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Below is the full list of the 82nd Annual Oscar Nominations and “recaps” of Sam Juliano’s Oscar Predictions.


Oscar@ Statues
Best Picture
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
[Editor Note;Sam Juliano’s Prediction For This Year Best Film To Be Announced Tomorrow Morning]

Best Direction
“Avatar” — James Cameron
“The Hurt Locker” — Kathryn Bigelow
“Inglourious Basterds” — Quentin Tarantino
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” — Lee Daniels
“Up in the Air” — Jason Reitman
[Editor Note;Sam Juliano’s Prediction For Best Director To Be Announced Tomorrow Morning.]

Actor in a Leading Role…
Sam Juliano’s Choice To Win…
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”…
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Sam Juliano’s Personal Favorite…
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actress in a Leading Role…
Sam Juliano’s Choice To Win…
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Sam Juliano’s Personal Favorite…
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actor in a Supporting Role…
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
Sam Juliano’s Choice To Win…
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Sam Juliano’s Choice To Win…
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(USA 1927 83m) DVD1/2

A Hickory from Hicksville

p  Harold Lloyd  d  Ted Wilde, J.A.Howe, Lewis Milestone  w  John Grey, Tom Crizer, Ted Wilde  ph  Walter Lundin, Henry H.Kohler  ed  Allen McNeil  m  Carl Davis  art  Liell K.Vedder 

Harold Lloyd (Harold Hickory), Jobyna Ralston (Mary Powers), Walter James (Sheriff Jim Hickory), Leo Willis (Leo Hickory), Olin Francis (Olin Hickory), Constantine Romanoff (Sandoni, the thief), Eddie Boland (Flash Farrell), Frank Lanning (Sam Hooper), Ralph Yearsley (Hank Hooper),

It may not be the most famous of Lloyd’s vehicles, an honour probably held by Safety Last, but The Kid Brother is the best film of the comedian generally rated behind Chaplin and Keaton in the lists of the mighty.  Why is this?  Partly because Lloyd’s persona has dated slightly, partly because his influence was not as strong as the others, partly because he didn’t really have too much creative influence, not writing or directing his films.  Yet one glance through this work and you’ll find The Freshman, Never Weaken, Movie Crazy, Safety Last and For Heaven’s Sake, The Kid Brother is my nomination as his best film.  And though set in a rural country setting more associated with Keaton rather than in the urban town he seemed so much a part of, and not really containing any death-defying stunts or seriously violent humour, as characterises the building climb in Last and the use as the tackle bag in Freshman, The Kid Brother is a little gem of a film that deserves more recognition than it currently gets. 

            Harold Hickory is the youngest of three sons to a roughneck sheriff in a small rural town (Hickorysville, what else?) who falls for Mary, a travelling show girl.  When the show is burned down he invites Mary to come and live with his family, but when the town’s money is stolen by thugs from the show, Harold’s father is blamed, so Harold sets out to prove his innocence and win his father’s respect (as well as his girl’s hand). (more…)

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