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Oscar Week in Review: January 1-7, 2012

Oscar News

  • The visual effects shortlist was shortened this week to 10 eligible films for an Oscar nomination later this month.
  • The Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America released their nominees this week for the best achievements of the year.
  • The Art Directors Guild also released their nominations this week.
  • The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) released their longlist this week for nominees.
  • The official trailer for the Billy Crystal-hosted Oscar telecast was released this week.

Review Round-Up

There were no Oscar contenders released this week.

Oscar Box Office

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and War Horse both boosted a little bit last weekend, ending in fourth and fifth place but pushing closer to projected grosses.
  • We Bought a Zoo increased 81% last weekend, which is the second highest leap from one weekend to the next in history.

Oscar Farewell

  • Bob Anderson, the fightmaster who choreographed the sword fights in the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films, died last week at the age of 89.
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