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The Oscar Senti-meter: Your Tweets on Meryl Streep vs. Michelle Williams

February 7, 2012 |  7:10 am


Welcome to the Oscar Senti-meter –- an interactive tool developed by the L.A. Times, IBM and the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab to analyze opinions about the Academy Awards race shared in millions of public messages on Twitter.

Focused on the best actor, best actress and best picture categories, the Senti-meter combs through a high volume of tweets daily and uses language-recognition technology, developed in collaboration with USC’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab, to gauge positive, negative and neutral opinions shared in the messages. It also tracks the number of tweets. Cataloging these tweets over time gives insight into the vox pop surrounding Hollywood’s award season and gives a voice to average fans who may endorse -– or abhor –- the selections made by Tinseltown’s elite.

Check out our interactive tool: For example, you can compare volume and tone of tweets about the best actress contest on two days, Saturday, Jan. 14, the day before the Golden Globes, and Sunday, Jan. 15, the day of the awards.

As you’d expect, the volume of tweets about the actresses shot up sharply on Golden Globes day. Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, winners of the best actress statuettes for drama and musical/comedy, respectively, saw the most chatter.

On Saturday, Streep and her awards prospects were the subject of 3,774 tweets registered and rated by the Senti-meter. She saw her volume rise tenfold to 37,583 tweets on awards day, but the overall tone of those tweets was more negative than it had been on the eve of the Globes. The drop in sentiment seemed to be due to some displeasure about her awards speech, and catty comments about her dress. 

For instance, one tweet read: "Being ‘surprised’ at her Golden Globe win is probably the worst acting Meryl Streep has ever done. Come on! You're MERYL STREEP.” While another commenter said: “Does Meryl Streep get her outfits from Chico's or Talbots?”                      

Other comments included:

  •  “Meryl Streep won because she's Meryl Streep, yawn, boring. I heard that movie was unbearable too. Just saying.”  
  • “I hate meryl streep and her false humility.”
  • “Was Meryl Streep wearing a cow girl shirt that they just extended into a horrible dress?”

On Saturday, Williams’ awards prospects were the subject of just 115 tweets registered by the Senti-meter, but 4,394 messages about her were logged on awards night. And along with her volume rising 38-fold, the overall tone of the messages on Globes evening was more positive, driven by her speech and her choice of dress.

Among the messages about Williams that night:

  • “Nice speech by Michelle Williams, but strange category for #MyweekwithMarilyn” 
  •  “Loving Michelle Williams' dress and win for My Week With Marilyn. Toast her in style with a Norma Jean punch!!” 
  • "Best speech ever, Michelle Williams. She said she's a mother first, an actress 2nd. Thanked her daughter first."
  • “Michelle Williams wins for acceptance speech for my week with Marilyn!”

Have fun exploring the Senti-meter, and who knows, if you tweet about your favorite Oscar movie, actor or actress, your messages might just be highlighted in our sample tweets section.


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Image: Oscar Senti-meter on the day of the Golden Globes. Credit: L.A. Times, IBM and the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

Could 'August: Osage County' finally jump to the big screen?

February 1, 2012 |  7:19 pm

August: Osage County

This post has been corrected. See note below for details.

Theater buffs have been curious for a while now about the cinematic fate of “August: Osage County," Tracy Letts' 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama that has been in development as a movie for several years.

Now the film project--which would have Meryl Streep as pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston and Julia Roberts as her complicated adult daughter Barbara--looks to finally be taking a step forward.

An executive at the Weinstein Co., which owns rights to and has been developing the movie, said that a September schedule-opening for both Streep and Roberts could allow the movie to begin shooting in the fall. The executive, Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser, said the goal was for the film to wrap production by the end of 2012 and come out in the 2013 autumn awards season.

According to another person at the company who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk about internal matters, Letts, who had been adapting his own play for the screen, recently turned in his screenplay to the company and executives deem it close to shooting-ready.

That's key for any stage-to-screen work, which often requires a veteran screenwriter to come in and do a polish. (Among the challenges here: chiseling the piece down from its verbally intensive, and expansive, original; the play ran nearly 3 1/2 hours on the stage.)

John Wells remains  attached to direct the film, though as "August" sits in development, the "ER" veteran's calendar continues to fill up. On Tuesday, NBC ordered a pilot for his prison drama "Bad Girls," adding to two shows Wells already has on the air ("Southland" and "Shameless”). (Longtime Woody Allen collaborator Jean Doumanian is a producer on "August," incidentally.)

