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Rachel Weisz Sees 'Light Between Oceans' With Michael Fassbender For Director Derek Cianfrance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2014 2:37 PM
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Michael Fassbender has so many projects coming up—"Slow West," "Macbeth," "Assassin's Creed," an untitled Terrence Malick film—we nearly forgot about "The Light Between Oceans." And shame on us because it's directed by Derek Cianfrance, who has knocked it out of the park with his last two films, "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Between The Pines." And the project is adding another exciting name.

'True Detective,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Normal Heart' Lead 2014 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2014 8:53 AM
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2014 Emmy Nominations
After months away from awards, we're feeling so much better. That wheezing cough has finally disappeared, our complexions are no longer grey, and that weird scaly rash has disappeared. Let's hope it lasts: the movie awards season is fast approaching, but first up are the Emmys, the biggest celebration of TV in the calendar, which announced their nominations for the 2014 batch this morning.

Awards 2014: If The Oscar Nominations Were Today, Who Would The Academy Vote For?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 2, 2014 1:18 PM
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Oscars, If They Were Held Now
Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cosy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one.

Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Enters Oscar Race, Sets Christmas Day Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 2:06 PM
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Earlier this year, we got a bit silly and dropped our feature, Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Picture Contenders and while there are some informed guesses on there, we never would've thought—even now—that Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be in the mix. Casting has been moving along here and there, but in general, news around the former Lee Daniels project has been mostly quiet. But today the drama made its presence known as an Oscar contender and one of the big fall films to keep an eye on.

Cannes 2014: 'Winter Sleep' Takes Palme D'Or, 'Foxcatcher' Gets Best Director, Plus All The Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2014 1:13 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Poster
Roll up the Red Carpet; hang up your tux; let down your chignon; the Cannes Film Festival drew to a typically glamorous close this evening with the glitzy award ceremony, at which Jury president Jane Campion and her unprecedentedly female-majority panel announced their award decisions. The big news? Long-time bookie’s favorite "Winter Sleep” taking the coveted Palme d'Or, much to Playlister Jessica Kiang’s dismay and Playlister Nikola Grozdanovich’s joy (check out Jess’ review and Nik’s rebuttal)

Oscars: Can 'Foxcatcher,' 'Eleanor Rigby' & 'Mr. Turner' Go From Cannes To Awards Success?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 3:01 PM
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Oscars/Awards/Cannes 2014, ThePlaylist
Though there’s still a couple of days and a few high-profile premieres to come, things are starting to wind down here in Cannes. So while that means a chance to catch up on reviews, and on stuff we missed earlier in the festival, it’s also a opportunity to have a breath and take stock of what’s come over the last week or so. And, we say with a semi-heavy heart, to start to work out which of the big Croisette premieres might stay the distance all the way through to the upcoming awards season.

Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 2000s

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 1:21 PM
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Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 2000s
We're about enter the summer season of movies that will test the limits of CGI and spectacle, so perhaps it's a good time to take a moment to remember that there will be movies of substance beyond the explosions. They're the films we spend the last part of the year talking about their Oscar potential, but before we look ahead (oh wait, we already did) let's look back.

Watch: 5-Minute Supercut Of Every Final Shot From All 86 Best Picture Oscar Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 11:36 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Who needs to watch entire movies anymore? When we can just Instagram and Vine our daily lives, spending two hours watching something seems tedious, so thankfully the internet is here to help. Want to watch all the movies on the IMDB top 250 but don't have the time? Don't worry about it, there's a supercut for that. And if you ever wanted to see every Best Picture winner, but don't exactly have the space in your schedule to work it out, never fear, here's a faster way to do it.

Can 'True Detective' Beat Tough Competition At The Emmys Competing As Drama Series Instead Of Miniseries?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 9:08 AM
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True Detective, season finale
Okay, so we know all about The Yellow King and Carcosa, but it seems there's still more reason to keep talking about "True Detective." With the show an undeniable critical smash and audience hit, the next stop for program is on the awards trail, where it seems like a no-brainer for a slew of Emmy nominations. But in a challenge that would make Rust Cohle proud, HBO has made a decision that will add an extra obstacle to gathering up a sea of statues.

2014 SXSW Audience Award Winners Include 'Cesar Chavez,' 'True Detective,' 'Silicon Valley' & More

True Detective
Film fans are now making their way from Austin and another year at the SXSW Film Festival, with bbq stains in unexpected places and flickering images still dancing in their head. And after the juries weighed in last week with the best of the fest, now regular audiences have noted on what was worth paying attention to this year in Texas. Read More »

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