<p>Debra Granik, director and co-screenwriter of &quot;Winter's Bone.&quot;</p>

Debra Granik, director and co-screenwriter of "Winter's Bone."

Credit: Roadside Attractions

Debra Granik is 'vibrating' over 'Winter's Bone's' four Oscar nods

First time nominee didn't 'think it had a chance'

In Debra Granik's world, even though she'd been given ample warning by distributor Roadside Attractions, landing an Oscar nomination wasn't even a possibility.  The director and co-writer of "Winter's Bone" just returned home from the Arctic Circle yesterday (really) having presented her Sundance Film Festival prize winner at the Tromso International Film Festival.  She was getting her kids ready for school when a rep from Roadside called her with the news that "Bone" landed four nods including best picture, best actor (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay for herself and Anne Rosellini.

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<p>Anton Yelchin talks about his new film &quot;Like Crazy&quot; and returning to play Chekov in &quot;Star Trek 2.&quot;</p>

Anton Yelchin talks about his new film "Like Crazy" and returning to play Chekov in "Star Trek 2."

Watch: Anton Yelchin goes from 'Like Crazy' to 'Star Trek 2'

An indepth conversation about the acclaimed new romantic drama

As I noted in my review of the remarkable Sundance Film Festival entry "Like Crazy," Anton Yelchin has come a long way.  He's always shown talent from his work in the underrated "Alpha Dog," but he's quickly and almost surprisingly turning into a compelling leading man.

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<p>Three heavyweights will dominate the Academy Award nominations on Tuesday: &quot;The King's Speech,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Inception&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;The Social Network.&quot;</p>

Three heavyweights will dominate the Academy Award nominations on Tuesday: "The King's Speech," "Inception" and "The Social Network."

Final Oscar Predictions: 'King's Speech,' 'Inception' and 'Social Network' will lead them

Surprises include Barbara Hershey, '127 Hours' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'

After months of campaigning, millions of dollars in advertising, hundreds of guild screenings and a slew of second rate awards shows, the nominations announcement for the 83rd Academy Awards is almost here.  Clearly, there will be weeks of debate over who will win best picture after "The King's Speech's" upset win at the PGA Awards this weekend, but for now it's all about just making the dance.  Now, perhaps it's been the thin air in Park City or the extra time to ponder possibilities in-between Sundance screenings, but there have been some last minute changes in my overall predictions which I have written about in excruciating detail since August. 

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<p>Paul Giamatti discusses &quot;Win Win&quot;and more in Park City.</p>

Paul Giamatti discusses "Win Win"and more in Park City.

Watch: Paul Giamatti still hasn't seen his bleeped Golden Globes speech

'Win Win' star talks about coaching in the movies at Sundance

One of the most intriguing revelations about Paul Giamatti in Tom McCarthy's new dramedy "Win Win" is that the critically acclaimed "Sideways" and "John Adams" star makes a pretty damn good sports coach. One of the film's key elements is that Mike (Giamatti) is the high school wrestling coach for his Alma mater.  And while Mike isn't a particularly effective coach when we first meet him, as the movie goes on he gets better and better until his team pulls something of a "Bad News Bears" turnaround.  I left the theater thinking Giamatti would make a great baseball manager or college basketball coach on the big screen someday and that was just one of the topics we discussed in our sitdown the day after "Win Win" premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

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<p>Colin Firth in &quot;The King's Speech.&quot;</p>

Colin Firth in "The King's Speech."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Don't call it a comeback: 'The King's Speech' wins PGA Award for Film

'Mad Men' and 'Modern Family' win TV categories

Now it gets interesting.  In a surprising development that could be heard from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah to New York City, the Producer's Guild of America chose "The King's Speech" over "The Social Network" for best motion picture of 2010.  This on the same night the organization lauded Scott Rudin, the primary producer on "Network," with a lifetime achievement award.  

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<p>Paul Rudd in &quot;My Idiot Brother.&quot;</p>

Paul Rudd in "My Idiot Brother."

Sundance Review: 'My Idiot Brother' isn't a dumb comedy, but is it funny enough?

Too many sisters spoil Paul Rudd's great turn

PARK CITY - Perhaps the hype was just a bit too much, but Jesse Perez's "My Idiot Brother" is not the slamdunk comedy most Sundance Film Festival attendees were hoping for.

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<p>Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in &quot;Like Crazy.&quot;</p>

Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in "Like Crazy."

Sundance Review: Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones are absolutely wonderful in exhilarating 'Like Crazy'

Updated: Watch three clips from the festival surprise

PARK CITY - Every year there always seems to be a movie or two that takes me completely by surprise and knock me for a loop.  It's one of the joys of attending Sundance versus other film festivals -- the discovery of the truly unknown. Many of these films come immediately to mind.  "Precious." "The Squid and the Whale." "Hustle & Flow." "The Kids Are All Right." "The Wackness." "Once." "Quinceañera." "Broken English." "I Am Love.""Blue Valentine."  Another film will be added to the list this year, "Like Crazy."

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<p>Alex Shaffer and Paul Giamatti in Thomas McCarthy's &quot;Win Win.&quot;</p>

Alex Shaffer and Paul Giamatti in Thomas McCarthy's "Win Win."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Sundance Review: Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan wrestle laughs in 'Win Win'

Does Fox Searchlight have another hit on their hands?

PARK CITY - Fox Searchlight has become a staple at the Sundance Film Festival over the past decade and not just because they have acquired films such as "Napoleon Dynamite," "Once," "Little Miss Sunchine," "Garden State" and "Waitress."  The company has also debuted their own features for the Park City faithful, sometimes up to a half a year before their release. The studio took chances on "The Savages," "500 Days of Summer" and "Cyrus" and were rewarded in spades with fantastic reviews across the board.  This year, Searchlight has brought two of their more commercially viable films, the Ed Helms comedy "Cedar Rapids" and Thomas McCarthy's "Win Win" which debuted tonight.

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson in &quot;&quot;Martha Marcy May Marlene.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson in ""Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Sundance Review: Elizabeth Olsen makes her name in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Cult drama meanders but will find a loyal following

If you haven't heard of Elizabeth Olsen yet, you soon will and for all the right reasons.  The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen has two films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but it's the dramatic competition entry, "Martha Marcy May Marlene," that is a superb showcase for her talent.

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<p>Adepero Oduye is impressive as Alike in Dee Rees' &quot;Pariah.&quot;</p>

Adepero Oduye is impressive as Alike in Dee Rees' "Pariah."

Sundance Review: Striking 'Pariah' proves good gay cinema isn't dead yet

Strong cast and vision make Dee Rees' drama memorable

You may be able to take true independent gay cinema off life support now.

After almost a decade of disappointing and at times embarrassingly bad feature films that consistently descended into stereotypical cliches, independent gay cinema may be on something of an upswing.  One of the first signs was last year's Sundance hit "The Kids Are All Right." Granted, while it was very low budget for Hollywood standards, the Oscar contending "Kids" still looked and felt like a studio film thanks to some famous faces in the fold.  That is certainly not the case with Sundance Film Festival opening night selection "Pariah." Shot on a shoestring budget, Dee Rees' impressive drama proves there is a lot of powerful gay stories to be told in fresh and moving ways.

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