Currently appearing on the big screen in “The Iron Lady," Streep recently completed shooting the marital dramedy “Great Hope Springs,” which will be out later this year, and does not yet have a new go film. Roberts would need to work around production for “The Normal Heart,” another prestige theater adaptation. The actress is set to star as Emma Brookner, the wheelchair user who became an AIDS activist, in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Tony-winning work.

Roberts and Streep have an astounding 20 Oscar nominations between them, though that hasn’t stopped some theatergoers from fretting about the casting.

“August” tells of a dysfunctional Oklahoma family over a few summer weeks as they come to terms with various resentments and secrets. The movie has a kind of gallows humor; Barbara, for instance, is prone to ripping off lines like “Thank God we can’t tell the future. We’d never get out of bed.” The play won a spate of awards when it first debuted, including a Pulitzer, a Tony and a Drama Desk prize. Many critics put it on their list of best plays of the 2000s.

Deanna Dunagan and Amy Morton incarnated the Violet and Barbara roles, respectively, on both Broadway and the West End; Estelle Parsons and Shannon Cochrane played the parts when the show came to Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater.

Theater has been a primary source of prestige films this year, though with not always satisfactory results. "The Ides of March," based on Beau Willimon’s political drama, fared reasonably well with critics and audiences. Another stage-derived drama, Roman Polanski's "Carnage," was a minor disappointment among both groups, while Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" landed somewhere in-between.

[For the record, 2:10 p.m. Feb. 2: A previous version of this post misspelled the last name of playwright Beau Willimon as Willon.]


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Photo: "August: Osage County" at the Ahmanson. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Golden Globes: Irrelevant? Maybe. But not the speeches

January 16, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Meryl Streep
In the most obvious of ways, the Golden Globes have absolutely no bearing upon the Oscars. No academy member suddenly thought last night, "By Jove, that 'Artist' sure seems to be a favorite of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I'd best check it out." If anything, given the reputation of the people voting for the Globes, you could see academy members wanting to go the opposite way.

But that's not how it works either. At this juncture of the award season, with nomination ballots already in, Oscar contenders can only help (or hurt) their chances by the way they conduct themselves when in the spotlight at public events. So how did this year's crop of Oscar contenders do last night at the Globes? Let's go to the tape:


She's human. Forget for a moment the forgetting of the glasses. Did you see the kiss she gave her husband of 33 years, Don Gummer? Or the smooch she planted on Colin Firth's lips? Mamma Mia! Meryl was bursting with love last night! And then, yes, this master thespian can apparently be reduced to fits of profane yammering without her pair of trusty reading glasses. Granted, her speech went on a bit too long, but the standing ovation that greeted her and the charming humanity she displayed from the stage can only enhance her chances with academy voters. Which brings us to ...


When Streep did that cute little distress signal at the podium, miming a pair of spectacles with her hands, the call went forth to Hollywood: Get this woman her glasses! A specialized unit immediately sprang into action, an A-list A-Team that had Harvey Weinstein handing off the glasses to George Clooney who then made it almost all the way to the target before (in his words) "chickening out" and giving the final baton to David Fincher who ... started for the podium and then sat back down.

First, let us just remark how odd it is to see Fincher occupying the Mayor of Hollywood front-and-center table spot usually reserved for the likes of Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks. But more to the fatal Clooney gaffe: There's no way the publicity-shy Fincher makes that final handoff in the spotlight. Clooney might as well have picked up his phone and called Ryan Gosling in Thailand for all the good he did in giving the glasses to Fincher. And viewers would have delighted in seeing him on stage with Streep.


On all other counts, Clooney acquitted himself nicely, displaying his trademark blend of graciousness and charm. His acceptance speech mixed an affable shout-out to friend Brad Pitt's humanitarian work with a profane thank-you to Michael Fassbender to "taking over the frontal nudity responsibility that I had." His remarks were short and sweet and few would mind hearing a variation of them come Oscar night.


Tears? Check. Surprise? Check. "Seriously nuts" and "trembling ... gonna fall off these high-heel shoes"? Endearing. Quoting Dr. King? Priceless. The shot of Melissa McCarthy crying says it all. This woman will be hard to beat, even in a year dominated by her "Help" costar Jessica Chastain.


Even though (from the look on his face) Mark Wahlberg has no idea how to pronounce his name (nice save, Jessica Biel!), Dujardin enjoyed a nice introduction to Middle America last night, delivering a clever speech that played up his nationality without resorting to Benigni-level antics. The bad news: He's still being upstaged by the dog.


