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The Lawsuit Over Producer Credit for 'Crash' Gets Personal

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A top executive of the movie academy described one of the producing team behind the best-picture winner, "Crash," as throwing a tantrum in suing over credit for the film.



News Analysis: Los Angeles Retains Custody of Oscar

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Los Angeles, a place where race is discussed rarely, saw itself in "Crash," a film where encounter and understanding are just a random fender-bender away.



'Crash' Walks Away With the Top Prize at the Oscars

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In a stunning twist, the motion picture academy turned its back on "Brokeback Mountain," awarding the Oscar for best picture to "Crash."



Fashion Diary: For Designers, an Image-Making Bonanza That Is Priceless

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

That everything is borrowed and everyone is shilling may be the most charming characteristic of the Academy Awards show.



The TV Watch: The Dresses, Low Cut, but the Tones Were Lofty

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The message of the Academy Awards show was a self-congratulatory one from Hollywood to itself: we care, we dare.



The Long March to the Red Carpet, Slow and Painful

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

An Oscar nominee, Bobby Moresco, co-screenwriter of "Crash," prepares himself in the days leading up to the awards.



Hollywood's Crowd Control Problem

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

An expected 41 million Americans will tune into the 78th annual Academy Awards to watch a spectacle largely honoring films they have not seen and may never get around to watching.



One Last Best Shot at Calling the Oscars

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The problem with choosing this year's Oscar winners is that the possibilities seem as endless and impenetrable as the 64-team grid that ends in the N.C.A.A. championship.



After an Oscar Nomination, Everybody Loves You (at Least for a While)

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Whether an Oscar nominee's newfound recognition in Hollywood will pay off in future, lasting and top-billed work is a crapshoot.



Critic's Notebook: Hype-Week Patter as the Oscars Near

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Hollywood's magical ball is Sunday night, and all week television personalities have been fretting and squealing about it, expecting us to watch in supportive awe, like Cinderella.



'Crash' Producers Clash Loudly Over Credit and Payment

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A bare-knuckled fight has broken out among the producers of one of the leading Oscar-nominated movies, "Crash," over two of the things Hollywood cares about most: money and credit.



Critic's Notebook: Brokeback Spoofs: Tough Guys Unmasked

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Online parodies of "Brokeback Mountain" are proliferating faster than curatorial Web sites can keep up with them.



If You've Got It, Do You Flaunt It?

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

What you do with your Oscar, and where it goes in your house, seems to depend largely on where you are in your life.



The Tease: For Your Consideration: Sappy Hallmark Moments

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The annual Oscar trailer is completely at odds with the idea that Jon Stewart and a crop of untraditional movies might lead to a newer, fresher Oscar show.



On Education: School Drama Coach Owns a Little Bit of Oscar Night

Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EDT

John Fredricksen taught the director of "Capote," Bennett Miller, and the film's screenwriter, Dan Futterman, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., in 1984.



The Underfinanced Production Company: Jon Stewart and the Night Visitor

Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

It is 3 a.m. and Jon Stewart is anxious. He mutters somthing that sounds like "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid." Than he takes a long swig from a bottle of Stoli.



David Carr: The Big Man Still Reigns in Hollywood

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

If you drill down into this year's best picture nominees, you will find that they are guerrilla insurgencies backed by superpowers.



Advertising: Huge Audience or Not, Oscars Stand Apart

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

This year's crop of nominations has some advertisers worried about the Oscar-night audience.



Tribal Customs of Oscar

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Unlike typical cocktail soirees, Oscar weekend parties have rules of behavior that fly in the face of conventional manners.



Careful, These Cartoons Pack a Punch

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In what some animators have complained is less than a vintage year for the Oscars animated short films category, John Canemaker's "Moon and the Son" stands out for its ambition.



Directions: What She'd Really Like to Do Is Sing

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Kathleen York, an actor-singer-songwriter, gets her close-up at the Academy Awards, where she will perform a song from "Crash."



Movie Review | 'The 2005 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films': Good Things in Small Packages

Fri, 24 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Oscar hoopla focuses on feature-length films, but some excellent, largely unseen work is also in competition in the short form.



The Tease: The Murderous Seductress Is Back

Wed, 22 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Maybe the "Basic Instinct 2" trailer is trying to be serious and campy at once, but it only succeeds in being frustrating.



The Underfinanced Production Company: Penguins Gone Wild

Tue, 21 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

What happens when Inspector Jacques Clouseau travels to the frozen Antarctic to observe the long, noble march of the Penguins?



A First-Time Oscar Host in Search of That Fine Line

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Jon Stewart has, at least for one night, signed on to transform himself from Hollywood outsider to A-list insider.



Robert Altman's Long Goodbye

Sun, 19 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Hollywood has never known quite what to make of Robert Altman, but he's finally getting an Oscar anyway.



Critic's Notebook: Five Oscar Nominees: Foreign, Not Alien

Fri, 17 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In this year of politically themed best-picture contenders like "Munich" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," the foreign films have a similar urgency.



Celebrity Freebies: A Force Irresistible?

Wed, 15 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In this Hollywood awards season, the piles of free stuff being handed to celebrities — nominees, award presenters, performers and members of their entourages — is escalating.



