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Weekend Box Office Report — December 26

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Grit and Bear It

Little Fockers and True Grit led the Christmas charge with respective opening debuts estimated at $34 million and $25.5 million that topped weekend movie going. The session also featured a Christmas day bow for the animated Gulliver’s Travels, which netted a two-day gross of $6.9 million.

Bollywood’s seasonal offering Tees Maar Khann rang up an impressive $700,000. However, several other Hindi, Telegu and Tamil releases were non-starters. China’s If You Are the One 2 opened up day-and-date (a first) with its Mainland release and chimed in with a potent $208,000 launch.

The frame also featured a clutch of last-minute releases for award season consideration. Best of the bunch was Venice-prized Somewhere with $148,000 from seven venues. The animated The Illusionist displayed comparable strength with a two-day tally of $52,600 on two screens and a four screen push for Barney’s Version in Canada proved effective with $64,400 (a single U.S. Oscar qualifying run was unreported). Lastly, Country Strong lilted $33,800 from two sneak peeks.

Overall the Christmas session got clobbered with calendar positioning that landed the eve on Friday (expect something similar with New Years). And while an estimated $155 million weekend provided an 11% boost from the prior weekend it translated into a pounding 45% drop from 2009. As the door quickly closes on the year, box office gross has slipped behind the prior year and admissions are approaching close to double digit erosion. A year ago Avatar’s second weekend grossed $75.6 million and debuts of Sherlock Holmes and The Alvin Squeakquel added $62.4 million and $48.9 million respectively.

All that said, tracking wasn’t exactly on target for new entries and holdovers. The third in the Fockers series was expected to render a first weekend of between $40 million and $45 million while the sophomore edition of TRON: Legacy was pegged at $25 million. Conversely True Grit outperformed pundits soothsaying that had it shy of $20 million.

Holiday crowds clearly voted for The Fighter, Black Swan and The King’s Speech as their Oscar favorites. Still there are seven additional slots to fill and the campaigning is apt to intensify in the upcoming weeks.
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Weekend Estimates – December 24-26, 2010

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Little Fockers Uni 34.0 (9,610) NEW 3536 48.2
True Grit Par 25.5 (8,360) NEW 3047 36.6
Tron: Legacy BV 20.6 (5,960) -53% 3451 88.7
Chronicles of Narnia: Dawn Treader Fox 10.9 (3,240) -12% 3350 63.9
The Fighter Par/Alliance 8.6 (3,430) -29% 2511 27.7
Yogi Bear WB 8.4 (2,380) -55% 3515 36.3
Gulliver’s Travels * Fox 6.9 (2,700) NEW 2546 6.9
Tangled BV 6.7 (2,590) -24% 2582 143.8
Fox Searchlight 6.4 (4,390) -23% 1466 28.9
The Tourist Sony 5.6 (2,020) -35% 2756 41.1
The King’s Speech Weinstein Co. 4.6 (6,530) 317% 700 8.4
How Do You Know Sony 3.7 (1,480) -51% 2483 15.1
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1* WB 3.3 (1,920) -34% 1732 273.1
Tees Maar Khan UTV .70 (6,780) NEW 103 0.7
Due Date WB .37 (910) -71% 404 98.3
Unstoppable Fox .36 (920) -80% 393 78.5
Megamind Par .35 (460) -49% 764 142.6
Burlesque Sony .33 (660) -77% 501 36.7
The Social Network Sony .31 (1,230) 9% 249 92.3
If You Are the One 2 China Lion .21 (9,040) NEW 23 0.21
127 Hours Fox Searchlight .20 (1,720) -64% 115 9.8
* Christmas Day opening
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $145.90
% Change (Last Year) -45%
% Change (Last Week) 11%
Also debuting/expanding
Somewhere Focus .15 (21,140) 7 0.2
Rabbit Hole Lionsgate 88,700 (2,610) 65% 34 0.16
Barney’s Version eOne 64,400 (16,100) 4 0.06
Casino Jack IDP 60,500 (4,030) 75% 15 0.11
The Illusionist * Sony Classics 52,600 (26,300) 2 0.05
Country Strong Sony 33,800 (16,900) 2 0.05
The Tempest Miramax/Maple 32,700 (2,520) -44% 13 0.19
Toonpur Ka Superhero Eros 9,600 (400) 24 0.01
Isi Life Mein Rajshri 4,500 (250) 18 0.01

Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Dec. 23, 2010)

Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Warner Bros. (30) 1861 18.40%
Paramount (19) 1634.7 16.10%
Fox (19) 1442.4 14.20%
Buena Vista (17) 1349.1 13.30%
Sony (26) 1239.1 12.20%
Universal (18) 798.7 7.90%
Summit (11) 522.2 5.20%
Lionsgate (16) 519.3 5.10%
Fox Searchlight (8) 105 1.00%
Overture (8) 87.4 0.90%
Focus (7) 75.2 0.70%
CBS (3) 72.5 0.70%
Weinstein Co. (9) 65.5 0.60%
Sony Classics (22) 59.5 0.60%
MGM (1) 50.4 0.50%
Other * (317) 253.5 2.50%
10135.5 100.00%
* none greater than .04%

Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Dec. 23, 2010)

Title Distributor Gross
Hubble 3D WB 19,359,509
The Ghost Writer Summit 15,569,712
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Music Box/Alliance 11,287,817
The Young Victoria * Apparition/Alliance 11,131,232
127 Hours Fox Searchlight 9,321,571
Get Low Sony Classics 9,106,802
Fair Game Summit 8,650,388
A Single Man * Weinstein Co. 7,935,872
The Girl Who Played with Fire Music Box/Alliance 7,848,496
Cyrus Fox Searchlight 7,461,082
Babies Focus 7,444,272
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus E1/Sony Classics 7,394,171
Conviction Fox Searchlight 6,768,063
City Island Anchor Bay 6,671,036
The Last Station Sony Classics 6,617,867
Waiting for “Superman” Par Vantage 6,410,257
The Secret in Their Eyes Sony Classics 6,391,436
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Focus 6,362,514
Winter’s Bone Roadside Attraction 6,237,371
Under the Sea 3D * WB 5,732,362
* does not include 2009 box office

Weekend Box Office Report — November 28

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Tangled Up in Blues … and Reds

A quartet of new releases for Thanksgiving failed to topple Harry Potter from the top of the charts during the gobble, gobble fest. The first part of the Potter finale — Deathly Hallows — grossed an estimated $51.2 million for the weekend portion of the holiday frame. Just a cluck behind was the animated Rapunzel of Tangled with $49.2 million ($69.1 million for the 5-days).