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Photo: Meryl Streep hoists her Golden Globe for lead actress in a motion picture drama, which she won for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Golden Globes: Meryl Streep on playing Margaret Thatcher in 'Iron Lady'

January 15, 2012 |  9:06 pm

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep was so surprised that she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" on Sunday that she left her glasses at her table and realized, once she was on the stage, that she was as blind as could be. So much so that she couldn’t see to read the speech she prepared, hence her unexpected profanity, which caused her to be bleeped in what was likely a first for the revered leading lady.

“I can’t believe I said [that] on TV. I never do anything like that!” said Streep with the giddy enthusiasm of a young girl backstage at the ceremony. “I had such a good speech. Here it is, and I can’t see it all — I left my glasses at the table — would you like to hear it now?”

However, Streep proved to be as articulate as she was blind when she discussed the persona of Thatcher and what it took to play a controversial historical figure so marked by contradiction and complexity.

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“I think coming into this I had a very reductive view of Margaret Thatcher, so I sort of did what we all do to political figures we don’t agree with — we turn them into something more than human and less than human at the same time. And it was interesting to look at the human being behind the headlines … in the winter of that life and to have a compassionate view of someone with whom I disagree.”

Plus doing the work required to play Thatcher had the added bonus of putting Streep in touch with her own character flaws. “I’ve never really gotten to the bottom of me and all the contradictions I find in my own personality, and I feel like I find myself and parts of myself … through the characters that I play.”

But it certainly doesn’t hurt to play a woman who was so important to the history of the world, Streep added, saying that she is extremely interested in the “unwritten history of women.”

“I’m trying very hard to get Congress to let us purchase land on the National Mall so we can build the first national women’s history museum.”


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Photo: Meryl Streep backstage at the Golden Globe awards. Credit: Paul Buck/EPA


National Society of Film Critics: 'Melancholia' best of 2011

January 7, 2012 |  1:51 pm


Kirsten Dunst, from left,  Alexander Skarsgaard, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg  in "Melancholia."

The National Society of Film Critics, which is made up of 58 the country's major film critics, rarely agrees with the choices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscars. And the group probably stayed true to form with its picks for its 46th annual awards, naming Lars Von Trier's end-of-the-world drama "Melancholia" best picture Saturday.

Terrence's Malick's "The Tree of Life" came in second and the lauded Iranian drama "A Separation" placed third. "Separation" also won best foreign-language film and best screenplay for Asghar Farhadi.

Malick took best director honors with Martin Scorsese for "Hugo" coming in second and Von Trier placing third.

The annual voting, using a weighted ballot system, is held at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City; this year 48 of the 58 members participated.

Best actor went to Brad Pitt for both "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life." Pitt also won best actor from the New York Film Critics' Circle and is nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG award and a Critics Choice award. Runner-up was Gary Oldman for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and Jean Dujardin placed third for "The Artist."

Notably missing from the list was Michael Fassbender for "Shame" and George Clooney for "The Descendants."

Best actress honors went to Kirsten Dunst for "Melancholia," with Yun Jung-hee for the Korean film "Poetry" coming in second. Meryl Streep's turn in "The Iron Lady" placed third.

Best supporting actor went to Albert Brooks for a his dramatic turn in "Drive." Christopher Plummer placed second for "Beginners," followed by Patton Oswalt for "Young Adult."

Best supporting actress was given to Jessica Chastain for her roles in three films: "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help." Jeannie Berlin came in second for "Margaret" and Shailene Woodley placed third for "The Descandants."

"Tree of Life" also took home best cinematography for Emanual Lubezki with Manual Alberto Claro placing second for "Melancholia" and Robert Richardson taking third for "Hugo."

Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" was best nonfiction film. He also came in third place in the category for "Into the Abyss." Steve James' "The Interrupters" placed second.

In best screenplay category, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin's script for "Moneyball" was second behind "A Separation" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" took third.

 The Experimental Award went to Ken Jacobs for "Seeking the Monkey King."

There were also several Film Heritage honors given out:

-- BAM Cinematek for its complete Vincente Minnelli retrospective, with all titles shown in 16mm or 35mm.

-- Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema for the restoration of the color version of Georges Melies' "A Trip to the Moon."

-- New York's Museum of Modern Art for its extensive retrospective of Weimar Cinema.

-- Flicker Alley for its box set "Landmarks of Early Soviet Film."

-- Criterion Collection for its two-disc DVD package, "The Complete Jean Vigo."


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Photo: Kirsten Dunst, from left,  Alexander Skarsgaard, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in "Melancholia." Credit: Christian Geisnaes/Magnolia Pictures.


