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Awards 2009: Articles


Oscar Voting 'Secrets' Explain Kate Winslet Best Actress Win? + Immigration Drama Tops Marrakech

Kate Winslet in The Reader: Best Actress Oscar winner. A potential double nominee for the 2009 Academy Awards, Kate Winslet ended up getting shortlisted for only one movie: Stephen Daldry's Holocaust-themed drama The Reader. Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that Winslet was nominated in the Best Actress category, even though she had been forcefully pushed as Best Supporting Actress so as not to compete with herself for her lead role as Leonardo DiCaprio's disaffected wife in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road. Curiously, Winslet actually has the title role in The Reader; yet the film spends quite a bit of time on her younger costar, David Kross, who plays the titular character's teenage lover. Hence the supporting/lead opening exploited during […]


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Oscar Voting 'Secrets' Explain Kate Winslet Best Actress Win? + Immigration Drama Tops Marrakech



Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars

Kathryn Bigelow, seen here with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd while shooting The Hurt Locker, is this awards season top Best Director choice. The clear Academy Award front-runner, Bigelow will likely make Oscar history in (at least) two ways: a) first woman to win Best Director b) first person to beat a former spouse in the Best Director race. The former spouse in question is James Cameron, sure to be shortlisted for the environmentally conscious blockbuster Avatar. Critics' favorite films: Kathryn Bigelow is top Best Director choice as Iraq War drama becomes the 'in' movie this awards season Even though The Hurt Locker was eligible for last year's Spirit Awards, neither the Iraq War drama nor director Kathryn Bigelow were nominated. So, […]


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Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars



Susan Sarandon Sympathy Oscar Nod? + Megan Fox & Robert Pattinson Sexiest Stars

Susan Sarandon in The Lovely Bones. Best Actress Academy Award winner (Dead Man Walking, 1995) Susan Sarandon isn't exactly a top contender for the Academy Awards early next year for her performance as a young-looking granny in Peter Jackson's supernatural crime/psychological drama The Lovely Bones – a critical and box office disappointment that has been all but ignored this awards season. Yet Sarandon could theoretically get some sympathy Oscar votes following her widely publicized split from longtime companion and Bull Durham co-star Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon-Tim Robbins split & this awards season Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins' two-decade-plus relationship has come to an end. The couple were never married; Sarandon (born Susan Abigail Tomaling) was the ex-wife of Chris Sarandon […]


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Susan Sarandon Sympathy Oscar Nod? + Megan Fox & Robert Pattinson Sexiest Stars