Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain among BAFTA's Rising Star semi-finalists: "We may think of Jessica Chastain as this year's most obvious breakout star, but with 'The Tree of Life,' 'The Debt' and even 'The Help' having made little impact on British mainstream audiences, she's possibly less likely to make the cut than Adam Deacon, a local actor and rapper with a less notable résumé, but substantially more youth appeal. For similar reasons, Jennifer Lawrence will probably be relying more on her 'X-Men' credentials than her recent Oscar nomination to make the list ..." IN CONTENTION
The Best Original Score category is one of the hardest to break into at the Oscars: "... the Academy permits one individual to be nominated for more than one film in its best original score category -- unlike its acting categories, but like its directing and other technical categories -- and the Academy's music branch, which determines the category's nominees, has shown as much of a tendency as any branch to take advantage of that option. The result, over the last few decades, has been that veteran big-name composers have wound up with multiple nods on a fairly regular basis, while lesser-known emerging talent have struggled to get their moment in the sun." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Hugo" surges in the midst of a busy Thanksgiving weekend: "Of course, all of this overlooks the dizzying ascent of 'Hugo,' which goes head-to-head with 'The Artist' this week in terms of both hype (e.g. two NYC guild screenings last weekend, attended by everyone from Martin Scorsese to Sacha Baron Cohen to Chloe Moretz and more, followed by a Manhattan megapremiere) and hosannas (e.g. a critical reception only slightly off the stunning pace of 'The Artist’s' own)." MOVIELINE
Oscar-contenders "A Separation" and "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" win Asia Pacific Screen Awards: "'A Separation,' directed and written by Asghar Farhadi, was named Best Feature Film. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' won awards for Achievement in Directing and Achievement in Cinematography, as well as receiving the Screen International Jury Grand Prize. The two winners 'are very different kinds of films, but both of them are the same in their excellence in every aspect of their filmmaking: from screenplay, to directing, to performances, to their technical craftsmanship such as cinematography and editing, everything,” said APSA International Jury president Nansun Shi in a release announcing the winners." THE WRAP
Can "Super 8" earn an Oscar nomination for makeup? "'Super 8' feels like the kind of film that could sneak in for a nomination because it forces the watcher to pay attention to the quality of the makeup. The protagonist lovingly talks about the same books that many modern makeup artists claim they used to learn the fundamentals of the craft. The Dick Smith books are still considered the gold standard and are constantly updated to reflect new industry techniques." THE FILM EXPERIENCE
Final Oscars smackdown: Tariq blasts Tom for that stupid Leo prediction
Those sparring Oscar experts Tariq Khan and Tom O'Neil clash one last time as Tariq blasts Tom for having made a few numbskull picks and Tom counter-attacks with nuclear warheads. Alternately funny, outrageous and fearlessly ferocious, these guys just can't calm down even though the Oscars are over. Listen to their podcast below. Subscribe and see more at iTunes and Libsyn.
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EXPERTS PREDICTIONS (By category)
Picture: 22 predict '12 Years,' 8 'Gravity'
Director: 30 predict Alfonso Cuaron
Actor: 29 predict Matthew McConaughey
Actress: 30 predict Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actor: 30 predict Jared Leto
Supp. Actress: 26 predict Nyong'o, 4 Lawrence
Original Screenplay: 15 predict 'Hustle,' 15 'Her'
Adapted Screenplay: 29 predict '12 Years'
Animated Feature: 30 predict 'Frozen'
Foreign Film: 26 predict 'Great Beauty'
Documentary: 19 predict '20 Feet,'
Production Design: 22 predict 'Gatsby,' 5 'Gravity'
Cinematography: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Costume Design: 24 predict 'Gatsby,' 4 'Hustle'
Editing: 20 predict 'Gravity,' 8 'Captain Phillips'
Makeup & Hair: 28 predict 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Sound Editing & Mixing: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Score: 28 predict 'Gravity'
Song: 28 predict 'Frozen,' two favor U2
Visual Effects: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Animated Short: 27 predict 'Get a Horse'
Doc Short: 29 predict 'Lady in Number 6'
Live Action Short: 16 'Voorman,' 9 'Helium'
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