Meryl Streep wins over critics as 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher

December 30, 2011 |  8:36 am

Mery Streep in 'The Iron Lady'
Much like "J. Edgar," the new biopic "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as onetime British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, features an A-list actor portraying a controversial figure of the 20th century over the course of many years, in an attempt to shed light on a complex subject (and presumably to snag some awards gold). Film critics are praising Streep's performance in "The Iron Lady," which opened Friday in Los Angeles and in New York, though some other aspects of the movie are not faring as well.

The Times' Betsy Sharkey calls the film "a memory poem" and "a movie that is highly personal in every sense of the word." Rather than exploring Thatcher's politics, the movie "instead offers up an affecting if not always satisfying portrait of the strong-willed leader humbled by age." The production design and makeup are well done, and the most striking aspect of the film is "Streep's uncanny ability to disappear inside her characters," Sharkey says. "But if you come expecting keen insight into the intrigues of her very long political life, or even something as simple as why the Soviets dubbed her the Iron Lady, consider a trip to the library instead."

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Meryl Streep's next project: A national women's history museum

December 28, 2011 |  2:49 pm


Meryl Streep arrives in movie theaters Friday with “The Iron Lady,” playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — the first female head of state in the Western world.

Women's place in history is a subject on Streep's mind of late. Her next off-screen project is the National Women's History Museum, an entity that exists so far only in cyberspace and that the actress is trying to get erected in brick and mortar on a site adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“History until the 20th century was written by one member of the human family and it wasn’t the mother,” Streep said in a mid-December interview in New York City with her “Iron Lady” director, Phyllida Lloyd. “It was dad. That’s who wrote history and ... what was important? Movements of armies, sovereignty of nations, all sorts of things. But women were there all along and they have incredible stories that we don’t know anything about.”

Financing for the $400-million museum is being raised privately — Streep donated $1 million to the endeavor — but congressional approval is required for the location, which would place the building near institutions such as the National Air and Space Museum, the Museum of the American Indian and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. A bill to allow the museum has passed committees in the House and the Senate and is awaiting action by the full legislative bodies.

“It’s a political football, I gather,” Streep said. “It’s a thing that everybody in Congress agrees with but then they attach it to something that no one agrees with .... It would be a beacon to women all over the world, because there really is no such museum. There are cottage museums — there’s a quilt museum, there’s a cowgirl museum.”

The normally private Streep has made herself the public face of the museum effort, hosting events and sending fundraising letters. Her participation in inspired, Streep said, by her grandmother, who lived before the passage of the 19th Amendment.

“My grandmother had three children in school and she would have to go to the golf course and get my grandfather off the ninth tee to make him go to the school board election, 'cause she was not allowed to vote,” Streep said. “She’s so vivid in my life. I think that that memory of when we were disenfranchised is important to learn.”

“There are so many great stories,” Streep said. “Every child knows the name of our first traitor, Benedict Arnold, but nobody knows the name of the first female soldier to take a bullet for the U.S., who enlisted under her dead brother’s name. Nobody knows Deborah Sampson’s name. That’s a great story. Or Elizabeth Freeman, who was the first slave to sue for her own freedom and won in Great Barrington, Mass. Every boy and girl should know these stories .... I hope we get it done.”


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Photo: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Anthony Head as Geoffrey Howe in "The Iron Lady." Credit: Alex Bailey / Pathe Productions/Weinstein Co.

Meryl Streep: Thatcher would be appalled by 'hijacking of conservatism'

December 21, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would hardly recognize the modern Republican party in the U.S., said Meryl Streep, who plays the conservative icon in the new movie, "The Iron Lady."

"I think she’d be appalled by the hijacking of conservatism in this country," Streep said in an interview appearing in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. "And yet she definitely was a fiscal conservative. She’s a brand of  Republican that doesn’t exist anymore, is not allowed to exist."

"The Iron Lady," which is directed by Phyllida Lloyd from a partially fictional script by Abi Morgan, is set in the present day, in which Thatcher, 86, has sustained a series of strokes and is suffering from dementia. As she's sorting the belongings of her deceased husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent), Thatcher begins to recollect key moments from her 1980s political tenure -- moments that bear a remarkable resemblance to modern times, including labor disputes, terror attacks and economic uncertainty. Thatcher's close alliance with Ronald Reagan and her privatizing of public utilities in England are also covered.

In researching the film, Streep said she learned about Thatcher from personal interviews with many of the former prime minister's colleagues, and found her to be far less conservative than her modern American counterparts on issues such as abortion, gay rights, healthcare and climate change.