The other three wide release freshmen clustered in positions five to seven with indifferent results. The glitzy musical Burlesque crooned $11.4 million, rom-com Love and Other Drugs ingested $9.6 million and Faster added a tortoise-paced $8.2 million.

The big noise of the session proved to be the well positioned awards contender The King’s Speech that amassed a heady $86,000 screen average from just four venues. There was also an impressive $610,000 for local hockey comedy Lance et compte in Quebec, but a dull $212,000 for Bollywood entry Break Ke Baad. And a new seasonal Nutcracker in 3D was virtually D.O.A. with a $62,700 tally from 42 screens.

Adding it all up, Thanksgiving box office was a smidgen less than last year’s result.

Industry trackers generally predicted that Deathly Hallows would prevail at the box office but few anticipated that Tangled would be truly competitive with the Hogwart’s grad. They also generally over estimated the strengths of the remaining trio of new entries; especially Faster, which was given the edge over Love and Other Drugs.

Overall weekend numbers added up to roughly $187 million that translated into a 6% decline from the immediate prior session. It was also a slight 1% decline from Thanksgiving weekend 2009 when The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Blind Side led with respectively $42.9 million and $40.1 million. The top new entry, Old Dogs, ranked fourth with $16.9 million.

The current session also saw expansions for 127 Hours and Fair Game that were encouraging but nonetheless displayed signs of fatigue. Still with critics groups just weeks away from announcements both films could well experience second winds. The potent arrival of The King’s Speech however has put that film in the forefront and its now vying with a real royal wedding as well as a smattering of pictures yet to be seen for late year honors.

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Weekend Estimates – November 26-28, 2010

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows, Part 1* WB 51.2 (12,420) -59% 4125 221.2
Tangled BV 49.2 (13,660) NEW 3603 69.1
Megamind Par 12.9 (3,770) -20% 3411 130.5
Unstoppable Fox 11.7 (3,670) -10% 3183 60.6
Burlesque Sony 11.4 (3,740) NEW 3037 16.8
Love and Other Drugs Fox 9.6 (3,920) NEW 2455 13.8
Faster CBS 8.2 (3,360) NEW 2451 11.8
Due Date WB 7.2 (2,830) -19% 2555 84.9
The Next Three Days Lionsgate 4.8 (1,860) -27% 2564 14.5
Morning Glory Par 4.0 (1,630) -24% 2441 26.4
127 Hours Searchlight 1.7 (5,900) 89% 293 4.4
Fair Game Summit 1.6 (3,960) 8% 396 6
For Colored Girls … Lionsgate 1.4 (2,360) -38% 605 36.6
Red Summit 1.4 (1,540) -43% 914 86.2
Skyline Uni/Alliance 1.1 (900) -70% 1189 20.1
The Social Network Sony .73 (2,510) -22% 291 90.4
Secretariat BV .66 (1.310) -32% 502 57.6
Lance et compte Seville .61 (6,930) NEW 88 0.61
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Music Box/Alliance .36 (1,970) -10% 184 4.2
Despicable Me Uni .35 (1,320) 31% 266 249.7
The King’s Speech Weinstein Co. .34 (86,030) NEW 4 0.34
Inside Job Sony Classics .31 (2,330) -9% 132 2.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $179.40
% Change (Last Year) -1%
% Change (Last Week) -6%
Also debuting/expanding
Break Ke Baad Reliance .21 (2,500) 85 0.33
Nutcracker 3D FreeStyle 62,700 (1,490) 42 0.09
Made in Dagenham Sony Classics 62.500 (5,680) 64% 11 0.12
The Legend of Pale Male Balcony 11,400 (11,400) 1 0.01
The Unjust CJ 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Tere Ishq Nachaye Eros 4,200 (200) 21 0.01

Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 21, 2010)

Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Warner Bros. (27) 1674.1 17.80%
Paramount (18) 1578.1 16.70%
Fox (17) 1333.8 14.10%
Buena Vista (15) 1174.6 12.50%
Sony (23) 1161.6 12.30%
Universal (18) 793.9 8.40%
Summit (11) 512.7 5.40%
Lionsgate (15) 500.4 5.30%
Overture (7) 81.8 0.90%
Fox Searchlight (7) 81.4 0.90%
Focus (7) 75.2 0.80%
Weinstein Co. (7) 62.6 0.70%
Sony Classics (21) 57.8 0.60%
MGM (1) 51.2 0.50%
CBS (2) 50 0.50%
Other * (296) 242.7 2.60%
9431.9 100.00%
* none greater than .04%

Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Nov. 21, 2010)

Title Distributor Gross
Hubble 3D WB 18,355,494
The Ghost Writer Summit 15,569,712
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Music Box/Alliance 11,282,938
The Young Victoria * Apparition/Alliance 11,131,232
Get Low Sony Classics 9,080,285
A Single Man * Weinstein Co. 7,935,872
The Girl Who Played with Fire Music Box/Alliance 7,837,823
Cyrus Fox Searchlight 7,461,082
Babies Focus 7,444,272
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus * E1/Sony Classics 7,394,171
City Island Anchor Bay 6,671,036
The Last Station Sony Classics 6,617,867
The Secret in Their Eyes Sony Classics 6,391,436
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Focus 6,350,058
Winter’s Bone Roadside Attraction 6,225,414
Waiting for “Superman” Par Vantage 6,130,466
Under the Sea 3D * WB 5,504,062
Precious Lions Gate 5,085,319
I Am Love Magnolia 5,002,411
An Education * Sony Classics 4,963,224
* does not include 2009 box office

Weekend Box Office Report – October 31

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

See … Saw … Ouch!

