Academy Announces 10 Best Animated Short Film Contenders 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences narrowed their list for the Animated Short Films category. Forty-four films originally qualified and now, we're down to 10.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

"Dimanche/Sunday," Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat," Matthew O'Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
"La Luna," Enrico Casarosa, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
"Luminaris," Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio)
"Magic Piano," Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films)
"A Morning Stroll," Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA)
"Paths of Hate," Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image)
"Specky Four-Eyes," Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!)
"Wild Life," Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, directors (National Film Board of Canada)

Members of the Short Films and Feature animation will now choose three to five nominees from the 10 films above. The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Then, we'll find out the final winner at the night of the Oscars on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre.

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"Hugo" Named Best Picture by the National Board of Review! Check Out Complete List of Winners! 

Martin Scorsese's magnificent flick "Hugo" won the top prize at the National Board of Review awards. Scorsese also took home the Best Director award. But Paramount's "Hugo" did not sweep the categories, other films also received love from the NBR. George Clooney was named Best Actor for "The Descendants," while Tilda Swinton received the Best Actress award for "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Christopher Plummer took home the Best Supporting Actor award while the memorable Shailene Woodley was named Best Supporting Actress for her petulant daughter performance in "The Descendants."

But yes, we all agree that "Hugo" is quite magical!

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2011 National Board of Review (NBR) Awards:

Best Film: Hugo
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Ensemble: The Help
Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise - A Distinguished Translation from Book
to Film

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Ides of March
J. Edgar
Tree of Life
War Horse

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

13 Assassins
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Le Havre
Point Blank

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)

Born to be Wild
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

Another Earth
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Take Shelter
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Win Win

SOURCE: IndieWire

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Oh My Gosh, It's Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln! Look at the Uncanny Resemblance! 

Thanks to our friends at Huffington Post by way of Twitter user UVAMichael, we now can see Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis looking very much like Abraham Lincoln. The only thing missing is a top hat, oh and those jeans have to go! :happy

But from what we can see, Steven Spielberg made a great decision in choosing Day-Lewis to star as Abraham Lincoln in his upcoming biopic about the beloved president.

Look at the goatee, the hairstyle!

The movie will also star Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Todd Lincoln), Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens), and John Hawkes (Robert Latham).

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Are You Excited to See "Ghost: The Musical" on Broadway? Check Out New Trailer! 

I love "Ghost," the movie, I really do! It's one of my guilty pleasures! The 1990 movie starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and the scene-stealing Whoopi Goldberg even received Oscar nods including Best Picture and won two trophies for Goldberg for Best Supporting Actress and Bruce Joel Rubin for Best Screenplay.

So I'm very excited to see "Ghost: The Musical" on Broadway when it arrives March of 2012, but the trailer below sort of undersells it don't you think? But as soon as you hear the iconic "Unchained Melody" being sang, ghost-like, near the end of the trailer, I was hooked.

After all, isn't this the hot thing now on Broadway? Stealing Hollywood ideas, give them snappy songs, and voila, you have a hit!

But "Ghost: The Musical" actually received favorable reviews from theater critics in its West End run. The Times says "Ghost has wit and heart and can really, properly dazzle," and the Daily Telegraph calls "Ghost" simply "Magical." Alright then! I'm definitely sold! Check out the trailer below:

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"The Nutcracker" Movie -- Brand New and Reimagined! 

Adam Shankman, the guy who gave us "Hairspray" and "Bedtime Stories" among others (and the upcoming "Rock of Ages" starring Tom Cruise), is set to direct a reimagined "The Nutcracker" for New Line Cinema according to Deadline.

The script by Darren Lemke (the upcoming "Jack the Giant Killer") is not a big-screen version of the popular ballet featuring music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, but instead, this one will go back to the original 1815 book by E.T.A. Hoffman. The New Line film will mix drama, action, and love story to tell the tale of a young girl and a wooden soldier who suddenly comes alive. This one is supposed to be in the same vein as "Alice in Wonderland."

And of course, there's a "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" connection! Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, fresh from the success of "Twilight," will be producing "The Nutcracker."

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