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Monster 5 For Friday – 2011 Academy Awards Edition

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On Sunday night, the 2011 Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars or The Golden Globes without the booze, will celebrate this year’s finest achievements in film marketing, which, as anyone on the red carpet knows, is really what it’s all about.  Just ask their publicist.

This year’s front-runner is The King’s Speech, a virtual lock to take home honors for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and a strong contender for Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Original Screenplay (Like You Even Care).

With their low budget period piece about a speech impediment standing on the cusp of Oscar glory, the Weinstein brothers once again proved they know how to pick winners, and more importantly, they know marketing.

That’s why the Weinstein Company asked Monster to be among the first outlets to feature an interview with the director of a (then) upcoming film about, of all things, King George’s speech therapist, starring that dreamy Mr. Darcy and that lady who’s married to Tim Burton and kind of looks like him.

Check out Leadership Lessons from the Kings Speech: A Conversation With Tom Hooper for a behind the scenes look at the Best Picture heir apparent.  Although, as we learned in the film, that doesn’t always work out.  Of course, any talent management professional can tell you that succession planning isn’t easy.

Like waiting until the nominations come out before planning which movies are worth seeing (we still haven’t caught Winter’s Bone), these top 5 HR and recruiting blog posts are about all you need to get caught up with this week in the world of work:

5. Employee Engagement Trends: What You Can Learn From Best Places to Work Lists

Companies appearing on “Best Places to Work” lists share more than a strong employment brand, great benefits and cool perks; they’re also getting employee engagement right, explains TLNT’s Lance Haun.

4. The Future of Work

The inimitable Chris Brogan takes on talent trends.  Need we say more?

3. Top 10 Employment Laws You Think Exist That Don’t

Thinking about defending your rights to your employer?  Think again, writes employment attorney Donna Ballman.  Read this to learn why when it comes to your rights as an employee, you’re probably wrong.

2. Do Organizations Even Know What Talent Is?

“Change is life,” writes Talent Anarchy’s Joe Gerstandt, which is a pretty good disclaimer for a post that challenges the fundamental assumptions of talent and organizational management.  And that’s a good thing.

1. 7 Things Employers Should Tell Job Seekers How to Get Considered

For many seekers, finding a job is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an unread cover letter.  Kelly Dingee shares the secrets for a smarter search.

Which of these was your favorite?  What did we miss?  Let us know by leaving a comment below (you know the drill).

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