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  • February 27, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    After two years of getting six out of six right, I slipped up in my predictions this year, getting one wrong. In this case I didn't follow my thesis far enough and allowed for one non-Harvey Weinstein candidate to win: Martin Scorsese for Best Director rather than Michel Hazavinicius. So in the end Weinstein took four of the six top categories - Best Picture, Director, and Actor for "The Artist," and Best Actress for Meryl Streep in his "The Iron Lady."

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  • January 05, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    But first the results of this year's "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Performance of 2010. Despite a late surge from such newcomers as the chicken in "The Social Network" and "the donkey, the llama,and especially the two cats in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Film Socialisme,'" which unfortunately had to be disqualified because it didn't open here yet, the overwhelming winner was "Little Blackie" from the Coen Brothers' "True Grit."

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  • December 28, 2010
    By Peter Keough

    I'm pleased to report that this has been a good year for roles for women, and the Academy will have its hands full trying to narrow the field down to only five nominees for Best Actress and Supporting Actress. That's progress: hurray for Hollywood!

    On the other hand, it wasn't such a good year for animals. In fact, there were so few noteworthy roles for animals in this year's releases that in choosing the competition for the "Where's Whitey?" Award for Best Animal Performance I've had to resort to nominating performances in films I haven't seen, and even in one case a performance by an entrée.

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