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84th Academy Award Round-up and Winners

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were held on February 26, 2012. Billy Crystal served as host marking this his 9th time.  Crystal as always had a funny movie/song opening and his opening monologue was quite funny and he kept the award show moving.  As far as the awards, I found it quite coincidental that the jokes made were almost hinting who was going to win.  That or it was just a huge writing coincidence.  As far as the awards, there were some surprises and some well deserved wins.

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84th Academy Award Nominations

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were announced on January 24, 2012. This year there are nine Best Picture nominees. “The Ides of March”, which was co-written and directed by George Clooney was noticeably missing from the Best Picture category but was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Otherwise most of the nominees are very similar to this year’s Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice nominees. Kudos to the Academy for giving a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nod to Melissa McCarthy for her role in “Bridesmaids”. McCarthy was previously snubbed of a Golden Globe nomination, so it is nice to see that she got an Oscar nomination for a role which many thought would garner one.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012, with host Billy Crystal making this his 9th time as MC-ing the event.

Here are some nomination highlights:

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“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
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“The Dark Knight Rises” – Teaser Trailer

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Check out the teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises”, which is slated to be released in theaters on July 20, 2012. Returning stars include Christian Bale who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). Anne Hathaway joins the cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. As for the rest of the cast, this “final” installment of “Dark Knight” prequels seems to be Batman meets Inception (which Christopher Nolan also directed) as most of the Inception cast sans Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page are in this movie. Those cast members include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy who plays Bane, and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”).

To view the full cast list visit IMDB.com. Thoughts on the trailer? Share them in the comments section below!

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“Red Riding Hood” – Trailer

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Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directs “Red Riding Hood” starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie. Looks like “Twilight” meets “West Side Story”. Could it be a hit or flop? I can see it go either way.

Here’s a synopsis via IMDB.com:

Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.

“Red Riding Hood” will be released in theaters on March 11, 2011. You can also watch the trailer in HD on Apple.com.

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“Kung Fu Panda 2” – Teaser Trailer

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Check out the teaser trailer for “Kung Fu Panda 2” which is due to be released in the Summer of 2011. Jack Black reprises his role as Po the Panda and the rest of the Kung Fu Panda cast are returning as well as some new cast mates.

Full voice cast can be found on IMDB.com.

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