Saw 3D whipped into cinemas with an estimated $24.3 million to take top spot in weekend movie going. Distributors gave a wide berth to the Halloween frame when traditionally there are sharp drops in attendance; making the Saw finale the sole new national release.

A different sort of ghoul — the Millennium finale The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — went limited wide to solid returns of $890,000, but otherwise the frame’s new entries were dominated by niche and exclusive launches. The best of the bunch was the Chinese trembler Aftershock with a single screen entry of $17,600. Other newcomers with good but not spectacular returns included indie drama Welcome to the Riley’s, Brit spy spoof Wild Target, Mexican prize winner Nora’s Will, Claude Chabrol’s final effort Bellamy and non-fiction entry Waste Land.

Overall box office saw a sharp fall from last weekend and a slight bump from 2009 results.

The seventh annual edition of the Saw franchise was hoping for an exit with bite with the addition of stereoscopic imagery. But pre-release tracking indicated that with or without gimmicks the mania was fading and its mid-$20 million weekend tally was pretty much in line with pundit’s predictions. The gore crowd would appear to be sated with current splatter fare but the past month has seen every segment of the audience unenthusiastic for the new crop of movies beyond their opening sessions.

The global juggernaut for the Millennium trilogy continued with the U.S. bow of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The first installment, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has racked up $99 million internationally and it and its second chapter are the top grossing foreign-language movies in America post-Pan’s Labyrinth.

Weekend revenues generated about $95 million in sales that translated into a 28% drop from the immediate prior session. It was a modest 6% improvement from 2009 when Michael Jackson: This Is It bowed to $23.2 million followed by Paranormal Activity with $16.4 million.

The fact-based Conviction expanded nationally to fair results and appears to be headed to the same sort of indifferent commercial returns as the rest of the early award season contenders. A sharp drop for last weekend’s Hereafter departs from the sort of holds associated with recent films directed by Clint Eastwood whereas the better than expected stamina of the geezer spies of RED has confounded box office mavens.

But apart from Jackass 3D (which passed a $100 million tally this weekend) such well-reviewed positive word-of-mouth entries as The Social Network and Secretariat have struggled to maintain a presence (forget about momentum) in a marketplace that has all but eliminated the possibility of a second wind.

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Weekend Estimates – October 29-31, 2010

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Saw 3D Lionsgate 24.3 (8,660) New 2808 24.3
Paranormal Activity 2 Par 16.4 (5,070) -60% 3239 65.6
Red Summit 10.9 (3,250) -28% 3349 59
Jackass 3D Par 8.5 (2,720) -60% 3139 101.7
Hereafter WB 6.4 (2,630) -47% 2424 22.2
Secretariat BV 5.0 (1,610) -28% 3108 44.7
The Social Network Sony 4.7 (1,690) -36% 2767 79.7
Life As We Know It WB 4.1 (1,440) -33% 2860 43.6
The Town WB 2.0 (1,250) -27% 1608 87.7
Conviction Fox Searchlight 1.8 (3,220) 501% 565 2.4
Legend of the Guardians WB 1.8 (880) -46% 2010 52.7
Easy A Sony 1.1(880) -37% 1262 56.3
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Music Box/Alliance .89 (5,830) New 152 0.89
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Fox .78 (840) -37% 933 51.2
Waiting for “Superman” Par Vantage .52 (1,580) -33% 330 4.6
Devil Uni .51 (800) -21% 635 33.1
Alpha and Omega Lionsgate .48 (710) -34% 676 24.1
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Focus .46 (960) -32% 477 5.8
You Again BV .41 (610) -37% 673 24.7
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sony Classics .33 (1,022) -24% 323 2.4
Toy Story 3 BV .31 (920) -34% 337 413.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $89.70
% Change (Last Year) 6%
% Change (Last Week) -28%
Also debuting/expanding
Stone Overture .22 (1,760) -39% 125 1.2
Nowhere Boy Weinstein Co. .13 (840) -62% 153 1
10.50 Alliance 55,800 (4,290) 13 0.06
Welcome to the Riley’s IDP 41,600 (4,160) 10 0.04
Nora’s Will Menemsha 25,300 (4,220) 6 0.03
Wild Target FreeStyle 23,200 (5,800) 4 0.02
Bellamy IFC 19,700 (9,850) 2 0.02
Monsters Magnolia 18,100 (6,030) 3 0.02
Aftershock AMC 17,600 (17,600) 1 0.02
Waste Land Arthouse 10.300 (10,300) 1 0.01
Walkaway IABA 9,400 (360) 26 0.01
Strange Powers Variance 4,800 (4,800) 1 0.01
The Kids Grow Up Shadow 4,600 (4,600) 1 0.01

Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 28, 2010)

Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Warner Bros. (25) 1436.3 16.40%
Paramount (16) 1389.1 15.90%
Fox (16) 1289.8 14.70%
Buena Vista (15) 1155.5 13.20%
Sony (23) 1142.4 13.10%
Universal (17) 774.3 8.90%
Summit (10) 473.3 5.40%
Lionsgate (12) 412.7 4.70%
Overture (7) 80.6 0.90%
Focus (7) 74.1 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (6) 73.4 0.80%
Weinstein Co. (7) 61.9 0.70%
Sony Classics (21) 54.7 0.60%
MGM (1) 51.2 0.60%
CBS (2) 50 0.60%
Other * (277) 229.7 2.70%
8749 100.00%
* none greater than .04%

Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Oct. 28, 2010)

