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Oscar update: Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

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Thank goodness there's a detective on the Oscar case — and the granddaddy of them all, no less: J. Edgar Hoover.

A senior sleuth is needed. As Warner Bros. releases the trailer to "J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood's latest flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the patriarch of the FBI, we're reminded of the lousy luck both have had at the Academy Awards of late. The mystery is why. Their work and reputations are impeccable. One of them did spectacularly well at Oscars past. Can they rally now with this impressive collaboration delving into the complex drama of one of America's most beguiling leaders?

DiCaprio has been nominated three times by Oscar voters: twice in lead ("Blood Diamond" in 2007 and "The Aviator" in 2005) and once in supporting ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" in 1994). He probably could've ridden "The Departed's" best picture wave to win for lead actor in 2006, but he campaigned in supporting, not wanting to compete against his rival turn in "Blood Diamond" (in which, granted, he had more screen time) — and that bid fell between the Oscar cracks. He deserved nominations for "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) and "Gangs of New York," but got skunked.

Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars, for both producing and directing best pictures "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) and "Unforgiven" (1992). He was last nominated for directing and producing best picture contender "Letters From Iwo Jima," which lost to "The Departed." Despite high expectations, Eastwood's other recent flicks failed to generate much Oscar heat: "Hereafter" (2010), "Invictus" (2009), "Gran Torino" (2008), "Changeling" (2008) and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006).

— Tom O'Neil


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Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar." Credit: Warner Bros.

Oscar derby update: Release dates of top contenders

J edgarNow that Warner Bros. has announced release dates for its two big Oscar ponies -– "J. Edgar" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- the derby schedule is starting to shape up. Below is a calendar of the release dates of many major contenders, along with the studios in charge of distribution.

Sept. 23 – "Moneyball" (Columbia)

Oct. 7 – "The Ides of March" (Sony Pictures)

Oct. 28 – "Like Crazy" (Paramount Vantage), "The Rum Diary" (Film District)

Nov. 4 – "My Week With Marilyn" (Weinstein Co.)

Nov. 9 – "J. Edgar" (Warner Bros.)

Nov. 18 – "Carnage" (Sony Classics), "Happy Feet Two" (Warner Bros.)

Nov. 23 – "The Artist" (Weinstein Co.), "The Descendants" (Fox Searchlight), "Hugo" (Paramount)

Dec. 2 – "Coriolanus" (Weinstein Co.), "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (Oscilloscope)

Dec. 9 – "Young Adult" (Paramount), "W.E." (Weinstein Co.)

Dec. 16 – "The Iron Lady" (Weinstein)

Dec. 21 – "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (Columbia)

Dec. 23 – "Adventures of Tintin" (Paramount), "We Bought a Zoo" (20th Century Fox)

Dec. 25 – "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Warner Bros.)

Dec. 28 – "War Horse" (Walt Disney)


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--Tom O'Neil

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio could catch up with his overdue Oscar by portraying former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover in "J. Edgar." Credit: Warner Bros.

DGA announces list of presenters for Saturday ceremony

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It will be a star-studded affair Saturday night at the annual DGA award ceremony, with such luminaries as Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese on hand to honor this year's best directors. Also attending will be a slew of this year's Oscar nominees, including Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone"), Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") and Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Other directors on hand to recognize the DGA recipients are Michael Apted, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola and DGA President Taylor Hackford. Carl Reiner will return as the host for the 63rd annual award show at which either Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception") or David O. Russell ("The Fighter") will walk away with the top prize of the evening.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Martin Scorsese. Photo credit: Abbot Genser/HBO.

'Black Swan,' 'The King's Speech' lead BAFTA's Longlist nominees [Updated]


"Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" dominated the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Longlist for the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Friday morning with 15 mentions each.

The Longlist is a result of the first round of voting by BAFTA members. The second round of voting, which begins Friday and concludes Thursday, will narrow the choices down to five nominations in each category. The final nominations will be announced Jan. 18 and the awards will be handed out Feb. 13.

Making the best film Longlist are "127 Hours," "Another Year," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "Made in Dagenham," "Shutter Island," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

Directors on the list are Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Tim Burton for "Alice in Wonderland," Mike Leigh for "Another Year," Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Niels Arden Oplev for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Christopher Nolan for "Inception," Lisa Cholodenko for "The Kids Are All Right," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," Nigel Cole for "Made in Dagenham," Martin Scorsese for "Shutter Island," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Ben Affleck for "The Town" and Lee Unkrich for "Toy Story 3."

