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For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

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Awards Site InContention.com Finds a New Home

In the wake of the 2010 Hollywood film awards season’s dramatic impact on the box office performance of various contenders, there is renewed value for websites in having as much related ad space to sell as possible.

That’s not to say Kristopher Tapley, founder of InContention.com, is undeserving of today’s announcement of the relocation of his site within the infrastructure of HitFix.com. Rather, it’s just another reminder that from Labor Day to Oscar Day, for mainstream movie websites, it’s a buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz world. Per Tapley, the partnership was sparked at Telluride:

These negotiations began as a feeler email a few weeks back. Greg pitched me his full ideas before the Albert Nobbs screening in Telluride. Less than two weeks later and we’re facing the biggest change the site has ever seen. It’s dizzying, scary, exciting, all wrapped up into one. But I have the utmost faith in the HitFix team and infrastructure. We are in very good hands here.

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HitFix.com Bags Two Million Dollars in Additional Funding

HitFix.com, the home of respected critic Drew McWeeny and veteran awards season handicapper Gregory Ellwood (also a co-founder), is thriving.

According to a press release put out this morning, the entertainment news site has tripled the size of its LA operation in the past 12 months and has closed an additional round of two million dollars in funding with Tech Coast Angels, Golden Seeds, and other backers:

“HitFix.com has demonstrated immediate success by changing the way we consume and interact with entertainment media online,” said Yuri Pikover, investor from Tech Coast Angels and board member of HitFix.com. “Being a two-time investor in the company, I believe that HitFix is poised to dominate the entertainment category by providing consumers with a unique, immersive experience that appeals to the coveted 18-34 year old demographic.”

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The Diminished Impact of an EW Cover

There are exactly 408 hours left until the January 14th, 5 p.m. PT deadline for submitting 2010 Oscar ballots. That still leaves plenty of time for 5,755 Academy shoppers to browse the merchandise and revise their lists.

However, according to HitFix.com’s veteran awards watcher Gregory Ellwood, some window dressing doesn’t quite carry the weight that it used to. Reacting to Entertainment Weekly‘s cover choice of The Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman and 127 Hours star James Franco, Ellwood suggests:

This web veteran doesn’t mean to knock an already crumbling print industry, but you hardly hear anyone talking about who made the front page of Friday’s New York Times Arts & Leisure or LA Times Arts Calendar sections these days. And a whole generation will soon work in movie marketing never understanding what a “double truck” print ad is (figure it out) after the two biggies used to be full of them.

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