Title Distributor Gross
Hubble 3D WB 17,246,918
The Ghost Writer Summit 15,569,712
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Music Box/Alliance 11,270,373
The Young Victoria * Apparition/Alliance 11,131,232
Get Low Sony Classics 8,980,294
A Single Man * Weinstein Co. 7,935,872
The Girl Who Played with Fire Music Box/Alliance 7,768,761
Cyrus Fox Searchlight 7,461,082
Babies Focus 7,444,272
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus * E1/Sony Classics 7,394,171
City Island Anchor Bay 6,671,036
The Last Station Sony Classics 6,617,867
The Secret in Their Eyes Sony Classics 6,391,436
Winter’s Bone Roadside Attractions 6,204,696
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Focus 5,342,641
Under the Sea 3D * WB 5,256,073
I Am Love Magnolia 4,982,446
An Education * Sony Classics 4,963,224
The Hurt Locker * Summit 4,531,548
Solitary Man Anchor Bay 4,360,548
* does not include 2009 box office

March 5

Friday, March 5th, 2010
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The Hurt Locker
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
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147
2
Avatar
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
3
2
2
138
3
Inglourious Basterds
4
5
3
3
3
3
3
3
6
3
3
3
4
3
3
113
4
Up in the Air
3
3
4
4
5
4
5
4
4
4
5
5
2
4
4
106
5
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
5
4
5
5
6
6
4
5
5
8
4
4
7
5
5
87
6
Up
6
7
7
6
9
5
7
6
7
5
7
6
5
7
7
68
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An Education
7
6
6
8
8
8
6
7
8
7
6
7
6
6
8
61
8
The Blind Side
9
10
10
7
4
7
9
10
3
6
10
10
8
10
6
46
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District 9
8
9
8
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8
8
10
9
8
9
9
8
9
34
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A Serious Man
10
8
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7
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9
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10
27

* Greg Ellwood moved Avatar to #1.
* Anne Thompson moved The Blind Side from #7 to #10, A Serious Man from #8 to #9, District 9 from #9 to #8, and Up from #10 to #7.
* Anthony Breznican moved The Hurt Locker from #3 to #1, Avatar from #1 to #2, and Up in the Air from #2 to #3

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Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
James Cameron
Avatar
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
59
3
Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds
2
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
44
4
Jason Reitman
Up in the Air
4
3
5
5
5
4
4
4
3
4
5
5
4
4
4
27
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Lee Daniels
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
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5
4
4
4
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
5
5
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20
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Jeff Bridges
Crazy Heart
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1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker
2
2
5
4
2
5
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
51
3
George Clooney
Up in the Air
4
3
2
3
3
2
4
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
2
44
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Colin Firth
A Single Man
3
4
3
2
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
37
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Morgan Freeman
Invictus
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Sandra Bullock
The Blind Side
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1
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73
2
Meryl Streep
Julie and Julia
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2
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2
2
1
1
3
2
2
2
60
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Carey Mulligan
An Education
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3
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4
3
3
4
3
3
4
3
3
3
39
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Gabourey Sidibe
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
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3
4
4
3
3
4
4
5
4
4
2
4
4
4
36
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Helen Mirren
The Last Station
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5
5
5
5
5
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5
3
5
5
5
5
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17
* Pete Hammond moved Meryl Streep to #2.
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Mo’Nique
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
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1
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1
75
2
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Crazy Heart
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4
4
4
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5
2
3
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2
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45
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Anna Kendrick
Up in the Air
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2
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2
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3
3
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4
2
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4
3
2
43
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Vera Farmiga
Up in the Air
2
3
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3
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37
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Penelope Cruz
Nine
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Christoph Waltz
Inglourious Basterds
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
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1
1
1
1
1
1
75
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Woody Harrelson
The Messenger
3
2
2
3
3
4
2
2
4
2
2
2
3
2
3
51
3
Christopher Plummer
The Last Station
4
5
4
2
2
2
4
4
2
3
3
2
3
4
40
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Stanely Tucci
The Lovely Bones
2
4
5
5
4
3
3
3
3
4
5
4
4
2
33
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Matt Damon
Invictus
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3
3
4
5
5
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The Hurt Locker
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2
Inglourious Basterds
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
66
3
Up
3
5
3
3
4
5
3
3
5
3
3
3
3
3
4
37
4
A Serious Man
5
4
4
4
3
4
4
5
3
4
5
5
4
3
27
5
The Messenger
4
3
5
5
5
3
5
4
4
5
4
4
5
5
23
………………………………………
x
1
Up in the Air
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
73
2
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
2
2
4
2
2
2
2
3
4
2
2
3
2
3
4
51
3
An Education
3
3
5
3
4
4
3
2
2
3
1
5
3
2
2
45
4
In the Loop
4
4
2
4
3
5
4
4
3
4
5
2
5
5
5
31
5
District 9
5
5
3
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
25
……….……………………………
x
The White Ribbon
Germany
1
1
1
3
3
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
61
Un Prophete
France
2
2
3
2
4
2
3
2
1
3
2
1
3
3
2
55
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Argentina
4
4
2
1
1
3
1
3
3
1
4
1
1
4
51
Ajami
Israel
3
5
4
4
2
4
5
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
31
The Milk of Sorrow
Peru
5
3
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
17
……….……………………………
x
The Cove
Nominees TBD
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
73
Food, Inc
Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
58
Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg & the Pentagon Papers
Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
3
4
2
4
1
3
3
5
3
5
3
5
4
3
36
Which Way Home
Rebecca Cammisa
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
3
4
4
4
3
3
2
5
28
Burma VJ
Anders Østergaard , Lise Lense-Møller
4
3
4
3
4
4
5
4
5
3
5
4
5
4
27
………………………………………..
x
Up
Pete Docter
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson
2
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
3
2
2
3
3
51
Coraline
Henry Selick
4
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
2
4
2
2
46
The Princess and the Frog
John Musker and Ron Clements
3
4
4
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
5
3
4
4
28
The Secret of Kells
Tomm Moore
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
16
……………………………………….
x
Avatar
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
74
Sherlock Holmes
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
3
4
4
3
2
2
2
3
5
4
2
2
2
2
44
Nine
Art Direction: John Myhre Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
2
3
3
4
3
5
3
2
3
5
3
3
3
5
37
The Young Victoria
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette Set Decoration: Maggie Gray
4
5
5
2
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
2
4
4
3
34
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
5
1
2
5
5
4
5
5
2
2
4
5
5
4
30
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Mauro Fiore
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
72
The Hurt Locker
Barry Ackroyd
2
3
2
3
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
4
3
2
58
Inglourious Basterds
Robert Richardson
3
4
3
2
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
3
46
The White Ribbon
Christian Berger
5
2
5
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
32
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Bruno Delbonnel
4
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
17
Greg Ellwood and Pete Hammond moved Avatar to #1.
…………………………………….
x
The Young Victoria
Sandy Powell
1
4
1
1
3
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
67
Bright Star
Janet Patterson
4
2
3
4
2
2
2
2
5
2
5
3
3
3
3
45
Nine
Colleen Atwood
2
5
2
3
1
5
3
4
1
5
2
2
2
2
45
Coco Before Chanel
Catherine Leterrier
3
1
4
2
4
3
5
3
3
4
3
2
4
5
4
40
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
Monique Prudhomme
5
3
5
5
5
4
4
5
2
3
4
5
4
5
25
……..……………………………..
x
The Hurt Locker
Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
70
Avatar
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
1
2
63
Inglourious Basterds
Sally Menke
3
4
4
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
42
District 9
Julian Clarke
4
1
3
4
4
3
4
5
4
5
5
4
4
4
30
Precious
Joe Klotz
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
4
4
5
5
5
17
Susan Wloszczyna moved Hurt Locker to #1.
.
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x
Up
Michael Giacchino
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
68
Avatar
James Horner
3
2
2
2
2
1
3
2
2
2
1
2
2
3
2
60
The Hurt Locker
Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
2
4
5
5
3
2
2
5
3
3
2
3
3
5
3
41
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Alexandre Desplat
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
4
4
4
4
5
27
Sherlock Holmes
Hans Zimmer
5
4
3
5
5
5
3
4
4
5
5
2
4
25
Susan Wloszczyna moved Up to #1.
.
………………………………………
x
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)
Crazy Heart
Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
“Down in New Orleans”
The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
2
4
3
2
5
2
4
4
3
2
2
2
3
2
3
47
Take it All”
Nine
Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
3
2
4
4
2
4
2
2
2
4
5
2
3
4
41
“Almost There”
The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
4
3
2
3
4
3
3
3
4
3
3
4
4
2
39
“Loin de Paname”
Paris 36
Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
5
5
5
5
2
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
18
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x
Avatar
Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
72
The Hurt Locker
Paul N.J. Ottoson
2
4
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
2
2
3
2
2
1
60
Inglourious Basterds
Wylie Stateman
3
5
5
3
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
2
4
3
3
39
Star Trek
Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
4
2
3
4
5
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
32
Up
Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
5
3
4
5
4
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
19
Pete Hammond and Greg Ellwood moved Avatar to number one.
.
………………………………………
x
Star Trek
Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
70
The Young Victoria
Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
1
3
2
2
1
2
2
2
3
2
2
1
2
2
1
62
Il Divo
Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
3
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
2
3
3
3
48
* Anne Thompson moved Star Trek to #1.
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
2
1
2
69
The Hurt Locker
Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
66
Inglourious Basterds
Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
4
4
4
3
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
39
Star Trek
Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin
3
3
3
4
5
4
3
3
4
5
4
4
5
4
30
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
3
5
18
* Anne Thompson moved The Hurt Locker from #5 to #2, Transformers from #2 to #3, and Star Trek from #3 to #5
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
District 9
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
3
2
2
3
2
2
3
3
3
2
2
2
3
2
50
Star Trek
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
2
3
3
2
3
3
2
2
2
3
3
3
2
3
48