The Tease: From Russia, With All Kinds of Weird Stuff

Wed, 15 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

There are two visually striking, complementary ways of previewing the Russian-language vampire-and-apocalypse movie "Night Watch."



I'd Really Like to Thank My Pal at the Auction House

Sun, 12 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The trade in vintage Oscars through publicized auctions and an underground market has become a parallel universe as competitive and bitter as the annual acting derby itself.



The Tease: The Tin Men of Hollywood

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

"Freedomland" spots are all over television now, and they're far more effective than the two-and-a-half-minute trailer that is online and in theaters.



The Underfinanced Production Company: 'Tis Pity He's a Pimp

Tue, 07 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

For those who disdain hip-hop, here's a tale of pimps and ho's dating back to the time of Shakespeare and suitable for the most discerning viewer.



Questions for . . . : Manohla Dargis

Mon, 06 Feb 2006 04:14:00 EDT

Manohla Dargis, a chief film critic for The Times, answered readers' questions about the Academy Awards.



The Tease: Films From All Over

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Based on their trailers, the nominees for Best Foreign Film seem to share the political awareness that also characterizes the major Oscar films this awards season.



The Underfinanced Production Company: Looking for Comedy in the New World

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

King James I has sent Albert Brooks-Whining to the New World to find out what makes the Indians laugh, but mostly to get him out of England.



Small Films With Potent Themes Lead Oscar Nominations

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

With size counting less than serious intent, Oscar nominations went to small films with deep political and social themes.



News Analysis: Nominations Highlight the Sticky Issue of Credit

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The ad-hoc nature of moviemaking on the margins can lead to some hurt feelings when Oscar nominations are announced.



And the Documentary Nominees Aren't . . .

Sun, 29 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Some great documentaries are ineligible for Oscars. Why? It's all in the fine print.



The Tease: It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

All you can think watching the trailer for "Firewall" is that Harrison Ford should probably give up the ghost of his Tom Clancy roles.



The Underfinanced Production Company: Cliché (Guilty White Bourgeoisie in Denial)

Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The Underfinanced Production Company's first foreign film has audiences all over downtown scratching their heads in puzzlement.



Directions: Diplomacy on The Globes' Stage

Sun, 22 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In a surprise move, the Golden Globes credited the best foreign language film to Palestine. A representative explains the decision to an editor.



The Underfinanced Production Company: TransSylvania

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

So definitively is this the year of gender malcontent in the cinema that one of its biggest stars has decided to come out of the coffin.



News Analysis: In Movies, Big Issues, for Now

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

With the year's string of weighty contenders at the Golden Globes, the industry seems to be suffering from a persistent bout of heavy thought.



At the Globes, 'Brokeback Mountain' Takes Top Awards

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

"Brokeback Mountain," a groundbreaking film about a love affair between two cowboys, took top awards at the 63rd Golden Globes.



The TV Watch: Where the Mood Is Spontaneous, and a Little Serious

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The Golden Globes are a pass-fail version of the Oscars — a Hollywood awards ceremony that vaguely indicates merit, without any real risk of humiliation.



Fashion: The Temperature, Wind and Red Carpet Vagaries

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

There were probably some last-minute agonies as actresses got ready for the red-carpet gauntlet at the Golden Globes. But for the most part, the women looked elegant.



The Unforgettable Moment: Dark Truths of a Killing Love

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In "A History of Violence" David Cronenberg has brilliantly complicated the divide between sex and violence, presenting these two seemingly separate realms as locked in hungry embrace.



The Unforgettable Moment: How to Succeed in Business

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana" is a movie full of quiet, enigmatic performances, but none is more intriguingly underplayed than Jeffrey Wright's.



The Unforgettable Moment: Nine Short Scenes of Women in Crisis

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

One brief scene in "Nine Lives" conveys more about its characters' inner lives than is revealed in most feature-length movies.



Pervert, Vampire, Lout. Perfectly Nice Guy, Though.

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Watching Philip Seymour Hoffman embody Truman Capote in "Capote," you want to throw every acting award there is at him and maybe a couple of Olympic medals, too.



Claire Danes Gets Her So-Called Shot

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

"Shopgirl" may put Claire Danes's intriguing face front and center at the Oscars. It's a role she was raised to play.



Why Stop at 43 Nominations?

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

John Williams is already the most widely admired musician in Hollywood. He may soon be the most celebrated.



Cartoons Have Their John Henry Moment

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Hollywood executives keep insisting that Americans want to watch only computer animation. But the likely candidates for the Oscar for best animated feature defy this assumption.



When the Smartest in the Class Isn't Most Likely to Succeed

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

It has been a cerebral season at the movies, but when it comes to Oscars, hearts almost always trump minds.



Stranger Than Fiction; No Stranger to Awards

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Eighteeen movies inspired by true stories may vie this year for Oscar nominations — 19, if you're a Red Sox fan and want to count "Fever Pitch."



For Those Who've Tired of Glory and Riches

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

It was a surprisingly busy year for actors-turned-screenwriters.



Cruising on the Road to the Oscars. Or Missing the Exit.

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Some movies come out and steer right onto the fast track to the Academy Awards. Others take a wrong turn.