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Oscars: On Second Thought

Next year's Academy Awards won't have 10 Best Picture nominees

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here's an early prediction on the Best Pictures nominees for next year's Academy Awards: There will only be five. The great experiment in "widening the playing field" — expanding the number of nominees to 10 this year — turned out to be a complete dud. Anyone interested in the Oscars knew there were only five legitimate nominees: the Final Five, the ones that had also been nominated for Best Director.  

Sundance Rewind

Funny films topped a funny year at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
From the bad economy to a Proposition 8 backlash, many reasons were offered as why this year's Sundance Film Festival would be less crowded, less frantic, less everything. Indeed, the vibe was just a bit different in Park City in 2009 compared to past years. Press screenings were noticeably less crowded throughout the festival, and even public screenings during the second half of the festival were more likely to feature empty seats. Maybe even the global warming thing was in play, as 2008's nonstop week of blizzards was replaced by glorious sunshine for nearly the duration.