NOTE: Changes from last week are marked in bold.

The Gurus

Scott Bowles
…… USA Today
Anthony Breznican
…… USA Today
Greg Ellwood
——–HitFix
Pete Hammond
…… LAT Envelope
Eugene Hernandez
…… indieWIRE
Peter Howell
…… The Toronto Star
Dave Karger
…… Entertainment Weekly
Mark Olsen
…….LA Times


David Poland
…… MCN
Steve Pond
…… The Wrap
Sasha Stone
…… AwardsDaily.com
Sean Smith
…… Entertainment Weekly
Kris Tapley
…… In Contention
Anne Thompson
…… Thompson On Hollywood
Susan Wloszczyna
…… USA Today

February 25

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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x
1
The Hurt Locker
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
146
2
Avatar
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
3
2
2
137
3
Inglourious Basterds
4
5
3
3
3
3
3
3
6
3
3
3
4
3
3
113
4
Up in the Air
3
2
4
4
5
4
5
4
4
4
5
5
2
4
4
106
5
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
5
4
5
5
6
6
4
5
5
8
4
4
7
5
5
87
6
Up
6
7
7
6
9
5
7
6
7
5
7
6
5
10
7
65
7
An Education
7
6
6
8
8
8
6
7
8
7
6
7
6
6
8
61
8
The Blind Side
9
10
10
7
4
7
9
10
3
6
10
10
8
7
6
49
9
District 9
8
9
8
9
10
9
8
8
10
9
8
9
9
9
9
33
10
A Serious Man
10
8
9
10
7
10
10
9
9
10
9
8
10
8
10
28

