Posts by Paul Popiel

Supporting Actress of the 90s

The wackiest vote yet has Anna Paquin as the surprise Best Supporting Actress of the 90s, with 4 women finishing 0.3 points or less behind.

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Avatar’s 3D Stirs Cinematography Debate

In many pools, Best Cinematography counts for just a little more than the other technical categories. This year, Academy members have to decide whether the 3D shots in "Avatar" were cinematically better than real-life war feel of "The Hurt Locker." Paul Popiel prefers the latter, but predicts the former.

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Road to the Oscars: Best Foreign Film

The nominees for Best Foreign Film come from Israel, France, Argentina, Peru, and Germany. But it's the latter nation's film "The White Ribbon" which has most prognosticators buzzing. Can France's "A Prophet" pull the upset? Or what about Peru's "Milk of Sorrow?" Paul Popiel reports in "Road to the Oscars."

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Doc Shortlist Offers Surprise Omissions

The list of Best Documentary candidates has been shortened to 15, and there are a few surprises. Missing is one-time Oscar winner Michael Moore, as well as former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson. As a result, "Food Inc.," "The Cove," and "The Beaches of Agnes" are early favorites, writes Paul Popiel.

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“The Hurt Locker” Bursts into Oscar Race

Usually mid-year releases don't contend at the Oscars, but "The Hurt Locker" could buck the trend. Paul Popiel says the film is one of the year's best, thanks largely to the explosive work of Kathryn Bigelow, who will try to become the first woman to ever win Best Director. Jeremy Renner is also up for Best Actor.

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What’s Up Doc? A Look at Potential Nominees

An obscure category no more, the Academy still must actually see the nominees for Best Documentary in order to vote for it (Unlike most other awards). Is Michael Moore's movie good enough to win, or is he too divisive to win this time? Perhaps "Food Inc.", "Tyson", or "The Cove" will break through. Paul Popiel takes a closer look.

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