First Two Awards To Set Tone?

 Pete Hammond at Deadline.com has discovered what the first two awards will be at the Oscars this Sunday: I’ve learned 2-time Oscar winner and Academy favorite Tom Hanks will be the first presenter and name winners in both the Art Direction and Cinematography categories right off the bat. Best Picture frontrunner The King’s Speech is up for both, so the world will …

Costume Designers Guild Winners

For those of us torn between Alice in Wonderland and The King’s Speech for Best Costume Design on our Oscar ballots, this should only muddy the waters a bit further: The King’s Speech, Black Swan and Alice in Wonderland took the top feature film honors Tuesday evening at the 13th Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jenny Beavan won excellence in period …

Oscar Week: Final Oscar Prediction Update and MPSE Awards

 Happy Oscar week everyone!     It’s a big week here at Award Contenders.  I will be extremely busy wrapping up my final Oscar predictions, as well as giving you the last two installments in our first annual Aycee Awards.    On Thursday evening, at 10 p.m. EST, I will be participating in Jason O’Brien’s annual …

Oscar Presenters List Updated

Here is the most up to date list of Oscar presenters for this Sunday’s (omg, omg, omg) Oscar ceremony: Annette Bening Halle Berry Russell Brand Jeff Bridges Sandra Bullock Robert Downey Jr. Tom Hanks Hugh Jackman Scarlett Johansson Nicole Kidman Jude Law Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Randy Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, A.R. Rahman (musical performers) Marisa Tomei Florence Welch Oprah Winfrey …

Oscar and Foreign Films, and An Argument

  It’s almost Oscar time. Whatever you think, however you feel about the Academy Awards and awards in general, there’s little arguing with the eighty plus years of history and rich tradition of this still most prestigious and popular of movie honors.    For many years now the most interesting part of the awards for …