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x
1
Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
James Cameron
Avatar
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
59
3
Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds
2
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
44
4
Jason Reitman
Up in the Air
4
3
5
5
5
4
4
4
3
4
5
5
4
4
4
27
5
Lee Daniels
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
5
5
4
4
4
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
5
5
5
20
………………………………………..
x
1
Jeff Bridges
Crazy Heart
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker
2
2
5
4
2
5
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
51
3
George Clooney
Up in the Air
4
3
2
3
3
2
4
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
2
44
4
Colin Firth
A Single Man
3
4
3
2
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
37
5
Morgan Freeman
Invictus
5
5
4
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
18
……………………………………….
x
1
Sandra Bullock
The Blind Side
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
73
2
Meryl Streep
Julie and Julia
3
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
3
2
2
2
59
3
Carey Mulligan
An Education
4
4
3
2
4
4
3
3
4
3
3
4
3
3
3
40
4
Gabourey Sidibe
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
2
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
5
4
4
2
4
4
4
36
5
Helen Mirren
The Last Station
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
5
5
17
………………………………………
x
1
Mo’Nique
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Crazy Heart
3
4
4
4
2
5
2
3
3
4
2
2
2
2
3
45
3
Anna Kendrick
Up in the Air
4
2
2
2
5
3
3
2
4
2
3
4
3
2
43
4
Vera Farmiga
Up in the Air
2
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
2
3
4
3
4
4
37
5
Penelope Cruz
Nine
5
5
5
5
3
2
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
19
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x
1
Christoph Waltz
Inglourious Basterds
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
2
Woody Harrelson
The Messenger
3
2
2
3
3
4
2
2
4
2
2
2
3
2
3
51
3
Christopher Plummer
The Last Station
4
5
4
2
2
2
4
4
2
3
3
2
3
4
40
4
Stanely Tucci
The Lovely Bones
2
4
5
5
4
3
3
3
3
4
5
4
4
2
33
5
Matt Damon
Invictus
5
3
3
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
20
……..……………………………..
x
1
The Hurt Locker
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
69
2
Inglourious Basterds
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
66
3
Up
3
5
3
3
4
5
3
3
5
3
3
3
3
3
4
37
4
A Serious Man
5
4
4
4
3
4
4
5
3
4
5
5
4
3
27
5
The Messenger
4
3
5
5
5
3
5
4
4
5
4
4
5
5
23
………………………………………
x
1
Up in the Air
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
73
2
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
2
2
4
2
2
2
2
3
4
2
2
3
2
3
4
51
3
An Education
3
3
5
3
4
4
3
2
2
3
1
5
3
2
2
45
4
In the Loop
4
4
2
4
3
5
4
4
3
4
5
2
5
5
5
31
5
District 9
5
5
3
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
25
……….……………………………
x
The White Ribbon
Germany
1
1
1
3
3
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
61
Un Prophete
France
2
2
3
2
4
2
3
2
1
3
2
1
3
3
2
55
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Argentina
4
4
2
1
1
3
1
3
3
1
4
1
1
4
51
Ajami
Israel
3
5
4
4
2
4
5
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
31
The Milk of Sorrow
Peru
5
3
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
17
……….……………………………
x
The Cove
Nominees TBD
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
73
Food, Inc
Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
58
Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg & the Pentagon Papers
Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
3
4
2
4
1
3
3
5
3
5
3
5
4
3
36
Which Way Home
Rebecca Cammisa
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
3
4
4
4
3
3
2
5
28
Burma VJ
Anders Østergaard , Lise Lense-Møller
4
3
4
3
4
4
5
4
5
3
5
4
5
4
27
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x
Up
Pete Docter
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson
2
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
3
2
2
3
3
51
Coraline
Henry Selick
4
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
2
4
2
2
46
The Princess and the Frog
John Musker and Ron Clements
3
4
4
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
5
3
4
4
28
The Secret of Kells
Tomm Moore
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
16
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x
Avatar
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
74
Sherlock Holmes
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
3
4
4
3
2
2
2
3
5
4
2
2
2
2
44
Nine
Art Direction: John Myhre Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
2
3
3
4
3
5
3
2
3
5
3
3
3
5
37
The Young Victoria
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette Set Decoration: Maggie Gray
4
5
5
2
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
2
4
4
3
34
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
5
1
2
5
5
4
5
5
2
2
4
5
5
4
30
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x
Avatar
Mauro Fiore
1
1
2
3
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
69
The Hurt Locker
Barry Ackroyd
2
3
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
4
3
2
61
Inglourious Basterds
Robert Richardson
3
4
3
2
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
3
45
The White Ribbon
Christian Berger
5
2
5
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
32
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Bruno Delbonnel
4
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
17
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x
The Young Victoria
Sandy Powell
1
4
1
1
3
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
67
Bright Star
Janet Patterson
4
2
3
4
2
2
2
2
5
2
5
3
3
3
3
45
Nine
Colleen Atwood
2
5
2
3
1
5
3
4
1
5
2
2
2
2
45
Coco Before Chanel
Catherine Leterrier
3
1
4
2
4
3
5
3
3
4
3
2
4
5
4
40
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
Monique Prudhomme
5
3
5
5
5
4
4
5
2
3
4
5
4
5
25
……..……………………………..
x
The Hurt Locker
Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
69
Avatar
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
1
1
64
Inglourious Basterds
Sally Menke
3
4
4
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
42
District 9
Julian Clarke
4
1
3
4
4
3
4
5
4
5
5
4
4
4
30
Precious
Joe Klotz
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
4
4
5
5
5
17
………………………………………
x
Up
Michael Giacchino
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
4
68
Avatar
James Horner
3
2
2
2
2
1
3
2
2
2
1
2
2
3
1
60
The Hurt Locker
Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
2
4
5
5
3
2
2
5
3
3
2
3
3
5
2
41
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Alexandre Desplat
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
4
4
4
4
5
27
Sherlock Holmes
Hans Zimmer
5
4
3
5
5
5
3
4
4
5
5
2
3
25
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x
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)
Crazy Heart
Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
“Down in New Orleans”
The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
2
4
3
2
5
2
4
4
3
2
2
2
3
2
3
47
Take it All”
Nine
Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
3
2
4
4
2
4
2
2
2
4
5
2
3
4
41
“Almost There”
The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
4
3
2
3
4
3
3
3
4
3
3
4
4
2
39
“Loin de Paname”
Paris 36
Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
5
5
5
5
2
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
18
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
70
The Hurt Locker
Paul N.J. Ottoson
2
4
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
2
2
3
2
2
1
62
Inglourious Basterds
Wylie Stateman
3
5
5
3
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
2
4
3
3
39
Star Trek
Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
4
2
3
4
5
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
32
Up
Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
5
3
4
5
4
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
19
………………………………………
x
Star Trek
Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
2
69
The Young Victoria
Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
1
3
2
2
1
2
2
2
3
2
2
1
2
1
1
63
Il Divo
Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
3
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
2
3
3
3
48
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
2
1
2
69
The Hurt Locker
Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
5
1
63
Inglourious Basterds
Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
4
4
4
3
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
39
Star Trek
Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin
3
3
3
4
5
4
3
3
4
5
4
4
3
4
32
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
2
5
19
………………………………………
x
Avatar
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
75
District 9
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
3
2
2
3
2
2
3
3
3
2
2
2
3
2
50
Star Trek
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
2
3
3
2
3
3
2
2
2
3
3
3
2
3
48

