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The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 3:07 PM
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Rooney Mara
Strap in, because it's all downhill from here. Or uphill. Either way, the road to the Dolby Theater is now officially open as Film Independent's Spirit Awards have unveiled their nominations for this year (yes, they call it 2014 even though it's for 2013's movies because they'll hand out the hardware in March—yes, it's a bit confusing). But it should be noted: the Spirit Awards has a budget barrier which keeps bigger movies out and obviously their mandate excludes studio pictures so this don't consider this a definitive augur for Oscars.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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2013 Spirit Nominations
Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses Who Deserve Some Oscar Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 20, 2013 3:08 PM
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FYC - 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses
Last week, we began our For Your Consideration series, with five Supporting Actor should-be-contenders, highlighting performances that deserve awards recognition, but have been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and predictors. So this week, we're moving onto the Supporting Actresses.

Oscars: Will Saudi Arabia's 'Wadjda' Win The Best Foreign Language Film Award?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2013 3:18 PM
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Oscars 2013, Foreign Language Best Film
Of all the Academy award categories the Foreign Language one has probably been the most mystifying, arcane and hard to predict. Traditionally, and unlike in most other categories, nominees have been decided by a committee rather than by a wider voting branch and it's often led to controversy, with some of the most acclaimed international films of a given year missing out. Recent years have seen some changes for the better—films like "Dogtooth" or "Bullhead" would never have been nominated a decade ago—but controversy still circulates around this category.

Watch: Angelina Jolie's Emotional Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has had a year that most of us couldn't even conceive, from undergoing a double mastectomy, to starting work on her next directorial effort with "Unbroken" (now shooting in Australia), that seems like more than humanly possible for one person to take on. But on Saturday night at the Governors Awards, the actress/writer/director had yet another reason to mark 2013 as one she'll never forget. Read More »

Rome Film Festival Awards: Scarlett Johansson Wins For Voice Role In 'Her,' Matthew McConaughey For ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ & More

Dallas Buyer's Club Matthew McConaughey
While the bearing it has on the stateside awards season race is fairly minimal at the end of the day, you can bet the folks over at Warner Bros. and Focus Features are very happy with the news they received over the weekend and will be adjusting their campaigns accordingly. Read More »

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2013 2:26 PM
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FYC Supporting Actors, Oscars 2013
The Phoney War phase of the awards season is starting to come to an end: we've already had nominations from smaller precursors like the Gotham Awards and the British Independent Film Awards, and in a little over two weeks, things will get underway properly with the New York Film Critics Awards and the National Board of Review Awards, kicking off a month full of nominees and winners ahead of the opening of Oscar voting on December 27th.

Oscars: Will Hayao Miyazaki Win Best Animated Feature For 'The Wind Rises'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2013 2:19 PM
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Oscars Animation 2013
The last week or so has seen the animation branch of the Academy start to crystallize their contenders: a list of 19 features have been announced as the submitted films for the Best Animated Feature category, along with a list of 10 shorts. This year sees a fairly major change in the category, with voters on the nominating committee now able to watch the films on screeners, rather than attending special in-theater screenings. They also only have to watch two-thirds of the eligible films (twelve and a half, which we're assuming rounds up to thirteen), rather than the 80% which was the case in previous years.

'Starred Up' & 'The Selfish Giant' Lead British Independent Film Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 9:25 AM
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Starred Up
While it may seem like we're still only in the midst of the various awards season campaigns, nominations have already started to be handed out across the pond. Over the weekend, the European Film Awards dropped their list of the movies being honored this year and it has been quickly followed this morning with the British Independent Film Awards, who are shining a light on another batch of worthy films and talent.

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