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Thursday Roundup: Oscar red carpet news; Movieguide Award nominees

February 5, 2010 |  8:15 am

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Emmy-winning producer-director Jeff Margolis will take the helm of the 82nd annual Academy Awards' red carpet show this year. "Countdown to the Oscars 2010" will air at 5 p.m. on March 7, immediately before the Oscar telecast.

Margolis has overseen many of the major award telecasts for the past 30 years, including the 62nd, 65th and 67th Academy Awards; he took home the Emmy for the latter, as well as for "Sammy Davis. Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration." He's also served as producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the past 12 years (and director for four), and directed numerous editions of the American Music Awards, Country Music Awards, Daytime Emmys and others. Fun fact: Did you know he got his start as a production consultant on the "Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show"? No wonder they picked him for the red carpet.

Meanwhile ... when you went to the movies this year, did you come out of the theater thinking, "Now that was a very mature movie?" If you're like me, chances are you did not, but the fine folks at Movieguide -- a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Christian Film and Television Commission that's dedicated to "redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media" (quotes theirs, not mine) -- have their minds in loftier places (I'm usually looking for a soda refill). 

To that end, they've picked the 10 best 2009 movies for mature audiences, and they'll unveil the winner at the Movieguide Awards, which are part of the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry; the 18th edition takes place this year on Feb. 23. So what, precisely, qualifies a movie for "mature audiences?" In a word, values -- moral and spiritual, as well as the production variety. Interestingly enough, the same description is used for the 10 best 2009 movies for family audiences. 

At any rate, the nominees are:

"The Blind Side"

"Confessions of a Shopaholic"

"Invictus"

"Julie and Julia"

"Knowing"

"Star Trek"

"The Stoning of Soraya M."

"Taken"

"Terminator Salvation"

"The Young Victoria"

Looking at this list, I can understand most of the choices -- "Invictus," "Stoning of Soraya M" -- no problem. But what is the moral and spiritual message of "Taken"? That Liam Neeson does not believe in turning the other cheek? 

And don't even get me started on "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Jeff Margolis. Credit: Getty Images. 

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