The Gurus

Scott Bowles
…… USA Today
Anthony Breznican
…… USA Today
Greg Ellwood
——–HitFix
Pete Hammond
…… LAT Envelope
Eugene Hernandez
…… indieWIRE
Peter Howell
…… The Toronto Star
Dave Karger
…… Entertainment Weekly
Mark Olsen
…….LA Times

David Poland
…… MCN
Steve Pond
…… The Wrap
Sasha Stone
…… AwardsDaily.com
Sean Smith
…… Entertainment Weekly
Kris Tapley
…… In Contention
Anne Thompson
…… Thompson On Hollywood
Susan Wloszczyna
…… USA Today

The Young Victoria, costume designer Sandy Powell

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

February 11

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Has anything changed in your
opinion since nominations?
If so, what?
Scott Bowles Nope
Anthony Breznican I don’t think much has changed. Jeff Bridges wins. Sandra Bullock wins. Christoph Waltz. Mo’Nique. Best picture — Avatar? Probably. But looking at the formula for calculating the 10 votes to include second and third choices makes me wonder how solid that is. Does that potentially benefit The Hurt Locker? Dark-horse Up in the Air? Invictus? (Wait, nevermind …) Probably Bigelow for director. Avatar for picture. Up in the Air gets adapted screenplay for Reitman, while Inglourious Basterds wins original screenplay for Tarantino. And overall, the Academy spreads the wealth during a very strong year.
Gregory Ellwood I think the only thing that has changed – ever so slightly – is that people would actually be surprised of Streep won Best Actress. It’s pretty much expected that Bullock will win.
Pete Hammond I think the Best Picture race is appearing more fluid because of the uncertainty of how the preferential balloting will affect certain films. Still no matter how many times I come up with an alternative premise that tries to make the race interesting and suspenseful I then talk to a handful of Oscar voters who tell me they are voting for The Hurt Locker. Go figure. No other changes in the acting races. They appear locked as far as I can see although the actress race has gotten more aggressive but will it help? We’ll see. It’s Bullock’s to lose at this point.
Eugene Hernandez In the wake of her DGA win and continued momentum for The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow seems to be solidly on track for the directing Oscar. Meanwhile Jeff Bridges, Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique appear headed for wins, as well. I think Sandra Bullock is well positioned, but keep an eye on Meryl Streep. At this stage, is anyone willing to consider a surprise in this category: Gabourey Sidibe or Carey Mulligan. Not out of the question. Also, I’m keeping an eye on the doc category. Food Inc. seems solid, but The Cove got a boost this week with news of a release in Japan. Don’t count out Daniel Ellsberg, which is a strong film. Finally, best picture: In any other year I’d predict The Hurt Locker at this moment, but given the new ballot with ten nominees… We’ll all be holding our breath down to the final award of the night. Just what the Academy ordered.
Peter Howell I don’t think anything has changed, apart from firming up of the top prospects. I’ve talked to lot of people who are FINALLY going to see The Hurt Locker as result of the noms — which is good.
Dave Karger No, we’re definitely in a lull right now…
Mark Olsen
Nothing has changed, things have just solidified/been confirmed. It’s kind of the scourge of the extended awards season and our microscopic coverage, that we take much of the surprise out of it both for ourselves and anyone else who actually follows along. Of course, if things weren’t quite so predictable/understandable we’d all be out of business, so…
David Poland Well, there’s a lot of talk. Seems to me that the thing that has changed is that viewers of The Hurt Locker in The Academy has probably jumped from 40% to 90%. That’s a huge win.
Steve Pond What’s changed is that we’re looking for things to write about, and there aren’t as many of those things as there were a week ago.

Movement in the races, momentum shifts, that kind of thing? Not so much.

Sean Smith
Sasha Stone What has changed is that we are entering the second phase of the Oscar race. Not many people seem to notice that there was a date extension, which means that there are a few weeks with ballots outstanding. This is very different from the past several years when there wasn’t any time to mull over the frontrunners. That means there will be more careful consideration of the contenders.

Avatar has been seriously hurt by not winning the DGA or the PGA, or having any SAG nominations — heading into the Oscar race with no acting nor writing nominations means that it is weakest at the heart of the voting academy, where actors kind of rule. This change took place, it feels like, because of the momentum put forth by Cameron’s winning the Golden Globe. Voters after that in the various races seemed to go, “hold on a minute, THAT is the best film of 2009?” At the same time, though Avatar has become the highest earner, the week that ballots went out its position dipped to one behind Dear John. Had it remained in a dominant spot throughout these next few weeks it still might have been enough.What has changed, though, ultimately, is not a question we can answer because none of us have ever been through a ten-picture race. What is exciting is that anything is possible and no one should be surprised if a film not expected to win turns up in the number one spot, like Up or Precious, or even Inglourious Basterds. For me the miracle of this race, the truly surprising thing about it so far, is how well a small film written off by almost everyone (one that continues to be written off) keeps winning despite its box office returns. On the one hand, this could be seen as an anti-Cameron vote, on the other hand, wow.

The Oscar race is usually about the team who played it best. But this year it feels like it’s actually about the movie. That means that, perhaps, Hollywood might not be ready just yet to give up their nuts and bolts filmmaking and embrace the brave new world of computer-generated worlds and emotion-capture actors. On the other hand, maybe they are.

