Tim Gray

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Oscar is a frequent flier

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Oscar voters proved they are just plane folks, as "The Aviator" flew off with 11 nominations in balloting for the 77th annual Academy Awards. The Howard Hughes biopic was followed by "Finding…

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Kudos' critical mass

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In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, everybody's a critic -- but can crix pick pics? Critics groups have saluted "Sideways" (L.A., Gotham, S.F., Boston, Chi, Toronto and IFP New York); "Eternal…

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The Phantom of the Opera

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One Academy member, talking about "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera," enthuses, "I can't wait to see it. I hear it is sumptuous, sumptuous, sumptuous." He could add a fourth sumptuous…

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In Good Company

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Most comedies are so formulaic that it's a good sign when, 20 minutes into a film, the audience has no idea what's going to happen. Writer-director Paul Weitz has added so many curves, twists and…

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Everyone's a winner

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In an annual ritual, pundits -- studio execs, journalists, publicists and educated onlookers -- guess about the virtues and shortcomings of current awards contenders and inevitably someone will sadly…

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The others

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Beyond the 25 contenders that look set to gather at least two major noms, several of this year's films feature standout performances and/or other artistic merits that have people talking.

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