10:11 pm · March 15th, 2009

By now, the 81st annual Academy Awards telecast is more than three weeks old and many of the interesting tid-bits on the behind-the-scenes production would prefer to die a natural death.  And indeed, none of the stories, hardly important or interesting outside of our little community, mattered on February 23, let alone March 16.  But […]

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Great point

Posted by · 11:12 am · February 27th, 2009

This would’ve been a great opportunity: If Nicholson were a supporting-actor presenter and spoke about Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. Longtime Oscar hound Wayman Wong to Tom O’Neil in O’Neil’s recent Gold Derby blog entry on the conspicuous absence of Jack Nicholson from Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

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To the Oscar grouches

Posted by · 10:05 am · February 27th, 2009

Alright, we already we handled the “Slumdog Millionaire” backlash and overall sense of hatred toward the film from movie-goers who simply couldn’t handle the boredom of an awards season that was written.  Today, it’s time to take the folks to task who couldn’t get to their computers quickly enough to bemoan the Academy’s presentation of […]

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Bennett Miller’s opening montage sees the light of day

Posted by · 12:27 pm · February 24th, 2009

Apparently the following montage, which played for the audience at the Kodak Theatre Sunday night but was ultimately pulled from the televised rundown, has popped up as a Vanity Fair exclusive.  It’s directed by Bennet Miller and I have to say, it’s nice, has a good flow, but is a little film festival-esque.  Not “big […]

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Three more highlights

Posted by · 2:59 pm · February 23rd, 2009

Collecting all my thoughts last night was bound to leave a few gaps and so while flipping through the DVR recording of this year’s Oscar ceremony, I stumbled across a couple of moments that I had to tip my hat to. I already updated the recap post with a few notes about the Judd Apatow […]

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This is the best we can do?

Posted by · 9:39 am · February 23rd, 2009

I’d love to see some great, hi-res photography from backstage at last night’s Oscar ceremony.  But somehow, this terrible quality AP photo is the best we can do:

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Ratings were up!

Posted by · 9:32 am · February 23rd, 2009

From Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily: News reports this morning say the 81st Academy Awards broadcast delivered increased ratings in the 50 or so biggest U.S. markets, up about 6% over 2008 which registered the lowest ratings in the history of the telecast. New York delivered the largest rating Sunday (34.1/49 share), followed by Chicago (31.2/46) and Los […]

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2/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 23rd, 2009

The day after. This will be the final installment of the Oscarweb Round-up this year.  I always enjoy scouring the net to find these little gems here and there and I hope you have enjoyed the daily cheat sheet.  Special thanks to all the hard-working journalists and pundits who keep cranking out copy to fill […]

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POLL: What did you think of the Oscarcast?

Posted by · 7:41 am · February 23rd, 2009

Very easy thumbs up, thumbs down poll this week.  But please, keep your opinions of the winners out of it.  We’re interested in what you thought of the actual show.  Let Bill Condon and Larry Mark know what you thought in the sidebar poll.

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‘Slumdog’ takes 8 trophies as Oscar keeps it under 190 minutes

Posted by · 8:59 pm · February 22nd, 2009

In the final analysis, there isn’t much to say other than: What a captivating way to put a bow on the worst and, ultimately, most boring Oscar season of all time.  The 81st annual Academy Awards swiftly went down earlier this evening with few surprise winners and a classy new sheen.  It was captivating and, […]

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Oscar night open thread

Posted by · 3:04 pm · February 22nd, 2009

Alright, the time has come.  I’m signing off here to make some preparations and, eventually, enjoy the show.  I should hope you’ll all do the same, but in case you want some space to chat about the evening’s festivities, from the red carpet to telecast specifics to, of course, the night’s big winners, have at […]

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Print out your ballots

Posted by · 1:21 pm · February 22nd, 2009

For the those rocking out an Oscar party this evening, be sure to print out your official ballot for a high stakes pool. (Thanks to Awards Daily for the tip.)

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Supporting Actress and screenplays first?

Posted by · 8:43 am · February 21st, 2009

I’m just now stumbling across this, but Yair Raveh over at Cinemascope has apparently come across a rundown of Sunday’s show.  No real details other than the order of presented awards, which seems to list Best Supporting Actress and the screenplay fields as the first out of the gate.  Supporting categories typically announce early on, […]

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Hugh practices for the big night

Posted by · 2:44 pm · February 20th, 2009

(Thanks to Jack.)

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2/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:49 am · February 19th, 2009

• I’m just now stumbling onto this site, but if you weren’t keen to the controversy surrounding Jerry Lewis receiving the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, here’s a hub with everything laid out for you. [TheTroubleWithJerry.net] • With Kate Winslet and Marisa Tomei in mind, Rachel Abramowitz wonders if nudity = Oscar glory. [The Envelope] […]

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2/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 11:03 am · February 16th, 2009

• David Carr asks for your input if you ran the Academy. [The Carpetbagger] • Tom O’Neil talks to Best Supporting Actress contender Penelope Cruz. [Gold Derby] • Speaking of supporting, Betsy Sharkey writes up an appreciation of the lot. [The Envelope] • Michelle Phillips wonders which Jerry Lewis will show up at the Oscars […]

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2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:45 am · February 11th, 2009

• The first Oscar promo pic of Hugh Jackman. [Just Jared] • David Steinberg writes up Johnny Carson’s Oscar hosting legacy. [Los Angeles Times Magazine] • David Carr ponders the lead actress race. [The Carpetbagger] • Tom O’Neil conveys a case for Amy Adams in “Doubt.” [Gold Derby] • Dave Karger needs Oscar campaigns to […]

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