Best actress: The deranged ballerina vs. the worried lesbian

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QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams all gave outstanding performances that merited being nominated, but if any of those names are called out Sunday night, you will hear a collective gasp at the […] [Read More]
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Best supporting actor: A second Oscar for Geoffrey Rush?

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QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Most industry analysts assume Christian Bale will win here for his powerhouse work in “The Fighter” but I think a “King’s Speech” sweep might come into play. SHOULD WIN: Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech” […] [Read More]
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Best supporting actress: Will a ‘King’s Speech” sweep include HBC?

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QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay The supporting categories have traditionally resulted in some of the most surprising Oscar wins — i.e. Marisa Tomei in “My Cousin Vinny.” The prognosticators mostly say that Melissa Leo will win in this division […] [Read More]
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Best adapted screenplay: The movie of the year gets thrown a bone

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QUICK VIEW- Who will win? Best Picture | Director | Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting actress | Screenplay Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for “The Social Network” is an amazing combination of fact and fiction, the best thing of its kind since William Goldman’s work on “All the President’s Men.” SHOULD WIN: Aaron Sorkin, […] [Read More]
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Amanda Knox: cold-blooded killer or victim?

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Controversy has been swirling around the made-for-Lifetime movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” set to debut Monday night at 9 p.m. Knox’s parents have made legal threats to stop the airing of the dramatization, but then they faced their own crisis when it was announced last week that they will have to go […] [Read More]
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The ‘late, late’ Craig Ferguson scores in stand-up special

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If like me you wish you were able to stay up late more often to catch “The Late, Late Show” with Scottish comedian/host Craig Ferguson — he is one of the best of the heirs to Johnny Carson — you will be happy to learn the EPIX cable on demand service is unveiling his new special […] [Read More]
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‘Sunday in New York’: when Jane Fonda was a (movie) virgin

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Jane Fonda became such a powerhouse dramatic actress in the 1970s, with movies like “Klute” (1971) and “Julia” (1977), that it is now easy to forget the run of frothy comedies she did when she was just starting out in the movies in the early and mid-1960s. Although being the daughter of Henry Fonda no […] [Read More]
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‘Eyes of the Innocent’: down those mean Newark streets

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Following the oldest maxim of them all — write what you know — former journalist Brad Parks has launched an engaging and exciting crime novel series about Newark, N.J. newspaperman Carter Ross. I missed the first book in the series “Faces of the Gone” — which earned the novelist both the Shamus and Nero awards — […] [Read More]
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