Kris Tapley Immediately after the Oscar nominations were announced, journalists in the broader media began to dig into the red meat of ” Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker” and all the nifty headlines it conjured.  But at least in fringe corners of the web — where this nonsense is a focus (raises hand) — an awareness of the Best Picture category’s use of the preferential ballot has begun to pick up steam.  This is, after all, one more change in protocol that could have as big an impact as “the 10.”  Suddenly Avatar is understood as a more polarizing film than its competition, and therefore weak to surprise attacks from consensus favorites like Up, Up in the Air or even Inglourious Basterds.  That The Hurt Locker rarely inspires active disapproval probably makes the slow realization moot, but the simple fact that the race can’t be boiled to two contenders is at least making the rounds.
Anne Thompson It’s hard to imagine anything dive-bombing Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique’s Oscar chances. Sandra Bullock is not a lock to beat Meryl Streep. Many older Academy members are rooting for Hollywood’s most-nominated actress, who hasn’t won an Oscar since 1983’s Sophie’s Choice. And The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner, who actually played the piano and sang on The View, is challenging veteran Jeff Bridges, whose singing in Crazy Heart not only makes the movie, but should win him his first Oscar. Does Renner have a shot? Most folks didn’t call Adrien Brody’s win for The Pianist. But it’s Bridges’ turn.As for best picture and director, it’s Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker all the way. The trick is to convince people that Avatar isn’t just a great technological achievement but a movie to be taken seriously. That’s why I wonder: if Academy members vote for The Hurt Locker for best picture, wouldn’t they consider giving Cameron best director? Who else could have accomplished what he did on Avatar? It’s a director’s achievement. If it’s a popularity contest, self-effacing Bigelow wins against her egoistic ex-mate. But the Academy didn’t “like” Cameron last time, when Titanic won 11 Oscars. The major difference: Oscar voters took historic romantic period epic Titanic more seriously than tree-hugging sci-fi Avatar.
Susan Wloszczyna The excitement over Avatar and its record box office has subsided, Cameron gave a couple just-OK acceptance speeches and now it looks as if The Hurt Locker and — given the weighted voting — Inglourious Basterds might have a better chance at winning best picture. That surprises me since I would think Hollywood would celebrate the green the blue people brought in and how Cameron proved that 3D is not just a gimmick. Up in the Air seems to be deflating by the minute whereas Precious is taking its op-ed blows pretty well. As much as I am behind Team Bigelow, part of me would love to see a sci-fi film actually win the top prize.

Scott Bowles
…… USA Today
Anthony Breznican
…… USA Today
Greg Ellwood
——–HitFix
Pete Hammond
…… LAT Envelope
Eugene Hernandez
…… indieWIRE
Peter Howell
…… The Toronto Star
Dave Karger
…… Entertainment Weekly
Mark Olsen
…….LA Times


David Poland
…… MCN
Steve Pond
…… The Wrap
Sasha Stone
…… AwardsDaily.com
Sean Smith
…… Entertainment Weekly
Kris Tapley
…… In Contention
Anne Thompson
…… Thompson On Hollywood
Susan Wloszczyna
…… USA Today

February 2

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
……….……………………………
x
1
The Hurt Locker
3
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
3
1
1
1
2
142
2
Avatar
1
2
2
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
4
2
1
129
3
Inglourious Basterds
4
3
4
4
3
5
3
4
3
1
3
3
4
4
106
4
Up in the Air
2
4
3
6
5
3
5
5
4
5
4
2
3
3
100
5
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
6
5
5
5
4
4
4
9
8
4
5
6
5
5
79
6
Up
7
7
6
10
6
8
7
6
5
9
7
8
6
8
54
7
An Education
9
6
9
9
8
7
6
7
7
8
8
5
8
7
50
8
The Blind Side
8
8
7
3
7
9
8
3
6
10
10
7
9
6
52
9
District 9
5
9
8
8
9
6
9
8
9
6
6
9
7
9
46
10
A Serious Man
10
10
10
7
10
10
10
10
10
7
9
10
10
10
21

……….……………………………
x
1
Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
69
2
James Cameron
Avatar
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
56
3
Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
4
38
4
Jason Reitman
Up in the Air

2
5
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
5
4
3
4
3
29
5
Lee Daniels
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
5
4
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
5
17

………………………………………..
x
1
Jeff Bridges
Crazy Heart
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
70
2
George Clooney
Up in the Air
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
3
2
3
4
3
2
2
47
3
Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker
3
5
4
3
5
2
4
2
3
2
2
2
4
3
40
4
Colin Firth
A Single Man
4
3
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
3
4
32
5
Morgan Freeman
Invictus
5
4
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
5
5
18
……………………………………….
x
1
Sandra Bullock
The Blind Side
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
68
2
Meryl Streep
Julie and Julia
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
2
2
58
3
Carey Mulligan
An Education
4
4
4
5
4
3
3
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
32
4
Gabourey Sidibe
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
3
5
3
4
3
4
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
32
5
Helen Mirren
The Last Station
5
3
5
3
5
5
5
3
5
5
5
5
5
5
20
………………………………………
x
1
Mo’Nique
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
70
2
Anna Kendrick
Up in the Air
2
2
2
3
3
2
2
4
2
3
2
2
4
2
49
3
Vera Farmiga
Up in the Air
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
2
3
4
3
5
3
3
35
4
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Crazy Heart
4
4
4
2
5
3
3
5
4
2
4
3
2
4
35
5
Penelope Cruz
Nine

5
5
5
5
2
5
5
3
5
5
5
4
5
5
21
…………………………………….
x
1
Christoph Waltz
Inglourious Basterds
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
70
2
Woody Harrelson
The Messenger
3
2
2
3
4
2
2
4
3
2
3
3
3
3
45
3
Stanely Tucci
The Lovely Bones
2
5
4
4
3
3
4
3
4
4
2
4
2
2
38
4
Christopher Plummer
The Last Station
4
4
3
2
2
4
5
2
2
5
5
2
4
4
36
5
Matt Damon
Invictus
5
3
5

5

1
5
5
3
5
5
3
4
5
5
5
21