And The Race Is On!…Oscar Noms Announced

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At this morning’s nomination ceremony, producer BRIAN GRAZER talked to us about stepping in to helm the big show and calling pal BILLY CRYSTAL to host.(CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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The 84th ACADEMY AWARDS will air 2/26 on ABC
A complete list of Academy Award nominees may be found here:

A HEAP OF GOOD “HURT” FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW

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Kathryn Bigelow’s character study, The Hurt Locker has gotten nothing but rave reviews and attention since its debut last summer. And now the filmmaker is the darling of the industry thanks to a heap of awards and nomination including the nod for Best Picture and Director for the upcoming Oscar Awards.

It’s all about telling stories for Bigelow and she humbly credits world events (i.e. war) with the public reaction to her movie. We, of course, believe it’s her stellar skills, which she’s demonstrated time and again – though the material in the past never really quite measured up to her abilities (Blue Steel, Point Break, K-19 The Widowmaker).

Now the action director is hitting her stride and is taking in the well-deserved success – after over 30 years in the business.

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Why Kathryn Bigelow credits the story for The Hurt Locker’s success.

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Why she didn’t change a thing from conception to delivery of the film.

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The Oscars are awarded Sunday, March 7th. The program will air live from the Kodak Theatre and broadcast on ABC.

VERA FARMIGA – NO CODDLING “UP IN THE AIR”

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Vera Farmiga loves her Up in the Air director, Jason Reitman. She says he has a special way of coaxing the performance he wants out of his stars – and if that doesn’t work, he goes for the throat.

 Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but the actress does insist that Reitman makes his point – often without much finessing.

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 Up in the Air is getting a heap of attention racking up nominations for Farmiga and co-stars George Clooney and Anna Kendrick from the major critics’ groups including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Broadcast Film Critics’ Association.