Leading actor contenders on the Longlist  are Aaron Eckhart for "Rabbit Hole," Ben Affleck for "The Town," Colin Firth for "The King's Speech," James Franco for "127 Hours," Javier Bardem for "Biutiful," Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network," Jim Broadbent for "Another Year," Johnny Depp for "Alice in Wonderland," Leonardo DiCaprio for "Inception" and "Shutter Island," Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter," Paul Giamatti for "Barney's Version," Robert Duvall for "Get Low" and Ryan Gosling for "Blue Valentine." [For the Record: An earlier version of this report spelled Mark Wahlberg's name incorrectly.]

Making the list in the lead actress category are Andrea Riseborough for "Brighton Rock," Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right," Carey Mulligan for "Never Let Me Go," Gemma Arterton for "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" and "Tamara Drewe," Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit," Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone," Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan," Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole," Noomi Rapace for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Rosamund Pike for "Barney's Version," Sally Hawkins for "Made in Dagenham" and Tilda Swinton for "I Am Love."

For more information on the BAFTA  Longlist, go to

 -- Susan King

Photo: Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech." Photo: Laurie Sparham / Weinstein Co.

Forum posters predict who'll win lead actor, actress Oscars

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 Here's a sampling of Oscar predictions from our forum posters forecasting the races for lead actor and actress. Their choices are ranked according to the likelihood of winning. Also see their predix of the best picture contest. Compare this rundown to what the experts say at The Envelope's Buzzmeter and to the Oscar predictions at Gold Derby.

-- Tom O'Neil





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Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'







Leo DiCaprio, 'Inception'







Robert Duvall, 'Get Low'







Jesse Eisenberg, 'Social Network'







Colin Firth, 'King's Speech'







James Franco, '127 Hours'







Mark Wahlberg, 'The Fighter'








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Golden Globes jaw-dropper: Johnny vs. Johnny instead of Leo vs. Leo

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Hey, what happened to poor Leonardo DiCaprio? He had such a strong year on screen that many award gurus believed he had a good shot at scoring two Golden Globe nominations for best drama actor -- for "Inception" and "Shutter Island," just as he did in 2006 for "Blood Diamond" and "The Departed."

DiCaprio ended up getting knocked out of the ring by underdogs Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") and Ryan Gosling ("Blue Valentine"). It's not a case of voters not liking Leo's movies. "Inception" got nominated for best drama picture and director. Are they picking on him?

Maybe so. One other actor surprise did receive two nominations in one lead category. Johnny Depp reaped bids for both "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist" in the race for best comedy/musical actor. His bid for "Alice" was expected. Indeed, he's considered to be the front-runner to win. But where is all of this Globes love for "The Tourist" coming from? It's also nominated for best comedy/musical plicture, and Angelina Jolie is up for best actress. The movie has a lousy score of 37 at Metacritic.

Tom O'Neil

Photos: "Alice in Wonderland" (Disney), "The Tourist" (Columbia Pictures), "Shutter Island" (Paramount), "Inception" (Warner Bros.)

Leo versus Leo: It's Oscar war!

Shutter island coverParamount just shot a new volley in its war against Warner Bros. over their Leonardo DiCaprio movies battling for Oscar glory. Paramount just shipped this "Shutter Island" mailer to the 2,100 voters on the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominating committee plus members of various groups of film critics who dispense laurels. Meantime, the studio also shipped 6,000 DVD screeners to all academy members to arrive in time for Thanksgiving.

Most Oscarologists have been focusing on DiCaprio's performance in Warners' "Inception," but the Paramount mailer suggests that his screen turn in "Shutter Island" deserves greater attention from trophy groups. Among the rah-rah quotes on the mailer is Richard Roeper insisting, "DiCaprio gives a nomination-worthy performance." The mailer lists upcoming screenings of "Shutter Island" to attend in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London.

What's on the back side is most curious: a gallery of highlights of DiCaprio's career, including his Oscar-nominated turns in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993), "The Aviator" (2004) and "Blood Diamond" (2006). Paramount was instrumental in helping American Cinematheque mount a tribute to DiCaprio's oeuvre at the Egyptian Theater the weekend of Nov. 13-14 with DiCaprio making a live appearance and director Martin Scorsese being beamed in via satellite following a screening of "Shutter Island."

The studio message to award voters is indirect, but clear: This is the Leo movie to embrace this year. To get a larger view of the photos below, click on each pic.

-- Tom O'Neil


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Photos: Tom O'Neil / For Los Angeles Times


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