On the Academy’s other rule changes

Posted by · 1:48 am · June 15th, 2011

With the big news out of the way, there are a few other annual house-cleaning rule alterations that ought to be addressed. First up, the Best Animated Feature Film category — which seems to get a face-lift in the rule book every summer — will now have anywhere from three to five nominees. As it […]

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Gone fishin’

Posted by · 5:26 pm · February 28th, 2011

And so we come to the end of the 2010-2011 Oscar season.  Like Jerry said, what a long, strange trip it’s been. Naturally, I want to thank all of the readers who make this an engaging and fun place to come to every day.  I’ve received a lot of generous notes, Tweets and comments in […]

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Oscar’s class of 2010

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 8th, 2011

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Nominees luncheon LIVE Q&A

Posted by · 12:24 pm · February 7th, 2011

Wrapped now. Repeat in the embed below. Best quote, from James Franco: It was funny to me when the Academy made the announcement, because there was a lot of, ‘Oh, an obvious ploy by the Academy to bring in younger viewers.’ Yeah, duh. Is that a bad thing? Jesse Eisenberg had some zingers, too.

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Ballots are out

Posted by · 11:19 am · February 2nd, 2011

It’s all happening.  Via AMPAS press release, in part: Final ballots for the 83rd Academy Awards® were mailed today (February 2) to the 5,755 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 22. Ballots received after the deadline will […]

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The In Contention Oscar pool

Posted by · 5:49 pm · February 1st, 2011

You might recall the last few years we’ve used AwardsPicks.com’s Oscar pool.  The site has changed names and is now Picktainment.com, but it’s pretty much the same interface.  We’ve already got this year’s pool up and running, so head on over and make your picks. I haven’t settled on a way to weight the categories […]

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‘King’s Speech’ leads the pack with 12 Oscar nominations

Posted by · 6:22 am · January 25th, 2011

On the face of it, the nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards seemed fairly unremarkable. Aside from the deafening nature of not hearing Christopher Nolan’s name in the line-up for Best Director (the only true shock of the major categories), everything seemed to be within the expected parameters (even Javier Bardem sliding in, which […]

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1/25 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Final predix edition!

Posted by · 4:57 am · January 25th, 2011

We’re just a handful of ticks on the clock before the Academy unveils its list of nominees for this year’s Oscars.  And I’m up way too early.  But for today’s round-up, it seemed like a good idea to point you to all the final predictions popping up from pundits across the web, so here’s what […]

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What is the most difficult category to predict this year?

Posted by · 7:03 pm · January 22nd, 2011

In your opinion.  I’ll be using the most agreed-upon answers as part of a contest Monday, so speak up.

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83rd Oscarcast posters revealed

Posted by · 9:42 am · December 16th, 2010

I always look forward to the official poster(s) for a given Academy Awards ceremony.  I remember being giddy at the Alex Ross-crafted image (however cheesy “The Gold Knight Returns” might have been as a tagline) from a few years ago.  This year we have four “inviting” you to the show.  Check them out in full […]

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11/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Screenwriting hopefuls, Hooper on fugly ‘King’s Speech’ poster, MPAA shamed

Posted by · 8:22 am · November 9th, 2010

• Sasha Stone on the season’s screenwriting contenders. [Awards Daily] • “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper also hates the poster everyone has been knocking. [Movieline] • David Poland split screens “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer. [The Hot Blog]

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Thank yous

Posted by · 10:57 am · March 4th, 2010

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Horror at the Oscars

Posted by · 9:53 pm · March 2nd, 2010

No, I’m not talking about the news that Martin Short and Neil Patrick Harris will be opening the show with a song and dance, but this nugget from Bloody Disgusting: While the Academy continues to fail to recognize horror in their prestigious festivities (has it really been 19 years since Silence of the Lambs?), Bloody […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Back and forth…forever

Posted by · 1:01 pm · March 1st, 2010

The Circuit has run its course.  With the Visual Effects Society‘s awards gala last night and the press release announcement of the International Film Music Critics Association’s list of winners this morning, it’s on to the big show.  But the excitement is ever so slightly dampened, given the drama of the final stretch. I recently […]

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Almost there

Posted by · 9:17 am · February 23rd, 2010

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The numbers behind the Academy Awards

Posted by · 6:13 pm · February 22nd, 2010

This is a massive graphic, so click on the jump to check it out.  Courtesy of Business Pundit.

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Introducing the Oscar Guide

Posted by · 12:54 pm · February 3rd, 2010

As of this moment we are 32 days away from this year’s Academy Awards celebration, taking place on Sunday, March 7.  That gives us 23 business days, so I’ve decided to launch a new feature here at In Contention: the Oscar Guide. Every week day this month we’ll be featuring one of the 24 Oscar […]

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The importance of coming up with 10

Posted by · 4:57 pm · January 21st, 2010

Steve Pond has WAY too much time on his hands, but God love him for his brilliant little experiment that illustrates, rather clearly, the importance of filling in the entire Oscar ballot with 10 films.  You hear that Oscar voters?  To say nothing of the fact that, if you can’t come up with 10 films […]

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