A.O. Scott wonders if there is there too much Oscar-focus at the Telluride Film Festival: "Late Saturday night, near the end a lively dinner at a local restaurant, Tom Luddy, one of the Telluride Film Festival’s triumvirate of directors, was lamenting that journalists covering the festival focus too much on the Oscar race. Timing has something to do with this. Telluride, synchronous with Venice and just ahead of Toronto, is inevitably one of the first steps on the long march to the Dolby Theater. For the past two years it has presented the eventual Best Picture winner. The presence of movie stars stopping through to receive tributes, answer audience questions and humbly promote their new movies may also contribute to the hype. Bill Murray, Ben Affleck, Dennis Quaid and Marion Cotillard are all here doing just that, sometimes accompanied by thunder and lightning at Elks Park in the center of town." NEW YORK TIMES
A sneak peek inside the Emmy Governors Ball: "With just a few weeks to go until the Emmy Awards on Sept. 23, we got the chance to preview the Governors Ball, the award show's official afterparty. The annual soiree draws the biggest names in television, and this year, in keeping with the theme of 'Rhapsody in Red,' more than 200,000 fresh flowers will be used in the decor. We got the inside scoop on everything from how to whip up the evening's signature cocktail at home to the world-class cuisine this year's Emmy nominees and winners will enjoy at the event. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at all the food, festivities, and decor!" POP SUGAR
Will "The Sapphires" score at the Golden Globes? "'The Sapphires' is being touted by some observers as a Golden Globes contender after the Australian film was well received at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. The film, starring Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman and Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, was greeted with rapturous applause at the festival in the US on Saturday, in scenes similar to those at Cannes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The successful screening lays to rest any doubts about the film's crossover appeal, says the The Hollywood Reporter. It also has some predicting Hollywood accolades for the The Weinstein Co. acquired film." SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Ron Yerxa and Bruce Davis named co-chairs of Oscar's foreign-language committee: "Bruce Davis, former executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and producer Ron Yerxa are the new co-chairs of the Oscar foreign-language committee. The Academy confirmed that Davis and Yerxa are replacing producer Mark Johnson, who headed the committee for a dozen years. The new co-chairs will likely face continuing calls for tweaks to the selection process and eligibility requirements, which have evolved to include more well-reviewed and well-known movies. Yerxa’s producing credits include 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Ruby Sparks.'" DEADLINE
Willie Nelson's "Lawless" song will get an Oscar push: "Now consider the following scenario: You have a new movie coming out about a pair of antihero brothers -- gangsters -- who are fighting to supply customers with an intoxicating illegal substance in a time of great need for such substances. You need a marquee song. Whom do you approach? The movie in question is set during Prohibition, so you need someone old-timey. Also remember that you love Oscar nominations. Who's old-timey, Oscar-friendly and also pro-intoxicants? Willie Nelson!" HUFFINGTON POST
Previewing the parties for the upcoming VMAs: "Snooki’s guido baby? The fab five Olympic Gymnasts? Kim and Kanye filling the oddball kissing slot? Moonman statutes in the likeness of Neil Armstrong? While any of these viral-enabled visuals would 'Eastwood' across the twittersphere Thursday night when MTV’s Video Music Awards takes over the Staples Center for the first time, the afternoon timing of the live show leaves plenty of time for anything to happen at a buffet of after parties ... Here's the best of the party lineup from the only made-for-TV awards show that still fosters a robust economy of unaffiliated parties, dinners, and lounges." THE WRAP
Public voting open for People's Choice at the European Film Awards. From the press release: "Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favorite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for: the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees for the awards ceremony in Malta! Winners in the past have included films like Pedro Almodovar’s 'Volver,' Roberto Benigni’s 'La Vita e Bella,' Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 'Amelie,' Fatih Akin’s 'Head-On,' and Danny Boyle’s 'Slumdog Millionaire.' From 1 September on, film fans can cast their vote on the official website: www.europeanfilmawards.eu and win a trip to the 25th European Film Awards on Saturday, 1 December 2012, in Malta!"
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.