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Oscars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and the Indie Spirit Awards in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Now that the final ballots are in Oscar voters’ hands, we’re crunching the last bit of awards news as the lengthy season draws to a close.

So, what’s going on mtoday?

– Meryl Streep, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy and Rashida Jones have been confirmed as presenters for Feb. 25′s Film Independent Spirit Awards. Seth Rogen hosts the event, which will be televised at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

– Now that Kodak is in bankruptcy, the company wants its name taken off the Kodak Theatre, current home of the Academy Awards.

– Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington win Golden Camera awards in Germany.

– Tom Cruise has been added to the list of presenters at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

– Gary Oldman, Oscar nominated for “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy,” is close to joining the revenge thriller “Motor City,” which is being directed by Albert Hughes. He’ll also be seen in a little film titled “The Dark Knight Rises,” due in theaters in July.

– And finally, “Moneyball” star Brad Pitt appeared on “The Daily Show” last night and shared the secrets to winning an Oscar.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
– Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
– Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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