"Americans think of conservatives in a completely different way," Streep said. "We think of conservatives as people who debunk the science on global warming, where Margaret Thatcher was an early proponent of this idea. She didn’t dismantle the national healthcare, she realized that was a right you couldn’t take away from people. She was pro-choice. On one of our trips to Washington I spoke with someone who had been in the room when she took Vice President Quayle and President Bush to task vehemently to not use [abortion] as a political football, that it was unconscionable to do that. Today she would be drummed out of the American conservative party just for that. There were people who were engaged in homosexual scandals in her cabinet who were close to her and she said, 'You stand by me all day today. That’s how we’ll handle this.'"

For more from Streep on Thatcher, and women's roles in politics and Hollywood, see this story in Sunday's newspaper.


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Photo: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Credit: Alex Bailey, Pathe Productions /The Weinstein Co.

SAG Awards: Meet 'Albert Nobbs,' 'Kevin' and 'The Iron Lady'

December 14, 2011 |  9:49 am

Albert Nobbs
This year's SAG Awards nominees, announced Wednesday morning, include a number of performances in films that haven't opened yet, have only had brief one-week runs to qualify for Academy Awards consideration, or simply flew under the radar. Here's a quick overview if you were stumped by titles including "Albert Nobbs," "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "The Iron Lady."

"Albert Nobbs," about a woman living a double life as a man to work and survive in 19th century Ireland, received nominations for lead actress Glenn Close and supporting actress Janet McTeer. If you haven't seen the film, it's because it doesn't open until next week. The film did play at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, where its awards campaign began in earnest. 

Tilda Swinton received a lead actress nomination for her role in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," in which she plays a mother struggling to come to terms with her son's involvement in a school shooting. The film began a one-week qualifying run in L.A. and New York on Dec. 9 and will open commercially in the same cities Jan. 27. It played at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and you can watch our video report below or read Kenneth Turan's review of the film here.

"The Iron Lady," a biopic about Margaret Thatcher, garnered a lead actress nomination for Meryl Streep. The film opens Dec. 30 in L.A. and New York and will go nationwide Jan. 13. British critics have lauded her performance.

Some low-profile performances from earlier in the year that earned SAG nominations include Demian Bichir's turn in "A Better Life," in which he plays an illegal-immigrant gardener trying to provide for his son; Nick Nolte in "Warrior," in which he plays the estranged father of dueling brothers; and  Christopher Plummer in "Beginners," in a supporting role as a recently out-of-the-closet widower who embraces his new lifestyle with gusto. 

The SAG Awards winners will be named Jan. 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.



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Photo: Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs." Credit: Patrick Redmond / Roadside Attractions

New York critics name 'The Artist' best film of the year

November 29, 2011 | 10:50 am

The artist

"The Artist," a black-and-white silent movie, was named best picture of 2011 Tuesday morning by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film's director, Michel Hazanavicius of France, also earned best director for his valentine to the early days of Hollywood.

It is the first time the critics have given its top award to a silent film. Earlier in the morning, the film earned five nominations for the Spirit Award.

Meryl Streep was named best actress for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," which opens in L.A. on Dec. 30. It is the fifth time the New York circle has honored Streep. The last time was two years ago for "Julie & Julia."

Brad Pitt took home best actor honors for his performances as Oakland A's manager Billy Beane in "Moneyball" and as a stern father in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." It is his first honor from the critics' group. Steve Zallian and Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay for "Moneyball."

This year's golden girl, Jessica Chastain, was named best supporting actress for her roles in "The Tree of LIfe," "The Help" and "Take Shelter." Albert Brooks won best supporting actor for a rare dramatic turn in the film noir "Drive."

Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams' won best nonfiction film, while "Margin Call," written and directed by J.C. Chandor, was awarded best first feature. Cinematography honors went to Emmanuel Lubezki for "Tree of Life."

Foreign-language film honors went to Iran's  "A Separation," which has already won multiple awards and is the country's submission for the foreign-language film Oscar. The Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz, who died in August, got a special posthumous award.

The awards will be handed out in a ceremony in Manhattan on Jan. 9.

The New York Film Critics Circle, which was founded in 1935, is the first major critics group to announce its picks for the best of the year. The organization, made up of critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and online sites, traditionally voted after the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. But in October, the 33-member group announced it would move its awards selection ahead two weeks.

The voting was supposed to have happened on Monday, but the group didn't have the chance to screen David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which opens Dec. 23, until Monday morning, so the voting was delayed until Tuesday. The film received no awards.

Over the decades, the New York critics' selections and those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have differed. Last year, the circle chose "The Social Network" as the top film and the academy gave "The King's Speech" the best film Oscar. The two groups agreed two years ago on "The Hurt Locker."

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures announces its selections Thursday morning.


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-- Susan King

Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in "The Artist." Credit: The Weinstein Co.


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